Why You Should Have Smart Devices in Your Nursery

Do you need gadgets to raise your children? The definitive answer is no. Parents and probably yours too have been raising children for centuries without having to rely on tech gadgets.

However, back then, they did not have much choice as most of the modern devices were not there, and the few that were there were cost-prohibitive.

The evolution of technology in all aspects of human life caught up with raising babies and like everywhere else, many of the devices became essential. For new parents, in particular, smart devices offer much-needed reliability, peace of mind, and convenience.

Smart gadgets come with computing power giving them the ability to work interactively. In some cases, they also work autonomously. A number of them can be linked to other devices, especially your smartphone allowing you to access them remotely. For a parent, a smart nursery offers many advantages that include;

  • Ability to monitor your baby without necessarily being there
  • Reducing the frequent trips to the nursery
  • Controlling your baby’s immediate environment
  • Increase the safety of your baby
  • Being able to soothe your baby to sleep
  • Ability to keep track of your baby’s feeding and other health parameters

What Devices Should You Consider for Your Smart Nursery?

If you have gotten around the idea of using technology to increase your convenience and efficiency, where to start is the next challenge. In under five years, the baby-gear industry will have surpassed $100 billion. That means there are tons of products out there from which you have to choose.

To streamline the selection, you can split the smart nursery gadgets into categories based on their general function. You end up with the following key categories

  1. Monitors
  2. Sensors
  3. Thermometers and other measurement tools
  4. Lighting
  5. Sleeping aids and soothers
  6. Feeding system

Here are the items under each category to consider when building your nursery. Some devices are multi-functional meaning they may replace the need for others, which is excellent in case you, are working on a budget. Other items may apply only for babies of a certain age. However, their durability and long shelf life mean you can always gift them to a relative or friend.

What Are the Best Smart Baby Monitors

The first area to invest in while making a smart nursery is in a good monitor that allows you to have an eye on your baby at any time.

Nanit Plus Smart Video Baby Monitor

The Nanit Plus video monitor offers a lot, and that explains its price. It provides HD video, night vision, and one-way audio so you can hear your baby but not talk to him or her. It is connected directly to your smartphone using Wi-Fi or mobile internet. It can also take the temperature and humidity of the room.

Another feature is the computer vision which records your baby’s sleeping pattern. Data recorded includes the number of time he or she wakes up, cries, stirs, and when you get in the room. It can then add up the numbers and give you a report in the morning. It can also save sleeping history. The most significant setback is the cost as it is over $200.

Owlet Smart Sock Baby Monitor

There are a couple of wearable monitors in the market, and the Owlet Smart Sock 2 is easily the best of them. It adds a different dimension to the monitoring of your child. You fit it as you would dress a sock on the baby’s foot, and it measures the baby’s heartbeat and oxygen levels. It can do this through pulse oximetry.

With this app, you can monitor your child’s heartbeat and breathing. If anything happens to the normal levels and rates drop or rise, you will be alerted in your phone. It helps guard against situations like Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. You do not have to wait on the notifications. You can check on the stats in real-time from anywhere. A few users have complained about the readings saying they are not always accurate.

Nest Cam

You also have the option of re-purposing a security camera Nest Cam and using it for monitoring your baby. The advantage here is having a camera that is made by a reputable manufacturer and one you can always use at home after the kids have grown.

Another advantage is that you can set boundaries so that whenever the baby goes past them, you are notified on your phone. This last feature is great when your baby is crawling or walking and may want to leave the room.

The main shortcoming is that relying on a security camera denies you the option of constant monitoring from your phone. You cannot leave the app running all the time as you have other tasks to do or you want to save the battery. Therefore, you can only get occasional video and audio feeds whenever you check the app.

Nanit Plus Smart Video Baby Monitor
Owlet Smart Sock Baby Monitor
Nest Camera

Smart Sensors

Sensors complement the video monitors by enabling you to keep track of things like breathing and body movement. Where the infant is big enough to move around, you can get contact sensors that alert you when doors or drawers have been opened.

Decco Toddler Motion Sensor

The Decco Toddler sensor ensures you keep track of the baby’s movement from safe spaces. As you work around the house, you want to know the baby will not leave the nursery and run or crawl off to areas full of hazards. The device is simple to use. You hang it on the door and pair it to your smartphone using Bluetooth.

