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Baby Tech for First-time Parents

BY ANDY BARYER, 29 Jan, 2020

    Let’s look at the must-have baby tech products for new parents.

    For first-time parents, having a newborn baby is both exciting and overwhelming. Thankfully today’s generation of tech-savvy parents have access to a wide variety of products to monitor their newborns health, and make parenting a little easier. Let’s look at the must-have baby tech products for first-time parents.

    Snuza Hero Portable Baby Movement Monitor

    One of the biggest anxieties faced by first-time parents is sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), the leading cause of death among infants one month to one year old. The Snuza Hero attaches to a baby’s diaper and monitors movements. The sensors can detect the tiniest of movements and alerts parents if abdominal movement falls below eight movements per minute.

    If the Snuza Hero doesn’t sense body movement for 15 seconds, the vibration feature becomes activated to gently rouse a baby. After an additional five seconds of no movement, a sharp audible alarm will sound to alert parents that an immediate response is needed. For parents concerned about SIDS, the Snuza Hero provides peace-of-mind and allows parents to go about their day while their baby is sleeping.

    Miku Smart Baby Monitor

    The most essential tech product for first-time parents is a reliable and secure baby monitor. The Miku Smart Baby Monitor is the ‘Tesla of baby monitor’. Miku’s proprietary camera sensors live stream video and audio to smartphones and provide real-time breathing and sleep tracking without wires or wearables.

    The Miku app analyzes a baby’s sleeping habits such as when they fall asleep, wake up, average onset, and movements. Parents can use their baby’s sleep data to create the ideal sleeping environment for the newborn. Unlike inexpensive baby monitors prone to hacking, Miku offers 256 bit encryption and houses a high security crypto chip so data remains secure. Parents can still share videos and photos to loved ones and download footage to their smartphones.

    Yoomi Self-warming Baby Bottle

    Feeding a baby can become problematic especially late at night or on-the-go. The Yoomi self-warming baby bottle makes feeding easier by providing perfect breast milk temperature feed in 60 seconds.

    The baby bottle features a warmer that becomes charged by placing it in boiling water for 30 minutes and letting it cool down. The button on the warmer activates heat within 60 seconds as it is placed into the bottle. The breast milk or baby formula then passes through the grooves on the warmer, heating the milk before it reaches the nipple. Parents can purchase multiple warmers for easy on-the-go or nighttime feeding with milk or formula heated to the perfect temperature, anytime or place.

    4moms mamaRoo4 Baby Swing

    First-time parents quickly learn that babies enjoy the comfort of being bounced and swayed before falling asleep. The mamaRoo4 is a bouncing infant swing that mimics the natural soothing motions of parents comforting their baby. With five unique motions and five speed options, parents can choose between 25 different combinations. The mamRoo4 comes with four built-in sounds and features a 3.5 mm jack to connect a smartphone or MP3 player to play your own music. The motion and sounds are controlled by the hard buttons on the base of the unit or via the 4moms app, available for Android and iOS devices.

    Grohush White Noise Baby Calmer

    The last thing any parent wants is a baby that won’t stop crying. White noise is a new tool being used by parents to calm distressed and crying babies. The Grohush is a handheld white noise baby calmer that uses soothing sounds to calm a baby to sleep.

    With three white noise sounds, heartbeat, rainfall, and waves, the Grohush is placed on a baby’s ear and the volume is preset at a safe 75 decibels. After 10 minutes, the Grohush automatically turns off as most newborns fall asleep within five minutes in response to white noise. The Grohush is suitable for use from birth, powered by three AAA batteries, and includes a high quality protective travel case and washable cushion cover.

    Andy Baryer (aka Handy Andy) is a technology journalist, gadget reviewer, and DIY-expert based in Vancouver, Canada. As an on-air technology expert, Andy is a frequent guest on GlobalBC Noon News and heard on CKNW and Kiss Radio.


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