Technology has turned these basic baby items into high-tech monitors that help parents take better care of their little ones.
In this holiday gift guide, Vanessa Hand Orellana shows us smarter baby gear for new parents.
The Hatch Baby Grow may look like a regular changing pad, but it does a lot more. It’s a smart scale that helps parents keep track of baby’s growth and feeding patterns.
The hatch connects to a mobile app that records baby’s weight while he’s on the changing pad and keeps a daily log. Nursing moms can also use it to determine how much baby is eating by weighing before and after a meal.
Once the baby is ready for solids, the Beaba Babycook makes for an easy transition. It’s part steamer and part food processor so parents can make healthy baby food in half the time and half the mess.
Put the raw ingredients into the basket and steam. Once it’s done dump the food and blend. You’ll have a fresh meal in 15 minutes.
Babies and sleep, often don’t mix.
But this bassinet may help get baby and parents a bit more shuteye. The Snoo has a built-in sound machine and rocking motors that lull your baby to sleep, but the Snoo won’t even turn on unless the baby is safely swaddled and clipped in.
When baby starts to cry, the microphones signal the Snoo to intensify the rocking motion and change to a more soothing white noise.
The Owlet gives parents even more peace of mind during the night. It’s a cute baby bootie that tracks baby’s heartbeat and oxygen levels while he sleeps. The Owlets connects to a base and an app to lets parents know how their baby is doing. Green means baby is doing well, but it will immediately turn red and sound an alarm if baby’s vitals drop.
The Hatch Baby Rest will light the way, during those late night feeding sessions and diaper changes. The smart nightlight also doubles as a sound machine and alarm that connects to your phone. Once you’re past the baby phase, it may even help your little one stay in bed longer. Set the lamp to turn a different color and play a tune when it’s ok for her to get out of bed.