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Raise your hand if your child has something they can’t function without? This might be a toy, a blanket, or in our case, an “Oobie”. What the heck is an “Oobie”? Well, it’s what still remains of my four-year-old daughter’s Wubbanub pacifier. At 18 months old, I snipped off the pacifier and gave her back the little pink elephant that had been attached to it. She gave it a bit of a confused look and then went about her day carrying Oobie around as usual. To this day, she (yep it’s a she) remains a permanent fixture in our lives. I don’t really know for certain why she started calling it Oobie but the closest explanation I can come up with is that she always called her binky a “beebee” and when she learned to make an elephant sound, I think they were somehow combined to become “Oobie”.
Oobie is her lifelong friend and basically her security blanket. A couple of years ago, we had a major catastrophe and she lost Oobie. For about a month, the missing Oobie was a topic of conversation day and night, especially at night. Despite my husband’s protests that we should just let her forget about it (he fears she’ll be attending high school with it), I bought another Wubbanub, clipped off the pacifier and tried to slip it by her, but she wasn’t having it. She took one look at it and said: “That’s not Oobie, that’s Oobie’s sister.” And thus the new elephant became known as Oobie’s Sister, until a few months later when she randomly found original Oobie tucked up into her high chair. Yes, it had been that long since I had taken off the cover and cleaned it, don’t judge me! And now she had two Oobies and was lovingly referring to them as Clean Oobie (the newer one) and Dirty Oobie (don’t get me started on that one).
I can’t tell you how often those little elephants have gone missing. If only she had picked a larger stuffed animal or a blanket to attach to as it’s pretty much become a weekly routine that she loses one or both of them and we end up searching the house from top to bottom or she will never go to sleep. So, when TrackR contacted me to ask if I was interested in being a part of their new campaign aimed at making the day to day challenges of being a parent a little bit easier, needless to say, I jumped at the chance! I was so excited when they offered to send me a TrackR pixel to try out (as well as one to giveaway on Instagram, so don’t miss that)!
TrackR pixel is an easy way to find misplaced items using your smartphone. It’s a Bluetooth tracking tag great for items commonly misplaced in the home, and not a live GPS. It’s tiny, like the size of a quarter, lightweight and rings and lights up so you can find anything, even in the dark. Or, on the flip side, if you can’t find your phone, just press the button on TrackR pixel to make your phone ring loudly, even if you’re like me and always forget to take your phone off silent mode. How cool is that? Because seriously, I lose my phone more than anyone should.
Of course, the obvious solution for us was to put the TrackR to use on Oobie! So, we busted out the Doc Mobile and performed a little operation. We’re currently missing Dirty Oobie (no surprise there) so Clean Oobie was the subject of our procedure. Sadly, she recently suffered a loss of the beads in her right leg but it worked out as there was a tiny little hole where we could place the TrackR and stitch her up. It’s that small! Thankfully the procedure was a success and Oobie recovered well and was ready to play again soon after.
I have to say, I was really impressed with how easy it was to set this up. I simply downloaded the TrackR app to my smartphone and answered a few quick questions to create my account. To activate, I pressed the button on the TrackR itself and the Bluetooth connected within seconds. After Oobie was finished recuperating, we, of course, had to pretend to lose her about 30 times the first day. 😉
This app is pretty cool. It shows exactly where on the map you can find your missing item and even shows your distance from the item. The TrackR itself will play an audible tone until you locate your item and you can also set-up family sharing. So, if ever Oobie is lost when I’m not at home, my husband or even Grandma, can track down Oobie from their phones. I also like that you can name each TrackR, in case you have multiples, and then easily distinguish between them. Looks like we will be needing a second TrackR pixel, if we ever find the missing Oobie! Good thing it’s very reasonably priced at $24.99 for one device (less than the price of two new Oobies!) or you can get deals for buying more. Plus check out the end of this post for a discount code. 🙂
There are so many cool features of TrackR pixel including a Crowd Locate option. If you elect to participate, when another TrackR user is within Bluetooth range of your lost item, you’ll receive a location update. In fact, just the other day, I was driving down the road and got a notification that said I had just helped another user locate their missing item! Also, if you love the Amazon Echo “Alexa”, like we do (remember our living room dance parties?), you can connect Alexa and simply say “Ask TrackR to find my phone,” and Alexa will ring it for you. Afraid you might leave an item behind? Just set-up the separation alert on your app so the device will start to beep anytime it’s separated from your phone.
Also, if you’re a parent, you’re mind is likely going right where mine went. How safe is it to have this tracking device hanging out in my child’s toy and so close to my child all the time? I reached out to TrackR with this very question. They assured me that TrackR is completely safe as it doesn’t emit any kind of signal that could be harmful. Great to know since she basically sleeps with Oobie right next to her face!
And guess what? We just set-up TrackR last week and already had to put it to use! It was bedtime and of course, Oobie was nowhere to be found, so panic was ensuing. I opened up the app, saw that Oobie was relatively close by, hit the button on my app to turn on the item ringer and within a couple minutes we had located her in the back of the car. Remember, the app will tell you how close or far you are getting from the item, so it’s kind of like a game of Hot and Cold! This little girl couldn’t have been happier! And neither could this mama since it saved me a lot of headaches and got her and me to bed a little earlier!
If you’re interested in picking up a TrackR (or two or three or four!), I have a discount code for you to save 15% off your purchase. Just go to the TrackR site and use code SUPERPARENT. If you use my link to their site to make a purchase, TrackR will send you an additional TrackR device for FREE.
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