Is Kidtogeny Trustworthy?

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That’s an important and good question.  The answer is, Yes.  To see how we keep Kidtogeny trustworthy, keep reading.

We prevent eavesdropping

Messages between us and you are protected with a method called https.  Sites that use this secure method have an https (not http) at the beginning of their web address.  A green padlock icon by the address box is a sign of this method. Look at the address bar in your browser, and you should see something like the following examples.

image of https address in Chrome browser

Image of Firefox address bar for https site

That green padlock is important.  Watch for it.

Your information is protected

We take other security steps.  We host Kidtogeny on Google cloud servers located in the European Union. EU-based servers must meet strict data protection rules.  Also, Google operates on its own global network rather than on the public internet for transmission of information between data centers. This means your information is more secure when it travels across the internet.

Bad guys are tireless, so staying safe is an ongoing task.  A web security service company regularly scans Kidtogeny for web safety issues.  They notify me if any new threat appears.

You can trust me

I’m Warren Eaton, and Kidtogeny is my baby.  I may make a mistake, but I won’t intentionally mislead you.  If I can be trusted, Kidtogeny can be trusted.

For more about me, start here and check my academic resume.  I’ve worked as a developmental psychologist with the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba for over 40 years.  To check on my existence, call them at (204) 474-9338.  I’m who I say I am.  You’ll get accurate and useful developmental information from me and Kidtogeny.

Questions or comments?  Send me a message.

Warren

Why the name Kidtogeny?

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Why the name Kidtogeny?

It’s an odd word.  What was I thinking?  Well, it’s not as crazy as it looks.

I created it from two other words, kid and ontogeny.

Kidtogeny name tag
Of course you know the word kid, but what’s the deal with ontogeny?  It’s defined as the development of an individual organism. Put the two together, and you have a unique word about kids’ development.

If you like math, Kidtogeny = Kid + (ontogeny – on).  It’s easy to pronounce when you know it’s kid + togeny because you know to break between d and t.

Why bother to create a new word?

I needed a unique address for my website, and no one had taken Kidtogeny.  I liked its uniqueness, and its additive meaning is just right.

There are tools for helping you watch for child and baby milestones.  Check them out.

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Baby Milestone Cards

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Have you heard about baby milestone cards?

baby milestone cards screenshot

I hadn’t until quite recently.  I certainly knew about milestones and babies (.  I’ve also played cards.  But I couldn’t put it all together.

It turns out that we used them with our own kids.  We called them month-iversery pictures: photos of them on their 1-month anniversary, or 2-month, or whatever it might be.  Basically, we wrote our baby’s age on a slip of paper and took a picture of baby beside it.1-yr-old with hand-lettered milestone card
Here are some examples.
These days, you can buy pre-made cards for this.
These are milestones for parents – moments you want to remember.
But what about milestones in a baby’s development? Every baby is unique, after all. They take things at their own pace

Why record baby milestones?

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Should you keep a record of baby milestones?

Isn’t recognizing a new milestone enough?  Why record it?  A record of baby milestones is important and valuable for several reasons.

standing without support item for record of baby milestones

The pleasure of spotting a milestone is fleeting.  A record of it is more lasting evidence of your baby’s developmental progress.

You will forget a lot about the blur of baby care.  Believe me.  A record of baby milestones will offset your failing memory.

A detailed milestone history can be a valuable part of your child’s health record.  It can flesh out the bare bones of a doctor’s record of infant development.

Lastly, a milestones record can make an amusing gift to the older child. It’s fun to remind your child of the strange creature they were as an infant.

You’ll have lots of questions.  What should I watch for?  When?  Which milestones occur when baby is on their back?  On their stomach?  What are the details of the Superhero milestone?

The Catalog tools will help answer the questions. The tools include a recording form and many more details than the names and drawings provide. Learn more here.