7 Essential Smart Home Devices for New Parents

Mary Blowers
Updated Aug 28, 2020
7 min read

Whether your baby is newly arrived or on the way, you likely don’t have a lot of spare time to research every safety product on the market. With so many new, smart options for baby gear, you may feel overwhelmed by the task of determining the best options for your growing family. 

We have compiled our recommended product picks that will make your life easier while you learn to parent your new child. The seven essential smart home devices for new parents include a baby monitor, virtual assistant, automatic baby gate, lighting control system, video doorbell, thermostat control system, and carbon monoxide detector. 

Our Product Picks

Baby monitor

Baby monitors with smart features and cameras can help parents feel more secure and sleep easier — while the baby allows. Our top pick for smart baby monitors is the Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor. This HD monitor allows you to not only watch your baby from your smartphone while they sleep, but also provides daily reports to help you track any changes in their sleep habits. Each morning, the Nanit baby monitor sends you these reports along with a video recap of your baby’s sleep. Additionally, if your little one needs soothing in the middle of the night, you’ll be able to use the Nanit monitor to speak to your baby without getting out of bed. The Nanit Plus connects to your network and easily works over Wi-Fi. 

Virtual assistant

Hands free control of your home may be able to save you considerable stress when you are preoccupied with your baby. The Amazon Echo Plus is a smart home hub that can help you control everything from music to locks. With this device, you will be able to utilize the Alexa mobile app on your smartphone to control other smart home gadgets. This hub also allows you to connect with family members in other rooms in the house by using Amazon’s Drop-In feature. You can use the Echo Plus to soothe your baby, communicate with your partner, and keep your home secure.

Baby gate 

As a new parent, it may seem like your child’s independent mobility is a long way off, but the days of having a stationary newborn will soon fly by. The Dream Baby Auto-Close Gate has a double locking feature that keeps the gate securely closed at both the top and bottom. If you have a multi-level house, we think you will like that this gate is also safe for stairs. One stand-out feature of this gate is that it offers the EZY Check Indicator that shows a red light if the gate is not properly closed, alerting you to potential danger. And since baby gates can be a hassle while cleaning, the Dream Baby Gate also includes a Stay-Open feature to help you pass through while your arms are full of laundry. 

Lighting control

Whether you are soothing a baby to sleep or trying to find your way to an upset infant during the night, you will likely want to have smart control over your home’s lighting. The ADT Smart Light Bulb connects to a smart home Z-wave hub and allows you to adjust the dim and brightness of your bulbs, so that you can create soothing lighting for your little one. If you connect this smart light to the ADT home security system, you can control it from your smartphone using the ADT mobile app. Additionally, you’ll be able to set an automatic schedule using the mobile app, which may come in handy when you are too sleep-deprived to go through your normal nightly routines. 

Video doorbell

Video doorbells are useful in many situations, but we think you will find it especially helpful if you have a sleeping baby on your chest when someone comes to your door. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 sends you alerts to your smartphone via the Ring app whenever someone approaches your door, making it easy for you to keep an eye on your home without waking the baby. This video doorbell uses a 1080 high-definition video camera to give you a clear image of who’s at your door day or night. Additionally, the Ring 2 is powered by an easy-to-remove battery pack that you can charge without detaching the doorbell.

Temperature control

New babies come with many expenses, so the last thing you want to worry about is your energy bill. The Nest Learning Thermostat helps you control the heat in your home and can save you money by automatically adjusting the temperature. This smart thermostat will learn your family’s schedule and keep your home the way you like it, allowing you to focus on more important things. This device uses Farsight so that you can easily view the temperature, and it is ENERGY-START certified. It also has various color options to best fit the style of your home. 

Carbon monoxide detector 

You will be able to rest easier at night knowing that you have a smart device keeping your family safe from fire and chemical dangers. The X-Sense Combination Smoke & CO Detector is designed with both photoelectric and electrochemical sensors that will catch smouldering fires and detect CO levels in your home. We think new parents will like that the battery is made to last for 10 years, offering peace of mind and one less thing to worry about. The style of this device is clean and non-descript, so you can forget all about it for a decade while it keeps your family safe.

Too long, didn’t read?

Smart devices can streamline your family’s safety and security. We think you should take advantage of gadgets like smart baby monitors, virtual assistants, automatic baby gates, lighting control systems, video doorbells, thermostat control systems, and carbon monoxide detectors to make your experience as a new parent easier.

Contributing Writer

Mary Blowers

Mary Blowers is a freelance journalist who has covered home security, safety, and other topics for Safety.com and elsewhere.

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