As I mentioned in one of my recent pregnancy diaries, while I’ve been obsessing over cute baby clothes and wondering what colour to paint the nursery, Terry has been busy buying up every new baby gadget known to man. Well, five of the new baby gadgets known to man, anyway. Here’s what we have so far…
Because every parent needs to spy on their child at all times – and also because I’m anticipating being the kind of neurotic, anxiety-ridden mother who spends a lot of time going, “Is he still breathing? Seriously, do you think he’s breathing?!” – one of the first items on our list was a video baby monitor.
This one is by Philips, and not only does it hook up to our phones via an app (So we really CAN watch him AT ALL TIMES), it also allows us to talk to the baby through the monitor, or play him either a nursery rhyme, or another soothing sound. I’d actually quite like to get one of these for ALL of my loved ones, to be honest, but it’s generally not considered good etiquette to spy on adults these days, so I’ll just have to settle for watching the baby 24/7…
On the subject of breathing, and that cute trick babies have of pretending they’re not actually doing it, the scamps, we also got this:
This was a recommendation from our friends Steven and Lindsay, who say it saved their sanity many a time when their little girl was a baby. Basically, this little gadget clips on to the baby’s nappy, and monitors his breathing: any time it detects a lack of tummy movement, it vibrates to rouse the baby, and if there’s no movement after that, it sounds an alarm to alert you. Lindsay tells me they used it constantly, and found it really reassuring: I, meanwhile, have been spending a lot of time wondering how on earth I’ll ever manage to sleep when I’m obviously going to have to spend all my time holding a mirror to the baby’s mouth to make sure he’s still breathing, so this was always going to be a necessary purchase for us.
(And yes, I DO know we won’t be sleeping anyway, but thanks for reminding me…)
This is… well, it’s a room thermometer, obviously. What gave it away? This is actually something I hadn’t really considered, but babies can’t really moderate their own temperature very well, so they rely on us to make sure they’re not too hot or too cold. Because my blood is apparently made of ice, I have a tendency to always have our house like a furnace, so we got this little Gro Egg to help us make sure we’re not roasting the poor little soul once he arrives.
The Gro Egg not only tells you the temperature of the room, the egg itself changes colour to let you know if it’s too hot or cold: so, green means the temperature is just right, red means it’s too warm, blue means it’s too cold, and amber means it’s getting too warm, and you should probably do something about it, STAT. This was another recommendation from a friend, who told us that, if you place the egg within view of your video monitor, the colour of the product instantly lets you know what the temperature of the baby’s room is, without having to go in and out of the room, and disturb the (hopefully) sleeping baby to check. Our bedroom, for instance, was 18.2 degrees C. when this photo was taken, so we get a green light (Which you can’t really see here, as this was taken in daylight: at night, the entire egg would be green, though) AND a smiley face. To be totally honest, I thought we ALSO deserved some kind of medal for having the house cool enough for once, but then I remembered I’d had to open the window to let enough light in for the photo, so, yeah, maybe not…
A few weeks ago, Terry sent me a link to a video, along with an excited note saying, “Dude, you have GOT to see this!” or words to that effect. I thought it was going to be something like that video of the woman tucking five cats into a blanket but no, it was a completely different woman, demonstrating how to use this steam steriliser – and we were excited about this, because that’s what our lives are like now, basically.
So, this, as you’ll have gathered, is a sterilising unit, which you can use to sterilise everything from bottles, to pactifiers, to teething rings… anything that’s likely to go into your baby’s mouth, basically. (So… everything, then.) It breaks down (or builds up) into three different sizes, so it can hold various different items, and although it’s one of those things I had absolutely NO idea I was going to need until we started researching lists of new baby essentials, I have to admit, it’ll look pretty nice in the kitchen – which is the main, thing, no?*
OK, so obviously this one’s going to sound totally like something we just bought for ourselves, rather than the baby, but hear me out before you judge…
So, growing up, music was a huge part of my childhood. My parents were always playing music at home, and, as I got older, I’d regularly raid my dad’s record collection… which led to some interesting conversations at school, when my friends were all drooling over the latest boy band, and I was all about Bob Dylan. (I liked the boy bands too, though, to be fair…)
I really wanted our baby to have a similar experience, and I’ve also heard that it can be good to play music to them in the womb, but there was one problem: we don’t actually own a music player. We both basically just rely on our phones when we want to listen to music these days, and although we do have a set of speakers we can hook them up to, they’re not the best quality… which is why Terry rushed out and bought this little speaker. It uses Bluetooth to connect to our phones, and it sounds amazing: so far, we’ve established that the baby likes Queen and Taylor Swift, so it looks like his taste is going to be as eclectic as his mother’s – and we’re going to have a lot of fun finding out exactly what it is!