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Must-have gadgets for new parents


From the thermometer that soothes your baby as it monitors their temperature and the simple solution to warming your bottle while you’re out on the go, to the (stylish) nursery accessory that will help send your little one into the land of nod, there’s a gadget to help with your every new-parent predicament. Here are some of our favourites from the current crop

The thermometer your baby will love

When your baby is showing signs of distress from a fever, the last thing you want to do is exacerbate their discomfort by probing them with thermometers. Cue the Pacif-i, a child’s dummy with a built-in thermometer that allows you to monitor your baby’s temperature with your iOS or Android smartphone, while soothing your baby to boot.

The self-warming bottle

Trying to find somewhere to heat your baby’s milk when you’re out and about can be a real pain – particularly when you’ve got a hungry, cranky newborn in tow. With that in mind the designers at iiamo have come up with ‘iiamo go’, a stylish and ergonomic bottle with an extra self-heating function, offering parents the freedom to warm a bottle of milk wherever and whenever. The stylish and colourful design is the handiwork of one of the world’s leading industrial designers, Karim Rashid.

The virtual nanny

Constantly popping upstairs to double-check your baby’s still breathing and hasn’t been kidnapped? The latest baby monitors are a dream for anxious parents. The Foscam Fosbaby P1 boasts high-definition images and night-time infrared vision so you can see clear images of your baby regardless of the time of day or night. It also has two-way communication so you can soothe them from downstairs, at the office, or indeed anywhere around the world where you have internet connection. There is also an in-built temperature sensor and pre-installed lullabies, as well as the option to upload your own tunes remotely.

The ultimate rocker

Unlike the myriad of vibrating and swinging baby seats on the market, the mamaRoo bounces up and down and sways from side to side just like parents do when comforting their babies. Including five different motions, car ride, kangaroo, tree swing, rock-a-bye and wave, it can offer comfort while you’re busy doing laundry or preparing feeds – or drinking a well-earned cup of tea. It includes four built-in soothing sounds and an MP3 plug-in so you can play your favourite songs. And, of course, its Bluetooth enabled so you can control the motion and sound from your smartphone.