It's official, that village you needed to help raise your child has now been designed into hard-to-believe-exist gadgets.
The perks of parenting in the 21st century.
It's a full-service job after all – especially in the first few months of your baby's life. So if you're willing to put some serious cash aside, check out these cool international inventions.
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The Nature Bright Baby Light Sleep Trainer
When it comes to high-tech gadgets, it doesn’t get any better than LED light technology originally used by NASA, and that’s exactly what’s behind the Nature Bright Baby Light Sleep Trainer, which promises to be the answer to every new parent’s prayer – a baby with a healthy sleep pattern.
Due to its SkyEffect technology, the gadget mimics various stages of daylight which helps train your baby’s brain to recognise light cues for sleep time. The device is particularly great for homes with little to no natural light.
Setting the device to the blue light option for mornings, white light for during the daytime and red light for the evenings will induce sleepiness, the creators say.
The device will cost buyers $99 and is available for purchase to South Africans.
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The SNOO Smart Sleeper
Smartphones, smart homes, smart sleepers? The SNOO by Happiest Baby, Inc promises to curb the intense sleep deprivation that most new parents suffer from. The technology mimics the motion and sounds of the womb, soothing baby to sleep in a way that helps them develop healthy sleeping patterns all on their own.
The gadget comes with a swaddle outfit that is attached to the smart sleeper, ensuring your baby stays on their back, which is the recommended sleeping position for newborns.
You can choose from a variety of speed and duration settings for the rocking motion, which can be controlled from your phone via the SNOO app. The device also has a white noise feature which automatically (and manually) adjusts according to your baby's crying.
The product comes at a steep price – $1200 – and is not yet available to South African buyers.
The Béaba Babycook is mash-up kitchen tool heaven. This combo steamer and blender is an awesome item for parents who want to make their own baby food.
The Babycook is able to steam fruit, veg, and meat to just over a litre of mashable substance – in 15 minutes.
Too bad its electrical system is only suitable for US and Canadian users.
4moms Self-Installing Car Seat
Assembling anything other than an ironing board is a stretch for most of us, so this device had us at self-installing.
Working in tandem with the 4moms app, the only thing you need to do in the setting-up process is clip the seat in place (much like a seat belt). From there the device adjusts itself and allows you to track whether or not the seat is properly in place on a continuous basis via the app.
Would you buy any of these gadgets? What's the most high-tech item you've purchased for your baby? Tell us in the comments section below.
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