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A child is wired for learning at birth. Your precious bundle of joy gravitates to toys that bleep and shoes that light up soaking up every bit of stimulus. Your child may ask you to play a video at the tablet just as a bribe to finish a meal. Let’s face it, kids love gadgets as much as we do. So it is no wonder technology has trickled its way into our homes in the way of smart nurseries aimed at connected parents. Those same kind of smart solutions for parents continue to trend at CES and with a good reason: raising a tiny human being is the most important job out there.
Parenting can be challenging, especially for first-time parents. From figuring out feeding schedules to changing diapers to cracking the code on sleep. Nurturing a baby makes life more complicated. However, thanks to some brilliant technological inventions, there are more ways than ever before to make parenting a little easier.
Today’s tech-savvy parents expect technology to ease the pains of modern child-rearing while delivering a higher level of security. Many families already have a smart home security system as part of their everyday. They expect a natural extension of security and awareness in the nursery. Parents know that a smartphone or a tablet can become a window to track their baby’s every need. So, here we collected some easy tips on how to use modern tech for building a smarter nursery of your own. With the help of these gizmos and gadgets, you can create a world-class secure and smart nursery for your child.
To ensure the comfort of your little one, the nursery should maintain an ideal temperature. Install a smart thermostat in the baby’s room, that not only saves energy, but also keeps the temperature consistent to avoid sleep disturbances and ward off illness. By merely affixing a small, wireless sensor, the home’s smart thermostat can regulate an ideal temperature in the nursery during hot days and chilly nights. Some more advanced devices even offer the feature that monitors carbon monoxide levels and humidity in the room.
Smart Baby Monitors
Feeling anxious to leave your baby alone in an unmonitored room? Need some reassurance while at the office? Feel like singing a lullaby from an airplane? You’re covered. The undisputed jewel of the modern nursery is the smart baby monitor. Today’s smart monitors give you instant reassurance that your child is okay, hanging on your baby’s every breath. Modern monitors have the ability to let you see live breathing, heart rate and track sleeping from, well, anywhere. With the help of a smart baby monitor, you can detect crying, restless movement, nursery conditions and sleep quality. This also translates into better sleep for parents. There are numerous models on the market to choose from with a wide array of advanced features. HD video, night vision, wireless connectivity, battery powered socks, custom sleep sounds, contact-free breathing and advanced security measures are all there to make your life easier. Look for two-way voice communication feature if you consider yourself a real crooner.
While some monitors still come with viewers, many stream right to your cell phone or tablet. Smart apps track and graph sleeping habits providing information that can be used to create an ideal sleep environment over time. Stats can be valuable insights with your pediatrician as well. Most importantly, you’ll never miss a cute
moment as most apps allow you to snap pictures and save video clips right to your device… and then send them to grandma.
Smart Feeding Solutions
Unlike adults, infants don’t have a routine quite yet. Hunger can strike anytime from midday to the wee hours. It gets hectic to prepare your baby’s meal every few hours. If you decide to invest in a smart feeding system, you’ve got some serious assistance in this category. Amazing products like wireless milk makers and ergonomically-designed breast pumps have changed the game recently. If you bottle feed your child, there are smart devices that concoct the perfect formula for your baby. All you need to do is just set the amount, concentration, and temperature from your phone and the machine will prepare it. Simple as that! It just might be the best way to modify the ideal meal for your baby at its size and development.
If you’re breastfeeding, try a cordless breast pump that effortlessly fits right inside your bra. You can easily adjust the suction and make sure you’re on track to create enough milk for your little one. At the high end spectrum of the market, these pumps work nearly silently.
Smart Diaper Tech
Dirty diapers. Every parent’s unhappy place. This not-so-fun part of parenting is actually quite important. Timely changing of diapers is the key to comfort, gauging digestive health and keeping the nursery hygienic. Today’s technology has even dared to enter this smelly battleground. Smart wearable diaper humidity sensors track the moisture in your baby’s diaper and send alerts to your phone when it needs changing.
Smart Infant Scales
Gone are the days of carrying a notebook around as you weigh your baby. Smart scales use apps to track even tiny changes in weight giving you the ability to help calculate breastfeeding times. Some double as changing tables and require no contact, just a wave of the arm before you set the baby down.
Smart Hub Extensions
Why stop at just the nursery? A connected screen in the child’s room can display cute photos, answer baby’s health questions, play relaxing white noise, and even display the lyrics to that lullaby you love to sing but forgot. An accompanying hub in the parents room can serve as a window to the smart monitor. The gadget also doubles as an alarm clock. In short, a smart hub in any room in the home extends hands-free awareness instantly acting as a brain center for other smart devices.
As the Internet of Things creates more seamless, helpful integration into your life and daily routine, expect the nursery to benefit from it as well. Devices won’t ever take the place of your parenting, but they sure can give you the ability to concentrate on the important parts of the process.