Friday, January 12, 2018

My Top 5 Gadgets for Parents

Happy 2018! I thought I'd start off the New Year by doing something a little different. I've rounded up our top 5 gadgets that my husband and I have agreed upon that have made parenting a little easier! Let's get started!

5: Dual DVD Players for Road Trips
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With flight prices getting more ridiculous and comfort levels getting less than satisfactory, our family goes on road trips a lot more compared to before. We have two little boys so a dual screen DVD player has been a lifesaver in our 12 hour roadtrips to meet family! We got ours from Target. We have one front facing child and one rear facing and it still works for both of them so that really helps!

4. Video Monitor

I purchased this video monitor from Amazon and it has been an essential tool in helping to sleep train our son in his own room. The image is very clear in both day and night and we are able to hear all of his little movements throughout the night via audio. This helps to keep parents feel at ease during sleep training to make sure the baby is alright. I love the different options in this gadget such as talking to the baby from your screen, adding more cameras to different rooms, checking the temperature of each room, and starting lullaby songs if your baby starts crying without having to enter their room. I also use the video monitor when I take quick showers, which is very useful! Before I had to wait for my husband to come home at night and take the kids just so that I could shower.

3) Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is a 9 in 1 programmable pressure cooker. There's so much this one gadget can do apart from pressure cooking, including cooking rice, making yogurt, sauteing, steaming, and a lot more. I love the one pot cooking method where you don't need to use separate pots to saute meats before cooking them, it can all be done in the Instant Pot, meaning less washing dishes! On certain dishes it saves a lot of time to use this. Also simple things like peeling hard boiled eggs after you pressurize them is so much easier - they just slip right out. The main reason I love the Instant Pot though is that you don't need to stand over it while it's cooking. You don't even need to be on the same floor! I can start the food, put on the lid and then take the baby upstairs for a nap while the food cooks on its own and the machine turns off for however long you put the timer on for. This has been a vital tool in the kitchen for me as a mother.

2) Google Home Mini

The Google Home Mini also made it to the list. I was really surprised at how much this Google Assistant could do, especially compared to Amazon's Echo (Alexa). It really is a time-saving tool, and there was so much to share about it that I decided to make a video so that you can see it in the works. 

1) Robot Vacuum

The Ecovacs Deebot robot vacuum is my new best friend. I waited all year for the Black Friday sales to purchase this, and it was definitely worth the wait! It was for $149, and has 4.5/5 stars. It works just as well as the higher end brands, for a much better price. I've been using it almost every day since receiving it and it does a great job at picking up all of the crumbs and dust on the floor. My toddler likes to think he's Hansel from Hansel and Gretel and leaves a trail of crumbs in every nook and cranny of the downstairs floor. I used to spend so much time sweeping or vacuuming the floors every single day, but now I can cross one chore off my list as my new bestie does it for me :)

I purchased the Deebot n79, which is for hardwood, tiles, and low area rugs only. If you're looking to purchase a robot vacuum make sure you buy the correct model according to your floors. If it's fully carpeted then the n79 won't pick up everything as it was made for hardwood floors.  

So that's my list of top 5 gadgets for parents! What would be on your list? I would love to hear about it! 

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