8 Gadgets to Change the Way you Parent


As a parent, you want to teach your children valuable lessons and encourage imaginative play. You also want to keep your kids safe and healthy in all circumstances. Fortunately, these eight gadgets can help you reach these goals.

Age-Appropriate Tablet

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You might hesitate to hand over your valuable tablet to a small child, but you can now find tablets designed for kids. They feature soft frames that protect them from abuse, and they usually boast special software to limit what kids do online. Look for a splash-proof rating for younger kids, and make sure you select a model that has a long battery life.

Although you might want to limit screen time for your kids, a tablet can prove educational as well as entertaining. Many tablet games teach kids valuable skills and knowledge, such as shapes and colors or math and science. As long as you can oversee their activities, your kids will benefit from these devices.

Smart Monitor

Baby monitors have become increasingly sophisticated. Smart monitors can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, so you can control them from your smartphone or tablet. They also usually have a wide-angle camera, and many have sufficiently sensitive audio capabilities to let you hear your baby breathe.

Pacifier Thermometer

Kids often don’t cooperate with traditional thermometers, so try one shaped like a pacifier. This product works particularly well with babies and toddlers because of its familiar shape. Plus, studies have proven these thermometers’ accuracy.

Smartphone

Not only do you want a durable, full-featured smartphone, but you also need a fast, reliable network such as T-Mobile’s. The Galaxy S7 features a large HD Super AMOLED display, extended battery life, and water and dust resistance. You can feel confident letting your kids play games on this device while you throw a load of laundry into the dryer or catch up on housework.

Use your S7 to check the news surreptitiously during a game of hide-and-seek and to share YouTube videos with your kids. When your children get old enough, you can add their own smartphones to your T-Mobile plan so you can track their whereabouts and get in touch with them when necessary.

White Noise Generator

Some kids struggle to fall asleep at night. If your child is a light sleeper or suffers from insomnia, a white noise generator, also called a sound machine, might help. Choose one that produces white noise instead of specific sounds. It will lull your child to sleep, whether for an afternoon nap or at night.

Portable DVD Player

You can take “Frozen” and “Finding Dory” on the go. A portable DVD player serves as a handy tool when you’re traveling with your children during both short and long trips. They can also entertain themselves while you attend to many other tasks.

Powerful Blender

You want your kids to eat healthy foods, but many children sneer at anything remotely green. Make delicious and healthful smoothies using a powerful blender. The top models can turn fruit and vegetables into whatever consistency your kids prefer. Disguise greens such as kale and broccoli with favorite fruits, such as apples and bananas.

A blender also comes in handy when you need to prepare a quick meal. Whip up a batch of humus to serve as an appetizer with baby carrots, for instance, or mix a batch of muffins that you’ll just pop into the oven.

Self-Installing Car Seat

If you’ve ever tried to install a car seat, you know that all those buckles can seem intimidating. If you install it incorrectly, your child’s safety is at risk. A self-installing car seat is a smart choice for protective parents. It constantly monitors tension and latches, alerting you if it detects something amiss. It automatically levels itself in the vehicle so you don’t have to worry so much about your child as you drive.

Now that you’re familiar with the latest gadgets for parents, you can start including them in your routine. Although technology can’t make parenting an easy job, it can make life more manageable as you raise your kids.