Every year, new parenting products hit the shelves touting that benefits that will help make everyday tasks from breastfeeding to teeth brushing more manageable. The problem is there are almost too many gadgets on the market. How are busy parents supposed to dig through them all to find the best of the best?
That’s where we come in. We’ve gone through countless products to find some of the highest-rated parenting tools on the market that both new and seasoned guardians can enjoy. Read on for our picks!
SnoofyBee diaper-changing station
SnoofyBee’s three-in-one diaper-changing station is a lifesaver for parents who struggle to keep their little ones still during messy changes. The station comes complete with a comfortable pad and a barrier with attachments for distracting toys to keep babies entertained. Once you’re finished changing your baby’s diaper, the pad and barrier neatly fold up into a compact, easily transportable clutch to make changes on the go a breeze.
SnoofyBee diaper-changing station, $24 at Amazon
Willow wearable breast pump
If you’re tired of untangling breast pump cords and washing what seems like a gazillion accessories every time you pump, the Willow wearable breast pump may be your new best friend. This device offers breastfeeding parents a hands-free (and quiet!) way to pump at work, at home or on the go. To use it, you attach a bag to the breast-shaped device and slip it under your bra. You can then adjust the suction settings on an app and monitor your milk production. Once you’ve finished, you simply cut the top off of the bag, pour the milk into a bottle and wash the pump. If at any point you get stuck, you can consult with a lactation expert or watch instructional videos on the app.
The downside to the Willow? It’s expensive, ringing up at nearly $500. However, they do offer a monthly payment program to help lighten the financial burden.
The Willow Pump, $479.99 at Willow
Nanit Sleep System baby monitor
Gone are the days when parents monitored their kids’ sleep through grainy video screens. Nanit is taking baby monitors to new (flashy, modern) heights with its smart-monitor and mounted HD camera, which provides a clear picture of your sleepyhead while also collecting helpful data on their sleep patterns. Users can access Nanit’s data on an app to learn how long their children slept, what factors might contribute to keeping them awake and helpful tips on how to achieve a better night’s sleep for the whole family.
Sleep System, $279.99 at Amazon
4moms mamaRoo 4.0 baby swing
When was the last time you sat down to eat something? How about the last time you cooked a meal without a baby on your hip? The mamaRoo baby swing was invented for parents who need a damn break. The chair, which pairs over Bluetooth for easy control, has five motion settings to mimic car drives and bouncing on a parent’s lap to keep babies comfortable and occupied. Plus, you can sync sounds to the mamaRoo to give your baby a more complete and enjoyable experience. Finally, some peace!
4moms mamaRoo 4.0 baby swing, $188.28 at Amazon
Toddlermonitor motion sensor
So, your toddler has developed a habit of sneaking out of his room during nap time, huh? The Toddlermonitor motion sensor aims to make your life a bit less stressful by sending alerts to your phone anytime your traveling tot opens his bedroom door so you don’t have to play hide-and-seek at 2 o’clock in the morning.
If one monitor isn’t enough, you can sync up to three on your device at any given time. Keeping an eye on your pantry has never been easier or cuter.
Toddlermonitor motion sensor, $89.99 at Amazon
Munchkin Lulla-Vibe vibrating mattress pad
This product looks like a whoopee cushion, but hear us out. This pad comes with two vibration speeds to help babies fall asleep faster and more peacefully. Plus, it’s easily transportable, so you can use it in the car or in a stroller to make nap time anywhere fuss-free.
Munchkin Lulla-Vibe vibrating mattress pad, $22.95 at Amazon
Kolibree’s smart-toothbrush, Ara, is great for kids and adults alike. Thanks to AI technology, the toothbrush monitors and records your brushing habits, including the duration and zones brushed. Then, you can check your day-to-day progress on the app and find helpful tips on how to improve brushing habits.
Ara smart-toothbrush, $129 at Kolibree
Baby Shusher: The Sleep Miracle
The Baby Shusher is a compact sound machine that can play 15 or 30 minutes of a “rhythmic shushing sound” to help babies up to 24 months fall asleep. Because of the machine’s timer, parents don’t have to worry about the sound playing all through the night, and they can have some peace knowing they don’t have to shush their infants for the umpteenth time that day.
Sometimes, it’s the simplest gadgets that make life the easiest.
Baby Shusher, $34.99 at Amazon
BlueSmart Mia baby-feeding monitor
Tracking your baby’s eating habits can be a tedious task. You need to keep track of how long your baby feeds, how long it’s been between feedings and the temperature of the milk or formula. BlueSmart’s Mia baby-feeding monitor handles all that for you and syncs up to an easy-to-read app. The flexible sleeve fits most bottle sizes and is quick to clean.
BlueSmart Mia baby-feeding monitor, $59.99 at Amazon
4moms spout cover with digital thermometer
OK, so this one might not be necessary — but it is cool! The 4moms spout thermometer makes bath time a bit easier by taking the temperature of the water for you so you never have to stick your hand under scalding hot water. Plus, it gives you a preferred temperature range — specified as the “comfort zone” — to help you know the sweet spot for your child’s delicate skin. Rub-a-dub-dub!
4moms spout cover with digital thermometer, $29.00 at Amazon
Honeywell germ-free cool-mist humidifier
Far from the sexiest item on this list, the Honeywell germ-free humidifier is a must-have for kids with sensitive skin, allergies or trouble sleeping. The cool-mist function helps break up dry air without making rooms stuffy, and specialized UV technology kills 99.9 percent of germs to keep the air in your home clean and safe.
Honeywell germ-free humidifier, $55.17 at Amazon
Coway Mighty air purifier
Now that you’ve added some humidity to your house’s air supply, it’s time to make sure the overall air quality is clean. Though not technically a brand-new product, The New York Times’ Wirecutter endorses the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty for its ability to drastically reduce toxins, pollutants and allergens in residential spaces to keep you and your family breathing healthier all year round.
Coway AP-1512HH Mighty air purifier, $229.99 at Amazon