When the designated door is opened, you are alerted through a text. You can set the alerts to either ring or vibrate as well as adjust the volume. The sensor comes with a USB cable for charging and once charged; it can last seven days without recharging.

The app can also support up to three devices. You can fit two other doors with the Decco Sensor if the kid is not enclosed in one room. The only downside is that, should the kid get interested in it they could remove as it has an appealing toy-like look and it is easy to remove.

UrbanHello Remi

This adorable looking toy is a resourceful piece of technology. It is multi-functional and able to serve as a

  1. Sleep trainer using the verbal cues of closing and opening the eyes.
  2. Sleep training clock.
  3. Sleep tracker.
  4. Sensor for the temperature and light ambiance in the room.
  5. Audio monitor as you can listen in on your child from anywhere you have internet.

It provides reports of sleeping patterns and also tips to improve the baby’s sleep. It does not heat up when charging and has an appealing look to the children; they will quickly get accustomed and reliant on it.

You can easily customize the device using the smartphone app. It also comes equipped with a BlueTooth speaker that supports two-way communication. UrbanHello Remi also provides nightlight and music that soothes the baby to sleep.

Sense-U Breathing and Rollover Baby Movement Monitor

The Sense-U device is another multi-functional sensor that goes further with its monitoring. While you will not get video feedback, it will alert you to the breathing and sleeping patterns of the baby.

More importantly, it will let you know when the baby is stomach sleeping so that you can change him or her. Given the risk of SIDS, it is crucial to monitor your child’s rollover movement until he or she comes of age.

Thermometers and other health trackers

As a parent of a young baby, there is plenty you have to track. These include the baby’s temperature, feeding, and excretion, to weight. A regular and accurate record of all these parameters allows you to detect early enough if anything is wrong and take appropriate action. These gadgets add convenience and accuracy to the whole process.

Prymax Smart Digital Baby Thermometer

The Prymax Digital baby thermometer is a device suitable for kids of all ages. You can use it to track your child’s temperature at any time of the day. You only need to make sure they are comfortable with the device on them.

It is especially useful to keep track of children at risk of fevers and overnight monitoring of the children. New data is provided every three seconds, and you can synchronize the device to your phone.

The Prymax thermometer has an accuracy within 0.05 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a sturdy design, and it is water-resistant, so you do not have to worry about it being damaged while on the child’s body. The only significant risk is if the kid detaches it or the device falls from the body.

Kinsa Smart Thermometer

The Kinsa Smart Thermometer is an excellent and affordable way to be taking the temperature for your children. Several models are using either ear or mouth to get the temperature. It comes with an app that makes it easy to synchronize the thermometer with a smartphone.

Beyond recording the data in an organized way on the app, it reminds you when to offer the next medication and rest. It also provides recommendations like when to see the doctor and helps you track the progress of your child’s health.

Another advantage of the thermometer and its app is the opportunity to create profiles for each family member. Thus, you only use one device and can keep a reliable medical history of different people on the same platform.

The only challenge is to get the children comfortable with the device in their mouth. Some people have also been frustrated by accuracy.

Hatch Baby Smart Changing Pad

This product from a leading manufacturer of baby gear will change how you view diaper-changing duties. For the basics, it provides a large enough, soft, and comfortable pad for the baby to rest. Secondly, it is easy to clean and maintain.

What makes it stand out though is the inbuilt Wi-Fi scale and the accompanying app that enables you to measure the weight of the child and track his growth. It can also help you keep track of things like the baby’s feeding cycles, amount of food eaten, sleep cycles, and diaper changes. All these metrics help you measure the growth of your child and understand how they relate and affect each other.

The only disappointment here is the fact that babies quickly outgrow it, and you will need to find an external scale. There have been complaints too about glitches in the app in a few cases.

Health O Meter Grow With Me 2-in-1 Baby to Toddler Scale

If you need a less inexpensive gadget to measure weight, then pick the Health O Meter Grow with Me. Unlike the Hatch Baby changing pad, this scale can weigh your kid until he or she gets to 60 pounds. With an infant, you can use the provided cradle to rest the infant in, and when they grow older, you remove it and convert it into a standing scale.

Another feature is the Zero Out mode that allows you to weigh the kid with a blanket underneath for warmth. The scale discounts the weight of these items.

You can get measurements in ounces or kilograms, and you can also use it to record feeding information. It comes with a five-year warranty demonstrating its durability and quality. It, however, could be bulky and you may not use it much if you go for regular checkups.

