Is it possible that your child’s next caregiver will be a robot? Technology is moving quickly, and artificial intelligence (AI) is powering smarter and smarter robots that could one day help us raise our families. In homes across the nation, this possibility is moving closer toward becoming a reality.
Huge companies like Amazon are using technology to tap into the childcare market in new ways, creating new interfaces for their signature Amazon Echo products that are geared specifically to help new parents. Parenthood is exhausting and challenging, so many new parents are welcoming any help they can get—tech-based or otherwise.
In the United States, there are nearly 4 million births every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). By harnessing the power of new Internet of Things (IoT) and smart home technologies, the parents of these millions of children can improve the well-being of their families and run a more efficient household.
The following are five smart home gadgets that improve childcare.
1. Sleep Gadgets
Sleep can be very elusive when children come into the picture. Sleepless nights feeding and rocking the baby take their toll, leaving many parents chronically exhausted and performing well below their peak. Gadgets designed for helping you sleep won’t keep your baby from waking you up at all hours, but they can help you improve the quality of your sleep.
Some gadgets monitor the environment itself, while others keep track of your heart rate, movements during the night, and sleep cycle. All are designed to help you get the best rest possible and to wake you up at a time you’ll feel refreshed.
Staying active and healthy as a parent isn’t always easy. When caring for children, parents often sacrifice their own health and comfort for the needs of their children, including physical activity. Awareness is key, which is where wearables come in.
As individuals, we will create around 1 million GB of health data during our lifetime, according to a report released by IBM Watson scientists. Why not capture some of that data with a wearable device? Parents who use wearables can track steps, heart rate, sleep data, and more, depending on the device. This can be helpful for tracking health and making goals for family fitness.
3. Smart Home Lighting
Little things can become big headaches when you’re caring for kids. Smart home lighting might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to childcare, but being able to flip the lights on and off with your phone can actually be a huge help in a number of situations.
For instance, if you’re soothing a fussy baby on the couch who never sleeps, then it might be pretty nice to turn off the lights so you can get a little sleep yourself—without waking the baby. Smart lighting can also be useful when you’re coming home in the dark and carrying the baby so you can get the door open quickly without having to fumble with your keys.
4. Keeping Your Baby Safe: Smart Locks
It’s only understandable to be worried about your baby or child’s safety. With smart locks, you can remotely lock and unlock your home or only give family members and guests the ability to unlock the doors. That way, you know your child will never be locked out of the house—and that no unauthorized parties will be able to get in.
5. Yes! Smart Cleaning Tools
Kids are messy and time-consuming. With so many things on your plate, it’s no wonder that housework is often the first responsibility to fall by the wayside. It’s dirty, time-consuming, and not a lot of fun. Fortunately, smart cleaning tools are coming to the rescue!
Robotic vacuum cleaners have come a long way since they first came on the market, and today, they’re smarter than ever. Today’s Roombas can now map your home to make sure they never miss a spot. As robots become more advanced, we can expect even more smart cleaning tools.
Smart Homes: Making Life Just a Little Bit Easier
People at all stages of the parenting process should take advantage of anything that can help make the experience easier. It’s not an easy process, and it can take its toll on mental health. In fact, many moms report experiencing postnatal depression.
Anxiety, overwhelm, and other intense emotions are all common for parents, especially the parents of newborns. Technology can’t make all the problems associated with parenting go away, but it is making parents’ lives a little bit easier and more convenient—and that can be a huge relief when everything feels so hard.
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