Thursday, November 1, 2007

8 New Baby Signs Added

The Baby Sign Language Dictionary and the Baby Sign Racer game have been updated to include 8 new baby sign language animations.

  • baby
  • banana
  • bed
  • no
  • play
  • telephone
  • toilet
  • yes

The Baby Sign Racer game has also been updated with the option to choose your race length (12, 18, or 24 questions) and a bug fix that caused it to slow down over time.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

New Baby Signs Added

The Baby Sign Language Dictionary and the Baby Sign Racer game have been updated to include 9 new baby sign language animations.

  • bath
  • bird
  • book
  • car
  • cat
  • father
  • finished
  • fish
  • mother
More to come soon!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Baby Sign Racer

Test your baby sign language knowledge with Baby Sign Racer, a free baby sign flash card game.

A baby sign word appears at the top of the game and you have to select the corresponding baby sign animation. Select the correct baby sign as quickly as you can and race against your best time.

Before playing the game you'll probably want to visit the Baby Sign Language Video Dictionary to learn a few baby signs.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Website Unredesign

Whew! Thank goodness for Google Analytics. It looks like prettyis not always better. After giving the new website redesign about a week it was obvious that the new layout and navigation design were confusing people - traffic dropped by 50%. All the CSS trickery and XHTML optimization were for naught so it's back to the old design with a few minor tweaks.

The new/old design makes more room for content by moving the navigation bar to the top of the page next to the logo. This should hopefully make it easier for people with smaller screens to be able to see everything without scrolling horizontally.

Unnecessary large images have also been removed to speed up page loading.

I can't say that this new/old design is beautiful, but it seems to work better than the version that I thought was beautiful - traffic went right back up to normal levels as soon as the new/old design was posted.

Hope you like the new/old design. Now I'm back to creating widgets...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Website Redesign

As additional games, tools, toys, and learning activities have been added to the Babystrology website the navigation has somewhat suffered. The Babystrology site redesign hopefully improves navigation confusion by organizing the site into 4 major sections: Learning, Tools, Toys, and Games. A grid layout was also implemented in this update to improve the consistency from page to page. Hopefully it makes things easier to understand. Other minor updates include make the Peepee Teepee Launcher game larger and redesigning the layout of the Baby Name Finder to optimize the available screen real estate.

I look forward to hearing any feedback about the new site design.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Baby Sign Language Animated Video Dictionary

Teach baby sign language to your baby using the Babystrology free Baby Sign Language Video Dictionary.

The animated videos of baby signs are free for you to watch and learn baby sign language.

The Baby Sign Language Dictionary uses American Sign Language (ASL) - the standard amongst baby sign language books and classes and a growing number of daycare centers.

So far only the 3 basic baby signs (eat, milk, and more) have been added, but the Baby Sign Language Video Dictionary will grow every week - so check in often to learn new baby signs!

Friday, August 24, 2007

3D Baby Fetus

View a human baby fetus in 3D. This is the first of hopefully many different weekly stages of fetus development throughout pregnancy. This first fetus is of an 8-week old fetus.

The 3D fetus requires the latest Flash player version 9.0.47+ (it's using some pretty new technology).

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Baby Name Finder Released

If you're like most parents, deciding on a name for your new baby can be pretty difficult. Hopefully it will be a little bit easier with this new tool, the Babystrology Baby Name Finder.

The Babystrology Baby Name Finder is a baby name database that is quick and easy to search through for baby names, variations, meanings, origin and gender. Just type in any part of the name you're interested in and you'll instantly get a list of names and variations. For example let's say you're looking for variations on the name Adrian. Just type in "Adr" and you'll get a list of everything from Adriaan to Hadrian.

If you're interested in names from a particular ethnic origin, just select it from the origin drop-down. For example, there are over 90 Celtic names and even a couple of Hawaiian and Sanskrit baby names. There are more baby names being added all the time!

A graph indicating the baby name's popularity and rank over time will give you an idea of how unique a particular name is.

