10 Smart Baby Products to Make Parenting Easier

There are so many baby products out there. So many dos and don’ts. So many rules and tips. It’s crazy!

Being a new parent is tough, and this is coming from a guy who lucked out. My daughter actually sleeps through the night, most of the time. It’s fantastic and I hope it never changes. I feel horrible for the parents who have to get up multiple times a night, barely getting any sleep.

There is one thing my daughter does that I wish she didn’t (but I love her anyway, let’s be honest). She doesn’t cry, whine, or sniffle. Nope. She screams bloody murder. Deafening, blood-curdling screams that send shivers down your spine.

When it happens, you can’t think, you can’t focus, you can’t do much of anything but cover your ears. It’s rough, but it could be worse.

 

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I don’t think it would be a surprise to say that it can be extremely overwhelming at times. That’s why I take whatever help I can get, where I can get it.

Believe it or not, one emerging area where you can find a bit of help is in the gadget and technology space. I know, it sounds crazy. I can’t even begin to count how many times I’ve heard people complain about young parents being on their phones too much, ignoring their children. That can be a problem, I’ll be the first to admit it.

But when used appropriately, technology can also make things extremely convenient. And for a new parent, convenience is sometimes exactly what you need, and with the right baby products you can get it.

 

What Are Smart Baby Products?

The term “smart baby products” is remarkably broad, so it’s a bit silly to define in specifics here. Ultimately, it refers to anything tech or gadget related that can be used to make your life as a parent easier, or improve quality of life for your children.

For instance, the Owlet baby monitor comes in the form of a smart sock. Your child wears the sock, which has embedded sensors, and you can check in on them remotely via a mobile app. It will relay information like their heart-rate, breathing status, and more. It’s a great way to stay informed about your baby’s health and fight off SIDS, also known as sudden infant death syndrome.

 

Why You Need It

I’ll be blunt, parent-to-parent. People have been raising children for centuries without a lot of these baby products, so you don’t actually “need” them, in the sense that you can’t survive without it.

The real thing to keep in mind here is that this technology can simply make your life easier. Some of these baby products can save you the regular trip to the nursery to check on your little one. Other baby products can help you stay informed about your child, even while you’re away. Yet, even more baby products can be used to enrich your child’s life.

Keep an open mind as we sort through this list, especially if you could use a little help.

 

Installation & Ease of Use

Most of the baby products on our list are plug-and-play, with little to no installation required. That means you should be able to open the box, set up the device, and go.

If there is a case where set up is a little more involved, I’ve mentioned below.

 

Cost

The baby products on this list range from under $20 to over $1,000. But rest assured, there’s something here for everyone whether you like to spend a little, or a lot.

 

Why should you trust Ideaing?

Since 2013, our team at Ideaing holds extensive background in technology, from electrical engineering to product managers at Fortune 500 companies. We pride ourselves in providing truly objective incite into our reviews and recommendations. Our expert panel of product experts spend thousands of hours researching, analyzing and testing products. After our extensive research on over 50 of the top smart baby products on the market, here are our 10 best picks for most people.

 

The Best Smart Baby Products for 2019

 

Read on for the best smart baby products this year.

 

1. Sense-U Breathing Movement Monitor: Best of the Best 

 

Sense-U Breathing & Rollover Baby Movement Monitor

Your baby’s safety and your own peace of mind are combined in one with BabySense.

 

As any parent knows, the evening and overnight is one of the scariest times of the day. It is then when many parents are unable to monitor their child closely, and then when perhaps we need to monitor them closer than ever. While SIDS deaths have decreased since 1989, there are still over 2000 deaths that occur each and every year.

That’s where the Sense-U comes in. This baby monitor alerts you for no breathing movement, stomach sleeping, overheating and getting cold with an audible alarm for you to hear.  This movement, thermometers and more are connected to your smartphone through a mobile device, so you can  determine how these factors will impact your baby at night.

 

Why You Should Get It

This product is especially important if you are a new parent. I see many of my friends purchasing nearly every piece of baby-related technology on the market as new parents, and I recommend the Sense-U being at the top of your list.

 

Pros

  • Monitor your baby’s breathing
  • Notify you when your baby is stomach sleeping
  • Works with Apple iOS and Android devices

 

Cons

  • None

 

 

2. 4moms Breeze Plus: Best For The Summer

 

4Moms Breeze Plus

Summer is coming! Keep your children safe outside.

