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 washington, d.c.!

Mrs. B’s Fairy Tale Story Time Tea
What: Brush up on manners, search for treasures, and make a set of wings.
Why: Your pixie needs some practice on please and thank-you.
When: Sat., 2-4 p.m.
Where: Morrison House, The Grille, 116 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. To register (required), call 703-838-8000 or email storytime@morrisonhouse.com. Adults, $38; children, $28.

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

What: Whether you spin like a pro or can barely stand, stop by for a session.
Why: Got a case of wobbly legs? Sign your snowflake up for lessons.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: Constitution Ave. NW, b/t 7th & 9th Sts. To register for lessons, call 202-216-9397 or email ngaicerink@guestservices.com. Adults and teens, $8; children, $7; skates, $3; lessons, $23-$360.

Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show

What: Check out watercraft big and small, go on a scavenger hunt, and learn to tie nautical knots.
Why: Little Blackbeards gather for pirate tales.
When: Thurs. & Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: The Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore. Tickets online at baltimoreboatshow.com. Adults, $10; under 16, free.

Photo: Courtesy of iBaby

Constitution Ave NW
bt 7th & 9th Sts
Washington, DC 20565
The Baltimore Convention Center
1 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Morrison House
116 S Alfred St
Alexandria, VA 22314