Having a baby can be expensive, especially when you consider the amount of tech and gadgets available to make parenting easier. Thankfully there are loads of great deals available on baby tech, and we've gathered together the very best for you here.
Whether you are expecting, or you’ve had a baby, or your kids are a few years old, there are so many ways that technology has made being a mum or dad easier for us than it was for our parents. In fact, in just a few short years tech has come about that makes many of the baby-related jobs that used to have to be done so much easier.
If you are looking for a baby monitor, breast pump, food processor, room thermometer, or something to entertain the baby or kids so you can have the time to do a few jobs around the house (or check Facebook), we have advice to help you find the best baby-related gadgets and tech beneath our pick of the top 10 deals available today.
What to look for in a baby monitor
A baby monitor with a video screen is one of the best bits of tech any parent can get their hands on. Sure, you can buy a cheaper monitor that lets you hear your babies cries, but as they get older it’s essential that you can see whether the reason they are crying is that they have climbed out of the cot.
Equally, when your little one is very little, being able to watch them sleep over the monitor can give you peace of mind that they have moved in the past half hour.
Video monitors are likely to be equipped with an infra-red camera - so you can see a good image even when the room is dark. Range is likely to be anything from 300ft to 1,000ft, so pay attention to this number if your house and garden are on the larger side. Also, some camera units can be battery and mains powered which means you can move the camera around the house without having to plug it in, which is handy if you want to move it to wherever your baby is.
One option is the Motorola MBP50 Video Baby Monitor (shown), which has a 5in display so you can watch your baby sleep. It's possible to remotely control the camera using the receiver, and you can set it to play lullabies to your child, which may help them sleep. Buy one here.
What to look for in a breast pump
While hooking up to a battery or mains powered expressing machine might make a new mum feel like a dairy cow, this tech is essential for working mums who are breastfeeding. It’s also a necessity for mums with babies in NICU or SCBU. And if you are breast feeding your baby, you may be glad of the opportunity to express milk so that your partner can feed the baby at certain times of the day, giving you a chance to have some much-needed sleep.
You can get a single pump, or pay a bit more for a dual pump - the latter option should mean you are hooked up for a little less time. Pumps tend to have a variety of settings ranging from low, medium to high suction levels.
The best deals will include a means of storing the milk in the fridge and or freezer. You'll also want to minimise the amount of milk lost - so look out for units that avoid the user having to decant milk into a separate bottle. Because it is worth crying over spilt milk and every drop really does count.
Tommee Tippee's Express & Go Electric Breastpump Set (pictured) includes everything you need to get started. You can buy one here.
What to buy for a nursery
Setting up the best sleeping environment for your little one is essential if you are to maximise your own sleep.
One of the trickiest things for a parent is keeling the nursery cool in the hight of summer. Hence every parent needs a room thermometer, like the Gro-Egg (pictured below) so they can see just how hot the baby’s room is. You can buy a Gro-Egg here.
Speaking of sleep, if you have only recently taken delivery of your new arrival, it may take some time before they are ready for this, but a Gro-Clock (pictured below) can help teach your little one when it’s time to get up in the morning. You can buy a Gro-Clock sleep trainer here.
Baby feeding gadgets
Fed is most definitely best, but when it comes to bottle feeding your baby, washing and sterilising all the bottles can be a full-time job.
To make that process easier, it's essential to get a steriliser. There are different types to consider - from units that go in the microwave, to steam sterilisers, and the decidedly non-tech Milton bucket. The benefit of steam, or microwave, sterilising is that it doesn't require chemicals.
Note that while it looks like some sterilisers are only going to work with the bottles that are made by the manufacturer, there's nothing to stop you adding your own variety of bottles - and any eating implements to it.
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Electric Steam Steriliser (shown) will sterilise your bottles in five minutes. It's available on Amazon (here) for £28.99.
As for preparing the milk, that can be one of the most stressful parts of being a new mum (or dad). You could boil the kettle and use that water, mixing it with cooled boiled water from the fridge, but the majority of new mums these days rely on the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep (pictured), so you won't be alone if you decide to grab one of them. You can buy one (here) on Amazon for £89.99, although that price is for the older version of the machine.
Just as you get your head around the feeding schedule it will be time to move onto weaning, and luckily there is all sort of tech available to make this easier for you. Such as the Tommee Tippee Baby Food Steam Blender (pictured, buy one here) into which you put your fresh vegetables, and out of which comes cooked, pureed vegetables, aka baby slop. You can fill up your freezer with these meals and defrost as you go. It will save you a fortune on Ella's Kitchen pouches.
1. Tommee Tippee Express & Go Electric Breastpump Set
Now: £80 (£40 off)
This deal gets you an electric breast pump (battery or mains powered), which has a pouch that you can attach to the included bottles - meaning you don’t lose any milk when decanting into a second container.
It also comes with a steriliser box and is easy to clean as there are only three parts, which also means it’s easy to assemble.
It’s all BPA free and it comes with a case for the 12 storage pouches that you can pop into the fridge or freezer.
2. The Gro Company Gro-Egg Room Thermometer
Now: £14.99 (£10 off)
The Gro-Egg Room Thermometer not only monitors the temperature in the nursery - it glows a different colour depending on how warm it gets.
If your egg is glowing yellow, you know that it’s a good temperature. Blue means it’s too cold, while red means it’s too hot. You’ll see the actual temperature on the display.
3. The Gro Company Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer
Now: £19.99 (£15 off)
If you have only recently taken delivery of your new arrival, it may take some time before they are ready for this, but the Gro-Clock Sleep Trainer from the Gro Company is designed to help toddlers know when it is time to get up in the morning.
The little person will be encouraged to wait for the sun to appear before getting out of bed - and if they see stars on the clock face then they know it’s time to sleep. No more 5am wake up calls, hopefully!
4. Fisher-Price Rainforest Jumperoo
Now: £105.94 (12% off)
The Rainforest Jumperoo is the gadget every parent has in their front room, pop the little one inside and they can bounce around to their heart's content while listening to the bopping tunes (or rainforest sounds when the music starts to annoy you).
You can adjust the seat to three different heights so that it grows with your baby - and the fabric is removable and machine washable.
This is essential for exercising your baby and strengthening their little legs before they start walking and running around the place.
5. Fisher-Price BeatBelle
Now: £29.99 (25% off)
Get your toddler dancing and moving to some fab tunes. The Fisher-Price BeatBelle plays various songs and teaches your child letters, colours, numbers and more.
Your little one will entertain themselves pressing the buttons or BeatBelle's tummy to activate the music and as they get older will be able to follow the instructions to perfect their dance moves!