Twenty-first century parents do not need to use cloth diapers or traditional baby monitors; they have so much more: twenty-first century technology. With new technology, parents can watch their baby sleep from miles away, check their baby’s urine for diabetes mellitus, and screen a mother’s breast milk for toxins. Parents want the best for their children, and the health and safety of the child as an infant is the beginning of a long and happy life. Here’s a list of 5 must have gadgets for parents (or soon to be parents)!
1. HALO Bassinest
The Halo Bassinest allows your baby to sleep next to you safely and soundly in a closer proximity to your bed than with a standard crib. The bassinest can be raised or lowered to meet your bedside, and the side walls lower, making it easier to reach for and comfort baby if they start to make a fuss! The bassinest swivels 360 degrees, giving you the option to adjust the position or rock the baby back and forth. For parents who want to sleep next to their infants, but don’t want to place them in the same bed, the Halo Bassinest could be the perfect investment.
2. Smart Diapers
Smart Diapers are latex, chlorine, and fragrance free, fit your baby comfortably, and just so happen to test the pH levels of your infant’s urine to reflect the possible health of your little one. You have the option of sniffing the pee for odd smells, or you can take a picture of the little box on the front of the diaper (after the baby pees) and have an app read through the data. Your baby’s pee can determine if they are dehydrated, or if your baby has a UTI. For a non- parent, the thought of handling a diaper every day may sound gross, but to a parent, it’s just another day.
Kourtney Kardashian uses Milksreen strips to test the alcohol level of her breast milk
For the health- conscious mother that wants to make sure her breast milk is alcohol free for baby, Milkscreen is the perfect parent tool. A night of drinking, or a single glass of wine, can metabolize different with each mother, making it difficult to guess what time your breast milk is safest for the baby to drink. One mother’s breast milk will be healthy for the baby after an evening of drinks, another mother’s milk may need a few more hours before it’s perfectly consumable. To find out if your breast milk is alcohol rich, dip the Milkscreen strip in pumped breast milk- the strip color changes to a dark hue, there’s alcohol present.
4. Smart Baby Monitor by Withings
Monitor your infant from anywhere with the Smart Baby Monitor by Withings. As long as you have access to the internet, you can see what your infant is doing, play a lullaby for baby, monitor the temperature of the room, and keep track of the movement of your infant when you are not watching. This is basically a baby video monitor on steroids. You can interact with the baby and hear what is going on in the room, and the baby can hear you if you want them to. It also has a night mode that can be utilized to see the room and baby in the dark. As a bonus, you can still you the device to monitor your home security after your little one is grown.
5. Bellabeat Shell
For the expecting mother, Bellabeat Shell records your baby’s movement in the womb, without using ultrasound technology. You can keep track of the records with your smart phone and see when your baby may have kicked the hardest and what time of day they may be more active in. After the baby is born, the Shell can be used as a baby monitor.
Parents, you can make life with your infant easier with technology. A little bit of baby tech can help ease your mind, know that your baby is safe and healthy, and sometimes make life that much more interesting.