If you missed Part 1, you can find it here: Baby Cam Part 1 Foscam is the leader in the baby camera market.  They make a wide variety of cameras.  I’d recommend the 1983P, which produces a 1080p image. Unfortunately, the Foscam set-up is a huge pain in the ass. We here at baby.wtf are no strangers to technology or network administration, but trust us, it’s about as intuitive and easy as setting up a network in the Windows 2000 era. Prepare yourself accordingly. Tell your wife you’re going to be busy for a while, get a cup of coffee…

The single most useful tool I have in my baby tool arsenal is my baby surveillance camera.  I have several. Mine are from Foscam although many brands are available.  They run about $100 each for a decent on and the configuration is a pain in the ass.  Once it’s set up though it’s indispensable. My wife can use it on her iPad, I can use it on my Galaxy S7, we can check in from all the local computers on our network. Although you can set it up for web access, unless you have a VPN and a very high…

Do not buy new baby stuff.  That’s stupid.  And you’re not stupid. Whether we’re talking about cribs or swings or rockers or clothes, baby stuff is outrageously priced.  The first time I walked into Babies R Us, I was astonished at the prices. Why do people buy it?  Well they are very cute and frequently they’re buying them as a gift and they don’t mind spending a few shekels. Fair enough. But I’m talking about you and YOUR money.  Don’t be a fool.  Why pay $800 for a crib that you can buy for $80?  And that you’re going to…

You do make your own baby food, right? Gear Required You only need one thing   A good stick (immersion) blender. I use the Cuisinart which runs about $40 but there are other options. These are very useful devices to have in the kitchen anyway, so you’ll be glad you bought one.  They’re also dangerous as hell, right up there with a circular saw, so don’t do this after Happy Hour please. Your baby doesn’t need a daddy with 8 fingers. Let’s start with something very basic such as a simple yam carrot puree.  Sure, you can buy that but a) you’re…

No, we don’t care about your feelings.  You don’t need to buy a leatherbound volume and draw a unicorn on the front. That’s not the point of a baby journal. (Or if is, that’s a different blog.) It’s more like a network admin’s trouble-shooting log. The point of the baby journal is to chart your baby’s day.  Everything from what they eat, when they pooped, what their temperature was if they have a fever, any developmental steps that you think are worth noting as well as absolutely anything else that might be helpful to have written down, e.g., “loved the spinach puree”….

If you missed the first two parts, find them here: How to Take a Temperature (Part 1) When Fever Comes (Part 2) Now you know the basics of how to take a temperature and what to do when a fever comes. Here’s what you need to do to be prepared. You will need to spend about $50-$75. Buy the following things: • IR Thermometer • Digital Thermometer • Infant Ibuprofen • Infant Tylenol • 2 liters of Pedialyte or equivalent The IR Thermometer is useful but imperfect. It’s purpose is to use as a first line of defense/information only. It’s…

Your beloved baby is going to get a fever. It’s going to happen. You will be terrified and that’s perfectly normal. The first thing to understand is that a baby’s metabolism is quite different than an adult’s. Their normal pulse is 50% higher than an adult’s pulse.  Their metabolism is new and works very fast. They will also run a much higher fever than an adult.  And they will recover quicker too.  Don’t freak out! Normal body temperature is 98.6 according to tradition. However, modern medicine considers anything between 98.6 and 100 “normal” for practical purposes, especially for an infant….

One of the scariest situations that a first-time dad encounters is the first time your baby gets a fever. You’re holding them up to your shoulder and you notice that their head seems hot. It’s time to take their temperature. So where do you start? You’re going to need a thermometer of course. But before we get into which one to get and why let’s look at the four possible ways that there are to take a temperature. Oral. Fine for adults, not suitable for babies. Normal temperature is 98.6 Axilla (underam). Easy, but not very accurate. The normal axilla…

Baby’s doc recommended Gerber’s Soothe Colic Drops to make sure his little tummy is getting all the bacteria he needs. I’ve never heard or read this anywhere but doc said babies born via C-section often don’t get certain gut bacteria since they never go through mommy’s vagina. Ok. Point is – let’s get some of those probiotic bacteria into baby. The only place I could find Gerber’s Soothe Colic Drops was Amazon, and I couldn’t get it on Prime for some reason. I ordered one but also looked at Target. They didn’t have the Gerber drops but had Mommy’s Bliss…