Thermometers and Other Health Trackers

As a parent of a young baby, there is plenty you have to track. These include the baby’s temperature, feeding, and excretion, to weight. A regular and accurate record of all these parameters allows you to detect early enough if anything is wrong and take appropriate action. These gadgets add convenience and accuracy to the whole process.

Prymax Smart Digital Baby Thermometer

The Prymax Digital baby thermometer is a device suitable for kids of all ages. You can use it to track your child’s temperature at any time of the day. You only need to make sure they are comfortable with the device on them.

It is especially useful to keep track of children at risk of fevers and overnight monitoring of the children. New data is provided every three seconds, and you can synchronize the device to your phone.

The Prymax thermometer has an accuracy within 0.05 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a sturdy design, and it is water-resistant, so you do not have to worry about it being damaged while on the child’s body. The only significant risk is if the kid detaches it or the device falls from the body.

Kinsa Smart Thermometer

The Kinsa Smart Thermometer is an excellent and affordable way to be taking the temperature for your children. Several models are using either ear or mouth to get the temperature. It comes with an app that makes it easy to synchronize the thermometer with a smartphone.

Beyond recording the data in an organized way on the app, it reminds you when to offer the next medication and rest. It also provides recommendations like when to see the doctor and helps you track the progress of your child’s health.

Another advantage of the thermometer and its app is the opportunity to create profiles for each family member. Thus, you only use one device and can keep a reliable medical history of different people on the same platform.

The only challenge is to get the children comfortable with the device in their mouth. Some people have also been frustrated by accuracy.

Hatch Baby Smart Changing Pad

This product from a leading manufacturer of baby gear will change how you view diaper-changing duties. For the basics, it provides a large enough, soft, and comfortable pad for the baby to rest. Secondly, it is easy to clean and maintain.

What makes it stand out though is the inbuilt Wi-Fi scale and the accompanying app that enables you to measure the weight of the child and track his growth. It can also help you keep track of things like the baby’s feeding cycles, amount of food eaten, sleep cycles, and diaper changes. All these metrics help you measure the growth of your child and understand how they relate and affect each other.

The only disappointment here is the fact that babies quickly outgrow it, and you will need to find an external scale. There have been complaints too about glitches in the app in a few cases.

Health O Meter Grow With Me 2-in-1 Baby to Toddler Scale

If you need a less inexpensive gadget to measure weight, then pick the Health O Meter Grow with Me. Unlike the Hatch Baby changing pad, this scale can weigh your kid until he or she gets to 60 pounds. With an infant, you can use the provided cradle to rest the infant in, and when they grow older, you remove it and convert it into a standing scale.

Another feature is the Zero Out mode that allows you to weigh the kid with a blanket underneath for warmth. The scale discounts the weight of these items.

You can get measurements in ounces or kilograms, and you can also use it to record feeding information. It comes with a five-year warranty demonstrating its durability and quality. It, however, could be bulky and you may not use it much if you go for regular checkups.

Lighting and Sound Machines

Babies are sensitive to light and sound. The nursery should be a place that allows them to have long uninterrupted sleep. Achieving this also gives you the much-needed rest and peace you need for the following day.

Suzy Snooze

Suzy Snooze combines light and sound to enable your baby to sleep longer for better health. According to the manufacturer, it is scientifically tested and shown to promote the production of the sleep hormone. Its orange-colored nightlight is calming and saves you the trial and error process of finding the right color for your baby.

It also comes with ambient music and has an in-built timer. Suzy Snooze is surprisingly multi-functional and can serve as an audio baby monitor. The manufacturer further offers a 30-day no questions asked money-back return guarantee, in case you are not satisfied with the device during that period.

So far, it has excellent reviews on significant marketplaces. It also has the advantage of still serving even when your child outgrows the infant years.

Hatch Baby Rest

Hatch Baby Rest offers the dual function of a sound machine and a nightlight device. It provides sounds and lullabies which sooth the bay while also acting as white noise to prevent outside noise from disturbing the baby. The color pallet given offers you the option of customizing the color of the lighting you want.

You can control the light and the sounds using buttons attached on the device as well as an app synced to the device. There are eleven sounds to soothe the baby ranging from the rain to 3 lullabies.

It may take some time for you to find the right blend of light and sound that keep your baby asleep.

Hatch Baby Rest+ comes with voice control and a cord free battery pack.

