Forget extravagance—this stuff is must-have! Don’t fret about your bank account—load these items on your baby registry and get ready to be wowed. These fabulous smart gadgets deliver all the extra help your mom, grandma, and dad never even dared wish for.
From health helpers to bedtime boosters, SafeWise’s smart baby registry has everything you need to raise your new baby in true 21st-century style. My babies (now grown millennials) were brought up without baby monitors, sound machines, or smart socks that could track their vital signs (dark days, indeed).
I admit I’m jealous of the conveniences afforded today’s busy parents. But I won’t hold it against you (and not just because I don’t have to change diapers!). Check out our smart baby gadget gift guide to find out all the modern marvels that make everything simpler—from remembering the last time your little one ate to finding out just how big their latest “load” was.
Baby Health & Safety
Nothing matters more than the health and well-being of your impending delivery. And with all the helpful (terrifying?) info available to expecting parents at the flick of a finger, it’s nice to know there are equally helpful (really, I mean it this time) gadgets out there to put your worries to rest.
We’ve picked some of the smartest gizmos out there to give you the extra peace of mind you need with a new bambino in the house. But these newfangled products for new parents don’t replace safety staples like infant car seats and babyproofing contraptions like cabinet and door locks. Make sure your registry has a healthy sprinkling of all the health and safety products you need to protect your little one.
Parent’s Choice—Owlet Smart Sock
"I'm an anxious parent. If I had used the Owlet from the start, I wouldn't have spent countless nights walking to and from the crib to make sure [baby] was happy, healthy, and sleeping." —Scott, dad and SafeWise product tester
Smart Products to Improve Baby’s Health & Safety
Owlet Smart Sock 2
Kinsa Digital Smart Ear Thermometer
Razbaby Keep-It-Kleen Pacifiers
Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad and Scale
Tracking baby’s sleep and vitals
Getting easy, accurate temperature readings
Keeping germs out of baby’s mouth
Tracking baby’s weight
Why You’ll Love It
Reports baby’s sleep trends
Tracks heart rate and oxygen levels
Fits snug and comfy on baby’s foot
Helps you relax and get some sleep
Keeps health details on file for every family member
Works with mobile app
Includes “Sesame Street Mode” for extra comfort for sick kiddos
Closes when dropped to keep nipple clean
Features orthodontic silicone nipple
Comes in a four-pack
Measures how much baby is drinking (and wee-ing)
Syncs health metrics to mobile app for parents, nannies, etc.
It’s tempting to think that feeding your baby will be one of the easiest things to do, but in the sleep-deprived haze of new parenthood, nothing’s easy. Whether you’re nursing or bottle-feeding, it can be hard to remember the last time baby ate, how much they ate, and whether or not they took a turn on both sides. Send those frazzled feeding fears scurrying with these ingenious products that are designed to keep baby (and you) right on track.
Straight from the Parent’s Mouth—Lansinoh Smartpump
"I love this pump. It is the closest thing to having my baby attached to me without actually having her there." —Customer Review, Mom of Two Breastfed Babies
We already mentioned sleep deprivation, and there’s no escaping this fact of life with a newborn. But you don’t have to become a zombie. Fortunately, new parents have been deprived of sleep since the dawn of time. “But wait—how is this fortunate?” you might be wondering.
I’m glad you asked. It’s this imposed insomnia that led brilliant minds to come up with a dizzying array of products to help soothe, settle, and trick reluctant infants into getting some shuteye. Here’s a peek at a few of our favorites (we know you’re gonna love them, too!).
Pro Parenting Tip
Make travel with baby a cinch by re-creating their sleep environment as much as possible. Portable noise machines and favorite sheets or blankies help mimic your regular nighttime routine and make it easier for baby to drift off in a new place.
Smart Products to Help Baby Sleep
4moms mamaRoo Bluetooth-Enabled Baby Swing
Project Nursery Sound Soother and Night Light
Lollipop Smart Baby Monitor
Rocking baby to sleep
Lulling baby to sleep even on-the-go
Slowing down escape artists
Why You’ll Love It
Remote control of motion and sound
5 motions and speeds
6 sounds from white noise to Brahms’ Lullaby
Built-in night light
Set a border to track baby’s movements
Get an alert if baby moves outside the border
Tell the difference between ambient sounds and baby’s cries
Afraid of running out of diapers? How about getting your wee one’s bath water the right temp? And how on earth will you be able to keep track of everything when your brain is muddled by the crazy tempo of life with a brand-new baby? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Whether you knew you needed a something or not, here it is. Take a gander at these smart home devices and get ready to be blown away.
Parent’s Choice—Itzbeen Pocket Nanny
"This product has been a lifesaver. It really helps so I don’t have to figure out how long it has been since the last feeding or changing, or when the next one is. Do not hesitate to add this to your registry." —Customer Review, KAITLYNMOM
Smart Baby Gadgets 101: Answers to All Your Questions about High-Tech Baby Stuff
I wasn’t raised with smart baby products, and I turned out fine. Why do I need this stuff?
Because why choose a more difficult road when an easier one is ready and waiting? My dad hauled us across the state in the back of his pickup with no shell or safety restraints, but that doesn’t mean I should do that with my kids. We know not every smart baby product out there is a necessity—but lots of them make SO much sense.
I’m not very techie. Will I be able to figure out high-tech baby products at the same time I’m trying to figure out my baby?
Excellent question. There are a couple of ways to address this conundrum. You can get your fancy gadgets early, which gives you plenty of time to play around with them and figure out how they work. And if you have a friend with a baby at home, ask if you can test your smart baby gadget out IRL with their little one as a stand-in for yours. Another option is to enlist that geeky friend of yours—we know you’ve got one. Tell them to skip the registry in exchange for a couple hours of their time.
Can my smart baby products be hacked?
Technically, anything that’s connected to the internet is vulnerable to hacking. But there are plenty of safeguards you can put in place to protect yourself and your baby.
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more