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.
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.
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.
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.
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.