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10 Revolutionary Products that Make Parenting Smart And Fun

10 Revolutionary Products that Make Parenting Smart And Fun

Most people who have ever lived, have, at one time found themselves fulfilling the role of a parent. You, reading this now may be a parent or will soon be one (otherwise this article might not be super interesting). Every single one of your ancestors, dating back to the beginnings of humanity has been a parent.
Yet, despite this being a parent can be incredibly difficult at times. There are countless little stresses that can make parenthood needlessly daunting and complicated.

Thankfully, there are a number of parenting products out there designed to make being a parent as stress free, smart and as fun, as possible. Here are ten handpicked by Lifehack team members who are parents too.

1. The Lalabu Dad Shirt

    The Lalabu Dad shirt makes carrying your baby around town much easier and safer. Traditional baby pouches, whilst secure can be uncomfortable for both you and your baby, and needs significant adjustment as your baby grows.

    This is not the case with the Lalabu shirt, it is made from comfortable, breathable fabric that adjusts to the size of your baby. Maximizing comfort and stability. Think of it like the human equivalent of the Kangaroo pouch.

    On top of everything else, the shirts themselves are quite stylish, so you can dress well, and safe, at the same time.

    Lalabu Dad Shirt, $75

    2. Hatch Babygrow Smart Changing Pad and Scale

      This smart changing pad will totally affect, and improve the way you change your baby, and keep track of their health. With it, you can get accurate and reliable information on your baby’s weight and how much it is consuming at every feeding. On top of this you can sync the data to the Hatch Baby App for your smart phone to help record this data (and keep track of your baby’s sleep patterns, nursing sessions, and more). As such, in a matter of moments you will be able to tell how well your baby is developing.

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      It also works as a comfortable, and easy to clean changing pad for your baby.

      Hatch Babygrow Smart Changing Pad, $129.99

      3. The Aspen Traveler Smart Diaper Bag

        The Smart Diaper Bag is both a mobile changing station, and storage unit for your baby’s clothes, socks, and diapers. The bag is easily adaptable, and can function both as a backpack and messenger bag, ensuring that it will always be easy to carry with you.

        With this bag, travelling with your baby becomes far less complicated and stressful, allowing you to focus on enjoying your time with your child.

        The bag isn’t currently available but you can pre-order your own in Kickstarter now.

        Smart Diaper Bag

        4. Blooming Bath Lotus – Baby Bath

          Bathing your baby can be a very complicated procedure. Though it is commonplace to wash your baby in a sink, they are poorly designed for the job. You have to be extremely careful to do it safely. It can also be difficult and stressful for your baby too.

          The Blooming Bath Lotus changes this, by turning your sink into the perfect bathtub for your baby. Its Lotus Flower appearance is both eye-catching, and clever, each petal of the flower can be adjusted to fit your sink whatever its shape or size. Once it has been fit into your sink, it provides a comfortable and soft surface for your baby to lie on, making their bath time both fun and comfortable for them, and stress-free for you.

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          Blooming Bath Lotus, $39.99

          5. Swaive Intelligent Ear Thermometer Baby Thermometer

            The Swaive Ear Thermometer, like the previously mentioned Smart Changing Pad, can be synced to a related app allowing you to readily get accurate information about the health of your baby. Also, you can share the app and the information easily with other carers or doctors in order to make sure the health of your baby is being correctly observed.

            As it is an FDA approved medical device, you can be safely assured of the accuracy and reliability of your Swaive Thermometer.

            Swaive Intelligent Ear Thermometer Baby Thermometer, $19.85

            6. Bloom Coco Go 3-in-1 Baby Lounger

              With this product, your baby can lounge, bounce around, or rock in the seat in the highest comfort. The lounger has a vibration function, meaning your baby can have a fun time with it, without you necessarily having to be there. Your baby can be entertained for hours and later sleep soundly without moving, or having to be moved. In this sense, though it is a single item, it can function as three.

              Bloom Coco Go 3-in-1 Baby Lounger, $125.00

              7. Lullaby Sleep Guardian

                One of the most difficult aspects of being a parent is being woken up, sometimes many times a night by your crying baby. It is extremely commonplace. On top of being an irritation, it can affect your health and your ability to be the great parent you are.

                The Lullaby Sleep Guardian can help you with this, by providing a source of comfort for your baby when it experiences nightmares or night terrors. This has been proven to be one of the most effective, non medication ways to help your baby with night terrors.

