Long before The Kids were born, I would regularly send emails to friends and families updating them on what we were doing and sharing a picture or two. It would have been fun to share those times with you, however, unfortunately, all that correspondence is gone.
When The Kids came along, I wanted to capture their milestones and put them into words and pictures. In turn, Journeys of The Zoo was born. Having the blog has really worked for me, however, not so much for my Family or for Privacy. When I heard about a Canadian company called HiMama, I knew that I wanted to share them with you.
What is HiMama and How Do I Get Started?
HiMama is a Toronto based company whose goal is to create innovative ways for parents, caregivers and others to record, share and relive a child’s moments. By providing an easy way to capture and share loved ones’ moments, you can receive smiles and experience events as they happen. We’re not the only one that thought it was a good idea because since 2012, their customers have captured over 1.3 million moments.
Getting started is easy and free! Go to HiMama’s website, “Request an Invite”, Create a Journal (for each child or in our case, I created one for both kids), customize your “crew members” privileges and in less than 5 minutes, you and your crew members can start creating activities. Upload a picture, video or even just text. There are no limitations on file size or the number of activities you can add.
If others are allowed to add activities, you can clearly see who added them and receive an email when they do. This email functionality is one feature that really drew me to the application. I love that it can send members (like my Mother-In-Law), an email about a new event prompting her to visit the journal. For her, it’s easier to navigate than a blog and she doesn’t have to read an entire blog post that may or may not have a picture of The Kids. The bonus, people can leave comments. The Kids will really appreciate this once they start to read.
Can You Integrate with Caregivers?
Yes. If you’re a working parent and your caregiver subscribes to HiMama you can also get updates about your kid’s activities throughout the day. For the little ones, you get informed about essentials like fluid intake, meals and sleep times. As your child transitions into preschool and kindergarten, you start getting more information about what they’re learning.
HiMama replaces uninspiring written daily sheets with a personalized touch that you can view via email, the HiMama website and HiMama’s mobile apps. Receive instant updates with photos and videos during the workday, which can help alleviate anxiety about how your little one’s doing and can provide a good little pick-me-up during those down times at work!
What About Internet Safety?
One of the first questions I asked was what about internet safety. Ron, the Founder assured me that The Kids identity, pictures and milestones were secure. Since I am not extremely technical, I found this document on their website about Internet Safety very useful.
Another thing he told me that I wasn’t aware of was that all pictures posted to your Facebook Account are implicitly granting Facebook a worldwide license to use those pictures even if they’re private!?
Like everyone else, I’m busy. However, since I already share the pictures via multiple social media platforms, taking an extra two minutes to add a picture to the Kids HiMama Journal isn’t too much. And the value added in having their Grandparents involved in their day-to-day lives is Priceless.
Do You Share Your Child’s Milestones with Loved Ones?
Disclosure: Journeys of The Zoo received compensation in exchange for sharing our story with you.