Six Great Gadgets for the Newborn Stage
There’s a phrase I use to describe the newborn days: the good, the bad and the ugly. While the good part dominates, severe sleep deprivation, emotional highs and lows and 12 diaper changes a day pretty much sum up the bad and ugly part.
The three times I have gone through it over the past decade offered unique experiences, but the one surprise was how much my usual don’t-need-help self clamored for any that was offered. The free meals and living, breathing baby holders are ideal, but it’s amazing how much of a hand technology can lend too.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing (yet) that magically grants you sleep, but here are six items that will most definitely help during that crazy, exhilarating, exhausting and magical fourth trimester.
You’re sitting on the couch, just having gotten into the best feeding position possible, baby is finally drinking and then the doorbell rings. Agh! Do you disturb the baby to see who it is (maybe it’s someone bringing a meal!) or just ignore? With Skybell 2.0, you don’t have to do either. This video doorbell works with your home Wi-Fi network, so you can stay parked on the couch and even talk directly to your visitor through the app to say “just finishing up feeding the baby, will be there in a minute!” ($199, iOS and Android)
The first time I tried to cut my newborn’s nails, there was blood, sweat and tears involved. Mine, not his. It’s truly a harrowing experience. But it doesn’t have to be, especially when you have the Zoli Baby Buzz to sands them down with its motorized, oscillating pad. It’s battery-operated and is perfect for stashing right next to your feeding pillow. ($35, Amazon)
Call it a Keurig for baby formula or simply a night life-saver. It’s both, actually. With the simple push of a button, the Brezza automatically dispenses perfectly warmed pre-mixed bottles (2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 oz. options). No more stumbling around in the middle of the night, half asleep, trying to read measurements or do any kind of math. ($199)
My mom would relentlessly tell me to sleep when the baby sleeps. Yes, sound advice, but what if the baby doesn’t sleep? The mamaRoo seat can help. With its array of gentle motions and the ability to connect your smartphone for soft music in the background, you may be able to sneak some shuteye in there when baby’s in dreamland. ($239-269)
The rare occasions my newborns would sleep for hours at a clip would also make me hover over them like hawks to make sure they were breathing. I’m not quite sold on those baby wearables that communicate through Bluetooth and Wi-Fi networks, like the Sproutling, but something like the Levana Movement Monitor is great. This clips onto the baby’s clothes or diaper and has an internal sensor that gently vibrates after 15 seconds if no movement has been detected, and sounds an alarm after 20 seconds. Always nice to have that peace of mind. ($99, Amazon)
Newborn baths in my house were never those Johnson & Johnson moments you see on TV. There was a lot of flailing and wailing, but the 4moms (yes 4moms again!) Infant Tub was a godsend for making the experience more pleasant. The built-in water sensor tells you if it’s too cold, too hot or just right. One less thing to think about when you’re dealing with a slippery and soapy baby. ($49.99)
What are your favorite gadgets for those newborn days?