New Must-Have Wearable Tech for Babies

Over the past few years, the technological advancements in baby tech, especially wearable tech, have been incredible. Here are some new, must-have wearable tech items for babies.

Owlet Smart Sock 2

We’d be remiss if we didn’t share the Owlet Smart Sock 2. This device tracks your infant’s heart rate and oxygen levels while they sleep and is designed to notify you if either falls out of range. Equipped with a sensor, three fabric socks (sizes 0-18 months), base station, and compatible app, the Owlet is a must-have item for the tech-savvy.

Pacif-i Smart Pacifier

The Pacif-i is not your mother’s pacifier. It utilizes low energy Bluetooth technology to constantly measure your baby’s temperature, providing accurate, time-stamped readings to your iOS or Android devices. And it comes in four different colors.

Project Nursery Parent + Baby SmartBand

This device is the first-of-its-kind, created specifically for parents and babies. The SmartBand allows you to log important information like breastfeeding/bottle feeding, pumping, child weight and naps. It can also track your hydration, weight, diet, exercise, and sleep, and act as an activity tracker for you and your baby.

Garmin babyCam

Why settle for your run-of-the-mill mirror, when technology can help you monitor your child in the car? If you’re already a Garmin product lover, this camera will sync up to your existing Garmin navigation device to provide a live feed of your reverse-facing baby. Plus, it provides a notification when you are exiting your vehicle to check for remaining passengers in your vehicle. Pretty cool, right?

VersaMe Starling

This wearable tech item processes your verbal engagements with your baby by telling you how many words your baby hears and speaks throughout the day. It clips onto your child’s shirt just below the neck and tracks environmental language patterns, words goals and the developmental progress of your child.

What are some of your favorite must-have wearable tech items for babies? 

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Great Gifts for New Dads

Since gift-giving season is in full swing, you may be wondering what to give the new dad in your life. His list may be a little different than it has been in other years, so here are five great gifts for new dads.

Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones

A nice pair of wireless noise-canceling headphones may be just the ticket for a new dad who is adjusting to having a new baby. Because crying babies can be stressful. So he can use them to have a little break, and then pass them along to his partner when it’s her turn to have a break. And you get bonus points for giving him a gift his significant other can use too.

A Book They Can Read Together

Choose your favorite kid’s book(s) that you know he’ll love to read to his child. Go for some classics, or some new favorites, or something that will appeal to parent and baby alike. And you can never go wrong with a little Dr. Seuss or Eric Carle. You just can’t.

New Dad Survival Kit

Yes, these are a thing. And they’re pretty amazing. If buying a prepackaged kit isn’t appealing, put together a kit of your own. Fill it with the things you know he’ll need, accompanied by some of the things you know he loves. (Think diapers AND his favorite beverage. And maybe a classic movie you know he’ll want to watch with his kid one day.)

Free Babysitting Gift Card

Sometimes, the best gifts are the ones that don’t cost a thing. Offer a punch card of free babysitting to allow your favorite new dad (and new mom) some much needed time together away from the house. If you’ve been a new parent you’ll remember how important a little couple togetherness time helps, especially when you feel totally immersed in your baby.

Owlet Smart Sock 2

What new dad wouldn’t appreciate the gift of peace of mind and some sleep? The Owlet Smart Sock tracks your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels and is designed to notify you if either falls out of range. And everyone knows that getting sleep as a new parent is one of the best gifts of all.

What are some of the gifts you most liked giving/receiving as a new parent? You can also check out our gift guide for soon to be moms!

 

 

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Dressing Baby for Winter

Babies are not able to regulate their body temperatures as adults, so it’s important to be attentive to their needs as the temperature changes during the fall and winter. Your baby is not able to tell you if they’re cold, hot, or uncomfortable, so it’s up to you to learn their cues for discomfort or distress and do your best to be proactive about keeping them warm. Here are some tips for dressing your baby this winter.

Remember car seat safety

Safety is always priority, and it’s important for all parents to know that jackets, coats, and blankets can cause car seat straps to be loose and unsafe. Always remove your baby’s coat before strapping baby in the car seat. I always keep some blankets in my car so that once baby is strapped, I can tuck a blanket around my son, on the outside of the straps, so that he stays warm but is still securely fastened in his car seat.

Hats with straps

Babies can lose a lot of heat through their heads, so use a hat to protect their head from the cold. Easier said than done though, right? What baby wants to keep a hat on their head? Thankfully, a lot of coats and bodysuits come with hoods that are not easy for a baby to pull down. Using hats with chin straps will also help it to stay put and prevent baby from ripping it off. This adorable hat from Old Navy will keep baby warm and stay put.

Mittens with Velcro

Keeping baby’s hands warm can also be a challenge. Nothing seems to like to stay put on those little hands, and gloves and mittens seem to slide right off on their own. Look for mittens that have a wrist Velcro strap so that they cannot easily slide off. Also, while they are little it will be MUCH easier to get mittens on those chunky hands than gloves. I learned the hard way not to even bother trying to find gloves that fit and then wrangle those wiggly fingers into each glove finger if I did happen to find baby gloves.

Furry bear suits

Full furry bear suits are a classic warm full-body staple for your baby. We love this one from LL Bean, it’s perfect for a girl or a boy and looks so soft. This is a great way to add a layer of lighter clothing so that you can adjust if you’ll be going in and out, perhaps during a shopping trip, parade, or other holiday event.

Safe Sleep

Keeping baby warm at night while keeping them safe can be a challenge because loose bedding such as blankets and pillows are dangerous and should not be used. Overheating your baby is also dangerous and is a risk factor for SIDS, so if the temperature in your home stays at a comfortable level, your baby might only need a onesie under some footed pajamas, and perhaps a sleep sack.

What tips would you add to help new parents dress their babies for winter?

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