You’ve made it through the hard part, and now your little angel is in the world.
You’ve spent months preparing for their arrival, and you probably think you have everything to meet all of your new baby’s and your own needs. You might have everything you need but having certain gadgets can make being a new parent a whole lot easier.
- A Baby Monitor
The most obvious gadget that you should get is a baby monitor. In the old days, baby monitors were very similar to walkie-talkies. When baby monitors were this simple, you would hear your baby cry and not be sure why. But in the past few years, baby monitors have advanced dramatically.
Many baby monitors have cameras equipped so that you can see your baby at all times. Some can even allow you to link multiple cameras to one base station, meaning that you can see your child from different angles and in different parts of the room they’re in. With some of these gadgets, you can purchase different lenses that are wider or can zoom. The best advice is to find where you want to place your baby monitor and choose one based on those needs.
- A White Noise Machine
One instance you will eventually encounter as a new parent is trying everything to get your baby to calm down and fall asleep, often to no avail. Having a white noise machine might be the solution to this problem. The low, ambient sound that is produced by this gadget can help soothe your child to sleep.
The market is filled with white noise machines that are specifically targeted toward young children, but you can get a regular one as well. After all, you’ll need to catch up on some sleep after the first few weeks of caring for a newborn.
- A Smart Thermometer
If you’re a new parent then the first time your baby gets sick will be a terrifying moment. While you’ll have to go through many steps to help your baby get better, you have to start with checking your child’s temperature.
Parents often think of thermometers as sticks of plastics that you put under your child’s tongue or in their armpit. Those days are gone.
In today’s world, we have smart thermometers. These smart thermometers come in many different styles but the most common ones still stick to the stick style. These sticks are just connected to your smartphones so that the readings display there. Other styles include one that you stick in your child’s ears and another one that sticks like a band-aid.
- A Coffee Machine
A gadget you need that is specifically meant for new parents and not their newborn child — a coffee machine.
You’re going to be spending a lot of late nights taking care of your baby’s needs. You’ll get very little sleep even if you and your significant other decide to take shifts on who takes care of the baby when. A coffee machine will give you the energy you need to get through tough days.
There are many coffee machines on the market, so choosing one shouldn’t be too hard, but you could get overwhelmed by the number of choices. The fact of the matter is you don’t need a complicated espresso machine. While it may not look as fancy, a one serve coffee maker can do the job just as well and in fewer steps.
- A Humidifier
A humidifier is another gadget that is beneficial to both your baby and you. Having a humidifier in your child’s room will help keep dry, stale air from irritating your baby’s throat and nose. With air being moved and humidified, your baby has less of a chance of getting ill.
Many models of humidifiers can be found on the market with different kinds of features. You can find humidifiers in a variety of sizes. Some models will be able to automatically shut off once the water level gets too low. Many humidifiers are timed to distribute a certain amount of moisture into the air. Humidifiers are being designed to be very quiet, and some that are geared for children even come with built-in night lights.
Being a new parent can be a difficult but rewarding time. You’ll learn a lot in those first few months, but you want to be prepared as much as you can. Just remember to breathe and to take care of yourselves as much as you’re caring for your baby.