Best baby gadgets 2020: Top gear for both parents and little ones

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If you consider yourself a modern parent, you’re probably interested in decking out your baby’s room with gadgets.

There are tonnes of internet-connected devices you can get for your little one, whether it’s a crib that’ll gently rock them to sleep or a sock that’ll track their heart rate and breathing patterns. We live in a day and age where companies are coming up with all sorts of wares designed to soothe your child and help you be the best parent possible.

Of course, you can’t beat good old intuition. Still, if you’re the type who would love to get an alert for this and that, or who wants to check up on your child remotely or be able to quietly and wirelessly breast pump at work, check out some of the gadgetry below. Most of it is available now, though some things are only available to pre-order.

If you’re looking for a baby monitor in particular, though, do be sure to check out our list of the best baby monitors on the market right now

We’ll update this list over time with the latest high-tech baby goods, too, so keep checking back for the latest.

The best baby gadgets to buy today

Snuza Hero

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The Hero has a motion sensor that detects the slightest of movements, monitoring your baby while they sleep. There are ways to help prevent SIDS, and this little gadget is one of them. After 15 seconds of no movement, the Hero will vibrate to rouse your baby. After another five seconds of no motion, it will sound an alarm.

Snoo Smart Sleeper

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The Snoo was created by pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp. It has three mics, a speaker, and two motors that create different rocking motions, which supposedly help boost sleeping up to two hours more a night. It listens for cries and auto-responds with sound and rocking. It’ll also alert parents if a baby needs more attention.

iBaby Air

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The iBaby Air is both an air quality monitor and purifier that’s perfect for your tot’s bedroom. It can detect carbon monoxide, cigarette smoke, benzene, alcohol, hydrogen, methane, and ammonia. It also has an ion purifier. Other features include an audio speaker and breathing RGB light to help create a soothing environment.

Owlet

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The Owlet Smart Sock tracks heart rate and oxygen levels and notifies you in real-time if something appears to be wrong. You get three socks, which fit sizes 0-18 months, as well as the actual sensor. It connects via Bluetooth and sends notifications to an app and base station that glows green to let you know if everything is OK.

Hatch Baby Grow

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The Hatch Baby Grow isn’t just a changing pad. It’s made of wipeable foam and can monitor your baby’s weight and compare their growth percentile worldwide. You can also use it to track how much your baby is drinking and sleeping – all information you and your pediatrician care about. And, yes, it can even record diaper changes.

4moms mamaRoo Swing

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The 4moms mamaRoo is a smart infant seat that supposedly replicates the natural motions of parents. Some of the motions include “car ride”, “kangaroo”, “tree swing”, and “wave”. It is Bluetooth-enabled so you can control motion and sound from your mobile device. You can also adjust the seat to any position, up to a full recline.

BEABA Babycook Plus/Duo

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The BEABA Babycook Plus lets you prepare your baby’s food from fruits, veggies, meat, or fish within 15 minutes. It’s essentially a baby food maker machine that allows you to do batch cooking or steam two dishes at once. It includes two bowls that hold 4.7 cups each. If you don’t need that much, consider the original Babycook.

Willow Smart Breast Pump

The Willow Smart Breast Pump is a wearable that works quietly inside your bra, collecting milk into single use bags or more expensive reusable containers. It tracks your volume through an app and allows you to do things like work and freely move around, without having to be tethered down. It only has a few parts and is quiet, smart, and effective.

Philips uGrow

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The Philips uGrow system can keep track of your baby’s feeding and sleeping patterns, as well as your baby’s height and weight and temps. The system involves an app, a monitor, and a ear thermometer alongside other options. With the monitor and app, you can remotely hear your little one, making it ideal for their bedroom.

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Amazon Echo 

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Stick with us here – we know that Amazon’s smart speakers don’t, on the surface, look much like baby-friendly tech. But this one isn’t so much for the baby as it is for you, the parents. When your child arrives, being able to get your podcasts or soothing playlists playing without access to your phone or physical controls will be a godsend, trust us. Amazon’s smart assistant Alexa will become your best friend, getting things rolling while you’re elbow-deep in nappies. It’s a must for any parental home. 

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