Sometimes people shy away from the term “technology,” and why is that? Probably because nowadays, it seems every industry is constantly announcing “new technology” that sometimes overwhelms us. But it’s important to remember that technology by its own definition is “the application of scientific knowledge for practical
purposes, especially in industry.” Simply put, advances in technology help to improve and simplify our lives. And especially as parents, any technology that can simplify and help in parenting, is welcome technology. So here are 5 tech products making parenting easier and less stressful.
Sometimes it’s tough to know when to take your child to the doctor, or to treat them from home. And too often, doctor visits are made only to discover they were unnecessary. Rather than bring your sick child out into the world and into the waiting room of a doctor’s office, you can now use the First Opinion app to communicate with a doctor to help determine if your child requires medical attention. The app even goes as far as matching you with a local doctor who can order lab work, diagnose illnesses and even prescribe medications all through the app. You can upload pictures and chat with a doctor 24 hours a day. Telemedicine through Patient Opinion is eliminating unnecessary doctor appointments and empowering parents with medical information right on their smart phones.
Monitoring a fever is stressful. Especially if you have multiple children, remembering that babies have different thresholds than older children and keeping track of times and amounts of medication is just enough to drive you crazy for the day. Kinsa simplifies the process of tracking a fever by using Bluetooth to send the information to your smart phone. A smart thermometer that allows you to take notes, record medications, and even offers medical guidance on how to proceed based on the situation is a pretty smart piece of technology indeed. Now you can have a time-stamped log of exact temperatures, exact doses of medication, and exact symptoms with minimal effort.
Although it’s not exactly a comfortable casual conversation topic, keeping track of the details of your baby’s diapers can be extremely important in monitoring his/her health. Especially when sick, the frequency of diapers and the composition of stools will be important information to your doctor, but can be hard to track. Thankfully the Hatch Baby takes care of that. This Smart Changing Pad tracks your baby’s weight, diapers, even how much they ate. The information is then sent to an app on your smartphone so you have it all in one place. Now you don’t have to stress about whether or not you’re producing enough milk because you can know right after a feeding. You can track exactly what times your baby’s diapers required changing, and how they are growing.
But what about when you can’t monitor your baby, because he/she is sleeping, and YOU should be sleeping, too? Enter the Owlet monitor. Finally, something that does monitor your baby during sleep, keeping track of their heart rate and oxygen with clinically-proven technology, so you can sleep peacefully knowing that your baby is being watched. Especially considering that 10 times more infants die in their crib than in car accidents, the Owlet monitor is designed to notify you if your baby's oxygen levels fall out of range. This monitor is empowering parents with more than just peace of mind, it’s creating a safer sleep environment for your baby. Sleepless, stressful nights are a thing of the past thanks to the Owlet monitor.
The Nose Frida is technology in its simplest yet finest form, a true solution to an age-old dilemma: snot-sucking. Those tiny nasal passages get so congested, especially in newborns, but bulb syringes are bulky and seemingly ineffective, not to mention most babies seem to hate them (understandably). The Nose Frida is not a glamorous product, but boy, is it effective. The concept is simple: you suck the snot out of the baby’s nose through a tube. And most parents’ reactions are the same when they hear how it works: gross. But the design is genius, and there is no way snot gets even close to your mouth. And it gets more snot out than you thought your poor baby’s nasal passages could ever hold. It is so worth it, and is quickly becoming a staple item for every new parent.
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