Modern Parenting Requires Bluetooth and WiFi


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Before you criticize the mom for being on her smartphone, consider she could be monitoring her baby's cold.

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When my grandparents were born, our great grandparents needed only instinct and a few questions answered by relatives and the family doctor to raise a baby. My grandparents and parents had Dr. Spock's "Baby and Child Care" book to guide them through the complicated world of bringing home an infant. Today, parents need smartphones.

Why smartphones? Because the apps that come with new and developing smart baby accessories, such as smart pacifiers and smart diapers, are not compatible with baby books or instinct. And, when faced with questions from the pediatrician such as, Precisely when did the fever begin? How high has it been since onset? What medications have you given her? and What does her urine look like? parents won't have to answer. They'll simply upload the data from their smartphones.

The smart pacifier, called Pacif-i, was created by Blue Maestro. It is the first Bluetooth-enabled thermometer for babies. The device can send baby's temperature data to momma's smartphone. Momma can also add medicine dosages to the data and then share it all with the pediatrician. At $39, it is a little pricey, but you don't have to worry about losing it in the crevices of the couch or on the sidewalk while out jogging. It includes built-in tracking.

Smart Diapers are not available in the US...yet. But I predict they'll eventually be approved. Smart Diapers, created by Pixie Scientific, are disposable. But they are equipped with a QR code so momma can scan her baby's crotch and directly communicate early symptoms to the pediatrician before an illness progresses. 

These new smart baby devices could have a huge impact on how parents share baby responsibilities. Guys love apps. They'll be the first to download pacifiers and diapers on their smartphones. The smart watches dad's receive on Father's Day will probably already be preloaded with baby apps. If they ever integrate gaming with smart baby devices, moms will finally have all the help they ever needed with baby care. 

The only downside I predict is the impact these devices will have on grandparents. How will they ever figure out how to take care of their e-grandbabies? I suppose they'll have to rely on instinct when they're called to babysit.

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