Parenting Gizmos that Could Go Big in 2017

You never know where the tipping point will be with a good idea, or even a bad one, and when it comes to parenting, there are some brilliant and some baffling gadgets out there. With all that the modern parent has to do in a day to balance work, family, and home, there are some positively bizarre offerings, but also a flood of scrappy innovations arriving on the market to help parents out.

For fun and food for thought, here are some of the new products parents might find helpful, or at the very least, good conversation pieces at parties.

  1. Razbaby Keep-it-clean binky. This pacifier has an extra lip around the outside that snaps shut automatically when the baby drops it so it doesn’t get dirty. Pretty clever.
  1. Aqueduck faucet extender. Does your little one have trouble reaching the water? You can put this little attachment on it that pours the water a little closer. However, unless you can also acquire some handle extenders, the kid still won’t be able to turn the water on or off, so you’ve solved only half the problem.
  1. The Babykeeper. Have you ever been in a public bathroom with your baby and realized you had no way of doing your business because you’d have to set the baby on the floor? Well, now you can just hang your baby on the wall. Really, someone thought of this.
  1. Why Cry is a miraculous device that purports to explain to you why your baby is crying. Depending on the sound your infant is making, the gadget lights up different colors for sleepy, hungry, bored, or angry. Thing is, most parents learn those different cries pretty quickly without the use of a machine. And if the baby is angry, what can you do aside from hold them, apologize?
  1. Stay with me socks. Somewhere in another dimension are all the lost infant socks. These neat little things have strategically placed elastic to keep the baby from yanking them off:
  1. Your own personal ultrasound. You may be thinking, “I just don’t get enough ultrasounds!” Well, now you can. This one is chargeable and enables you to see the image right on your phone.
  1. Rinse Ace My Own Shower Children’s Showerhead. If you child isn’t ready for the shower, this is a great interim step you can take that sticks the head on the shower wall lower down using a suction cup.
  1. Taga bike is a modern spin on the classic Dutch “bakfeit” that has a front carriage over the wheel so that small kids can ride in front. We are big fans of tech that enables parents to stay active.
  1. Car seat shade. Why do manufacturers insist on making car seat buckles black? After your car sits in the sun for several hours, the metal and black plastic get so hot, you could burn the kid and ruin a perfectly good day at the beach. Cover it up with this reflective shade.
  1. Diro the Bear. This “smart” stuffie stands in for you. He is a storyteller, baby monitor, and alarm clock, and even holds conversations. Diro is one fancy teddy bear.

The litmus test with all parenting-related purchases should be this: is it safe and does it make my life easier? If the answer is yes, then don’t sweat what other people think. Just don’t get suckered into buying stuff you don’t need and make sure you pass the useful things along when you no longer need them.

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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