5 digital products every parent needs

Modern life has a habit of getting complicated and parenting in the digital age comes with its own set challenges, which is why finding the devices that work for your life has never been more important. With that in mind, U.S. Cellular has partnered with some of the leading technology brands to deliver the next generation of “smart” home products. With quick installations, practical uses and easy-to-use interfaces, these devices will help you take the first steps towards turning your home into a “smart” home and becoming a master of parenting in the digital age.

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1. Google Nest Hub: U.S. Cellular understands that every parent needs a helpful partner in their mission to stay on top of everything. This tablet-like device is mounted on a speaker and comes with a built-in microphone, so you finally have someone at your beck-and-call when your arms are overflowing. With the Nest Hub you can control your thermostat, lock your doors and turn your lights on and off using your voice or smartphone. The Nest Hub also lets you track the weather, find the perfect dinner recipe and listen to music all while you clean up after a long day. With so many uses and so many ways to connect it to your daily life, the Nest Hub is the essential first-step for turning your home into a smart home.

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2. Google Chromecast: This small dongle device makes it possible to stream video and audio from the Internet straight to your TV so you don’t have to juggle multiple devices and cables when trying to set up a movie night. The Chromecast will ease your leap into the smart device era by letting you control it with your voice through your smartphone, tablet or Nest Hub. You can control the volume, play/pause and rewind content without ever having to dig through couch cushions for a lost remote again.

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3. Google Nest Thermostat E: Keeping your home at the right temperature without wasting energy is difficult with so many hands rushing through doors and opening windows. Unlike most thermostats, this sleek smart device learns your ideal temperature and manages your home to fit your schedule and the changing of the seasons. This one “smart” upgrade alone can save you more than 10% on average on your heating and cooling bills every month – saving your wallet and the planet at the same time. Like the Chromecast, the thermostat can be controlled with a smartphone or your voice with help from a Nest Hub, so finding the perfect temperature for your kids to get a good night sleep has never been easier.

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4. Google Nest Cam Indoor: Staying on top of the rest of your life while keeping an eye on the kids can be one the hardest parts about parenting. This device will be your extra set of eyes so you can finish work, clean the house or even decompress on the sofa while your kids play in the next room. With its simple plug-in cable, the Nest Cam Indoor offers 24/7 live streaming that can be viewed in 1080p on your smartphone from anywhere. The device is capable of saving up to 30 days of video in the cloud, so you can settle that bet on who drew on the walls when you weren’t looking. The Nest Cam also comes with motion sensors that can send you real-time alerts. Knowing your family is safe whether you’re in a separate room or out of the house is the ultimate sense of security.

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5. Samsung Galaxy Watch: Having kids is a 24/7 job, and it’s crucial to stay connected even if your phone isn’t close at hand. With the Galaxy Watch you will receive notifications for every important text, email, or appointment reminder no matter how busy you are with your kids. This durable yet classically-styled watch is fitted with a rotating bezel for a more fun and comfortable user experience, and the call feature* will help keep you in the loop while you stay focused on your kids. And when you’re ready for some self-care, you can complete any of the watch’s 40 workouts.

*4G LTE standalone connectivity only available on Samsung Galaxy Watch LTE version. Standalone voice calling on LTE version requires initial pairing with eligible Samsung Galaxy device and separate qualifying wireless plan. Your carrier may not support standalone voice calling, or support may be available only in certain areas. Please check with your carrier for more information. Standalone functionality limited if paired phone is not powered on or connected to a wireless network.