If anyone needs a helping hand from the world of technology and gadgetry, it’s new parents. And while no product is going to keep a newborn from waking them every two hours with it’s unending need to feed, there are nevertheless a wide range of products that actually can make their lives easier. So, if you have friends or family expecting or slogging through the first few months of parenthood, read on. We have some gift ideas that will make you a hero …
BabyPing Monitor for iOS, $250
Gone are the days of speaker-phone baby monitors. Now, parents can keep watch on their little one in full color video right on an iPad or iPhone – regardless of whether they’re in the room next door or at work. The BabyPing Monitor does more than improve a parent’s ability to assess how their baby is sleeping; it can actually help alleviate some of the stress parents feel when their maternity or paternity leave ends and they’re dealing with separation anxiety. BabyPing can connect your home network’s WiFi so the stream is always live as long as the connection is up and running. With night vision mode, full audio recording, and a 640×480 resolution video, new parents can also show their friends how cute their baby is in real-time.
4moms Origami Stroller, $850
The 4moms Origami stroller takes baby gadgetry to a whole new level. It also has an unbelievable wow factor sure to catch the eyes of other new parents on the street. We’ve tested it, we’ve approved: With just one button, the 4moms Origami can shape-shift from folded state to fully-operational so you can keep one arm holding the baby while the other sets up the stroller. The Origami also comes with an LCD screen to track walking speed and distance travelled, which turns all those strolls into post-natal workouts. It has tons of storage compartments built into its sleek overall design to hold bottles, magazines, diaper bags, and toys. Essentially, the Origami is a spaceship for babies, and who doesn’t want their kid to ride on a super cool vehicle?
Beating Heart Pillow, $42
It’s a fact that humans enjoy rhythmic beats and pulses; it probably has something to do with the sounds we’re surrounded by while still in development in the womb. The Beating Heart pillow recreates that sensation for a calm, relaxing rest or even as a meditation aid. Mom and dad can also share the pillow with their child if the baby wants something to hold on to that resemble their parents’ beating hearts.
Cloth Diaper Delivery Service, Price Varies
Diapers are expensive, and new parents have to decide between the convenience of disposable diapers or the more environmentally friendly option of cloth. Cloth diapers create an irrefutable challenge when it comes to cleaning them in a timely manner. Give new parents the luxury of a diaper service that comes to collect used diapers and deliver fresh new ones so they don’t have to spend extra money on single-use diapers.
These services vary in price by region, but most average to about $25 a week. Considering how a newborn can go through dozens of diapers daily, help new parents invest in the service that could save them money in the long run.
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