Parenting Hack of the Year: High-Tech Outsourcing

Feb 22 2017 - 1:30pm

It's a whole new world for babies born in 2017 — and for their parents. The tech industry has matured to a point where it can make a real impact on parenting.

For proof, look no further than the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, held in January, where family-centric gadgets dominated. Mattel's Aristotle [1] smart baby monitor promises to comfort and teach your child. Memoo [2] and Woobo [3] will help streamline your kid's morning and bedtime routines. Octopus by Joy [4] is a watch that teaches kids how to do tasks like brushing their teeth or packing bags independently. And from their smartphones, parents can access apps that help make parenthood easier [5]. Take Winnie [6], which helps parents share and find crucial information about nearby kid-friendly places, areas to nurse, or easy-to-access changing tables.

We imagine many parents will spring for something — anything — that helps them get more sleep.

New parents will also welcome Snoo, a self-rocking bassinet created by Dr. Harvey Karp [7], author of the wildly popular The Happiest Baby series of parenting guides. The bassinet has a mattress that produces white noise, and it rocks up to one-half inch each direction to lull a baby to sleep. Hidden microphones detect a waking baby and signal the cradle to respond with more sound and motion, just like parents would.

With Snoo coming in at $1,160, genius products like these can be out of reach for many. But the company does offer financing plans, and we imagine many parents will spring for something — anything — that helps them get more sleep.

Big in 2017 [8]

This is number 10 in our 15-part series on 2017 lifestyle trends. Check out the entire Big in 2017 feature [9] to find out what else will power your style, friendships, and home life this year.

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