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Beyond Kinedu: Social Impact Initiatives

At Kinedu, we often talk about the importance of the early years in forming solid brain architecture. In the last decade, science has really made it clear that early experiences form the basis for either promoting health and development, or stunting it. Child development, especially from birth to age five, is a foundation for a skilled work force, a responsible community, and a thriving economy.

During this period, the child’s brain is most sensitive to the influence of external experiences, for better or worse. Responsive, dependable interactions with adults can lead to healthy emotional and cognitive development. On the other hand, toxic stress, caused by poverty, abuse or neglect, parental substance abuse or mental illness, or exposure to violence without supportive relationships with adults can interrupt normal brain development. The more adverse experiences in childhood, the greater the likelihood of developmental delays and later health problems, such as alcoholism, depression, heart disease, and diabetes. Toxic stress can also impair the development of executive function, or the brain’s ability to hold onto and work with information, focus thinking, and filter distractions. This set of skills is critical for school achievement, the preparation of a future workforce, and avoiding a wide range of population health problems.

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Presenting the Activity Catalogue!

We are very excited to announce that we have launched our Activity catalogue! With this awesome new feature you will now be able to explore more than 700 brain-building activities for your little one!

 

Finding the perfect activity for afternoon playtime is easy with the Activity Catalogue. We have divided the activities into three categories, and you’ll be able to filter them by age groups to make sure you find the fun and learning you are looking for!

 

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Skills

In the Skills category you will be able to choose from twelve different abilities to practice with your baby. Enhance everything from motor skills to artistic skills! You can focus on what your baby needs to work on or simply what he or she enjoys the most!

 

 

 

 

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New Progress Section Make-over!

Have you downloaded the latest Kinedu version yet? Besides the improvements made to the interface, it includes a new and improved progress section!

We talked to our users and found that one of their main concerns was knowing if their baby’s development was on track. Knowing their baby’s progress in each area was not enough, so we decided to give parents more insights about their baby’s development in a simpler, clearer way – providing better guidance to support their little one. A child’s development changes so fast, sometimes showing very litttle progress in an area for a while and then suddenly leaping to a new stage– now you can get specific insights of each developmental area. Browse through each area and find out where your baby’s strengths and areas of opportunity lie! Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 5.19.12 PM   So, what’s new in the progress report section? Many parents wondered what they could expect from their child’s development within their age group. With the new progress section, now you will be able to have a preview of what your baby will accomplish in the following months! Exciting, huh?

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You will still be able to see your baby’s overall progress for each developmental area and compare it to the average baby his age. However, in the new section you are going to see how your baby progresses over time, giving you a weekly snapshot! Setting new goals and reflecting on past achievements has never been easier.   Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 5.19.38 PMWant to keep track of the activities and milestones your baby reached during the week?  It’s easy with our new weekly progress section in which you’ll see clear graphics depicting the number of milestones and activities that were completed per week. Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 5.21.41 PM   We know it’s an exciting time for parents to witness when their baby reaches a new milestone, whether it’s his first smile, word, or step. If you are wondering which milestones your baby will be working on during the week, we’ve got you covered! Now you will be able to see which are your baby’s upcoming milestones.   Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 5.22.11 PM Lastly, we know you always want to continue strengthening your baby’s skills, so we have a Suggested Track section. By analyzing which milestones your baby hasn’t reached yet, we specifically select a Track that contains a set of activities that will help your baby reach those critical milestones! That way, if you want to focus on developing a specific skill, it’s easy to identify and do!   Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 5.22.39 PM   Don’t wait any longer… try out the newest version with the improved progress section and more, here!

Kinedu 2.0 for Android is here!

We are thrilled to announce that Kinedu 2.0 is now available for our Android users.  You’ve never seen Kinedu like this, it’s better than ever!

Kinedu 2.0 for Android features a completely redesigned app. It’s never been easier to navigate the app and track your baby’s development! With that comes clearer progress report graphics that also make it easier for you to visualize your child’s evolvement. On top of that, with Kinedu 2.0 you are now able to access the Milestone Checklist, a list of developmental milestones that correspond to your child and you can update at any time.

What’s new in this version:

Improved Design:  The new app has performance improvements and a more intuitive interface so that parents can easily navigate the app and track their baby’s development.

New Progress Report: Improved graphics make it easier for you to visualize your baby’s progress since the initial assessment.

