Technology is advancing all the time and it is often providing us with new devices that can simplify our daily tasks. Together with Babythingz, retailers of cosytoes (carefully designed cocoons for your little ones), I have shortlisted the latest nifty gadgets which can provide a helping hand to new parents. If you’re stuck for a Christmas gift for a new parent, these may be the perfect purchases for you:
Parent and baby smartband
We are all familiar with the smartbands that have been created to monitor health and fitness – nearly every household has one. The parent and baby smartband goes one step further and has been specially designed for new parents. It can be used during pregnancy to track foetal movements, exercise progress and doctors’ appointments and the parent’s fitness is tracked through steps, calories burned, distance travelled and hydration levels.
It can even be used after birth. The technology can be used to track feedings, pump sessions, vitamin intake, diaper changes and many other reminders to help you day-to-day. There is even a corresponding app so that you can link the data from the band to your phone.
These products have received positive reviews. Many new parents have claimed that it has helped them through both pregnancy and with monitoring their new-born.
Portable white noise machine
As research revealed that the noises that a baby hears in the womb can be replicated after birth, white noise machines have been developed. They have been found to help your baby get to sleep as they find the noise soothing.
Technological advancements have led to the release of the portable white noise machine. This gadget is discreet meaning that only your baby can hear the soothing sounds and it will not disturb others – handy in my household so as not to wake Jack. The gadgets can play a variety of tracks such as heartbeat, ocean waves and raindrops.
They have been developed to turn off after a certain amount of time too. So, if your baby does drift off, the sounds won’t be playing all night long thankfully.
As new parents will know too well, trying to take a baby’s temperature can be difficult as they wiggle and squirm out of your grasp. At the same time, it is important to monitor your baby’s temperature as it can be an indicator of a cold or perhaps they’re too hot under the blankets.
The recent invention of the pacifier thermometer has addressed this issue. In the shape of a pacifier or ‘dummy’, this thermometer will fit nicely into your little one’s mouth and they won’t even know what you’re up to. A perfect alternative to the traditional thermometers which can cause your baby to become a little agitated. Olivia often wriggles so this would be perfect for her.
Baby monitors have always been an essential purchase for new parents. It allows them to sleep that little bit easier, knowing that if their baby stirs they will hear it through the monitor.
Through the rise of tablets and smartphones, the new monitor includes video feature. This allows you to see the baby from a different room. It also works across the internet too so you can watch your baby from work whilst the other half is babysitting.
Many parents are reluctant to go out when they know that it will be feeding time. Often at a restaurant, it can be a worry that there won’t be a facility to warm your baby’s milk or what if they overheat it? Mimicking the design of self-warming hand warmers, self-warming bottles have been designed.
There’s no need for a microwave or kettle when you have one of these handy gadgets. With one press of the button, the system heats itself up and warms the milk to the natural temperature of breast milk.
You can use it as many times as you like too, simply recharge it in the microwave or pan and it is ready to be used again.