Best Gadgets for Mom
by Amy Soukup
| Posted 3 years ago
Best Camcorder – Sony Handycam HDR-CX350V
With a wide-angle lens, superb image stabilization, and 32 GB of built-in storage, this is a top option for home moviemaking. The long list of special features (such as GPS and auto-snapshot when your subject smiles) may take some time to figure out, but once you master them, Handycam will make your life as a memory-capturing parent much easier.
Get the Sony Handycam
Best Digital Camera – Nikon COOLPIX S640
The best all-around point-and-shoot for family use, this camera stood up well under situations with low lighting (like when baby is sleeping) or with moving subjects (perfect for capturing an action shot at your kid’s soccer game). And hey, it’s affordable too!
Get the Nikon Coolpix
Best Printer – Kodak ESP 9250 All-in-One
Whether you’re printing out family photos for the in-laws or papers for work, this little machine has you covered. Also, its wireless set-up is beyond simple, so you’ll be ready to scan and e-mail your documents in minutes!
Get the Kodak ESP
Best Audio Monitor – Philips Avent DECT Monitor
This petite, static-free monitor includes two-way communication between monitor and receiver and warns you when you’re out of range or have a low battery. Plus, it comes in a deluxe version too!
Get the Philips Avent DECT Monitor
Best Video Monitor – Summer Infant Day
One of the most inexpensive video monitors on the market, this handheld consistently outperformed the competition. The 1.8" color LCD on the parent unit is small but makes for a compact device and still allows parents to keep an eye on their little one.
Get the Summer Infant Day & Night Handheld
Best Home Cleaning Device – iRobot Roomba
Give yourself a break from cleaning the trails of dirt and crumbs your kids leave behind with this helpful little gadget. Robots taking over the world doesn’t seem so bad if they pick up after the family like this one!
Get the Roomba
Best All-in-One Entertainment System – Boxee Box by D-link
Cut cable costs for good with this handy media player. Boxee streams free web content (network TV, HD movies, music, and more) straight to your TV. Paid content is also available, but the freebies are more than enough to keep the kids (and you) entertained.
Get the Boxee
Best Android App for Moms – Out of Milk
You already have a million things on your mind, so let the Out of Milk app handle your grocery list for you. The app lets you build multiple grocery lists for different stores and share them via e-mail or text. When you run out of an item, just scan its barcode to add it to your list.
Get the Out of Milk app
Best iPhone App for Moms – iReward Chart App
Say goodbye to sticker charts as home decor! With this app you can document the progress of your kids' behavior in categories such as "Sharing" or "Helping Mom" right on your smartphone (handy for when your toddler throws the inevitable grocery store tantrum). iReward Chart also contains a list of rewards your child can earn with their stars, so you can remind them just how close they are to earning those 10 extra minutes of computer time.
Get the iReward Chart app
Best Domestic Dream Gadget – Demy Digital Recipe Reader
It’s time to recycle your old recipe cards; this Kindle-like device stores up to 2,500 of your favorite meal ideas in a colorful touch-screen gizmo that’s easy to clean (just in case your kitchen adventures get a little messy).
Get the Demy
Best Cookware – the Breville Stand Mixer
This mixer is a foodie must-have. It’s got a sleek design and ultra-powerful mixing attachments, and its 12-speed electronic control tells you whether you’re beating, aerating, or whipping ingredients. This beauty also has motor protection sensors that detect how heavy the mixture is and adjusts its speed accordingly — so no more spattered batter!
Get the Breville mixer
Best Slow Cooker – Hamilton Beach 3-in-1
Affordable and incredibly versatile, the Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 comes with three different-sized inserts (2, 4, and 6 quarts), so you’ll be set whether you’re making a romantic dinner for two or lunch for a family party!
Get the Hamilton 3-in-1
Best Exercise Video Game – Deca Sports 3
Pop this game in on those rainy days when you have a house full of kids ready to burn some energy. Deca Sports lets you and up to three other players compete in 10 different virtual sports, including snowboarding, volleyball, and even lumberjack trials! Though this version is for Nintendo Wii, there are Deca Sports games for Xbox as well.
Get Deca Sports 3
Best iPhone Pregnancy App – Sprout: Pregnancy Essentials
The Sprout app features weekly medical advice from doctors, a weight tracker, kick counter, and contraction timer. It also displays stunning 3D images of your developing baby — which are a lot easier to read than the ones from your ultrasound!
Get the Sprout app
Best Baby Care Gadget – Beaba Babycook Baby Food Maker
With this 4-in-1 wonder, you can steam-cook vegetables, fruits, or meats in less than 15 minutes and blend them into freshly pureed baby food goodness. The Babycook can also be used to quickly reheat or defrost precooked foods.
Get the Beaba Babycook
Best Nursery Gadget – Playtex Diaper Genie II Elite
This beloved diaper disposal unit comes with two upgrades: extra germ-fighting protection against stinky bacteria and a foot pedal, so that you don't have to touch the pail at all. Just drop the dirty diaper into the pail and the Genie automatically sucks it down for you!
Get the Diaper Genie