Milestone Checklist: With the introduction of the Milestones checklist, you can now access the list of developmental milestones that correspond to your child and easily update them at any time.

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What are you waiting for? Download the latest version of our app! Click here!

 

Did your activity plan expire?

Did your activity plan expire?

It’s easy to get a new one! Simply answer the milestones that are pending and correspond to your baby. To do this, just exit your daily training routine by selecting ‘click here to explore on your own‘  and then enter the milestones section on the main menu. There, you’ll be able to select the milestones that your baby has reached. We’ll then have the most recent and accurate information about his or her development in order to create a new activity plan that continues to be tailored specifically to his or her needs!

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Did this help? Have any more questions? Don’t hesitate to send us an email at hello@kinedu.com

Our Christmas themed activities are here!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is right around the corner! These holidays, remember to pay attention to what really matters: spending quality time with your family and making new memories together. With our new Christmas themed activities, you’ll all be having fun while boosting your child’s development! Our activities are available for toddlers 0 to 2 years old, and as usual, they are not only fun, but also work to strengthen a specific skill or developmental area.

Check out this short video to get a preview of the Christmas activities!

For more information on our seasonal activities or Kinedu, send us an email at hello@kinedu.com.

We hope you enjoy these new activities!

Happy Holidays!

Kinedu 101

Welcome! In this guide you’ll find everything you need to know about Kinedu!

Activity Plan:

Your activity plan is your program of daily activities. To create the activity plan, we take into account the assessment you answered at the beginning – reason for which is very important you answer it carefully. By analyzing which developmental milestones your baby has not reached yet, it suggests activities that will help him/her reinforce the skills needed. The activity plan is generated for 5 days and at the end of this period it will tally the missing milestones and will create a new activity plan based on the milestones that have not been reached. In the activity plan screen you will find 5 activities assigned for each day.

During those 5 days you will have the opportunity to see various types of activities – ones that may seem easy for your baby and others that you may find more complex. You should not expect your child to be able to complete all the activities; they are designed to be done with time. The important thing is to practice constantly and strengthen his/her skills!

 

Recording Progress:

When you finish an activity with your baby it is very important that you continue to update your baby’s progress. A small assessment will be displayed, for which you will have to answer if your baby was able to reach certain milestones. The way to answer this mini assessment is the same way as before! We strongly emphasize the recording progress process because with those brief questions, the next activity plan will be updated to fit you baby’s needs and so will the Reports section of our app.

 

Viewing Reports:

In the Reports section you will be able to see your baby’s improvement compared to the initial assessment and compared to that of children his/her same age. In order for the reports to be accurate, we stress on the importance of constantly updating your baby’s milestones. Many parents wondered what they could expect from their child’s development within their age group. With the complete reports section, you will be able to have a preview of what your baby will accomplish in the following months! You’ll also see clear graphics depicting the number of milestones and activities that you completed each week, your baby’s upcoming milestones, and a specific Track suggestion.

 

Daily Reminders:

If you want the app to establish daily reminders for you to do the activities with your baby, you simply select the left menu then go to the bottom and select ‘settings’, and afterwards simply establish the timing of your preference.

 

Becoming a Premium user: 

Premium users have the following benefits:

  • Full access to all activities on the activity plan
  • Activity Catalog
  • Option to add caregivers (such as spouse, grandparents, uncles, etc.) into a single account
  • Option to add up to 5 babies
  • Complete progress reports

You can access these new features and the next to come, as well as your full activity plan if you are Premium user. You can also individually buy each activity and new features.

Kinedu Community:

We also welcome you to become the newest member of our Kinedu community! Where we upload daily content on child development – such as articles, tips, talks, and awesome book recommendations.

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This is all for now! Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact us at hello@kinedu.com or simply leave a message right here! We’ll be happy to help!

 

More reasons to love the fall season!

Are you as excited about the fall as we are? We’re excited to announce that new seasonal activities are here! Themes for these 149 new activities include Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Seasonal activities are available for toddlers 0 to 2 years old, and as usual, they are not only fun, but also work to strengthen a specific skill or developmental area.

Check out this short video to get a preview of the Halloween activities now available on the Kinedu app for premium users.

 

 

… And here’s an exclusive release of one of our favorite Kinedu Halloween videos!

 

For more information on our seasonal activities or Kinedu, shoot us an email at hello at kinedu.com.

We hope you enjoy these new activities!

