New parents need cribs and car seats, but let’s be honest: They’re not exactly exciting gifts. Just like everyone else, moms are looking for the latest and greatest tech.
The good news is, time- and stress-saving parenting technologies exist in every price range. Steal the show by surprising the moms in your life with:
1. Cocoon Health Smart Baby Monitor
Other than their baby, nothing is more precious to new moms than peace of mind. Cocoon Cam, a connected baby monitor, keeps tabs on the child’s breathing rate, movements, and sounds. In addition to 24/7 streaming video, Cocoon Cam can alert moms when their baby is waking up or falling asleep, and doesn’t require any wearable devices on the baby. It even provides sleep data and a daily recap video. At $299, Cocoon Health gives moms a better night’s sleep at a reasonable price.
2. Hatch Grow
Babies grow up fast, and weight is a key metric for making sure they hit their development milestones. Hatch Grow is a smart scale that lets mothers track their baby’s weight as part of their daily routine. It’s more expensive than either standard scales or changing pads, at $130, but it’s a decent deal considering the two combined. Made of wipeable foam, Grow is durable enough for daily use.
3. Tile Mate
Babies may not have phones and keys to lose, but moms certainly do. A step-up version of the original Tile, Tile Mate features a range of 200 feet and a louder ring. Babies (and moms) make messes, so it’s water-resistant and comes with a limited one-year warranty. A single Mate costs $25, but a four-pack is discounted to $70. If baby tends to lose his or her favorite stuffed animal, try attaching Mate to the toy’s collar.
4. Munchkin Travel Bottle Warmer
Babies may be too young to talk, but they certainly let moms know when their formula is cold. Especially for the winter months, the Munchkin Travel Bottle Warmer is an inexpensive way for on-the-go moms to make sure baby’s bottle is always ready for feeding. With a car outlet adapter and a cup holder-sized cuff, Munchkin’s bottle warmer is a smart $25 addition to mom’s travel bag.
5. HoMedics SoundSpa Lullaby
Working moms can only sing and dance their babies to sleep for so long. The HoMedics SoundSpa Lullaby is for those days when the moms on your list need to rest their vocal chords. Another $25 gift, the SoundSpa Lullaby comes with six audio tracks and three projection disks. Combine sounds like gentle rain with nature scenery for an audio-visual experience that helps babies fall asleep sooner and stay asleep longer.
6. 4moms mamaRoo 4
If the SoundSpa Lullaby won’t put baby to sleep, the 4moms mamaRoo 4 will. This $220 smart rocking seat replicates the motions that moms use to soothe their babies, including car ride, tree swing, kangaroo, and rock-a-bye. Through a Bluetooth connection, parents can control motion the chair’s motions and sounds from their smartphone. Just in case the seat itself isn’t enough, the mamaRoo 4 comes with interactive toy balls and a MP3-compatible speaker.
7. Béaba Babycook
Making your own baby food always sounds simpler than it is in practice. Béaba’s Babycook steam-cooks vegetables, fruit, meat, and fish to retain raw foods’ nutritional value. Because moms are multitaskers, the Babycook can be operated with one hand and takes only 15 minutes to prepare food. For moms with multiple babies, it comes with a 4.7-cup bowl. The $150 device is free of BPA, lead, and phthalates to keep contaminants out of food.
8. Prince Lionheart Ultimate wipesWARMER
The $26 Prince Lioneheart Ultimate wipesWARMER might sound like a luxury, but warm water isn’t just more comfortable. By warming wipes beforehand, this device helps moms get their baby’s bottom cleaner. The Ultimate wipesWARMER is treated with antimicrobial additive to keep wipes sanitary, and it features a nightlight for those 2 a.m. changes.
New moms and babies deserve great gifts that make their lives easier. Pick the perfect gadget, and watch them both smile as they unwrap the latest tech.