Women have been having and raising babies for millennia, but modern technology is reshaping the way we do motherhood. Comfort, convenience and safety are all more accessible than ever thanks to these high-tech baby gadgets. If you’re shopping for a mom-to-be or have a baby on the way, you might want to add these to your must-buy list as you’re furnishing the nursery.
Some of these items may seem a bit of a stretch budget-wise, but there are options available to make affording some of the best baby tech a bit easier. You might consider taking out a personal loan so you can make a purchase without worrying about the finances. You can also add some of these items to your baby shower registry and let your loved one’s chip in and surprise you.
HALO Swivel Sleeper BassiNest – $399
Sleek, portable, and perfect for the travelling mom. This bassinet supports babies up to 20 pounds, which is the weight of a 6- or 7-month-old. The 360-degree swivel feature comes with a retractable side wall, which allows you to easily tend to baby while you’re still in bed. This makes those midnight wake-up calls and two-hour feeds just a bit more manageable. For baby, there are soothing nightlights built-into the bassinet, four comforting sounds and two levels of gentle vibration to lull them back to sleep.
Owlet Baby Monitor – $150
There is nothing more nerve-wracking for a parent than to leave their baby unattended. Parents always want to do the most for their baby, even during times of physical absence. Whether it is during a nap or when they are playing, you can always keep a close eye on your little one with Owlet’s smartphone-compatible baby monitor. A camera mounted in the nursery gives you a 24-hour live feed of your baby, so you can rest just a bit easier when they start sleeping in their own room or you leave them with a sitter. Night vision ensures your visuals are always crystal clear, and a two-way microphone allows you to listen in and directly speak to your baby from anywhere.
Cybex AntonM & SafeLock Car Seat – $350
You never think it can happen to you, until you realize you are out, and your baby is left in the car. You can spare yourself the horror and panic thanks to Cybex’s SensorSafe technology. Whether you leave the baby behind after the car is switched off, the baby has been in the seat too long or it becomes too hot or cold, you’ll be alerted by the seat to take action. The SafeLock base also provides additional protection against any type of impact, directing up to 30 percent of force away from the baby in the event of an accident. The removable newborn inlay grants you even greater support for your little one for their earliest adventures.
Hatch Grow Changing Pad – $150
Do not fret over how much your baby is eating or worry whether they are gaining enough weight with this specialized table. A built-in scale will keep track of your newborn’s weight after every feeding, helping you stay on top of their health and gain peace of mind about their growth. It’s not uncommon for newborns to even lose weight during their first weeks of life, especially those who are breastfed. You can always talk to your baby’s pediatrician if you’re worried, but Hatch makes it easier for you to track your infant’s development and make sure it’s on the right track.