Each year it seems like devices are getting smarter and more convenient to use, taking some stress off your plate as a parent. Regardless of whether you recently embarked on your journey as a first-time mom or dad or you’re already an experienced pro, you can certainly appreciate the ease and convenience of game-changing new products that make the job of primary caregiver a bit easier.
A whole slew of new items are set to launch in 2018, but the items below are the ones worth really getting excited about. Whether you’re trying to maneuver around a big city or simply want to keep an extra eye on your little one, there’s definitely something for you.
UPPAbaby MINU Stroller, $399.99; amazon.com
While the brand is known for crafting chic strollers and travel systems they just released their most lightweight option, the MINU, which weighs in at under 15 pounds but can accommodate children between 15-50 pounds. Oh, and did we mention you can conveniently fold it up with one hand? This lightweight stroller tops our list because of the versatile functions and attachments that make it possible to adapt and grow with your family, like the ability to snap in a car seat or swap the traditional chair for a bassinet. If you’re a parent who is often on-the-go and needs to navigate small aisles and public transportation, this stroller is bound to meet all your needs.
CYBEX SIRONA M WITH SENSORSAFE 2.0 CONVERTIBLE CAR SEAT, $329.95; amazon.com
Introducing the first-ever Smartphone-synced convertible car seat, the SensorSafe 2.0 chest clip syncs with your smartphone and vehicle to let you know if your little one manages to unbuckle themselves while your car is in motion. It will also alert you to other unsafe scenarios, like if the child is left inside the parked car. The car seat can accommodate children from birth to 65 pounds and the app allows you to monitor the temperature in the back seat, alerting you if it gets too hot or too cold.
BlueSmart mia, $149; amazon.com
Can’t remember the last time you fed your baby? Take the guesswork out of mealtime with this seriously smart bottle. Even if you aren’t home for every feeding you can track exactly how much your little one is consuming, right on your smartphone, which also alerts you if the temperature is too hot or cold and if the milk/formula went bad.
Project Nursery Smart Baby Monitor System with Alexa, $229; amazon.com
The first-ever baby monitor powered by Amazon Alexa’s voice service allows you to control the nursery ecosystem, track the activities of your little one and access information, all by simply by asking for it. The system comes with an HD smart wi-fi baby monitor camera to allow you to keep an eye on your child at all times, right from your smartphone, while the Alexa speaker can be placed anywhere in the house. Ask Alexa to play your baby a lullaby or simply reorder diapers, all from another room, all while keeping an eye on your precious bundle of joy.
Kid’z Katch Universal High Chair Drop Catch, $37; amazon.com
This simple device is pure genius. The drop catch attaches to most chairs and high chairs to ensure a mess, (and whatever else your little one decides to fling off the tray during meal time, like pacifiers, your cell phone, and more), won’t wind up right on the floor. It’s portable, waterproof, and easy to clean, making it a dream for parents who dread the post-meal clean-up process.