An Apple for the Babysitter

iBaby Video Monitor for iPhones and iPads

ibaby video monitor!

Big brother is watching. So is the babysitter on her iPad, dad on his iPhone, and mom on her office computer.

As many as four people at once can keep an eye on your prize with the iBaby Monitor — the only mobile video monitor with two-way audio that we have spied on the market.

High-tech doesn’t mean complicated. Just download the app to your iPhone, iPad, or computer; plug the monitor into your network to register; and install the camera in the room. Our favorite perk is that you can control the camera lens with just a swipe of your finger. So if your little Houdini disappears from view, drag your finger across the screen to find him.

Alerts are issued when baby lets out a cry or makes a move. Two-way audio capabilities let you give a comforting “shhhh” from anywhere you have a connection. Plus, infrared night vision allows you to spy on baby in the middle of the night. You can even take pictures of tushy-up sleeping using your device’s camera.

Little sister will appreciate the memento down the road.

Available online at store.apple.com, $200. For more information, go to ibabylabs.com.

this week in philadelphia!

Charlotte’s Web
What: A clever spider saves Wilbur from a fateful end (ages 5 and up).
Why: Everyone’s a fan of E.B. White’s lovable pig.
When: Thru Feb. 12.
Where: Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St. Tickets at 215-922-1122 or online at ardentheatre.org. Adults, $30-$32; teens, $20-$22; under 13, $16-$18.

What: The new exhibit enthralls kiddos with giant wooden replicas of classic playthings.
Why: He’s welcome to get hands-on.
When: Thru Apr. 1.
Where: Mercer Museum, 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown (215-345-0210). Adults, $10; children, $6; under 6, free.

Nature Exploration

What: Check out artifacts and then take a guided stroll.
Why: Stick to your vow of less Wii, more wildlife this year.
When: Sat., 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Rd. (215-482-7300).

Photo: Courtesy of iBaby

Mercer Museum
84 S Pine St
Doylestown, PA 18901
8480 Hagys Mill Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19128
40 N 2nd St
bt Market & Arch Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19106