The tech making parenting easier for new mums

The newest tech helping alleviate the stress and uncertainty of becoming a new mum.
The newest tech helping alleviate the stress and uncertainty of becoming a new mum. Photo: Supplied

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Welcome to parenthood, where you're handed the prize (otherwise known as a baby), with no instructions and your world is turned upside down.

Sure, parenthood can be the most rewarding and magical experience ever, but it can also be overwhelming, stressful and anxiety-inducing. Luckily, there are loads of new tech gadgets and gear designed to alleviate stress, uncertainty and take the guesswork out of parenting.

Here are the latest tech products mums and dads are using to make their lives that little bit easier.

Baby feeding trackers

Sleep deprivation can make remembering the simplest things challenging, like when you fed your bub last.

It's even more stressful if your baby is underweight or not getting enough milk. But alas, some of the new and improved baby feeding trackers record feeds, sleep, nappy changes, play and more – so you have a complete picture of baby's overall health to share with your maternal carer or GP.

The Feed Baby app has a 4.5-star rating, more than one million downloads and logs and records baby's feeds and growth development.

There's also the Australian Breastfeeding Association's new Mum2Mum app which tracks feeds, allows parents to journal, creates feeding plans and most importantly offers real-time support with LiveChat, advice, articles and a direct link to the National Breastfeeding Association. 

Thermo-regulated baby fabrics

Scorching hot summers cause sleeplessness, which in-turn influences our mood, concentration and stress levels – for both baby and parents. But new scientifically-designed thermo-regulating textiles can help to keep your baby's skin cool.

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How? These high-tech fabrics act as heat conductors, preventing excess body heat from becoming trapped in the fabric, while providing the right amount of moisture wicking properties and cooling effects. Products like Bonds Wondercool, featuring innovative new adaptive cooling technology, actively work to keep your baby's skin cooler – and they're the only baby clothing approved by Red Nose for safer sleep, bonus!

Video baby monitors

There's a load of brilliant video baby monitors decked out with impressive tech, but it all comes down to what you want as a parent.

There's no point paying $399 for remote live streaming if the furthest distance you'll ever be is the kitchen. That being said, these baby tech brands have an impressive stable of cool and reassuring features that allow parents to keep a close eye on bub.

VTech's video monitors include full colour display units, angle adjustment, night vision, temperature sensors and split-screen modes, remote viewing and recording via the VTech app. Similarly, Uniden's video monitors range from a teeny 2.3inch display with a camera, night vision and a Walkie-Talkie function, to top models with two cameras, zoom, pan and tilt functions and wireless control via Uniden's Baby Watch app.

Baby heart rate and oxygen monitors

Smart, wearable baby monitors can provide some additional peace of mind and use sensors to track a range of different things, from baby's breathing to sleep positions, oxygen levels and even dream status.

The Owlet Smart Sock tracks baby's heart rate, oxygen levels and sleep. You simply attach the Owlet Smart Sock to baby's foot, then using infrared light, the information is captured and sent directly to the unit base station and your phone via the app.

If your little one's breathing or oxygen levels dip, you'll be alerted immediately. You can also track sleep history and combine a camera for the whole kit and kaboodle.

Red Nose recommends monitors as a way to provide peace of mind to parents, and should not replace regular physical checks on your sleeping child.

Anxiety-free parenting app

According to PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia), 20 per cent of expecting or new mums and 10 per cent of dads experience anxiety and depression during pregnancy and in the first year of parenthood. This can impact your health, daily life and prevent you from being the parent you want to be.

The Smiling Mind app, a free mindfulness meditation program developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to people's lives. Programs are designed to help deal with life's daily pressures, stress, anxiety and happiness.

The baby wipe warmer

Need a conversation starter for your mothers' group? Then mention baby wipe warmers, which, you guessed it, do as the name suggests.

It's a polarising product. In one corner, parents say it's a completely redundant product. In the other corner, thousands of parenting reviews swear by this technology, especially those who have winter babies. "My baby was born in August and we live in Canberra – it's freezing!" Petra, 32, told Essential Baby.

"Those 2am nappy changes were impossible to do without waking Toby, because the wipes were wet and cold. The baby wipes warmer keeps the wipes warm and prevents them from drying out. And Toby sleeps through cold night nappy changes now. They're brilliant."

The Bonds WonderCool range has been designed to give bubs the comfiest, safest sleep and peace of mind for parents and is the perfect addition to bubs' wardrobe. Its Xtemp technology actively works to keep your bubs' skin cooler while being kind to the environment, with its "oh so soft" Aussie Cotton.