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Do You Need iBaby Video to Spy On Your Baby?

baby monitorYou’ve got an iPad and an iPhone. Why not an iBaby Video? What is it, you ask?

It’s basically a high-tech baby monitor that streams video live online. As long as you have a webcam and a subscription to iBaby Video, you can watch your baby sleep from anywhere in the world, according to NBC News affiliate in Dallas-Ft. Worth.

It differs from a regular video baby monitor in that it streams live over the web, so you can watch it on a computer, an iPhone or an iPad. To me, this is yet another baby product you don’t need, but there are some selling points to the iBaby Video.

In particular, it might be appealing for parents who travel a lot or for couples who live far away from their extended families.  IBaby Video memberships start at $19.95 per month and you can purchase separate passwords for family and friends so they can watch too.

“My family is in Atlanta, and my husband’s family is in Houston, so I’ve actually sent both my mother and my mother-in-law logins so they can access it so they’ll be able to watch their granddaughter too,” Funmi Nwokolo, a mother of two and iBaby Video member, told NBC News.

Another special feature is that the monitor will record for two minutes when it senses motion or sound. So, in theory, you can go back and see what woke your baby up, according to Leslie Thompson, who created iBaby Video with her husband.

Makes sense, in theory, but do you really need to micro-manage you baby’s sleep? What good will it do to learn that she was awoken by the garbage truck?

Also, I can understand the appeal of watching a baby babble or play, but do relatives really want to watch your baby sleep? That’s one video that would put me to sleep.

What about you? Is this yet one more baby product you don’t need or does this sound like it could come in handy?

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Photo: flickr/rafuchoski

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