There’s a ton of high-tech baby gear out there these days — but not all of it is stuff we’d actually use or recommend. I mean, just because you can invent a training potty with an iPad stand that doesn’t mean you should. So we put our heads together and took a good look at some of the very best high-tech baby gifts you can find, narrowing it down to 8 we think are definitely worth a spot on your own baby registry.
Speaking of which, we’re thrilled to present this next post in our monthly Baby Registry Essentials Guide on behalf of our partner, Gugu Guru. It’s a free online baby registry that actually gives you custom product recommendations based on your taste and lifestyle.
You’ll find all 8 of these cool high-tech baby gift ideas along with tons of other fantastic items right on Gugu Guru, where you can easily add them — or anything else you discover online — to your online registry with a single click. No dragging your family to the store, or struggling to combine multiple registries from lots of different websites. You can even get shopping guidance from their experts, if you need a little advice.
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This guide is also brought to you by one of our very favorite baby tech innovations, the 4moms Self-Installing Car Seat. And yes, it does just what the name says it does, which is amazing. In fact, we named it one of our favorite high-tech baby gear innovations when we discovered it at the Consumer Electronics Show this year, and if you take a look you’ll see why.
Or, see for yourself considering we’re giving one, valued at $499, to a lucky CMP reader! Don’t miss all the details, below.
4moms Mamaroo Bouncer
Told you we love 4moms! Everything they make is just so thoughtful and useful, leveraging robotics, technology and innovative design to solve real parenting problems. We first recommended their now beloved Mamaroo bouncer as one of our very first picks when we launched Cool Mom Tech! It’s still a top pick of ours since it not only looks gorgeous, but it offers five speeds, four built-in sounds, and five different motions depending on what soothes your baby best. You can even connect any phone or MP3 player, should your baby only fall asleep to, oh… the Purple Rain soundtrack.
Kinsa Smart Thermometer
We’re big fans of this app-compatible thermometer, and especially the in-ear version which offers quite accurate readings in a single second, while making it abundantly clear whether you should worry or not. (As in, 99.2 temp? No worries.) While you can certainly use it without the app — middle of the night fevers don’t always leave time for messing with your phone — it’s nice to to have an ongoing digital record of temperature, while getting real-time guidance regarding symptoms and medications.
Ellie Portable Sterilizer
We’re not all germaphobes around here, but we do understand the need for killing germs where it counts, especially around a newborn. A recent reco from our Cool Mom Tech team, this non-toxic, high-tech, lightweight sterilizer kills 99.9% of germs like Salmonella, Staph, E. Coli, and Listeria using digital Truviolet UV technology. You can use it for pacifiers, teething jewelry, your bottle brush, the whole family’s toothbrushes when you travel, or even your iPhone case. Should that make its way into the baby’s mouth. (Which it definitely will.)
Netatmo Home Coach
While not exclusively for babies, this high-tech device is a smart indoor climate monitor, designed to evaluate the air quality, temperature, humidity levels, and even noise. It connects with Wi-Fi and you control it from the app so you can even check things out and make changes when you’re away.
4moms Self-Installing Car Seat
Another winner from our partner 4moms, their brand new, much-lauded Self-Installing Car Seat really does install itself correctly using robotic technology. It verifies the installation (yes, it actually talks to you!) before every ride using multiple sensors, then continuously monitors its status during use for peace of mind every single drive. You can use it for infants 4 to 30 pounds and up to 32 inches. And no worries about losing power; it comes with batteries designed to last for the useful life of the seat for one child. Considering 4 out of 5 car seats aren’t installed properly, this really is a game-changer.
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The SNOO Smart Sleeper
Developed by Happiest Baby author and pediatric sleep guru Dr. Harvey Karp, this smart bassinet is no substitute for your loving arms, but it does take over when you need to sleep too. It gently rocks babies up to age 6 months, using multiple motions. Plus it’s got white noise sounds built in, so you can turn on the womb sound if the baby is crying, or a gentle rainfall for soothing back to sleep.
Naya Smart Breast Pump
This parent-designed, hospital-grade electric breast pump completely reinvents what it means to pump, using a HydroComfort water system, instead of air to create suction. Not only is it quieter, more comfortable, lighter weight at 3 pounds, and easy to clean (hooray for that!) than traditional pumps, but you can automatically track your sessions — and even your milk supply — with the companion app. Because, new mom brain is a real thing.
Remi Sleep Companion
This adorable smiling face is more than just a happy, glowing alarm clock; it’s also a sleep tracker, audio monitor, and Bluetooth speaker all in one — and we’re all for anything that helps babies and toddlers get more sleep. Customize the settings so it winds down with your little one at bedtime, then wakes them in the morning, adapting and learning your child’s patterns better with each use. It can also let them know at which hour of the morning they are allowed to actually get out of bed and start asking you for things. New parents? You’ll see what we mean soon enough.
Thanks so much to our partner Gugu Guru for helping making it so much easier for new parents to create their perfect baby nursery. Be sure to head over now and enter for a chance to win your own 4moms Self-Installing Car Seat valued at $499!