By Alexandra Whiting
We monitor our fitness on our wrist, know exactly how long it’s going to take us to get anyway before we’ve left the door and essentially, money only exists on our phones. Little about our lives is analog anymore, and if you like information, guidance and reassurance, technology can really help your parenting game. Especially in the early days. Here, we’re summing up the benefits of six high tech baby wonders that will calm the anxious mind of any new parent. Or at least give you one less thing to worry about.
How can a sock be smart you ask? Much like a watch. Fitted onto the bub’s foot with a velcro clasp, it uses pulse oximetry technology to safely monitor their heart rate and oxygen level, sending the data straight to the app on your phone. While your baby’s sleeping, if their levels leave the safe zone, you’ll be notified, even if they don’t cry out. If they need you, you’ll know. It’s an amazing thing for the first few weeks when you’re all getting used to this new normal, but also whenever they’re sick or you’re out of your normal routine and just want an extra level of surveillance.
Analog version: regularly going in to the baby to listen to their breathing (and almost waking them up).
In the first year, your baby will likely change sleep locations, probably a few times, and finding a good spot for the monitor (unobtrusive to the room, but gives you the best view) isn’t easy. And when you do, is there a powerpoint there? Lollipop is wireless and has a tail that wraps around crib rails or curls to make a stand. Like a snake. A baby-friendly snake. But it’s physical benefits are just the beginning. It plays white noise, has night vision and connects to your phone but it also will send you an alert if your baby cries or moves out of your predetermined safezone (perfect for climbers). It also collects all that data, so you can see patterns in your baby’s sleep cycles and disturbances. One great feature is the replay. When one of these disturbances occurs, the camera records a 30-second video that you can review in the morning. If you’ve had young kids, you’ll know that the details of the night can be a little blurry, so having footage can help you get to the bottom of it. Finally, one for the grandparents, there’s an easy way to share a link to give loved ones live or recorded footage of what everyone’s little darling is getting up to.
Analog version: listening at the door and a few commando-crawls into the room to check on them.
Gross? 100 percent. But kinda also genius because baby’s can’t blow their noses (and a lot of toddlers struggle with the concept too). The Snotty Boss Nasal Aspirator is a battery powered suction tool that you can easily place in their nostril and extract snot from congested kiddos. It’s a natural and physical solution for when cold, flu, sinus, allergies, teething or virus strikes, particularly when medications aren’t available or you’d prefer not to use them. Lactation consultants, first aid trainers and sleep consultants are fans, and if you’ve ever seen the “manual” alternative (where you provide the sucking), you’ll know this is a far superior option and most hygienic option.
Analog version: Asking them to blow?
Baby’s like weird sounds. Vacuum cleaners, fans and occasionally a lullaby. The Yogasleep Nod has 20 of these sounds including a classic “sshhhhh” and a heartbeat designed to soothe. The beauty of a noise machine is that it masks external noise as well as creating a sleep cue for infants. And if it’s not already, life is about to be all about those sleep cues. You can set it to run all night, or turn off after 45 minutes, 90 minutes, or 8 hours. It doubles as a soft, dimmable night light. What we really love about the Nod is that it’s considered and trend aligned: the light is amber and it’s loaded with pink noise. Both very hot in the parenting world RN.
Analog version: Leaving the vacuum on, or (not exactly analog) sacrificing your phone for the white noise app every nap.
A simple thing, but it brings so much mental ease. How are you meant to know what 37 degrees feels like? And when we’re talking about a tiny dependant human, you’d prefer not to use guess work. The Dreambaby Bath and Room Thermometers are both a but bath toy and a super accurate temperature gauge that will help you out night after night. After bath time, grab it out of the tub and bring it into their room to help you out with TOG selection. Night routine is a numbers game folks.
Analog version: Sticking your hand in and going with what you think.
Some kids just do not like being poked or prodded cc: teeth brushing, medicine taking, nail clipping, hair cuts. These kiddos aren’t going to be any more keen on an in-ear thermometer. The FS300 Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer gives you fast, accurate readings and it doesn’t even touch them. Extremely handy. Particularly if you want to take it while they’re sleeping. It has a body and room mode, so you can also use it to check the room or bath temp. And maybe to check if your roast is done.
Analog version: Old school mercury thermometer under their tongue (not easy), under the arm (not accurate) or in the bum (not nice or easy).