I couldn’t help but hark back on the days when I had interactive toys (e.g. talking teddy bear) as a child after collaborating with today’s sponsor: CloudPets™. It was extraordinary in those days when toys simply talked, but toys back in those days are hardly extraordinary compared to the interactive toys of today. Interactive toys that interact via an app on a tablet or smartphone are now the norm in this day and age. CloudPets™ ($39.99) is no exception!
This communicative, yet huggable and sentimental stuffed animal sends and receives messages via an app on the smartphone. It’s the perfect solution for those that live anywhere in the world (e.g. deployed service members), working late, or traveling and want to send a message to their loved one from afar. I regularly travel and attend events, thus I’ve found CloudPets™ to be an ingenious concept to stay connected with my children. It also helps me as a parent to maintain a bond with my children. This hinders them from feeling lonely and disconnected. In fact, research has shown that transitional objects (e.g. toys and blankets) improve the emotional development of up to 70% children.
I can also see how it can be beneficial for an elderly parent that lives alone or even loved ones who are staying in the hospital or at the nursing home. All of these aforementioned situations can be lonesome. Therefore, something like the CloudPets™ can bring a smile to their face, knowing that they’re loved and that someone is thinking of them.
I wish I had known about CloudPets™ last spring when my husband and I went on a cruise to Princess Cays, Bahamas last spring. The internet connect was very fickle and the overseas phone charges were outrageous! Those three days in the Bahamas practically seemed like three months since I was unable to communicate with my children as I wanted. CloudPets™ would have made our trip smoother!
How CloudPets™ Works
Sending Messages to a Profile
– Install the CloudPets™ app from Google Play or Apple Store. It’s simple and free to install. Also, there aren’t any hidden in-app charges.
– Open the app. You’ll be greeted by a CloudPets™ puppy, asking you if you have a CloudPets™. If you don’t have one, click on the option that indicates that you don’t have one. You’ll then be given the option to send messages to your child that has a CloudPets™ or to purchase one.
– If sending a message, tap on the “Record Message” button to record a message (up to 10 seconds). The message will play back after recording it. Send by tapping on “Select Recipients” if satisfied with the quality of your message, or re-record if you’re not. You can choose the recipient(s) of your choice if your children are sharing a CloudPet™ or if there’s more than one CloudPet™. CloudPets™ takes a child’s privacy and safety into consideration, thus parents can approve and/or reject all incoming messages.
Sending Messages to a CloudPet™
– Open up the app in Child Mode
– You’ll receive a notification when a new message arrives, but you can also click on “My Messages” to see if there any new messages. Click on the message(s), then select the “Send to CloudPet™” button to send the message(s) to your CloudPet™. The CloudPets™ heart will start blinking, indicating that your message(s) has arrived! Simply squeeze the blue button on your CloudPet™ left paw to listen to your message.
Sending a Message from Your CloudPet™
Sending messages from your CloudPet™ is just as easy as listening to messages on it! You can its right paw to record a message, and then squeezing it again to stop recording. The app will let you know when the message is downloading. Once it’s finished, you can send, play, or delete the message.
We got one for my mom who was in the hospital most of the summer. My kids loved sending her messages and she loved getting them!
That is a cool toy! I think my baby and toddler would both love that! I am always amazed how technology is increasingly being a part of our daily lives. This is one of the great ideas!
That is such an adorable idea! I’m going to buy one since my husband is always traveling. I love it!!! 😀
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This is so cool! This is absolutely the cutest way to lessen the sting of family being far away.
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This is definitely a cute idea but I think it’s aimed more towards long distant relationships/family or children. Can’t really see myself needing one but maybe.
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This is a cool toy! I was just talking to my sister last night and she was telling me how much she misses my kids. We should send her a Cloud Pet.
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cute idea.. I think i should get one for my son’s birthday . I’ve been reading positive reviews everywhere
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I think this is a perfect idea for families who have to be separated because of work. It is so hard on a child to have one or both parents living or working away from home. Cloud Pets might just be the perfect solution to bridge that gap.
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These CloudPets are so amazing for anyone to receive and can help so many in different situations. My niece is away from her kids right now and this would be a great way for them to communicate with her along with her communicating with them. I love this new technology. Thanks for sharing.
This is a super cute toy! I can envision so many fun uses for sending msgs to my kids!
The CloudPets talking Teddy bear is a very cute idea. This would be a neat gift for kids from grandparents or vice versa to bridge the distance.
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That is the coolest thing! This would be a great gift that my kids can give to their Pap this Christmas.
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My parents live a thousand miles away from us. I’ll bet they will be delighted to receive a cloudpet and hear my son’s voice. They missed him terribly.
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I have been seeing these commercials. They looks super cute and would make a great gift.
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These are so cute. I would love to get one to send home to my moms BFF. Shes been like a second mom to me, and I know she’d love this! She misses my kiddos!
I have heard nothing but great reviews about this product and nothing but ‘I want this’ from my niece LOL great review!
What a fabulous toy. It reminds me of Pal Mickey that I rented at Disneyworld one year. I was alone so he was my date, and he made jokes, told me which lineups were shorter, etc. Loved him.
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CloudPets is so cute! And I love the idea behind it. It would definitely make a great gift.
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The Cloudpet is a cute idea. It would be perfect for a deployed military family too. I kinda wish that I had one of these when my mom was living in a nursing home. She would have been able to hear our voices when we weren’t able to be there.
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