Products and Devices to Make Parenting Easier
My husband and I recently welcomed home our first kiddo! It’s been an awesome transition into a new phase of our life, but it’s also been busy and overwhelming at times. As a technology fan to begin with, I started searching for must-have gadgets for new parents before our bundle of joy even arrived. Based on my research, reviews, and experiences, what follows are my top 5 recommendations to help make new parenting life a tad bit smoother.
Hello Baby Video Monitor
We have a fairly small house and we don’t need a complicated video monitor. We needed a reliable way to look at our son as he snoozes in his crib. There are MANY baby video monitors on the market with complex features and the ability to expand to multiple video units over time, but those weren’t the right fit for us. Instead, we found HelloBaby to be the easiest solution. It’s a great deal at $85 and we were able to quickly and easily mount the camera over our little man’s crib. With a quick charge we can take the monitor anywhere with us in the house and easily check in on his status. And if we don’t need the video, we can turn it off and just use the sound function. Sometimes simpler is better!
Owlet Smart Sock
Full disclosure: the first time I saw this product advertised I thought it was absolutely ridiculous. And then we brought our son home. Sometimes I find myself waking with a jolt just to make sure he’s breathing. The Owlet Smart Sock measures your infant’s heart rate and oxygen levels throughout the night and will alert you when either fluctuate outside an acceptable range. What I love about the product is their forget about us motto. They say, “If you are looking for a product and data to obsess over, look somewhere else. We want you to forget that we are even here.” For a parent who isn’t sleeping much at night, that’s music to my ears! The smart sock is $250 and offers a full refund if returned within 30 days of purchase.
Ah, the Baby Brezza, colloquially known as the Baby Keurig. When I researched this product it was clear parents either had a love or hate relationship with it. The Baby Brezza allows parents to store up to 20 8-ounce bottles worth of water and formula inside the machine. When you’re ready to feed the little one, you select the size of your bottle and the machine mixes and heats the bottle to the appropriate ratio and temperature. At $180, though, this isn’t a device to purchase on a whim. Many parents swear by its ease of use, particularly for late night feedings. Others claim they proportions have a tendency to be off or the machine requires frequent and complex cleanings to maintain. We haven’t purchased one yet, but I think about it often when I’m holding a crying little man at 2 a.m. while trying to heat a bottle.
Innovo Forehead and Ear Thermometer
Our pediatrician warned us that the forehead thermometers can be less accurate than others, but our little man throws a fit when we try to get his temperature any other way. The Innovo Thermometer has top reviews online and allows parents to take both a forehead and ear temperature, in case accuracy remains a concern.
RaZbaby Keep-It-Kleen Pacifier
Although a bit low tech compared the the other products on this list, the RaZbaby Keep-It-Kleen Pacifier can be a lifesaver for a new parent (particularly a germaphobe parent!). These well-designed pacifiers close when they fall out of your baby’s mouth, saving you from having to sterilize the pacifier over and over. They come in a variety of cute designs and are competitively priced, starting around $7.50/pacifier.
Any other new parents out there? What devices did I miss on this list? Let’s share!