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Coping with Kids: Access baby's vital signs on smartphone

| Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
The 'Owlet Vitals Monitor' is a wireless-pulse monitor that allows parents to track their baby's vital signs remotely from their smartphone, giving parents piece of mind.
“The Snatchabook” was written by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty.
The wooden Windel serves as a picture frame, storage unit and diaper and wipe dispenser.
Child safety

Check baby's vital signs via smartphone

The new, wireless Owlet Vitals Monitor allows parents to monitor their baby's vital signs remotely from their smartphones. The four-sensor pulse oximeter, which attaches to the baby's ankle, monitors heart rate and oxygen levels, skin temperature, sleep quality and sleep position.

The monitor alerts parents when the baby rolls over in bed, monitoring messages to a parent's smartphone or other internet device. Owlet Vitals Monitor comes in white and blue, and white and pink, and costs $199.


Windel stores baby items, converts to picture frame

The Windel is an organizing system designed to help parents with new babies. The wooden Windel serves as a picture frame, storage unit and diaper and wipe dispenser.

You can later transform the unit into a decorative and organizational cabinet when you don't need it for the baby anymore. The American-made Windel comes in white and espresso shades and costs $169.99.


‘Snatchabook' promotes value of reading

“The Snatchabook,” an indie book written by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty, has gained fans in Europe, and will be published in October in the United States by Sourcebooks.

“The Snatchabook,” which promotes the importance of reading, tells the story of an elusive creative that snatches books from their owners because no one will read to him. The mystery of who the bandit is forms the plot of the book.

The hardcover book costs $16.99.

Adopted teens may be at higher risk of suicide

Adopted children may be more likely than their nonadopted siblings to attempt suicide, according to a new U.S. study, reported by Reuters Health. Researchers urged doctors to be on the lookout for signs of trouble in adopted-teen patients but said parents should not be overly alarmed by the study's results.

Tips for National Child Passenger Safety Week

To mark National Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 15 to 21), officials from Armstrong County Memorial Hospital caution parents about the most-common mistakes found with child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts in the family car.

• The harness straps holding the child in the seat are too high or too low. They should be over the shoulders.

• The chest clip is positioned over the abdomen or not used at all.

• The child seat moves more than 2 inches in any direction. It should move no more than 1 inch.

• The harness has more than 2 inches of slack between the child and the harness straps. There should be no slack.

• In booster seats, the lap belt is resting over the stomach instead of over the hips or thighs, or resting over the child's neck or face.

— Staff and wire reports

Send parenting news to Coping With Kids in care of Rebecca Killian, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, D.L. Clark Building, 503 Martindale St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212, or e-mail

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