Taking care of human children is exhausting. You're responsible for their health, safety, well-being, and happiness. And that's why you rarely have any time to yourself—because your kids need you. All the time. For all the things.
That said, one of the greatest things about being a parent in the 21st century is all the technology to simplify your parenting. The most challenging part is figuring out which gadgets work best for you and which ones will probably just make life harder. You know, the ones that require a master's degree and a bottle of wine to figure out.
We've rounded up some of the most efficiently genius parenting gadgets we think you'll love. Partly because they're ridiculously cool and partly because they allow you to just be lazy.
11. Itzbeen Pocket Nanny
You're not bad parents, you're just sleep deprived. And that's to be expected when you have a new baby at home. Let the Itzbeen Pocket Nanny help you remember all the baby care details your brain is too tired to think about.
The on-the-go device keeps track of exactly how long "itzbeen" since your baby was fed, changed, napped, took medication, and more. It's available on Amazon for $19.95.
10. 4moms mamaRoo Electric Baby Rocker
Just because you put your baby in a rocker doesn't mean you're lazy. But an electronic rocker that's controlled by Bluetooth so you can adjust the speed without leaving the couch? Yeah, lazy. But brilliantly lazy.
The 4moms mamaRoo infant seat bounces up and down and sways from side to side, replicating parents' natural motions. Actually get stuff done while your baby's attention is occupied. You can find it at Target for $269.99.
9. Temp Traq
Temp Traq is a wearable smart monitoring patch that goes under your baby's arm and constantly monitors her temperature for 24 hours. The patch automatically sends information to your smart phone, releasing you from your duties of constantly taking her temperature manually.
You'll receive a notification when the alert temperature has been reached, and it keeps an accurate reading so you can share it with your pediatrician if necessary. You can even monitor multiple kids at the same time.
It's available at Target--you get two patches for $34.99.
Triby is a family messaging service that allows you to stay in touch with your family when you're away. It's a smart portable speaker with Amazon's Alexa built in. It also features a 2.9-inch e-ink screen, which lets you send handwritten or typed messages when you're out and the kids are home.
Only people you've authorized can call Triby, so as long as your kids are in the room, you'll be able to reach them. Oh, they can also listen to music and enjoy their time away from parents. Just kidding. But seriously, music.
You can purchase on Invoxia for $199.
7. Baby GiGl
Baby Gigl is a smart baby bottle holder that monitors how much your baby drinks from the bottle so you don't have to. The bottle also lets you know if your baby is getting air instead of formula or breast milk, which would cause gas and not be good for anyone involved.
Babu Gigl isn't yet available for purchase, but if you're intrigued, you can help make this a reality on Indiegogo.
6. SleepIQ Kids
From the makers of the Sleep Number bed, the SleepIQ Kids bed offers the same adjustable firmness as the adult model, but sends an alert if your kid gets out of bed. You can turn off the lights in their room remotely, and it has soft under-bed lights, so they can see where they're going if they have to go to the bathroom.
The SleepIQ also features a monster detector, which we're pretty sure will never go off. Unless... it does.
The bed is available at Sleep Number and ranges from $749.99 to $1149.98.
A cool watch for kids and an important tracking device for parents. The hereO GPS watch a real-time cellular-connected GPS tracking device that lets you know where your kids are at all times through the smartphone companion app.
You can preorder one now for $199 from hereO; it's expected to ship soon.
4. Baby Brezza Formula Pro
Scooping formula into a bottle and shaking it is sooo 2015. Manual labor is hard, you guys. So that's why Baby Brezza Formula Pro will prepare your baby's bottles for you. All on its own, the device will measure, dispense and mix water and powdered formula until it reaches the perfect temperature and consistency.
It'll save you seconds... maybe even a minute, out of your day. But at least you won't have to scoop, shake and heat.
It's available at Babies R Us for $179.99.
3. Baby Brezza One Step Sterilizer Dryer
Baby Brezza just gets how to make our lives easier. After spending the entire day feeding your baby, changing diapers and doing 8 million other tedious things, the last thing you want to do is deal with dirty bottles. Allow the One Step Sterilizer to do it for you.
The bottles aren't just sterilized, they're also dried. This gadget can hold up six bottles at a time.
You can buy it for $99.99 at Babies R Us.
2. ZoLi BUZZ B Nail Trimmer
Most babies aren't super thrilled when you come at their hands with a nail file, or worse, scissors. The battery operated BUZZ B nail trimmer safely files tiny fingernails without harming the surrounding skin.
The automatic nail trimmer will make your life and the life of your baby a lot less stressful. It's available on Amazon for $30.99.
1. 4moms Origami Stroller
You're busy. You have a baby and a thousand other things going on. What if you could just push a button and your stroller just automatically folds itself? Well, good news. You can! Simply push a button, and the Origami Stroller is folded and ready to go.
A little on the pricey side for a stroller, but since this one is magic, $849 doesn't seem so bad. Available at Babies R Us.