It’s time to upgrade your parenting with this smart tech for your little ones
We’ll admit that the basic concept of raising a small human has remained the same throughout the ages. Today though, an arsenal of technology and gadgets are at our disposal to help with the process.
From monitoring your baby’s temperature via a smartphone to shaping their growing minds with tech toys, the future of raising children is here – and we’re all for it.
Check out the latest gadgets on offer to give your parenting technique an upgrade.
Aristotle by nabi baby monitor
The rise of the smart home means the baby’s room is no exception. This smart gadget combines a baby monitor, speaker, smart light, HD wifi security and a sound machine in one compact piece of kit.
Capable of detecting crying and movement, the device can be controlled using your smartphone, and you can even set up customised programmes including cueing music and turning lights on or off when your little one wakes up for a feed in the night. AED 1,109, fisher-price.mattel.com
Featuring a number of smart baby devices in one, this smart changing pad includes a nightlight, soothing sounds, a scale and heartbeat monitor, but to name a few.
All of the gadgets connect up with the app so you can keep all the information you need stored on your phone. AED 473, hatchbaby.com
Bedtime and beyond
Gone are the days when tired parents have to rock the cradle in the middle of the night – Snoo does it all for you.
Designed with the aim of reducing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome related fatalities, the cradle rocks at a variety of different speeds while emitting white noise to mimic sounds heard in the womb. AED 4,260, happiestbaby.com
This baby monitor works with its sister product, the DockATot baby lounger, to monitor your child’s movements while they sleep.
Designed to be responsive, the device will alert you via your smartphone if it’s been too long since your baby moved – and it also monitors breathing, temperature, bed wetness and noise levels. Available for pre-order at dockatot.com
The Gro Company Gro-Egg
With warm weather year-round in the UAE, it’s vital to know that your baby’s room is the right temperature. With that in mind, the Gro-Egg is a colour-changing gadget that lets you know visually when the room is too hot, cold, or just right. AED 199, justkidding-me.com
Owlet Smart Sock
For first-time parents, every noise or snuffle can be a worry. With that in mind, the Owlet Smart Sock keeps an eye on temperature and heart rate for the parent’s peace of mind.
Designed using oximetry technology, it notifies you if it senses something’s not quite right through the designated app. AED 1,098, store.owletcare.com
Fisher Price Code-a-Pillar
Building on the rising importance of STEM education, Fisher Price’s robotic insect encourages kids to learn about coding, sequences and critical thinking.
Kids aged three to six years old can connect the caterpillar’s body pieces in different combinations to get the robot to move in different directions towards a target. AED 183, fisher-price.mattel.com
Marbotic Smart Letters
Combining classic wooden letters and technology, this product may look like nothing special, but it connects up to an iPad to offer even more functionality.
Helping to familiarise children with the alphabet through the physical and digital space, the game means little learners can touch each letter to an iPad screen to learn the sound of a letter, as well as words relating to it. AED 129, mumzworld.com
Willow breast pump
Made for women on the go, this wearable breast pump worn inside the bra means not a drop gets wasted as it quietly goes to work while you’re out and about. It’s wireless, leakproof and you can control it with a smartphone app. Pre-order at shop.willowpump.com
Project Nursery Parent and Baby SmartBand
FitBit fans, this one is for you. The Project Nursery smartband tracks not only your daily steps, calories and hydration, but also keeps an eye on breastfeeding routines, pumping, nappy changes and your child’s weight.
It syncs with both iOS and Android systems to make sure you can track all your data, too. AED 183, shop.projectnursery.com