Need a break, mama? These smart devices can help.
Now that it's 2021, shouldn't all tech devices be making life easier for us moms?
While there's no device that can wake the kids, cook breakfast or send everyone off to school, a few companies have gotten smart enough to give us a little bit of what we need: Help.
Google and Alexa are here for us. They're practically our personal assistants- offering concierge-like services at home and on the go. For all the basics, we can rely on Alexa or Google Assistant to get the weather, hear the news, find out our schedules and know what's on the grocery list. But beyond that, there are tech items that can now prepare and heat babies' bottles (hallelujah), vacuum AND mop the floor and let us go out for a run while still accomplishing the to-do list. Need more? We've found smart devices that monitor the air quality throughout the house, heat or cool rooms on demand and even check on older relatives to let you know if they need medical assistance.
These smart items aren't as efficient as we are, but they certainly make things a bit easier and a lot more fun. Let's put it this way— with a smart vac you can enjoy a glass of wine while watching the vacuum work versus attempting not to spill your wine while you vacuum one-handed. Total win.
Here are 10 gadgets that will help mama keep on top of everything on the to-do list.
This werk-wife does it all and keeps you company even when you're alone cooking dinner and cleaning. On the surface, you can play music, get the weather, use it as a digital photo frame and make video calls with a beautiful 10" screen. It can read to the kids, tell them jokes and play their favorite YouTube videos. Beyond that, though, you can broadcast messages to people in other rooms (with Google mini devices), check your calendar and control your smart home devices. Create a morning routine and Google can even turn on the lights, raise the shades, wake the kids and turn on the coffee maker each day. New to the Hub is Sleep Sensing technology, which tracks your sleep with a sleep sensor (privately). Over time, mom will receive personalized insights and recommendations based on her sleep patterns. Ahh, sleep. Remember that?
Treat yourself to a colorful workout companion (or something to help drown out all the noise in the house). These wireless earbuds help get things done with the Google Assistant built in, and they feature a sweat-resistant design and are packed with AI smarts to control music, get translations, and hands-free help with notifications, text and more.
The Echo Show 10 is another fabulous "hub" device you can use as a 24/7 assistant. You can yell at it to hear the weather, find you a recipe or watch anything on Prime. You can see who is at the front door from inside (through the Ring doorbell) and even use it as a security camera if you are away. One amazing feature is the turn-style device—the screen literally follows you. So while you're going back and forth across the kitchen preparing dinner, you always have a full-screen view.
New and noteworthy from Amazon is the Care Hub feature. Care Hub is a free feature in the Alexa app that gives you new ways to remotely check in on parents or loved ones. You can even get notified if they ask for help.
This brilliant little adapter makes any of your devices wi-fi enabled. With the Alexa app, you can turn on Roomba, your hallway lights or even your coffee pot so you'll never have another morning sans caffeine. Pet feeders? Yep, those work, too. The Smart Plug is super easy to use—you just say things like "Alexa, start my day" to trigger your morning routine or "Alexa, I'm leaving now" so that Alexa can switch your lighting to "away" mode.
The prettiest coffee maker we've seen (hello, matte black!) is designed by Drew herself. The touchscreen means no dials, buttons or knobs. It's programmable 24 hours in advance, so the coffee will always be ready when you need it. Plus, if you plug it in with Amazon's Smart Plug, it works with Alexa—meaning you can yell at it "make coffee now" if you forgot to set the programmer (which happens more often than we'd like to admit).
Robot vacuums overall are amazing, we'll admit. But this robot vac also mops the floors and dumps its own dust bin when full. You can sit back and watch the auto-map feature scan the room before it gets to work. After that, use Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to tell it where, when and what needs to get done. Your pets may not appreciate it as much as we do, but they're part of the reason we need this gadget so badly.
This super sleek air purifier detects, purifies and predicts high risk scenarios while notifying users in real-time. New moms can feel safe knowing the Aura Air also functions as a carbon monoxide and smoke detector unit – and the unique wall hanging design is ideal for a playroom or nursery to keep it out of reach of children. It's easy to install and enabled for use with Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
This Apple Watch comes with all the features we know and love (phone calls, text, emails, streaming and gps). With the new Family Setup feature, kids and older relatives can benefit from the connectivity, safety, and fitness features of Apple Watch without having their own iPhones. Once the watch is paired with mom's iPhone, kids can call, text, ask Siri questions, listen to music, use apps and even get their allowance through Apple Cash Family. Each watch has its own phone number, and mom can approve kids' contacts. Not only does this save mom from hearing "I want an iPhone" four million times a day, but mom can now be in constant contact with family members who need to be checked on routinely.
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This device makes the baby formula, warms it up and tells you when it's ready? Yes! All you have to do is fill it with water and set the powder. It alerts you when it's ready, reminding you that it's feeding time. You can do it anywhere, anytime, even if you're out and baby is home with nana. The app also provides phone alerts to let you know when the bottle is ready or if the formula or water is running low so you can avoid late feedings.
Just in time for allergy season, the Dyson purifier detects airborne particles and gases, letting you know in real time what's actually in your air. With the Dyson Link app, or through voice control, you can let the unit know what to do, including heat or cool the room with long-range, purified hot/cold air. Super-quiet in night mode, this sleek, smart appliance takes the place of a heater, a fan and an air purifier.