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 seattle!

Bounce for Hope

What: Stop by for face painting, a cupcake walk, and the Caspar Babypants performance; proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Why: Day-off-from-school plans solved.
When: Today, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Where: Kidz Bounce, 8178 304th Ave. SE, Issaquah (425-222-5439). Tickets online at brownpapertickets.com. Adults and babies under 2, free; children, $15.

Year of the Dragon Celebration
What: Make a pencil holder with Yuki Chikamura and learn about Asian traditions in the just-debuted New Years All Year Round exhibit.
Why: Firecrackers and the lion dance get the party started.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Wing Luke Museum, 719 S. King St. (206-623-5124). Admission is free.

Mother Goose Goes to the Symphony

What: Tacoma Symphony Orchestra musicians give a melodic spin to nursery rhymes.
Why: Short enough to hold your mini maestro’s attention.
When: Sat., 10 & 11:30 a.m.
Where: Theatre on the Square, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Tickets at 800-291-7593 or online at tickets.broadwaycenter.org. Adults and children, $8.50.

Photo: Courtesy of iBaby

Theatre on the Square
901 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402
719 S King St
bt 7th & 8th Aves S
Seattle, WA 98104
8178 304th Ave SE
Issaquah, WA 98027