 

With warm weather comes more time spent outdoors, and if you have a little one who is on the edge of rolling around more frequently, you can almost anticipate the miles you will be putting on your feet as you run after them!

Along with the warm weather comes time spent at the park, or in your backyard and as such, you want to keep your child safe. Enter: 4moms Breeze Plus Portable Playard. It is an excellent all-in-one care station, which includes a removable bassinet and changer.

(And who’s to say you can’t use this indoors, too?)

 

Why You Should Get It

If you are anticipate being on-the-go with your little one, a playard is a must-have. With one push open and one pull close, plus a removable changer and basinet (for infants under 18 lbs) consider adding this to your wish list.

 

Pros

  • Effortless set-up
  • Convenient travel bag
  • Removable changer and bassinet

 

Cons

  • Some users wish this product could be bigger

 

 

3. 4moms mamaRoo Bluetooth-Enabled Baby Swing: Best For Busy Babies 

 

Have a busy little one on your hands? 4moms has you covered. 

 

You have likely seen baby rockers in a more ‘traditional’ sense – heck, you might even remember seeing your siblings swinging away in their own little rocker, but you haven’t seen this.

The 4moms mamaRoo 4 is a rocker that offers 5 unique motions (including a car ride!) and offers 5 speeds. It is also Bluetooth enabled, which means you can control motion and sound through your smartphone.

Imagine cooking in your kitchen as you control the speed and motions of your baby in his or her mamaRoo

 

Why You Should Get It

I love this product especially for busy babies. The maximum weight on this product is 25 pounds, which is around the time when your baby is starting to show signs of real personality. If that personality is seemingly active, and if you’re a busy parent, this is for you!

 

Pros

  • 5 unique motions and speeds
  • Classic seat fabrics
  • Bluetooth enabled

 

Cons

  • Your child will outgrow this quickly, so consider sharing with a friend or family

 

 

4. Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor: Best Baby Wearable

 

Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor - Track Your Infant's Heart Rate & Oxygen Level

One of the most unique baby wearables on the market.

 

If you are a new parent, you know the anxiety you can have around ensuring your little one is happy and healthy, especially during nap time. You likely listen in on their breathing and heart rate, knowing the risks of unexpected instances such as SIDS.

SIDS – Sudden Infant Death Syndrome – is the unexpected death of babies under one years of age. It is also referred to as “crib death”, and might be associated with breathing and arousal from sleep.

While there is no cure for SIDS, baby wearables like the Owlet Smart Sock can track your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels during sleep. It uses a base station through lights and sounds if your baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels are too high or too low. This wearable can help you watch over your baby through the smart sock.

 

Why You Should Get It

I believe every new parent can benefit from the Owlet Smart Sock. Unlike traditional baby monitors, the smart sock alerts you if their heart rate or oxygen levels are abnormal.

 

Pros

  • Tracks heart rate and oxygen levels
  • Notifications if something is wrong
  • Real-time stats from anywhere

 

Cons

  • Some users share that the data is not always accurate

 

 

5. Prymax Smart Digital Baby Thermometer: Best For All Ages

 

Prymax Smart Digital Baby Thermometer

To grow alongside your children, the Prymax works with you.

 

Babies grow – and they grow fast. The products I have included within this list so far are excellent for babies and toddlers, though they will undoubtedly grow out of these products relatively quickly.

Enter – the Prymax. This device is a thermometer that is associated with a smartphone app to read temperature every four seconds. Using Bluetooth, you can place the small device on your child and monitor through your phone.

The smart alarm is a game changer in that an alarm sounds when your baby’s temperature rises above the normal range. Data is updated every three seconds and promises to be accurate within 0.05 Fahrenheit.

 

Why You Should Get It

If your baby is comfortable with this small product on his or her body, I advise using this during nap time and/or overnight, especially if you are concerned about your little one getting fevers.

 

Pros

  • 24/7 monitoring
  • Syncing ability to the smartphone app
  • Waterproof design

 

Cons

  • Ensure your little one is comfortable with a product on his or her body

 

 

6. Kinsa Smart Thermometer: Best Fever Support

 

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The Kinsa Smart Thermometer will take accurate readings and sync all data to a mobile app.

 

One thing you’ll be doing often – especially when your baby isn’t feeling well or running a fever – is checking their body temperature. Trust me when I say, don’t cheap out and pick up an inexpensive thermometer. They suck and the readings aren’t accurate at all.

The Kinsa Smart Thermometer is relatively inexpensive, and includes a bevy of useful features that can be a great help. It will automatically record and track temperature readings, most importantly during a fever. All data is synched to a mobile app and organized for easy reading.

