Your new baby is coming or has just arrived. It might even have been a multiple birth. You have a thousand and one things to think about, from keeping baby and mother happy and comfortable to getting as much sleep as possible.
Because you’re going to need every minute you can get.
To help you out, we’ve looked for the most useful technology gifts for new parents. From achieving peaceful sleep for the baby to making sure his or her formula milk is the right temperature, you’ll find it here.
1. ADC Temple Touch Thermometer ($13) [CA]
The ADC Temple Touch is a very useful thermometer that takes the temperature of a baby or toddler from their temple. If you suspect the child is unwell, taking its temperature can be tough. Newborns don’t know why they need to be still, so they often just keep squirming.
A touch thermometer quickly takes the correct temp without worrying about sticking an old-fashioned thermometer under a flailing arm!
- Battery powered.
- More comfortable for baby.
- Easier to use.
With a 4-star Amazon review score, we’re certain you’re going to find this the ideal temperature-taking tool for your child. These are essentially the same devices used by many nurses across North America and Europe.
Need sleep? A thermometer puts your mind at rest if you suspect the baby has a temperature at daft o’clock in the morning.
2. Amgaze Baby Camera ($85) [UK]
As a new parent, you’ll want a baby monitor. While audio-only devices sell for under $20, the most popular option these days is a Wi-Fi connected video monitor.
Such devices use IP cameras, which are web cameras you put on your home network. The new Amgaze Baby Camera offers a wide selection of features.
- Footage streamed to your mobile device or PC.
- Two-way audio, so you can speak to baby.
- Night vision sensor.
- 360-degree rotation, 100-degree vertical tilt.
- Wired network interface.
- SD card slot.
In general, IP cams come with a caveat: make sure you change the default username and password! In the past, some video streams were hacked. We’ve learned that you shouldn’t leave security to the manufacturer. Be proactive.
Amazon shoppers rate this a 5-star device, with one reviewer observing: “Excellent unit, reasonably priced, and easy to set up” — exactly what a new parent needs!
Need sleep? You can check in on the baby at any time with one of these, without disturbing them!
3. Baby Shusher ($31) [CA/UK]
When a dummy doesn’t work, try Baby Shusher. Baby Shusha calms a stressed baby by reminding “baby of being inside the womb, where there is a constant inundation of loud sounds from blood flow and other in utero noises.”
- Plays calming sounds that comfort the baby.
- Sounds are up to 95 dBs, the volume of a loud vacuum cleaner (as opposed to the more quiet robot variety).
(Don’t worry, that’s how loud things get “inside”!)
Reviewing on Amazon at 4 stars out of 5, the Baby Shusher, with one buyer writing:
I laughed a bit and was very skeptical… within 5 minutes, our son was knocked out in his crib. Never had he fallen asleep so fast.
Need sleep? Ummm… it puts the baby to sleep so that you can sleep.
4. Snuza Movement Monitor ($105) [CA/UK]
If you’re concerned about baby’s movement — perhaps the newborn has been in special care — a movement monitor can be a useful addition to keeping you alerted to motion and development in the early days.
The Snuza Movement Monitor is superior to a mat for several reasons:
- Endorsed by pediatricians.
- Sounds alarms when breathing stops.
- Vibrates to surprise baby into taking breaths.
- Small enough to clip onto a nappy.
Rated 4.4 stars on Amazon, the Snuza Movement Monitor is highly regarded. This sobering review demonstrates why:
My 5 month old recently had a bad bout of croup and this monitor alerted me 4 times through the night that he wasn’t breathing and I was able to stimulate him to breathe.
Need sleep? If you find yourself sitting up at night listening for breathing problems (perhaps respiratory, perhaps apnea), Snuza will make things much easier.
5. Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer ($30) [CA/UK]
It’s easy enough to boil a kettle, pour water into a pan, make the formula, place the bottle in the pan, and wait. But it’s simpler to use a programmable bottle warmer, which is capable of quickly heating milk to the right temperature.
With this device, you can:
- Warm your baby’s bottle to the right temperature.
- Warm baby food.
- Use it in the dark/low light thanks to a back-lit LCD.
Considered by Amazon reviews to be far superior to devices from Philips/Avent, Dr. Brown’s Bottle Warmer has a 4-star rating.
Need sleep? A bottle warmer means that you spend less time getting the temperature right on baby’s milk at 2 AM. This is clearly a sleep-win situation!
Should You Buy Gifts for New Parents?
You probably wouldn’t buy all of these. But they are all gadgets that can prove useful, if not vital, to new parents — and giving mommy a bit of much-needed extra rest.
Have you tried any of these gadgets for new parents? Got any other suggestions? Tell us in the comments.
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