Suzy Snooze
Hatch Baby Rest

Sleeping Aids and Soothers

Getting baby to sleep and stay asleep is another thankless task that can keep you awake for long hours or distract you from other activities during the day. Fortunately, there are devices from swings to soothers, which help lull your loved one to sleep, and you can control them from a distance.

4moms MamaRoo Swing with Bluetooth

For just above $200, you can invest in the 4moms MamaRoo baby rocker. It supports a maximum weight of 25 pounds and comes with five different motions that can be experienced at five speeds.

Control of the rocker can be remotely done using Bluetooth, and it uses classic seat fabrics for the material. Other features include an interactive overhead toy, ability to be connected to an MP3 player, four inbuilt sounds, and multiple reclining positions.

You get to do other things while the rocker soothes your baby to sleep or keeps him or her engaged when awake. The main downside is that your baby soon outgrows this fantastic device.

SNOO Smart Sleeper

If you want to take your smart nursery to another level, then you can invest in the SNOO Smart Sleeper. It is expensive but manages to combine an attractive and highly functional package to warrant the price. The patented device mimics the womb movement to sooth the baby naturally. You do not have to control anything as the crib intelligently chooses the right motion, volume, and speed depending on cues it gets from the baby.

Safety is an issue well addressed in this smart crib with a set of swaddles and Safety clips provided. These swaddles ensure your baby does not roll over to sleep on his or her stomach. Further, there is a dual mesh wall that offers optimal stability, comfort, and breath-ability.

Smooth transition to the crib is addressed by the Preemie mode and the weaning mode. The only let down is its cost, but there is a 30-day trial provided, and if you do not like it, you get a full refund including shipping costs.

Lulla-Vibe Vibrating Mattress Pad from Munchkin

Should you not be able to afford the Snoo Smart Sleeper, you can go for the second-best thing at least as far as mimicking womb movements go. The Lulla-Vibe vibrating pad is that choice. It is battery powered and lips under the crib mattress with the smaller end sticking out for easier access.

It has two speeds and an on and off button. Once on it instantly produces calming and soothing vibrations and the inbuilt 30-minute timer ensures the movement goes on long enough to get the baby to sleep.

The apparent setbacks are the lack of remote control and limited speeds and motions. It is, however, durable and can serve much older children.

Feeding

Waking up at night sleepy and still having to prepare your baby’s formula fast while they are screaming out can be torturous. If you are in a hurry, making the formula, waiting for it to heat and then cool down can seem like ages.

The devices below help you cut that time while also maintaining top hygiene for the bottles.

Baby Brezza Formula Pro

Here is a device that takes away all the work you do when preparing a formula for your baby. It measures, mixes and dispenses water and formula to the right temperature and consistency as your baby prefers. All you do is load up the ingredients. Because the formula is prepared in the preferred temperature, there is no need to wait for it to cool down. Think of it as getting an instant cup of coffee.

It works well with all brands of formula and bottles, has airtight storage, and offers fully customizable mixing settings. The price at the brand’s store is lower, and even though it is still closer to $200, it is a worthy investment.

#Pro Tip – Of all the devices I used for my newborn, this one was by far the most useful.  My first born ended up starting formula earlier than most due to a NICU stay and this Baby Breeza was a huge benefit for us.

Electric Steam Sterilizer by Tommee Tippee

If making meals for babies takes time, cleaning the bottles is even more hectic. You have to take care not to harm the bottles and also get rid of the bacteria that pile inside them.

With the Electric Steam Sterilizer, that time is shortened to five minutes excluding the time for warming and cooling. It can wash five bottles at a go, and all the work you do is fill it up with water and push a button.

BlueSmart Mia Smart Feeding System

Tracking how your baby is feeding is essential, especially during infancy years. To help you with that, you can use the BlueSmart feeding system. It will do all the tracking for you and let you know the time, amount, and type of food your baby ate. It fits on most baby feeding bottles and connects to your phone through Wi-Fi where you can check the tracking on an app.

It is made to last and offers a more accurate and reliable way of tracking your baby’s feeding.

Conclusion

Building a smart nursery is all about adding convenience, accuracy, and quality to the care of your young ones. Your budget will determine the gadgets you get, and the items you deem to be most necessary.

A number of them can be obtained over time, and preparation can begin long before the baby is due. Nursing a baby does not need to be tiresome nor challenging any more thanks to technology.