3 Must-Have Gadgets for New Parents New Life Congratulations, you are having a baby! You are experiencing so many emotions right now, including ones you didn’t even know existed. There is an unimaginable amount of joy in your future and, unfortunately, a whole lot of stress, starting with the sheer amount of stuff you need for when the baby comes. For most new parents it’s hard to separate the necessities (burp cloths, so many burp cloths) from what is optional but helpful (a waterproof changing pad like the Keekaroo Peanut Changer) from what you can live without (bottle warmers). When it comes to tech gadgets, it’s even harder to tell what is going to collect dust and what is useful. To take away a little bit of that stress, here are three must-have gadgets that will make your life as a new parent easier (and trust us, you’ll need something to be easy once the baby is here). Monitors Monitors are at the top of most prospective parents’ registries, and with good reason. As a new parent, you are going to be worried any time your baby is out of your sight. A monitor is there to alert you when you’re needed and to give you peace of mind when you aren’t. The kind of monitor you get depends on your comfort level. The bare necessity is an audio monitor, like the Graco Sound Select, that enables you to hear when your baby makes a noise. If you want to see what your little one is up to, a video monitor, like the Withings Smart Baby Monitor, is great because you can watch the video feed, see the temperature and humidity of the room and turn on music all from your smartphone or tablet. If that information still is not enough to make you breath easy, try a movement monitor, like the Anglecare Movement and Sound monitor, which includes a sensory pad that alerts you if no movement is detected for 20 seconds. Smartphone As if it wasn’t already your most important tool, the smartphone is a new parent’s lifeline. First, you will be amazed by how many pictures and videos you can take in one day. The Samsung Galaxy 7 has the world’s first dual pixel front and rear camera and expandable memory storage, making it a great choice for when you feel compelled to capture every squeak and yawn (they’re all so cute!). Second, apps help you track your baby’s progress. Apps like BabyConnect and Baby Bundle let you track everything from sleep to growth to nursing. Other apps like My Baby Today and the Wonder Weeks give parents insight into what is happening with a baby’s development week by week. Health Gadgets Your baby can’t tell you when he or she is feeling bad. Even though you should leave the diagnoses to your pediatrician (turning to Dr. Google will only make you more confused), it is helpful to have some basic health gadgets like a thermometer and an aspirator on hand. A digital thermometer is a must-have and a pacifier thermometer, like the one from Summer Infant, is great for a fussy baby that won’t sit still. Infants make a lot of mucus and while many parents use the old-fashioned bulb aspirators, you may appreciate the automation of a gadget like the Graco NasalClear Nasal Aspirator.