10 Genius Baby Gadgets Every Busy Parent Needs at Home
Having a baby is one of the most fulfilling experiences in life - and also the most tiring. Case in point? Sleepless nights, messy diaper accidents and crying - god, all that crying. Thankfully, parenting doesn’t have to be exhausting all the time! With smart baby gadgets that do everything from keeping tabs on your baby to making your day-to-day life with a little tot that much smoother – you can breathe easier (and finally squeeze some alone time for yourself) at home.
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1. Get Your Stuff Together with A Smart Baby Tracker
With an avalanche of things to do to keep your baby healthy and happy, you might just need the organizational skills of a professional secretary to keep you going day by day. Project Nursery’s Parent and Baby Smartband is a wrist accessory that works as a personal assistant to alert you of feeding times, pumping, diaper changes, doctor’s appointments as well as capture valuable data such as the tot’s weight and nap times – so you won’t miss a thing.
Info about the health and wellbeing of your baby can be accessed via the Smartband’s app, and shared to loved ones. And unlike some smart activity trackers or watches, the Smartband has an extensive battery life, lasting up to 30 days on a full charge. Perfect, cause you’ll probably need it with you every second of the day.
Buy Now: US$129.99 on Amazon
2. Keep the Night Terrors Away with a Soothing Night Light
The real nightmare in this house? Your thrashing, screaming baby who’s making a din the entire night. Calm him down with the Skip Hop Nightlight soother, which includes up to 8 gentle melodies and a warm, cosy glow that’s bound to lull any restless baby to dreamland, quick.
The cute, owl-shaped body also includes a pivot lens that can be used to project starry patterns to capture your kid’s attention, distracting him/her from all that crying. Choose your favourite sound and light combo, and head back to sleep.
Buy Now: US$39.95 on Amazon
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3. Let You (and Your Baby) Stay Asleep With A Vibrating Pad
Now that he/she is lulled back to snooze land, the next step is to keep it that way – for at least 6 hours. With an apt name to match, the Munchkin Lulla Vibe Vibrating Mattress Pad can be placed under the bassinet or cot’s mattress, producing soft, comforting rhythms that ease the baby into deeper sleep.
Vibrations are slowly weaned over time for a seamless transition, and parents can customize the speeds according to what’s best for their baby. Best part? It’s safe and fuss-free; just press the big power button for 3-seconds to activate, and the device is free from hazardous cords.
Buy Now: $16.99 on Amazon
4. Multitask Without Holding a Bottle Again
Look ma, no hands! Let’s agree that cradling a baby and feeding him/her by the bottle is a wonderful experience as a new parent. But doing that every few hours for the next couple of months? Terribly inefficient.
While the Beebo Handsfree Bottle Holder does have the unfortunate shape of a boob (a hilarious pairing if you’re a dad) it does the trick in freeing up one of your hands, allowing you to do other stuff like read a book or have a meal whilst feeding your baby. The holder can be strapped against your chest, and milk bottle positioned inside the device’s tight grip. Just hold up your baby on one arm, and you’re good to go.
Buy Now: US$29.99 on Amazon
5. Walk Away from Your Baby With No Worries
Any parent would get anxious being away from their babies for a long time. While baby monitors have been around to solve this classic case of baby FOMO, Infant Optic’s DXR-8 lets you truly have a peace of mind by letting you keep tabs on your child with a video-feed monitor and two-way voice platform.
Popular with parents, the DXR-8 comes with an array of camera lenses (normal, zoom, wide-angle) which can be tilted up and down, left to right to capture every angle. Night vision is included as well, along with temperature monitoring to let you know if anything’s amiss in the room. Depending on how smart-home savvy you are, the lack of connectivity to smartphones or other devices over WiFi may be frustrating – or secure, as intruders will not be able to access feeds through an internet connection.
Buy Now: US$169.99 on Amazon
6. Save Money and Help Your Baby Eat Healthy
If your baby has begun to take in some semi-solids, ditch buying over the counter (which can be terribly expensive and full of preservatives) and go home made. Leading the cost-efficient pack, Lil’ Jumbl’s Baby Food Maker is many things in one – a baby food masher, steamer, blender and bottle sterilizer. And if you’re short on time, this gadget cooks two things at once with its dual-basket stack feature.
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7. No More Eating Messes with A Baby Food Dispenser
Forgo the utensils, bowls or cups; the Boon Squirt Food Dispenser allows parents to fill up food inside the spoon’s capacious bulb, and dispense it with just a simple squeeze. Save yourself the frequent clean ups when your baby decides to thrash his/her food everywhere. Travel friendly, the Boon Squirt is also made for one-handed feeding, which leaves your other hand free to wipe and catch any stray drips falling out for a neat, eating experience.
8. Scrape Off Minutes With An Instant Formula Maker
You have your instant coffee maker to make you the perfect cup of java to start the day. Your baby? An instant formula maker that gets the right proportion of powder to water, every time. The Baby Brezza Formula Pro can hold up to 700 grams of milk powder and 1.4 litres worth of water – enough to make twenty 240 ml bottles’ worth of perfectly mixed, air-bubble free formula.
Spending ungodly amounts of time measuring and mixing are a thing of the past; the game-changing device heats water to the optimal body temperature recommended for baby formulas. Simply select the amount (60, 120, 180, 240 and 300 ml options), press start and the machine will do the rest. Mornings for you and your baby have never been smoother.
Buy Now: $249.90 at Pupsik Studio
9. Rock Your Baby to Sleep Without Getting an Arm Ache
Sending a restless baby to sleep? Rocking the cot is one way of lulling him/her to dreamland, but it can be time-consuming and tiring on the arms if you’re doing it the manual way. Ease your load a little and leave it to the Rock N’ Play Sleeper to do the heavy work. The rocker seat can be controlled remotely via its Smart Connect app, and parents can set the rocking speed, music and vibration modes from their smartphones. Now, you can do your own thing and be there for your baby.
Buy Now: US$89.72 on Amazon
10. Monitor Your Baby’s Health (The OCD Way)
It’s understandable why some newborn parents are borderline obsessive about cleanliness. After all – babies are most susceptible to illnesses or harmful bacteria. For the OCD mums and dads, Withings’ Smart Thermometer offers a hygienic way to check your baby’s temperature - without touching the skin. The device uses 16 infrared sensors to scan and determine the body’s temperature, so no icky saliva, earwax or bodily fluids are involved.
Readings will show up on the thermometer screen, but parents can have this data synced to the Withings’ Thermo smartphone app to get medical advice.
Buy Now: US$93 on Amazon
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