Modern moms are using technology to help them get back to the basics: breastfeeding, keeping an eye on baby and keeping baby safe. Here are some techie tricks that are making baby care easier, and in some cases, cheaper, too:
MomsPumpHere.com: When Priya Nembhard was breastfeeding her youngest, Liam, she had one problem: Where to pump when she left the house? “I had a lot of difficulty finding clean places to breastfeed or pump,” she said. “And there were no resources online.”
Nembhard, who recently relocated from Cutler Bay to New York, and a mom friend came up with www.MomsPumpHere.com, which uses the GPS from your smartphone or tablet to determine the closest location where a mother can pump or nurse in private. Log on to the website with your mobile device to find more than 200 locations in major cities throughout the United States. The site also allows moms to add their favorite pumping spots to the database.
Baby monitoring apps: No longer is it necessary to shell out big bucks for a video-monitoring system. Now you can download an app on a smartphone or tablet, and the device’s camera will transmit your baby’s image to a second device, or let you listen in to make sure the young one is sound asleep.
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Here are a few:
Best Baby Monitor ($3.99 on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad) Lets you monitor by video and speak to baby with a second device. Sends an alert call if a sleeping baby wakes. Plays lullabies.
iSitter (Free version on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Upgrade to the $2.99 version to eliminate ads) Monitors audio in real time and camera image every 30 seconds with two devices. Sounds alarm if a parent’s device is disconnected.
Baby Monitor ($4.99 on iPhone) Put iPhone by your sleeping baby and when the app detects noise, it calls you so you can listen in.
SIDS prevention: Snuza Hero ($102) Clips onto baby’s diaper to monitor movement at night for SIDS prevention. If there is no movement for 15 seconds, the monitor will vibrate gently to rouse the baby. If no movement is detected after five more seconds, an alarm will sound.
Interactive pajamas: Smart PJs (Pajamas, $29.99; app, free) PJs for babies to 10-year-olds have a dot pattern that can be scanned with the free app to reveal a bedtime story. Parents and kids can read or listen to story together.
Smart diapers: Huggies TweetPee: Huggies Brazil is testing a clip-on humidity sensor that clips on a diaper, senses when it’s wet, and activates an app to Tweet the parents that it’s time for a diaper change. This product is in a testing phase and is not yet for sale.