The Amazon Echo is a Bluetooth speaker that also uses Wi-Fi. Alexa, Amazon’s helpful voice assistant, communicates with you through the Echo. Alexa interacts with you when you give her voice commands, allowing for hands-free control of your Echo-compatible smart home devices. Alexa can also play music, answer questions, and perform thousands of tasks—like ordering pizza on family movie night.
Works With: Echo works with Fire Tablets, iOS, and Android devices, and it’s managed through the Alexa app.
How It Helps: With the Echo, you can benefit from a number of parenting hacks. For starters, you can tell Alexa to set a timer that reminds your potty-training toddler to visit the bathroom, or have Alexa tell them a personalized story while you clean up after dinner. As bedtime approaches, you can tell Alexa to turn off the TV and stream calming music.