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Best technology for parents of 2011

Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

Technology to make your life easier

As technology advances, some things get a whole lot easier for parents. Let's take a look at some of the best gadgets, electronics and other technology for mom and dad.

Levana Era Baby Monitor

Levana baby monitors are always popular, and now you can get one that actually takes pictures and video, which you can upload to your computer. If you have been wanting to get a picture of your new baby while she's asleep, this baby monitor is the perfect choice. Additionally, it has a quad screen for multiple views (if you have more than one camera) and plays numerous lullabies. Check it out at MyLevana.com ($130).

Levana Era Baby Monitor

Kindle Fire

The new Kindle Fire is perfect for moms. You get access to over 18 million movies, television shows, songs, books and magazines -- and, of course, thousands of games and apps. The Kindle Fire also offers fast web browsing and plenty of stores. You can find the Kindle Fire at Amazon.com ($199).

Kindle Fire

Bellybuds

For the mommy-to-be, Bellybuds Pregnancy Bellphones are a must. You can play prenatal music and recorded voices to your baby in the womb. Simply attach the headphones to your belly and launch your playlist. Bellybuds feature a comfy beltless design and are virtually invisible under clothes. You can find them at Bellybuds.com, Amazon.com and other retailers ($50).

Bellybuds

Boon Glo

If you are looking for a cool, modern nightlight, check out the Glo from Boon. This color-changing nightlight features removable, illuminated Glo balls that fade to dark after 30 minutes. Your kids can even remove them and bring them into bed (or play catch). They don't get warm and they won't break. This ultra cool nightlight is available at BoonInc.com ($85).

Boon Glo

Beaba Bib'Expresso 3

Every baby needs their own espresso maker, right? Well, not exactly. The Beaba Bib'Expresso is a 3-in-1 baby bottle and food warmer. This sleek unit lets you fix a bottle in only 30 seconds with just one hand. And you can be assured that it's the perfect temperature every time. Bib'expresso mixes formula quickly, reduces air bubbles and eliminates hot spots. It can also be used to heat jarred baby food and, when kids get older, hot water for cocoa or tea. Additionally, it has a self-cleaning system for in-depth cleaning. You can find the Beaba Bib'Expresso 3 at Amazon.com ($103 with Amazon Prime).

Beaba Bib'Expresso 3

Of course, you can find a number of other gadgets and technological wonders that are perfect for parents, from the latest smartphones to the new iPad 2. Look for technology that makes your life a little easier and more enjoyable.

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