If you need to jot down medication times or take photos of your baby’s progress you can do that via the app too. If you have more than one child you need to track, you can separate readings by individuals profiles.

All that is great, but what I really care about is the accuracy. The Kinsa is extremely so, just what you need when you’re worried about a newborn’s fever climbing too high.

 

Why You Should Get It 

If you are constantly checking the temperature of your little one, the Kinsa is an excellent solution to do so in a smart, automated way.

 

Pros

  • No more expensive than a “dumb” thermometer
  • Will sync with a mobile app to record temp readings
  • Separate readings by profile to track multiple children
  • Accurate and reliable
  • There are multiple models available: ear and mouth

 

Cons

  • Some users express frustration with accuracy

 

 

7. Hatch Baby Smart Changing Pad: Best Diaper Support

 

Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad and Scale

The Hatch Baby smart changing pad includes a built-in weight scale and additional sensors.

 

My wife and I built a changing table out of an old dresser I had sitting around. To do this, we removed the top two drawers and I built a little cubby for the changing pad on the top. We also stained the dresser a dark brown to match my daughter’s nursery.

Rather than pick up a regular ol’ pad, we scooped up the Hatch Baby, a smart changing pad. The coolest thing it can do it help you track your child’s growth, thanks to an integrated Wi-Fi scale and companion app.

It also includes a touchscreen so you can control settings from the pad directly. But the real benefit is the myriad of other stats it can track like diaper changes, sleep cycles, feeding times, amount of formula and food eaten, and much more.

 

Why You Should Get It 

When you have your hands full, looking back at the last feeding or changing time can be a big help. It’s easy to lose track of those things, especially in the face of a screaming child. By your second and third child this may not be much of a problem, but the support is still welcome.

 

Pros

  • More than just a changing pad
  • Includes sensors to track weight, and growth
  • All data is synced to a companion app
  • Manually track diaper changes, sleep cycles, feeding times, and more

Cons

  • Some users express glitches with their app

 

 

8. Baby Brezza Safe & Smart Bottle Warmer: Best Feeding Support

 

 

Baby Brezza Safe and Smart Bottle Warmer

The Baby Brezza Bottle Warmer has two heating modes, one with steam that’s faster and one without.

 

Most babies like their formula warm. This isn’t as much of a problem until it’s 2 or 3 AM and your little one is screaming at the top of their lungs. Because it takes time to mix the formula, and then it takes time to warm it up, and if you toss it in the microwave too long, it also takes time to cool down.

With the Baby Brezza Safe and Smart Bottle Warmer, that can be a problem of the past. It also doubles as a defroster for frozen breast milk or baby food.

It has two different heating modes: one with steam that works faster and one that uses warm water. When the formula is ready for your baby, it will send an alert to the mobile app via Bluetooth.

That’s a bonus because you don’t have to sit next to the warmer and wait for it. You can go tend to your little one while you wait. A few minutes may not seem like much, but when you have a child screaming as loud as they possibly can, a few minutes can seem like ages.

 

Why You Should Get It

This is an excellent option for busy, working parent who has limited time during the day to wait for warm milk or formula.

 

Pros

  • Multiple heating modes: one for speed and the other for reliability
  • Will let you know via a mobile app when the food is ready
  • Works quickly on demand
  • Can defrost frozen breast milk and baby food too

 

Cons

  • Temperature can be innacurate

 

 

9. BlueSmart Mia Smart Feeding System

 

BlueSmart Mia Smart Feeding System

As a new parent, you’re tired. Why not let technology help you along the way? 

 

If you’re a new parent, or you know a new parent, welcome to the advent of technology as it relates to parenthood. You very likely know that being a new parent can be overwhelming. The frequency of changing, engaging, and feeding your newborn can sometimes be difficult to track.

Thankfully, technology – particularly BlueSmart – tracks your baby’s feeding, so you can know when, what and how much your baby is eating in real time. All you need to do is slip the BlueSmart on your bottle (it fits most bottles) and voila, tracking will begin. All tracking is connected to your mobile app.

 

Why You Should Get It 

I really love the sharing ability of this product. When I had my first child, my Mom was all over me, asking when he needed his next bottle and how much of his last bottle he finished. Too much to keep track! This would have been a great help, as the BlueSmart gives you the ability to share the baby’s schedule and history with others.

