A host of new phone apps and gadgets unveiled at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas shows that not even babies are excluded from the current craze for tracking your well-being by smartphone.
At CES this year there were apps for everything, from warning you that you’ve left your baby behind in the car, to bottle holders that provide feedback to aim to reduce the symptoms of colic.
There’s barely an area of your baby’s life that you won’t be able to monitor on your smartphone soon.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite new ideas, but if your prefer your baby gadgets to be a bit less smartphone-based why not check out our reviews of the best child car seats.
New baby gadgets – CES2015
The Temptraq wearable thermometer – a patch worn under the arm – tracks your baby’s temperature 24 hours a day. The patch sends the temperature wirelessly to an Android or Apple device up to 40 feet away, so you can keep an eye on your sick child’s temperature without disturbing them as they sleep.
The Pacifi-i has dummy teat sensor that monitors baby’s temperature and sends the data to an app on a parent’s smartphone or tablet. Parents can use the dummy to monitor their child’s location, medication and share the data with others.
A touch of your smartphone when you are lying in bed is all that you need to prepare your baby’s nighttime bottle with the Diluo – a Teasmade-style device for infant formulas. Preprogrammed with all the formulas used in the UK, it can prepare up to 12 bottles, each takes just 20 seconds.
Help is at hand for parents who are tired of arguing whose turn it is to see to their child in the night. The NapTime silent baby monitor uses vibrating wristbands to wake parents up alternately when it senses that your baby needs some attention.
The Gigl baby bottle monitor sleeve connects to an app that tells you how much milk your baby has drunk and whether the bottle is being held at the right angle to prevent your baby swallowing air – to help avoid colic.
Sensors in the USB-charged Vigilant Rainbow Junior toothbrush track how your child brushes their teeth, sending the information to a smartphone app. Kids can play a smartphone game while they brush that encourages them to follow dental experts’ brushing techniques to win points and prizes.
Some of these innovations won’t be in the UK for a while. For example, Naptime is still trying to raise funds to perfect the design of its wristbands from investors.
Even when they are, they may not come cheap – the Vigilant Rainbow toothbrush, which is available from Vigilant’s website will cost £31.66. If you want a toothbrush that the whole family can use it’s worth checking out our electric toothbrush Best Buys.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for a new child car seat, pushchair or baby monitor – you can use our compare features and prices tool to find ones within your budget and to meet your specification – take a look at our reviews to find out which products are really worth the money.
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