10 Best Parenting Gadgets for 2016

With the help of strange-looking gadgets, your job as a parent can become a little less stressful.

If you’re new to parenthood (congratulations, by the way!), you might want all the help you can get. If that means purchasing and getting help from a futuristic-looking gadget, hey, you’ll take it.

Here are 10 nifty devices that will make life as a parent much easier:

1. Ubbi Diaper Pail

Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail
Ubbi Steel Diaper Pail

The Ubbi Diaper Pail will work wonders in your baby’s nursery and truthfully, throughout your entire home. This product is made of powder-coated steel and rubber seals, which prevents leaks and keeps foul odors locked in. Plus, it’s easy to clean, seamlessly fits into tight spaces and has a childproof safety lock. The diaper pail is available in eight colors – light blue, light pink, navy, robin egg, sand, white and hot pink, so no need to worry about it not fitting with your nursery’s decor.

2. Pacifier thermometer

Summer Infant Pacifier Thermometer,
Summer Infant Pacifier Thermometer,

Does your little one get a bit antsy when you take his or her temperature? With the innovation of the pacifier thermometer, you no longer have to worry about those wiggly arms or kicking legs during this process. This dual-action gadget has a fever alert feature that beeps when the temperature reading is complete. Additionally, the pacifier thermometer comes with a protective cover great for clean storage and travel.

3. SpinAgain

Fat Brain Toys Spin Again Toy Baby
Fat Brain Toys Spin Again Toy Baby

This nifty toy won the Play/Entertainment Category at the Juvenile products Manufactures Association, and with good reason! This is the first ever stacking and twirling toy that also encourages hand-eye coordination. It’s made with a strong-coated acrylonitrile butadiene styrene plastic, so it’s quite durable. The SpinAgain is BPA-free, so you can rest assured knowing that if your child chews on one of the discs, he or she won’t be harmed from any chemicals.

4. Kiinde Kozii Bottle and Breast Milk Warmer

Kiinde Kozii Bottle Warmer and Breast Milk Warmer
Kiinde Kozii Bottle Warmer and Breast Milk Warmer

This handy dandy bottle and breast milk warmer creates a warm water bath that thaws and warms formula and breast milk in compliance with CDC and USDA guidelines. The Kiinde Kozzi warmer is safer than the microwave because it heats the milk without breaking down its nutrients. It has a long-lasting reservoir that doesn’t require you to measure or add water before each use. Other features include a timer, an automatic shutoff and a universal warming chamber. Universal means it’s safe and fast for thawing or warming the milk in an array of materials like glass, metal or plastic.

5. 4Moms mamaRoo Infant Seat

4Moms Mamaroo Bouncer, Grey Classic
4Moms Mamaroo Bouncer

While your baby is probably happiest when cradled in your arms, you might need to put him or her down for a few minutes. Cue the invention of the 4Moms mamaRoo Infant Seat, the only bouncer that moves the way parents do. The seat bounces up and down and sways from side to side. It offers a wide range of reclining positions from nearly flat to an upright position. The mamaRoo is soothing, Bluetooth enabled and fit for babies up to 25 pounds. Other features include an easy-to-remove, machine washable seat cover and an overhead mobile toy for entertainment.

6. Neat Cheeks

NeatCheeks Natural Peach Flavored Baby Wipes
NeatCheeks Natural Peach Flavored Baby Wipes

Neat Cheeks are baby wipes that make for an easy cleanup after a meal. They are made with natural ingredients stevia and peach flavoring – so  they’re safe to use on your little one’s sensitive skin. Stevia is a natural plant extract known for moisturizing and healing, and the peach extract provides vitamins A and C. Neat Cheeks are alcohol-free, and tested and approved by dermatologists and pediatricians. Now sold in travel packs, they are the perfect size to throw in your purse, diaper bag or even in the back of your baby stroller.

7. Pipila Portable Pacifier Sterilizer

Pipila Portable Pacifier Sterilizer
Pipila Portable Pacifier Sterilizer

If you’re worried about your baby coming in contact with too many germs, the Pipila Portable Pacifier Sterilizer is the perfect investment. With a little extra sanitization security, your baby’s binky is cleaned in just three, short minutes. It’s safe, hygienic and caters to all standard pacifiers. It’s small enough to fit in your child’s diaper bag, so you can clean it as often as you please, wherever you are; we won’t judge.

8. Fisher-Price Precious Planet Whale of a Tub

Fisher-Price Precious Planet Whale of a Tub
Fisher-Price Precious Planet Whale of a Tub

Are you still a bit iffy about giving your baby a bath in the regular tub? With the Precious Planet Whale of a Tub, your worrying stops here. This nifty bath has an adaptable design that grows with your baby. For an infant, use the contoured insert. As your child starts to grow, remove the insert, and your toddler will have plenty of wiggle room to play around. Be sure to watch out for those splashes! The tub has a deep basin, so your child will be safe and secure while squirming around in the water. Additional features include a soft-grip, non-sip foam surface that provides both durability and comfort. To fill and drain the tub, simply use the handy plug located on the side.


9. Britax 2016 B-Agile 3 Stroller

Britax 2016 B-Agile 3 Stroller
Britax 2016 B-Agile 3 Stroller

This easy-to-use stroller is perfect for all you city moms and dads out there. It has a roomy under-seat storage area and an additional zippered pocket to hold all of your baby’s essentials and then some. The B-Agile’s lightweight aluminum frame makes it easy to carry and can be folded up with one hand, which makes it easy to take on public transportation.

10. Sporkman

Sporkstix
Sporkstix

Are you looking for a way to make meal time more exciting for your little one? The Sporkman will do just the trick. Created by Fed (Fun Eating Devices), this combination spork/chopstick utensil helps develop fine motor skills. This cool gadget comes with a bonus, too! With the purchase of every Sporkstix, Fed provides two meals for children in need. Additionally, a portion of all proceeds goes to Stop Hunger Now.