 

Pros

  • Unique design that works with most baby bottles
  • Connects through Wi-Fi
  • Feeding information and data that syncs to the associated mobile app

 

Cons

  • It’s not cheap!

 

10. Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor: Best Video Monitor 

 

Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor

Video monitoring and tracking is important for any parent.

 

Monitoring your child through your smartphone is perhaps the best invention made for new parents. If you recall the “old school” one-way baby monitors, this is truly above and beyond what the “old school” monitors offer.

The Nanit Plus is a smart baby monitor with a floor stand, offering a camera in HD mode and audio. It doubles as a sleep tracker with night vision, along with temperature and humidity sensors. When I say it is the best of the best, I mean it. This is the ultimate way to stay connected to your baby.

 

Why You Should Get It

If your pocketbook allows, this is truly the all-in-one monitoring solution as a parent. Staying connected through to your baby goes far beyond video, which is why this is a monitoring product that includes it all.

 

Pros

  • Monitor from anytime, anywhere
  • Video history saved
  • Sleep tracking included

 

Cons

  • This is an expensive device

 


Smart Baby Products Comparison

 

Here are the best smart baby products compared.

1Sense-U Breathing and Rollover Baby Movement Monitor

  • Monitor your baby’s breathing
  • Notify you when your baby is stomach sleeping
  • Works with Apple iOS and Android devices
  • None
60

24moms Breeze Plus Portable Playard

  • Effortless set-up
  • Convenient travel bag
  • Removable changer and bassinet
  • Some users wish this product could be bigger
80

34moms mamaRoo Bluetooth-Enabled Baby Swing

  • 5 unique motions and speeds
  • Classic seat fabrics
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Your child will outgrow this quickly, so consider sharing with a friend or family
80

4Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor

  • Tracks heart rate and oxygen levels
  • Notifications if something is wrong
  • Real-time stats from anywhere 
  • Some users share that the data is not always accurate
85

5Prymax Smart Digital Baby Thermometer

  • 24/7 monitoring
  • Syncing ability to the smartphone app
  • Waterproof design 
  • Ensure your little one is comfortable with a product on his or her body
100

6Kinsa Smart Stick Digital Thermometer

  •  
  • No more expensive than a “dumb” thermometer
  • Will sync with a mobile app to record temp readings
  • Separate readings by profile to track multiple children
  • Accurate and reliable
  • There are multiple models available: ear and mouth
  • Some users express frustration with accuracy
80

7Hatch Baby Grow Smart Changing Pad and Scale

  • More than just a changing pad
  • Includes sensors to track weight, and growth
  • All data is synced to a companion app
  • Manually track diaper changes, sleep cycles, feeding times, and more
  • Some users express glitches with their app
90

8Baby Brezza Safe and Smart Bottle Warmer

  • Multiple heating modes: one for speed and the other for reliability
  • Will let you know via a mobile app when the food is ready
  • Works quickly on demand
  • Can defrost frozen breast milk and baby food too
  • Temperature can be innacurate
90

9BlueSmart Mia Smart Feeding System

  • Unique design that works with most baby bottles
  • Connects through Wi-Fi
  • Feeding information and data that syncs to the associated mobile app
  • It's not cheap!
90

10Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor with Floor Stand

  • Monitor from anytime, anywhere
  • Video history saved
  • Sleep tracking included
  • This is an expensive device
90

 


 

Smart Baby Products FAQ

Smart baby products are important to monitor your child. Here are frequent questions we receive:

 

Q: Do I need smart baby products?

A: No! But they’ll certainly make your life easier. Smart baby products will keep you connected to your child, especially important during sleep. 

 

Q: How can I find smart baby products within my budget?

A: I’m pleased to have included a variety of products available within any budget on this list. From $30 to over $900, these products can help monitor your child. 

 

Q: Does it work well with Alexa?

A: No, not all products can connect with Alexa. If you wish for this feature, you have to make sure it’s compatible before purchasing.

 

Q: How do I charge these devices?

A: All of the devices on this list are different when it comes to charging. Some can plug-in just like your smartphone and some require batteries. Please inquire about charging solutions prior to purchase. 

 

Q: Can I change the settings without my smartphone?

A: Yes, but using a smartphone would give you an easier time changing it.

 


 

I know many will be resistant to try out some of these baby products, especially since parents have been raising children successfully for centuries without it. But trust me when I say, everything here will make your life so much easier. As a new parent or an experienced one, even just a little peace of mind – or sleep – is welcome.

Have you used one of the products on this list? Leave us a comment below.

 


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