Tech Tools and Toys for New Parents

This post is dedicated to Network Depot’s CTO, Benjamin, who just celebrated the arrival of his first child! Congratulations!

It’s known as the hardest and most rewarding job in the world- being a parent. As with any job, you need to have the right tools, and with the advancements made in technology these days there are a huge number of tools available to help new parents. So, we’ve narrowed down what we think are the top 3 technology tools that every new parent should know about.

1. Total Baby iPhone App

We track everything on our phones these days; bank accounts, shopping lists, even data charts for work. So why not babies? This app will help you track everything from feedings and changings to vaccination shots. And, it will support multiple children as well. For a new parent who is busy trying to figure out how to actually be a parent, having an app right on your phone to help can make your life much easier.

2. Baby Monitors

Video, two-way communication, nightlights, motion sensors…baby monitors are the ultimate tool for new parents. There are so many different types out there these days with so many different features and functions it can seem like an overwhelming task to pick just one. This list will help you narrow it down. It reviews the different features and pricing, so you can determine what works best for you and your family.

3. Blogs and Forums

New parents tend to feel like they have absolutely no idea what they are doing, and end up spending a huge amount of time on the phone to their parents or friends or doctors, asking for advice. With the rise of the online communication society though, there is now another way that new parents can get the advice they need. Blogs and parenting forums. There are a huge number of blogs and forums out there where new (or experienced) parents can ask questions, get advice, share their own insights, and connect with other parents. And the great news, 99% of these are free! However, as a new parent you don’t have a lot of time to go sifting through search results for the best answer. This article will provide you with a good list of parenting websites to start with.

While there are many new, fun tools out there for new parents, the truth is that nothing is going to be able to replace good old-fashioned parental instincts. All the apps and gadgets in the world probably still won’t prepare you for learning how to be a parent- that’s one career that requires on-the-job training. But the great part about all these new tech toys and tools? They help take the pressure off of the little things so that you can spend more time just being a parent.

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