There are certain must-haves when it comes to outfitting a baby's nursery. Crib, check. Diapers, check. Adorable little rompers, check. Some things you need to have and other things you just want to have, either for convenience or the pure fun of it.
The following gadgets certainly aren't essentials for feeding, diapering, or outfitting a baby, but they do come in super handy for making your life and the baby's entry in the real world a lot easier. Is that enough to make them worth it?
Here are seven cool gadgets to consider.
Mobiles that you have to hand-crank are so last decade. This high-tech Dream Station by B Kids features an intelligent cycle of phases based your baby's sleep and movement patterns. Watch Over Me calms babies with soft music and lights to help them unwind. As the built-in sensor detects fewer movements, it adjusts the music and sounds accordingly to help them drift off into a peaceful slumber, even turning on soft lights to calm them if they wake up in the middle of the night.
Often, people think a nursery should be quiet when babies are sleeping, but coming from the constant din they heard in the uterus, they're accustomed to background noise. This Tranquil Moments Sound Machine for Baby by Brookstone offers six relaxing sounds that babies will welcome, including white noise, prenatal (heartbeat), car ride, and more. There are built-in programs to allow you to play in 30-, 60- or 90-minute intervals and, as the minutes progress, the sounds get slower and quieter to relax your little one.
Babies are also accustomed to movement from those nine months of being a passenger in utero. The Lulla-Vibe from Munchkin is a small battery-operated and cord-free pad that easily slips under the baby's crib mattress and instantly provides smooth and gentle vibrations. It has two speeds, and the on-off button can be positioned to stick out from under the mattress for easy parental access. The 30-minute built-in timer keeps the vibrations going long enough to help your baby drift off to sleep.
This multifunction monitor is a great addition to any new parent's arsenal of gadgets. In addition to monitoring the baby, you can use the handy Parent Unit to check the temperature of the nursery, talk back to your baby, zoom in to get a closer look, and even use the monitor's night viewing capabilities. If you have other kids to monitor, you can expand this system to accommodate four more cameras and watch kids simultaneously on the handheld unit's split-screen.
This modernistic night-light by Boon, Inc., adds a cool design element to your baby's room, along with the soft functional glow of its removable balls. The phosphorescent balls glow for 30 minutes after being removed from the base and are completely BPA-, phthalate- and PVC-free, making them completely safe for kids to play with. Better yet, the orbs can double as toys.
It's easy for sleep-deprived parents to forget the little details around the baby's last feeding, diaper change, and nap. Luckily, the Pocket Nanny can remember those little details so they don't have to. Parents can quickly refer to the Pocket Nanny for reminders on all of Baby's most important stats (eating, sleeping, diaper changes) and can even rely on it as a timer for things like medication. Additional features include a built-in night-light and a clip on the unit's backside. Ahh, if only we could all have nannies in our pockets.
The Gro-Egg is a color-changing digital thermometer that gives you visual indication of the baby's room temperature. The ideal range for the nursery should be about 61° to 67°, and the Gro-Egg emits a soft yellow glow when within this range. If the room gets too cold, though, Gro turns blue, and when it's too warm, Gro turns red. It's a smart device that is not only functional, but looks pretty, too.