Years ago, a couple brought their first baby home from the hospital; they entered their apartment, the mom sat down on a chair with the baby, and the dad asked “Well, what are we supposed to do now?”
That was followed by many nights of getting up frequently “just to check on her.” While parents still may sleep with their proverbial eyes and ears open — ready to bolt out of bed to make sure nothing is up with their baby — the use of smart technology for newborns and toddlers can make life a lot easier.
Whether you live in a Cincinnati apartment with just enough space for two parents and a newborn baby; or in a New York City luxury unit, well, it doesn’t matter — smart home innovations can make life with a small kids much, much easier.
Check out these innovative products and how you can benefit from implementing them in your home.
Snuza Baby Movement Monitor
This device from Snuzaclips on to the baby’s diaper and will sound an alarm if there has been no movement for 15 seconds. For those parents that are constantly getting up to make sure their baby is still breathing, this movement monitor could be a lifesaver for the baby and a sleep saver for the parents.
The Itzbeen Pocket Nanny
This gadget will keep track of many different things including:
- When the baby last napped.
- The last time you changed him.
- When she last ate.
- Even when you showered last!
Watch Over Me Dream Station Mobile
Old-school parents would put their kids to sleep by placing a fan in their room or even using a vacuum cleaner. Sure, we all know that white noise works for adults as well as kids, and this invention allows you to dial in the perfect sleep environment as it will interface with existing lights and will also mask annoying noises. The Baby Shusher Soother is another white noise device that has generated a lot of good–but quiet(!)–buzz.
Summer Infant Pacifier Thermometer
Taking your baby’s temperature is easier the ever before, but we this think is brilliant. Just stick the pacifier end in your baby’s mouth and an accurate body temperature reading is instantly shown. Now that’s simple!
Cloud B Sleep Sheep
You might have slept with a ticking mechanical alarm clock under your pillow, but this little stuffed animal mimics mommy’s heartbeat. Other ocean-like white noise features are also available.
Baby Einstein Sea Dreams Soother
This screen attaches to your baby’s crib and lights up with a colorful animated display. Many scenes are available, and you can control it remotely from any room in your home.
Baby Brezza Formula Pro
This item looks like a baby bottle espresso machine, but with the flip of a switch you can turn powder and water into properly heated formula. Very nice for the 2:00 a.m. witching hour.
Cibo Reusable Food Catching Placemat
Not too techy, but we had to include it. If your kid constantly throws food overboard, this ingenious stick-on tray will catch it and allow those puffs to be saved as they will not hit the floor!
Sure, it’s still an amazing amount of work to care for a baby or toddler, but the above smart and smarter items can make the whole process a lot more pleasant.
All in all, smart home technology can be a blessing for homeowners, specifically those with young children. Many devices will pay for themselves in a hurry and leave your pockets feeling much more full! Outside of the scope of smart home tech found useful for kids, you’ll be able to save on electricity bills, lighting costs, water usage, heating and air-conditioning and appliance usage as well. These are savings you have zero reason to miss out on!