Whether you’re a new parent looking for ways to bond with your baby or a seasoned parent wanting to indulge your child’s love of technology, there are plenty of gadgets to choose from. From baby walkers to music playlists, here’s a quick rundown of the essentials for parenthood.
If you’re going to be using technology to bond with your baby, then smartphones are perfect for the job. There are plenty of free apps out there that can help you keep track of your child’s daily nap times, feed them special mixtures, or simply let you listen to their cries and sooth them to sleep. If you’re a frequent flyer, then the baby alarm feature on most smartphones can be used to set off an alarm if your baby’s cry goes beyond a certain threshold. Also, if your baby starts having night terrors or becomes overly agitated after their mother has left the room, a monitor paired with a video calling feature can keep track of them while you get some sleep yourself.
From baby watches to baby bands and socks, wearable tech for infants and toddlers has come a long way and it’s easier than ever to find a product that will work for your baby. Most wearables for children are simple, colorful, and mostly passive, so you won’t get any arguments from us about the cuteness factor either. If none of these seem like a good fit, you can opt for something a little more discreet such as a watch, socks, or earrings that will stay put while your kid plays in the surrounding area. Most importantly, make sure that whatever product you choose is safe and won’t end up in the baby’s mouth. We’d hate to see you lose any sleep over a product that’s supposed to help your child grow up smart and healthy.
We’re big fans of video conferencing here at The Boppy Blog. Being in the same room with someone is always better than texting back and forth, even if it’s just for a couple of minutes. Now that your baby is getting older, it’s even better because they can enjoy some quality one-on-one time with relatives and friends while also being able to join in the conversation when necessary. The key is to find a webcam that fits comfortably in your child’s hands and has a wide-angle lens so that everyone in the room can be seen clearly.
At the end of the day, being a parent is the best job in the world and something we are quite proud of. It’s not only expected that you’ll want to indulge your baby’s love of technology and make them an integral part of your daily life, but it’s also quite normal to want to keep track of their every move and make sure they’re safe. Don’t get overwhelmed though, you’re doing great! Once you get the hang of it, parenthood will feel more like parenting and less like work.