Having and raising a child is no easy task, and any help a mother or father can get from the world of technology is welcome.
There are many companies out there that appreciate this, and have created multiple products which make life a little easier for new parents.
Featured below are some of the more useful products in the “newborn baby” market right now, including smart pacifiers, power-folding strollers, and sensor-laced onesies.
There’s even a system which tests the alcohol content of breast milk, allowing you to make sure it is safe for your baby.
4moms Origami power-folding stroller
Manually folding a stroller is a task parents don’t need to perform, thanks to power-folding devices like the 4moms Origami.
The unit expands and collapses in seconds with the twist of a knob, as seen in the video below.
The stroller also features generators in its wheels which charge it, daytime running lights, pathway lights, a port to charge your smartphone, and an LCD screen which displays temperature, speed, and trip distance.
Local pricing – R8,000.
Pacif-i Smart Pacifier
The Pacif-i Smart Pacifier is a standard dummy and thermometer combination.
A temperature sensor in the unit connects to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Combine this with the free iOS or Android app, and you can monitor your child’s temperature remotely.
Pricing – £25 (±R460 – ex VAT) via the company’s website.
Withings Smart Baby Monitor
Get a video and audio feed from your baby’s room direct to your Apple device thanks to the Withings Smart Baby Monitor.
The monitor lets you zoom in up to four times, pan and tilt the camera, listen to your baby, keep watch at night thanks to infrared LEDs, talk to your child via a speaker, play soothing songs, and it also provides “crying alerts”.
Local pricing – R2,800 – R3,300.
According to “lactation consultants”, nursing mothers can have an occasional alcoholic drink – but must wait two hours per drink before breastfeeding.
If you are concerned about the alcoholic content of your breast milk after drinking, you can use alcohol test strips to detect if the milk is safe for your baby.
Place a few drops of breast milk on the Milkscreen test, and if it changes colour then alcohol is present.
Even Kourtney Kardashian uses them. Pricing – $12.20 (±R145) for a box of five tests on Amazon.
The Mimo kimono is a cotton “onesie” with built-in sensors and a control device it connects to called the Lilypad.
The Lilypad sends information about your child’s breathing, body position, sleep activity, and skin temperature via an Internet connection to your smartphone, allowing you to make sure your baby is getting a good night’s sleep.
The Mimo kimono app works on both iOS and Android platforms.
Pricing $199 (±R2,380) for 3 kimonos with sensors, and the Lilypad.
Nestle BabyNes formula maker
Similar to Nestle’s Nespresso machine, the BabyNes is a “nutrition system” the brews baby formula from a capsule.
The BabyNes range offers three different capsules which can be used until the child is 36 months, while the milk brewer can adjust to serve the formula at different temperatures.
Price: ±R3540 for the machine, ±R840 for 26 capsules – available in France, Switzerland, Hong Kong, and China.
Withings Smart Kid Scale
According to Withings, establishing a growth chart is an objective way to assess your baby’s health. With its 10g graduation scale and iOS app, parents can identify under-nutrition or obesity in their child via a mobile device.
Once the kid can stand on its own, remove the cradle and continue to track their weight up to 25kg.
Local price – R2,000 – R2,400.