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Tech friends for parents
Balqis Lim picks eight tech helpers that will help make parenting easier
TAKING the temperature of babies and infants is child’s play, thanks to the cute pacifier thermometer for gentle temperature measurement in the mouth. The pacifier does not use glass or mercury like old-fashioned thermometers, keeping your child safe from potentially shattering the glass and leaking the poisonous mercury.
When not in use, it will automatically switch off to preserve power. PRICE: RM141 at Shopee.com.my
LULL your baby to sleep with a calming shush that uses a real human voice, thus freeing up your precious time.
The Baby Shushers rhythmic shush reminds your baby of being inside mum, where they were inundated 24 hours a day with loud sounds of blood flow and other utero noises (up to 95 dBs, or the sound of a very loud vacuum cleaner). What may sound harsh at first is very calming to your baby.
PRICE: US$34.99 at Amazon.com
COMBINING a traditional diaper changing pad with a built-in wireless smart scale, Hatch Grow helps you to easily track infant health metrics, providing reassurance to new parents from home.
Syncing automatically to the
Hatch Baby App (easily record nursing sessions, sleep, pumping amounts, and more), Grow provides a simple and modern solution to care for your bundle of joy. The pad is made of soft, easy to clean wipeable foam that makes diaper changing easy for caregivers and comfortable for babies. PRICE: US$149.99 at Amazon. com
YOOMI Self Warming Baby Bottles are perfect for late-night feeding during travels. As milk nutrients can get destroyed if you overheat the milk, this bottle can feed your baby milk that has the perfect temperature in 60 seconds, 10 times faster than other methods. The milk stays at the temperature for an hour.
Just press the orange button and the smart technology in the Yoomi bottle will warm the milk, straight from the fridge. PRICE: US$37.99 (RM165) at Amazon. com
THE NogginStik Light Up Rattle encourages baby’s early milestones and guides parents and caregivers through activities and interactions that will help promote healthy brain development and bonding. It lights up red, blue, and green to encourage visual tracking, has a soft rattle sound to please the ears, an easy-to-hold handle for mastering grasping and fun textures to enjoy the sense of touch.
PRICE: US$20.99 at Amazon.com
IF you have the budget, this revolutionary bassinet from Happiest Baby helps your baby sleep soundly and cry less. The cutting-edge bassinet detects your baby’s cries and automatically responds by rocking them gently to the same white noise and motion they loved before birth.
Simply download the app for easy, hands-free control. Boasting hypoallergenic and chemical-free materials, your baby will be given optimal comfort, support and safety each time they drift off to sleep.
PRICE: US$1,295 at Potterybarnkids. com
SUZY is a friendly night light that reassures your child in the night. Its low energy LED night lamp stays cool to the touch and the soft, orange LED night light can also play sleep sounds with running music all night.
If your child does wake, Suzy’s cry detection and auto-soothe send them back to sleep. Connect Suzy to the BleepBleeps app and it becomes an audio baby monitor that lets you listen in live to your child.
PRICE: US$99.99 at Amazon.com
COCOON Cam monitors your baby’s breathing while they sleep, so you don’t have to. It has clear HD live stream video with night vision and zoom capability. Plus, a built-in speaker and microphone so you can hear and talk directly to your baby from anywhere. It also gives instant alerts to let you know when your baby’s breathing changes, when your baby is starting to wake up, has fallen asleep, or is crying. PRICE: US$102.98 at Amazon.com