Parenting small children is such hard work, it is impossible for most parents to cover everything that needs their attention. Most of the time, you have no choice but to let a few things slide, and hope for the best. If you’d like greater control, you need more help. There are a number of inventions out there that make things smoother for the overstretched parent.
An accurate, baby-friendly thermometer
It’s proven hard to design a baby thermometer that’s convenient to use, safe for babies, and yet accurate. Manufacturers have tried every idea from contactless designs to ear-and bottom-temperature designs without too much success. These designs always leave something to be desired. The pacifier thermometer is an all-new take on the challenge, and it could be the best idea yet. It’s a thermometer disguised as a pacifier, with a digital readout at front. The main selling point is how easy this design makes it for the baby. Not having to undress the baby in the middle of the night can only mean fewer sleep disruptions for parents, as well. Even better, the pacifier design is a full-contact design that offers far greater accuracy than contactless designs.
An electric toothbrush
When your baby gets his first few teeth, you need to take good care of them. Cavities are not uncommon at this age. Yet, little children don’t understand what’s being done to them, and don’t play along. Electric toothbrushes are not only convenient, they are a lifesaver. Taking good care of your baby’s teeth can help ensure oral health much later in life. You should check out a few electric toothbrush reviews before you make a buying decision, however. The quality tends to be all over the map.
Make sure you know where every kid is
A GPS wristband for every kid is a great idea; you always know where your kid is. A tiny GPS tracking device slipped into your kid’s pocket, however, can be even better; your kid won’t know it’s there, and won’t take it off. Companies such as TrackR StickR make little GPS-enabled tabs that you can put into anything or stick on anything. You can use these to do more than keep track of your kids. With one of these tabs stuck on your wallet, for instance, you’ll never misplace it ever again.
Make those veggies more interesting for your kids
Children love Ramen. It isn’t the most nutritious food, of course. What if you could turn the veggies that they hate into Ramen, however? Appliances such as the Brieftons NextGen Spiralizer do exactly that. They shred anything from carrots to cucumber into thin and long spaghetti-like strings. It just could fool your kids into thinking that these are likely as tasty as noodles.
A pocket nanny
With the number of things that you need to stay on top of taking care of a baby, it can be particularly hard knowing what you’ve done at a given point, and what you’ve left out. A device that helps you remember every responsibility that you have — from diaper changings to feedings and baby naps — can be very convenient. Pocket nannies are a new product category that help with multiple alarms and reminder lists.
Get a baby monitor that’s really attentive
A regular baby monitor is useful, in that it helps you tell what goes on with your baby when you’re in another room. What if you want closer supervision? If your baby is a few months old and at risk of rolling over, you would have to worry about his ability to breathe. If this were to happen at night when you were asleep yourself, you would want to know immediately. A baby movement monitor can help. You clip the little device to your baby’s diaper; it sounds an alarm if there is no sign of breathing for 10 or 15 seconds. If there is a problem, you’ll know immediately.
With these useful gadgets helping you and your kid, you’ll find that you don’t need to be around for everything. You’ll have the gift of time.
Naomi Phillips writes about family life; the temper tantrums, technology, time management and so much more that each mother juggles daily in this modern world!