 

Tech meets parenthood: Smart gadgets for parents

Parenting these days can be fun with all of the new smart gadgets available! Here are some of the most innovative and fun gadgets we’ve found:

 

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Origami stroller

This super stroller folds and opens it self with the touch of a button! How easy does that sound? Well, apparently it is. The super stroller also has some unique features. In the front, you have your own LED headlights to illuminate the path at night or early morning. With its own LCD dashboard, you’ll be able to track speed, distance travelled, battery charge and even the current temperature. The Origami even includes a charging port for your smartphones and other smart gadgets.

However, this high-end stroller may have some downsides. Coming in at 16 kg (35 lb), it can be a real challenge to lift in and out of your car. And making it your perfect stroller may cost you some serious money! The bassinet is $150, the handle bar bag and cell phone charger are $40, and car seat adapter is $60! The Origami stroller is already $900, making the premium version a total of $1150.

Check out the origami video.

 

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MamaRoo

Your baby sure seems to notice that bouncers and swings never move like you do! The MamaRoo by 4moms is trying to replicate parents’ actual movements to soothe their babies. You can choose from five different movements, and even adjust their speed. Although high-tech, it is very easy to operate. The controls on the front are simple enough so that you can even use your feet if your hands are full! Busy moms will also like that the MamaRoo doesn’t require batteries – just plug it into the wall and you’re ready to go.

Now, for the possible cons. According to some customers, the maximum speed still seems a little too slow. And although the bouncer has a plug-in for your Mp3 player or cellphone, the sound quality is not the best. This high-tech bouncer can also be a bit pricey: you can find a regular bouncer for 80 dollars, but the MamaRoo will set you back around $250. But if you are willing to pay for it, it can be an instant success to soothe your little one!

Check out the MamaRoo video

 

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Lobster

If you’re looking for an alternative to not-so-great restaurant highchairs, but don’t always want to lug around a big, bulky booster seat, the Lobster from Phil and Teds can be the perfect chair for you. This lightweight, flat-packing, portable clip-on chair can be clapped to tables from .8 to 3.75 inches thick in seconds! This high chair will make your dining out experience less stressful – and it’s safer than traditional dining-out-seating options. It’s also a great option for using as a high chair regularly, especially if you live in a smaller space.

The high Lobster High Chair is $80. Although not a necessity, it can be a great gadget to have.

Check out the Lobster video

 

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Smart baby monitor

Today’s technology has evolved baby monitors – and it’s never been easier to track your baby’s sleep or movement. However, the Withings Smart Baby Monitor offers you the next level of tracking. There are several unique things about this baby monitor. You can measure temperature and humidity, and it includes a dual input microphone and speaker that you can use to send preset or customized lullabies, or to talk directly to your baby. There’s also a customized night light (you can change the color!), separate from the infrared night-vision lamp. This unique monitor works with all of your iOS devices. Through Withings’ own app, you can customize your push notifications for noise, temperature, movement and humidity. The app even supports multiple accounts, so another caregiver can monitor your little one at the same time.

But this powerful smart monitor is not without its flaws. It comes with a price tag of $220, making it one of the most expensive baby monitors on the market!

Check out the Smart baby monitor  video

 

Have your tried any of these smart gadgets? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Cristy

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About Kinedu (Part 2): The time is right to innovate

Hello again! Last week I wrote about the importance of the first few years of life, what we in Kinedu understand to be both critical and under-attended by most. We take for granted those precious months where the brain is most sensitive to learning. Today we have incredible amounts of tools that can help us navigate our child’s development. Technology is leaping forward at a speed unheard of in human history. It is time to take advantage of the convergence of technology and early developmental science to improve the outcomes of millions of children across the world.

 

Deflationary economics, technology, and our future

We think we can impact how parents engage their babies throughout the world. The timing is just right – on one hand, we now know enough about early development to understand its importance and magnitude; on the other hand, technology has advanced so far that we can reach, with a voice that will be heard, hundreds of millions of people across the whole world, not only developed countries. Take my home country, for example – nearly 30% of all Mexicans have smartphones with broadband access. Broadband penetration is no longer something the elites have – some even want to declare it in the constitution as a universal human right!

Mark Suster, a leading venture capitalist and avid blogger, talks about the deflationary impact of technology as his investment thesis. Like never before, our unprecedented access to technology – both getting cheaper every day and becoming much more prevalent in our daily lives – has helped society accomplish achieve things such as (and I quote a few of the achievements):

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