10 Times The Apple Watch Made Parenting Easier
I’ve had my Apple watch for a couple of weeks now and I think it’s a great little gadget. Here’s how I thought The Apple Watch Made Parenting Easier for me.
Top of the list, it tells the time!!! OMG, yes, okay, you’re probably shouting “That’s what a watch is for!!!” Hear me out on this one. As someone who hasn’t consistently worn a watch for the last 10+ years and probably have been without one permanently for the last 5, it’s refreshing to actually raise my wrist to find the time there. No longer do I have to ask someone or fish my phone out whilst juggling a toddler! Plus it’s accurate, and when Summer/Winter time changes, I don’t have to worry whether to move time forward or backward. And for the price of this little gadget, it does so much more than just tell the time.
The apple watch is functional, yet stylish. This piece of art itself is a fashion statement and Apple have done a great job designing a piece that is appealing, sturdy and beautiful. Additionally, the fact that you can customise the watch face ad straps means it can match your outfit and mood. Voila! This mummy is fashionable, cool and up to date with an accessory that is unique and personal. Of course, style doesn’t help with direct parenting, but at least part of my appearance looks like I’m organised, even if I’m not.
I’m a working mum, and most days, I would be sitting in an office pretty much in front of a computer all day long! With the Apple watch, it reminds me that I need to Stand up and take a walk. Basically, it reminds me to get off my butt and move more. The handy Activity App lets me set targets and tells me how far I am from reaching my daily goal. Each week, it gives me a summary and adjusts my target. Pushing me that little bit more. I know I don’t need an expensive gadget to tell me that I’m not exercising, but having this actually makes me appreciate when I do make an effort. As a mum, I fret about my families health and wellbeing all the time, so it’s about time I focused a bit on myself too.
After getting the Apple watch, I have truly warmed up to Siri. Now I’m that woman who talks to Siri multiple times throughout the day telling it to remind me of things. This is especially useful if you have a busy working and/or personal life, but top that with mummy brain and it really is a life saver.
Sometimes, when I tell #JasperBean to time out in the corner, instead of staring at the clock. I will set a reminder by saying: “Hey Siri, remind me to get Jasper in 2 minutes”. Now I can take those 2 precious minutes to calm myself down without getting more agitated by time watching! I’ve also never worked out how to use the timer on the oven and totally forget how long it’s been running until I smell something burning… Oops! I get that Siri is on the iPhone, but nothing beats the convenience of having her (or him) on my wrist. However, now I just look like a crazy women lifting my arm to say: “Hey Siri, remind me to… at…” and then carry on with whatever, this takes seconds and that’s it. So I can live with looking crazy if it makes my life a little easier. Boom!
One of the most used features of my Apple watch is notifications. I carry my phone with me everywhere, but a lot of the times, this is in my bag on silent. So when S calls me or more importantly the nursery or vet. I pretty much will miss it. However, with the watch’s vibration notifications, I am able to privately and discreetly glance at my watch without whipping out the phone to see if it’s something urgent that I need to deal with. This is extremely useful when I am in a meeting or appointment. And, I can actually answer the call on my watch, well not when I’m in a meeting, unless I want everyone to hear us on speakerphone!
I have also synced my calendar onto my watch, so I can see what appoinments or meetings are coming up with a gentle tap or turn. You might think having notifications on my wrist is going to be annoying and take up so much of my time as it’s far more accessible. But in reality, I have actually had more free time away from technology! Why? Because I no longer have to take out my phone every time it pings or vibrates and then being distracted by Facebook, emails, Safari, Whatsapp or the news. I have set up my Apple watch so that it only notifies me on what’s important. I’m extremely thankful for this, because now #JasperBean doesn’t always see me holding my phone or pressing something on it. The Apple watch being a great technology has actaually unhooked me on the over reliance and addiction to technology. This is something that I thought no amount of money can buy, but it just shows that it is possible.
Apple Pay already makes it super easy to pay. Now that I have it on my wrist, there is no need to dig out the phone or wallet underneath the diapers, bottles, snacks, loveys, toys… etcetc. Shopping has remarkably been less stressful, and no more holding up the queue! Additionally, I also feel safer that I don’t need to take out my phone (see the general theme here?) or wallet in the streets. As there has been multiple reports of phone/wallet snatchings by people on motorbikes recently.
I can see all my favourite photos on my wrist! But that’s not why I love it. The fact that the Apple watch has made taking photos so much easier has hearts pounding out of my eyes! I can never rely on S taking random photos of me and #JasperBean and every photo looks like we’ve had to “organise” it. So now I can take photo’s of me and my little boy that don’t include my face taking up half the screen. This is because the Apple watch acts like a remote control for the camera on your iPhone. It also shows you a preview of what you’re capturing as well!! Which means no more running to my allocated space within seconds of my timer going off (and missing) or selfie sticks hitting someone else’s head.
As mentioned earlier, after 2.5 years, mummy brain has decided to stay. I have my iPhone with me most of the time, but when I decide to put it down… I don’t always succeed at locating it! Cue: S. He would offer to call it and we will stay very very quiet to listen to the vibration, as yes, I keep my phone silenced. This would work 99% of the time if S was around, but when he’s not, I’m at a lost. Scrambling around the house, digging in toy drawers, kitchen cabinets, some random shelf or table… but now! Cue: The Apple watch ping! When this is activated, it causes my iPhone to sound off a string of loud beeps even when it is on silent! Finding my iPhone has never been easier! I just need to make sure we’re in the same-ish location!
Everyone knows that you can take phone calls on your Apple Watch, but did you know that you can still answer it if little one was watching “Peppa Pig” or some random Youtube video on your iPhone? No wrestling or meltdowns in public! Yay!! Receiving and replying to Messages and Whatsapp directly on my wrist with voice, scribble or pre-set words/phrases is much easier than I thought it would be as well. But, there is no native Whatsapp app on the Apple watch, so it’s not great if that’s what you rely on for messaging. However, push notification works a treat!
Bonus: Bedtime stories
Yes, you’ve read that right. Siri can tell you a bedtime story! It might just need a few virtual nudges or pleas. Be persistent and ask nicely, Siri will eventually give in. It’s not going to read “The Three Little Pigs” or “Gruffalo”, but when Siri gave in and told us her (his) story, it certainly did put a smile on our faces. This is the kind of small gesture that makes robots seem more personal and human, just like Wall-E from Pixar. #JasperBean loves it. I love it!
So, are you going to get one too?
We have survived without a smart watch for centuries and obviously it’s not a must have necessity to function on a daily basis. Yes, I know I don’t need it, but I really wanted it. My Apple watch does not “own” me, but it does complement my life and makes a lot of today’s technological advances simpler and easier to steer. Especially if you use the Apple suite at home or work, it’s nice that they are able to ‘talk’ to one another. 🙂
Have you had experience with the Apple watch? If you do, has the Apple watch made parenting easier for you as well? Or has it it been relegated to the bottom of your drawer already? I’m still learning, so please do share your tips with me! I would love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading and until next time…
Love, MsMamaBean x
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