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It’s hard to believe that in the coming year, I will have a teenager. The 4 year old that was the inspiration behind this blog will turn 13 in 2017. As I reflect back on the past thirteen years of her life, I am in awe. Indeed time has flown by like everyone told me it would but what parent really takes that to heart in their sleep deprived state when day to day survival is the name of the game? I didn’t. These days I am proud of the young woman that Emily is becoming but even more pleased of my evolution as a parent.
As a first time parent, I spent the nine months before our daughter’s birth getting ready for the unknown. I diligently took my prenatal vitamins, excitedly relayed the baby’s growth to excited grandparents following prenatal visits, attended birthing classes with my husband, read a small library’s worth of books on newborn through toddler growth and development, and bonded with pregnant friends from afar over AOL Instant Messenger chats. Despite all the preparation, it was still trial by fire. Nothing could have adequately prepared me for the birth of our first child as I was launched into the world of parenthood and the many anxieties that go with it.
I didn’t know if it was really ok to take my daughter out of the plastic box that served as her newborn bed in the hospital and hold her so we both could get a good night’s sleep. It was. I worried about her being cold when we brought her home on that 9 degree day. She wasn’t. I constantly wondered how much she should be eating and how often, carefully recording the times of each of her feedings on a spiral bound notebook in our kitchen to know how much and how often she was eating. She was just fine.
I had so many questions as a first time parent simply because I wanted our daughter to grow up healthy, strong, and happy. Looking at the almost 13 year old before me, I know that I did just fine but there’s a little part of me that wishes that the amazing technology that is out there today was at my disposal then.
These days I’d replace my spiral bound notebook with the BlueSmart mia, a high tech WiFi enabled smart sleeve that works with a baby bottle to track and analyzes a baby’s intake at feeding times. The BlueSmart mia smart sleeve slips over the bottle that your infant prefers and syncs with the BlueSmart mia app on your phone at every meal so you know exactly how much milk your child is drinking.
It helps track feedings over time to spot patterns, measures temperature so you can be sure that the milk is never too hot, helps guide parents and caregivers on the proper angle to hold the bottle for feedings, times how long it takes your baby to feed, and functions as a journal for recording milestones to share with family, caregivers, and your pediatrician. It can also send notifications to parents when they’re away to help them keep track of feedings done by other caregivers.
While there is an abundance of connected smart products with companion apps that exist for parents, BlueSmart mia aims to inform and help parents take charge of feeding to help reduce anxiety over mealtime. It’s a welcome use of technology that makes sense in today’s world.
The BlueSmart mia is available for pre-order on BlueSmartmia.com for a special, limited-time price of $119.00 (20% off the retail price) until January 15, 2017. For more information, visit BlueSmartmia.com, the company’s Facebook page, or Twitter account.
I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own and based on my own personal parenting experiences and the kinds of tools that I might deem as helpful if I were to become a new parent all over again.