Technology rocks the cradle, and if you want to see the proof in the pudding, you need look no further than some of the technological gadgets that are available today. Not only do these gizmos make the job of parenting (or babysitting) far simpler, but they also rank pretty high on the “ooh/ahh” scale. Here’s a quick list of five of the coolest electronic devices that you can employ into your daily routine as infant caregiver.
Withings Smart Baby Monitor
The baby monitor has officially come of age, blowing doors on the now ancient seeming technology of using one-way radio receiver technology to keep an ear out for your sleeping baby. Now, you no longer have to cock your head sideways in a comical manner when trying to determine if your little monster is trying to break out of his crib or just readjusting. This super-smart baby monitor sends a video signal straight from the compact base that lets you see and hear everything on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch – at any distance. The base even monitors the room’s humidity level and enables two-way communication so you can coo to your heart’s content without having to take a single step.
Chinavision Wi-Fi Baby Monitor
This device offers an alternative to those who prefer Android or Windows devices over all things “i.” Compatible with Android, Windows phones and Apple devices alike, this particular baby monitor requires no software or apps to install. Instead, it broadcasts an IP address over Wi-Fi and lets you tune in to check in on your child. It’s even got a night vision camera that allows you to peek in without turning on the lights and potentially ruining a rare moment of peace and quiet.
Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor
If you’d rather just keep an eye on your baby without having to tie up your phone to do so, Motorola offers a viable solution with a two-piece wireless video baby monitor that comes complete with a 2.8” diagonal color mini-screen that’ll let you wander as far as 590 feet without losing signal. In addition to color video, it also offers infrared night vision, a high sensitivity microphone, two-way communication, and a built-in thermometer that’ll tell you what the temperature is in your child’s room.
Taking the concept of “no child left behind” to the next level, the ChildMinder system is for the hurried, harried parent who doesn’t want to run the risk of accidentally leaving the kids in the car during bad weather. You might read that sentence and ask the question “Do people really do that?” to which the obvious response is “Is that a serious question?” Of course they do – maybe not all the time, and certainly not on purpose, but it happens enough to warrant the invention of this piece of technology that’ll literally scream at you and prevent you from making a stupid and potentially dangerous mistake.
BebeSounds Fever Monitor
Anyone who’s ever tended to a sick infant knows that those precious moments of sleep are important not only for your sanity, but also for the baby’s recuperation. But monitoring your baby’s temperature when he’s trying to sleep could present a serious issue if you keep having to wake him up to take it. This fever monitor makes it possible for you to constantly track your baby’s temperature and be notified if and when his body temperature rises. Just clip it onto your baby’s PJs or diaper – as long as it’s got contact, you’re good to spend a few minutes staring off into space knowing that if the temp spikes, you’ll be the first to know.