Today’s parents face many of the same, if not more challenges today than ever before. The 24 hour a day world includes longer work hours and often less time for parenting and play. However, there are some ways that parents can use technology to their advantage to actually make parenting easier, while alleviating stress and making life more fun.
Quick, Useful Information
New parents are particularly vulnerable to stress. A new baby brings much joy, but can turn a household upside down. Apps like Total Baby iPhone are designed to keep a record of essential information that is often referred to during baby’s first year. For instance pediatricians ask a lot of questions and the information can be stored for things such as:
a. Feeding times and lengths
b. Diaper changes
c. Birth height, weight and length
d. Nap and sleep times
e. Behavior patterns
f. Bath times
Mobile Apps and Software
Mobile App’s like Baby Center’s My Baby Today includes customized reminders and helpful checklists for parents. It also provides a variety of activity suggestions to aid your baby’s development that are recommended by experts. The Trixie Tracker app provides parents with a great deal of essential insight into how to create the best routine for a newborn. The recommended feeding, nap and sleep schedules along with nutrition supplement and medicine dose tracking is also particularly helpful.
Peace of Mind
At nap and bed time, parents can rest assured that their babies are safe and sound by using a Wi-Fi baby monitor. There are a variety to choose from. On some monitors, parents can check in on their babies while in other rooms or even through mobile devices while working away from home. Also, a variety of innovative motorized products are available to safely lull baby to sleep with motion or vibrations, such as the InGenuity bouncer or Disney Baby’s Sway Seat.
Education and Entertainment
Even playtime is easier with technology. For instance, having a device with a children’s book or software designed for babies of various ages is a great way to entertain a child while at home and other places. It’s also great for teaching a child from a very early age how to use technology.
Parental social networks offer a wealth of opportunity to learn and share information. For new parents, this is a Godsend. There are also a number of free subscription services that automate tasks like making regular purchases of diapers and other essentials. Amazon Mom offers plenty of discounts on items you can set for delivery whenever desired. With new developments continually on the horizon, the above are just some of the latest methods that parents can use technology to their advantage. These devices and apps function as personal assistants and helpers, so that parents can actually devote more time to enjoying their babies and actually parenting more effectively.