I hope you enjoy the Babystrology Baby Name Finder. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Baby ticker updated - Multiple Baby Support

Due to popular demand, multiple baby support has been added to Baby Ticker - The Baby Countdown Pregnancy Ticker. You can now specify how many babies you are carrying! Twins, triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets, sextuplets and more!
Currently only installation through WidgetBox supports easy installation with multiple babies, but I'll have the Baby Ticker Creator updated to support multiple babies in the next couple of days too.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Peepee Teepee Launcer - Flash Baby Game

The Peepee Teepee Launcher Flash baby game that I've been working on for the last several weeks has finally been launched.

The goal is to get mommy's attention with the peepee teepee as many times as possible before time runs out.

Hint: Aim for mommy's new hairdo for maximum attention-grabbing points.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I had fun making it.


Thursday, February 15, 2007

Baby ticker updated - Now with optional countdown formats

Thanks to the suggestion by Elissa on Widgetbox, I've updated the baby ticker - pregnancy countdown baby ticker widget to allow people to choose how they want their countdown numbers to be formatted. By clicking on the countdown numbers you can now toggle between the following formats:
  • Days To Go
  • Weeks & Days To Go
  • Days So Far
  • Weeks & Days So Far
The widget will remember your last selected format so that you don't have to change it every time you visit the page.

Any other suggestions are welcome too.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Top 10 Baby Onesie Designs for January 2007

I've posted a list of the top 10 best baby onesie designs over on a Squidoo lens. It's a collection of notable baby onesie designs that I've either created or run across the last month.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Baby T-shirt : Baby Love

I'm happy to announce the release of a new t-shirt design: Baby Love - Like a full diaper, it cannot be contained.

The Baby Love t-shirt idea was originally inspired by my desire to express my growing feelings for my soon-to-be born baby. It's amazing that you can form such an attachment for a person you've never met. I wanted to visualize this feeling in a fun, yet meaningful way.

To convey the idea of unbound baby love I created an explosion of baby items. If you look closely you'll see teddy bears, baby overalls, baby rattles, diapers, baby pacifiers, baby mobiles, baby cradles, and more. It's quite a complex combination of baby paraphernalia with hundreds of twists and turns.

I hope you enjoy the Baby Love t-shirt. I certainly had fun designing it. You can buy the Baby Love t-shirt or a Baby Love framed print at the Babystrology Gift Store.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

New Baby Ticker Widget Released

I've been working on a baby ticker widget for the last few weeks, and it's finally done. It's a baby countdown widget that counts down how many days are left before your baby's due date. As you get closer to your expected delivery date the baby fetus will change to show the current stage of your baby's development.

I was inspired having recently seen the first ultrasound of my own baby. I was surprised at how much movement and jumping around my tiny baby was doing! I decided that this baby ticker widget had to show it too, so if you watch carefully, you'll see the baby will slowly floating around. There's also an umbilical cord that attaches to the baby!

Create your own baby ticker

You can add your own customized pregnancy ticker and add it to your own web pages, blog posts and signatures too! If you click on the baby ticker widget on this page it will take you to a page that will allow you to customize your own baby ticker, with your own name and due date.

I hope you have as much fun with the baby countdown ticker widget as I had making it!

Monday, January 8, 2007

January 8, 2007 - Baby Heaven Rain Horoscope

Heaven Rain, born to actors David Charvet and Brooke Burke, was born to talk the talk and walk the walk. Her larger than life personality will be both provocative and daring, leading her to the cutting edge in nature, sports, or business. Heaven Rain will be drawn towards where the action and energy are. Born to perform and change the status quo, Heaven Rain will need an outlet for her creativity and sociable personality. Heaven Rain will have many of the same qualities as her mom during the WildOn! days: beauty, sensuality, and drawn towards extreme sports and wild parties.

Other people born on this day:
  • Ami Dolenz, actress
  • Butterfly McQueen, actress
  • David Bowie, musician
  • Elvis Presley, musician
  • Gaby Hoffman, actress
  • Stephen Hawkins, physicist