Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Review: BabyHomepages.net

I think one of the best things about living in an era with so much technology is the fact that we are able to stay connected to those we love, even when they're geographically far away. Yesterday I chatted online with a dear friend of mine who lives in Amsterdam, got a message on my Facebook wall from a friend in Ukraine, and my husband and our kids video chatted with his parents who live in Canada.  There truly is no excuse to not stay in touch anymore!

Today I found out about a website service that helps your friends and family stay connected to the most important members of the family- the children! It's called Baby Home Pages  and is a service that allows you to make a free personalized website for your kid (or kids). I logged on and within 2 minutes had created a site that featured pictures of Vivian, an update as to what she is up to right now, and posted a brief story talking about her newfound love of solid foods. It's going to be fun to keep this updated- and I need to start a site for Ethan as well!

Normally I do a lot of this updating in various places all over the web, but my family members are always losing their log-in info for the photo site I use, and they have trouble remembering which buttons to click to get the videos to play. And when I am posting constant kid updates on Facebook, I know that 95.5% of my friends roll their eyes and vow to never look at my page again.

With Baby Home Pages , you get a free personalized site where you can post photos and stories and send e-cards- and there's a journal and guestbook, so your family and friends can leave comments letting you know that they too love your kid's pictures! The free version does have advertising on it, but it's fairly unobtrusive. If you upgrade to the premium site ($18 for six months or $3.25 for month-to-month), there is no advertising and you also have the ability to upload audio and video and more options for the look of the site. 

There are a ton of other cool features about this site, including the ability to update by email and ordering a printable (PDF) copy of the site.

So if you have a baby on the way, or a new (or even not-so-new) little person in the house and you want to share their life with those you love, give Baby Home Pages a visit!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for writing this post and all opinions here are mine and mine alone. However, the post does contain pay-per-click links, which I would love for you to check out!