We will be honest with you: Plenty of parents do an amazing job even without gadgets and gizmos. But if you are in a position where you can afford (hint hint: stick them on your baby registry!) a fancy product that can save you from messes, anxiety and sleepless nights, look to these high-tech baby items that aim to make parenting a little less hard.
The Owlet, Smart Sock
Checking your baby every 30 minutes while they sleep? This wearable monitor looks like a teeny sock, but it actually tracks your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels in real-time via an app. You will be alerted if anything reads out of the ordinary. Though it is not an official medical device, it provides reassurance (especially for parents with kids who may have certain health conditions). It also monitors your baby’s sleep patterns so you can use that information to help create better routines — and avoid a cranky baby.
SNOO, Smart Sleeper Bassinet
Talk to any parent to a newborn and you will find one of the hardest challenges is sleep deprivation. The Snoo “smart crib” is the closest thing you will get to buy yourself (and your baby) a good night’s sleep. Created by pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp, you swaddle your baby in the Snoo’s sleep sack that is attached to the bassinet. You can use your app or a button on the base to activate a gentle rocking motion and white noise. If your baby starts to cry, the microphones signal the motors to increase the rocking movement and make the white noise louder. If your baby cries past its highest level, the Snoo will notify you — likely the baby is hungry or needs more attention. The Snoo is almost as good as your very own night nurse.
The most impressive feature of all is that the Snoo was accepted into the Food and Drug Administration’s Breakthrough Device Program, which means it is being considered as a product that prevents Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Since the Snoo guarantees your baby will not roll over because of the embedded sleep sack, there are zero injuries or deaths associated with it.
Baby Brezza, One Step Sterilizer and Dryer
Sterilizing a hundred baby bottle and pump parts just became easier thanks to this handy tool. It naturally kills off 99.9% of germs in just eight minutes and fits all brands and sizes of bottles or pump parts. Since not all baby bottles and pump parts are dishwasher friendly, you will appreciate that this dries parts in as quickly as 30 minutes.
Nuna, Leaf Grow Swing - Blush
A bouncer not only frees up your arms, but gives your baby a safe, calm space to relax or nap under supervision. This manual style might not scream “high-tech” at first since it, in fact, does not require any batteries or electricity (you just offer it a little tap and it stays in motion for up to two minutes). But the technology is all in the innovative design: While most bouncers are only intended for the first five or six months (until the baby starts to sit up unassisted), this one grows with your child so you can even use it as a toddler seat.
Nanit, Complete Monitoring System
When you have finally got your baby down, a baby monitor comes in handy for making sure they are sound asleep and in a safe position. The Nanit’s sleek design has a wall mount feature that gives you a bird’s-eye view so you do not have any blind spots of the crib. On top of two-way audio, night vision, room temperature readings and sleep data, the Nanit Complete System takes it up a notch by also letting you track your baby’s breathing using the brand’s swaddle. In addition to the app, it syncs with your Amazon Echo or Echo Spot for easy access around the house.
Willow, Wearable Breast Pump Generation 3
When you are a mom, you become excellent at multitasking. But nothing slows down your day like being attached to an outlet when you need to pump. While pumping probably is not your favorite part of the day, it changes the game when you are able to get hands-free mobility. This chargeable pump slides into your regular bra and collects milk directly into spill-proof milk bags or a reusable container. Plus, the suction rivals a regular pump — even giving some people more output.
4Moms, MamaRoo Infant Seat
Your baby loves getting rocked. But as much as you love the snuggles, your arms eventually need a break. Consider this MamaRoo seat as the Rolls-Royce of bouncers. The different motion and speed settings mimic an actual human (aka no unnatural vibrations) and the built-in sounds soothe and calm your baby — all controllable from your phone.
Cybex, Sirona S Car Seat
You know that getting your squirmy child in and out of the car seat can be a stressful experience — particularly when you’re getting pelted by the rain or snow. This rotatable car seat makes transportation a breeze. The best part about it is its safety features. The smart-tech harness chest clip alerts your phone via an app if the temperature of the car is too cold or hot, if the driver leaves the car with the child behind or the child somehow unbuckles the car seat. Plus, you have got all the features that come in many modern car seats: an anti-rebound design, crash protection and recline adjustment (up to 12 different positions). The last little bonus feature? Magnetic buckle holders so you never have to dig for them underneath your kid.
Hatch Baby, Grow Smart Changing Pad and Scale
Particularly if you are breastfeeding, it is hard to determine how much your baby is eating and if it is enough, which can be a stressful experience. Thanks to Hatch’s smart technology, you can avoid potential extra trips to the pediatrician with this changing pad that doubles as an infant scale so you can track your baby’s weight gain. It automatically syncs with its app, which is free to use.
Doona, Car Seat & Stroller
When you are looking for baby transportation that does it all, look no further than the Doona. Like the Megatron of the baby product world, this infant car seat uniquely transforms itself into a stroller. Perfect for city dwellers, parents who rely on public transportation or those who travel frequently, the Doona is easy to install in a taxi or rental car (it does not require a base) and unfolds into a stroller in seconds. There is nothing like it on the market yet, but the caveats are that it is a bit bulky and does not have a basket for storage.
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