How did they entertain their kids before television, Disney DVDs and iPads? How did they put their kids to sleep without night lights and white noise? How do you quickly prepare dinner for a crying toddler without access to a microwave?
Sure, it can be done but there is no question that modern day gadgets have the ability to make parenting that much easier.
Here are my top 9 picks for the best gadgets for parents raising newborns to toddlers.
Ladybug Constellation Night Light 1 of 9The shell of this ladybug projects the stars on to the ceiling in three different colors. Perfect for a toddler who hates the dark and likes to be entertained at bedtime.
$23 on Amazon
Sleep Sheep 2 of 9This favorite for new parents is a cuddly animal that houses a white voice machine inside. I use the heartbeat option to make my baby feel like she's in the womb when she sleeps.
$20 on Amazon
The Time Timer 3 of 9This visual timer has been a total game changer for us. Great for setting limits for toddlers and kids with special needs.
$40 at Time Timer
Ok to Wake! Alarm Clock 4 of 9Set this clock to turn green at 7am, signaling to your child it is morning and ok to get out of bed.
$30 on Amazon
Medella Pump In Style 5 of 9My breast pump of choice, allowing me to go back to work and continue supplying my baby her food exclusively in breast milk.
$270 at Target
LeapFrog LeapPad 2 6 of 9My daughter prefers the iPad but we've been slowly transitioning her to the LeapPad. The games might be more expensive but at least she can't surf YouTube.
$100 on Amazon
Firefly Light-Up Timer Toothbrush 7 of 9This toothbrush comes in many different characters, and lights up for one minute so your child knows just how long to brush.
$1.99 at Walgreen's
Samsung SecureVIEW Baby Monitor 8 of 9We never used a baby monitor with our first but have to now that we'll have a baby and a toddler in the same room. This one is top of the line.
$207 at Target
Microeyes Nanny Cam 9 of 9We trust our nanny completely but if you are using someone new and want to be safe, you have options. Just tell the nanny that the cam is there so it's not like you are secretly spying.
$200 at Amazon