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                It is simple in design, once you have filled in data about your baby’s sleep patterns, it will vibrate at the perfect moment to comfort your baby when it suffers. As such after only a handful of weeks, your baby, and you, will be happier, and better rested. Many pediatricians have recommended its use too.

                Lully Sleep Guardian 2, $229.00

                8. Flyebaby Airplane Baby Comfort System

                  Flying with your baby can be a very stressful experience, not just for your baby, but for you, and other passengers. You may once have flown in a plane with a loud crying baby, it is a common occurrence.

                  Thankfully, with the Flyebaby Airplane Baby Comfort System, this experience may become a thing of the past. It is the ideal travel companion for you and your baby, making sure your baby’s flight is as comfortable as possible from takeoff to landing.

                  It easily attaches to the seat in front of you on the plane and around your waist, functioning as a hammock for your baby. As such you will be able to interact face to face with your baby, giving your baby extra comfort by knowing his or her parent is close by.

                  It is fully FAA approved. Your baby, (and all other passengers) will thank you for it!

                  Flyebaby Airplane Baby Comfort System, $39.95

                  9. Piggyback Rider SCOUT

                    If you are a lover of the outdoors, and enjoy a good hike. You might think having a baby will make hiking impossible. Let’s face it, baby harnesses don’t seem to be designed to to suit the outdoors lifestyle and you certainly can’t take a stroller into the woods or mountains. But this isn’t the case with the Piggyback Rider SCOUT model.

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                    Even if you don’t hike, carrying a baby in a harness for long periods of time can be damaging to your back, or can be really uncomfortable.

                    The Piggyback Rider SCOUT model is incredibly light weight, and is designed to comfortably transfer the weight of your baby to your shoulders. Therefore encouraging a healthier, and more natural posture as well as taking the pressure off your back. With it, you will be able to carry your baby on your back for however long you like, whatever the terrain in comfort.

                    Piggyback Rider SCOUT, $109.98

                    10. The Doodle Pillowcase

                      You may have found that your child, if they are particularly artistic, may have started drawing on walls or clothes. This can be damaging, and potentially ruinous to whatever they decide to draw on. With this pillowcase, your little one (and you!) will be able to draw, doodle, and write to their heart’s content.

                      Even if your child doesn’t draw on surfaces, this pillowcase can provide entertainment for you and your child as a fun, artistic activity you two can share, something that has practical use too.

                      They are 100% cotton, and totally machine washable. So you will be able to use it again and again.

                      Doodle Pillowcase,  $19.95

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                      13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                      13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                      Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie, can you help me fix my fear?”

                      Why is this so critically important to you?

                      The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life, it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                      Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share with you 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                      1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                      Right now around the world, people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                      When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear, like so many other emotions, can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                      • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                      • The man facing the judge.
                      • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                      • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr. Smith.”
                      • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                      • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                      These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                      Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car, or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                      Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                      2. Accept Your Fear

                      Firstly, if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However, it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                      We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                      And here’s what can be done.

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                      3. Get Some Perspective

                      I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                      And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                      That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                      We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                      So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                      • Are you really at risk?
                      • Will this kill you?
                      • Which leads us on to..
                      • If the worst was to happen, what would it be?

                      4. Hold a Hand

                      As a coach, it is my job to hold someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                      Like the child petrified of the thunder storm, or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                      We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                      Ask yourself:

                      • If the worst were to happen, what would that be?
                      • Could that really happen?
                      • If the worst did happen, how would you recover?
                      • If the worst were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                      By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through its wily evil ways and move forward.

                      5. Know Whose Hand You Hold, Either Physically or Emotionally

                      This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                      Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                      The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                      It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right, I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                      For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people, we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                      Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                      6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                      I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                      Not everyone was looking for greatness, however, they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                      Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in World War II. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards, how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind, he was free.

                      Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                      Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                      Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                      7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                      Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                      I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music, hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                      It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded me that nothing stays the same and I can find a way.

                      One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                      Did that moment fix the disaster that my client’s life felt? No. However, it gave them a moment of calm, and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                      It may feel like madness to do something you love, however, it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                      8. Assume the Worst

                      If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                      Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed? Think about what age it may have made them feel?Think about how they feel about champagne? What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                      And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                      When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                      Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                      9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now

                      If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                      Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                      Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head, convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                      10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                      One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                      11. Go with Fear

                      When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                      I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past, that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                      Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                      One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before, I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                      However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                      We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                      12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                      And in that client’s words, “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                      The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                      What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                      13. Own Your Fear

                      Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                      We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article, you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right! I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                      You can’t help but feel good when you see that, can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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