Whether or not you consider yourself a “techie”, I have a list of tech gifts that every parent needs…and wants. Admittedly, I am not the most technologically savvy person in the world, but I do find technology amazing. Just a few short years ago, I could have never imagined that I would be able to actually teach elementary school online! However, I never imagined just how important technology would become once I became a parent.
Something happens when you become a parent. Perhaps you worried about things in your life before. You most likely had a certain amount of work-related and/or personal stress. Multiply that times one million when you become a parent. You cannot help but to worry about things you have no business worrying about. You can’t help yourself.
Besides the mind-numbing worry that comes with parenthood, there is also this feeling like someone has flipped on your “on” switch. During your child’s waking hours, you become part clown, part zoo trainer, and part Broadway performer. It is like you are trying to wrangle a wildebeest while riding a unicycle and singing show tunes.
Technology can help! There are a couple of spectacular inventions that can make your life as a parent so much easier. These little devices are actually pretty cool, too!
5 Awesome Tech Gifts Every Parent Needs
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Awesome Tech Gift #1: For the Super Heroes
The Amazon Echo
I seriously do not even know where to begin with this invention. It makes me feel like Iron Woman with my own personal Jarvis. The Amazon Echo is what would happen if Siri and Jarvis had a baby. The baby would be highly informative and efficient, while also being quite musical.
I use the Amazon Echo all day, every day. Alexa plays music, controls all of my devices, answers questions, and even keeps track of my grocery list. Allow me to provide you with a real-life example. I am in the kitchen making dinner while my toddler and dog are running in circles around my legs. To distract my daughter and to avoid a catastrophe, I ask Alexa to play the Frozen soundtrack.
Then, I realize I have just added the last bit of garlic to my dish. I ask Alexa to add garlic to my shopping list. It is beginning to get a little too toasty in the kitchen, so I ask Alexa to turn down my thermostat. Next, I ask Alexa to read the next step in my recipe. I am not sure whether to use regular bake or convection bake on the dish, so I ask Alexa! As I slide my dish into the oven, I ask Alexa to set a timer for me.
It is so important as a busy mom for me to save time wherever I can. Those extra moments it takes to find the Frozen CD or turn down the temperature or look up a recipe are precious. It was taking me over an hour every day to prepare a thirty-minute meal due to all of the interruptions. And this is just one example of how the Amazon Echo has changed my life!
The Amazon Echo Dot
The Echo Dot is like Alexa’s little sister. I purchased this for my husband’s birthday. The only problem with the original is that it was downstairs and I live in a two-story home. I need Alexa everywhere I go! What if I am about to run out of laundry detergent or diapers? I will never remember to add these items to my list by the time I get downstairs!
We placed the Echo Dot in our master bedroom, so now we can play soothing tunes while relaxing in a bubble bath and even control the lighting (which I will get to). You can use this device as your alarm clock or even ask Alexa to plot the best route for you morning commute into work. Once you have these gadgets, you will never be able to live without them. Plus, they work with the devices below!
Awesome Tech Gift #2: For the Energy and Safety Conscious
The Nest Learning Thermostat
This amazing little invention is more than just a thermostat. The Nest Learning Thermostat allows you to program in your family’s favorite temperatures and then it automatically adjusts to your family’s preferences.
For example, if you usually like a certain temperature during the day or night, this thermostat will learn your habits and automatically adjust. If you are at work or out of town, the Nest will automatically turn itself down to save electricity. This means, when you wake up in the morning, arrive home from work, or return from vacation, your house will already be the perfect temperature.
You might think this sounds cool, but a lot of thermostats are programmable. However, this device actually helps you become more energy efficient. In my last home, I did not have the Nest. My current home is 1,000 square feet larger and we have the Nest installed. My power bill is significantly lower although I have more space to heat and cool!
The Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
The Nest also has a sibling, the Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm. You hope that this device never has to go off if there is smoke or carbon monoxide in the air. However, this “smart” smoke alarm makes me feel so much better when having a little one in the house.
Rather than hearing an annoying siren go off if you accidentally burnt a batch of cookies in the oven, this device speaks up…literally. It will inform you that there is smoke detected and where, so you can immediately respond to the situation. If you are out of town, the Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm will send you an alert on your phone. It will also inform you when smoke is no longer detected.
Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly, especially for the elderly and children, and can come from many household devices like gas stove stops and fireplaces. This device can detect it anywhere in your house! For more information about carbon monoxide in homes, click here.
I also love that this device has a motion activated night light. It lights your path just enough to see where you are going. This lesser-known feature has already saved me from tripping over Legos in the middle of the night!
Another amazing feature of this device is that it is able to detect both fast and slow growing fires. In the event of a fire emergency, this device could help you lead your family out of the house using the safest path. This kind of piece of mind is priceless.