Category Archives: Kinedu

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.

http://www.facebook.com/kineducom

http://www.blog.kinedu.com

We’ve also added a Comments section on every activity and article in the app, hoping to create a positive forum for parents and caregivers using the app in which they can share tips, ask and answer questions and hopefully even find support in one another. Feel free to comment about your experience and ask away – we’re listening 🙂

 

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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About Kinedu (Part 1): Why we do what we do

Hello everybody! As you might have noticed, we’ve been working on blog posts to help you navigate those early years as a mother (or father!). On this occasion, I would like to focus on our young company – specifically, why we are all on this journey, trying to leverage modern day technology to improve the quality of the interactions between parents and their babies. This is the first part of my blog post – stay tuned for the second part, coming next week!

A little bit of the science behind Kinedu – the importance of the early years

Neuroscience – the study of the brain and how it functions – has advanced as much in the last 20 years as it ever had. As tools that allow us to study the developing brain have improved, we’ve learned that the highest sensitivity to learning new skills occurs during the first four years of life – and drops off dramatically afterwards. This doesn’t mean that your brain stopped learning after you turned 5; only that learning something new gets quite harder. Below you can see a chart that traces the sensitivity of the human brain for developing specific human abilities over time – you’ll notice how it all goes down after the third birthday.

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Kinedu News: Premium New Feature Coming in the Fall

Hi Readers!

I met up with Cristy and Samantha, two of Kinedu’s Lead Content Creators and Resident Psychologists, to chat about Kinedu Tracks, a premium new feature that they’ve been working on. Keep reading to find out more about this awesome new feature that’s coming in the fall.

 

E: So, what exactly is Kinedu Tracks?

C: Tracks is a new program we’re currently working on that works to develop a specific skill such as sitting, standing, walking. Unlike a Kinedugram, that works to boost development holistically, Tracks are composed of activities that work towards one specific goal.

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The Kinedu Story

We, as a society, have learned a great deal about the science behind the early years of development. We’ve put much energy and brilliant minds behind this research, but have not yet perfected a way of getting all of this knowledge out to moms and dads who just want what is best for their kids.

This is how Kinedu was born. Kinedu strives to bring the best of what we now know about early development and make this knowledge easy to access and apply for new parents. Research points to the first years as the most important in a child’s development, and we hope to make it easier for parents to not only come up with activities to carry out with their young child, but also make sure that these activities are positively contributing to the child’s brain architecture – actively being built in these early years. Good parenting, especially that which is based on ‘serve-and-return’ interactions, can create a buffer against stressful circumstances that would otherwise derail the proper wiring of the brain, and ensure the creation of the right circuitry. Good parenting can not only buffer, but also create strong brain architecture, which serves as the basis for better health, academic, and social outcomes in children.

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Kinedu Assessments 101

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How does Kinedu tailor activity programs specifically to a child’s development? We do so through our periodic and continuous assessments.

Although these two are presented in two separate formats, they both serve the function of updating your baby’s progress so that each activity program is better tailored to his or her needs.

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Our most shared video

Here’s our most shared video to date – Playing with Play Dough!

The activity works to strengthen your baby’s physical tactile area of development by getting him or her to experiment with new materials and textures. Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments!

This video is tailored to babies 8-12 months old.

 

 

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