First-hand feedback from moms and dads after hundreds of hours of research with the best new baby tech innovations point to health breakthroughs for newborns and underscore that simplicity and balance in the nursery lead the way.

Kurt “CyberGuy” Knutsson with new mom Abby Huntsman

We narrow our focus down to the 10 winning baby tech essentials that are now ready to be announced on our annual list of the best affordable baby tech gear.

We are seeing a trend toward making mom and dad feel connected rather than overwhelmed by the sheer number of innovative baby products with bells and whistles you’ll likely never tap. Here’s the list of best baby gear to go goo goo over.

#1 Cocoon Cam

The first ever no-wearable baby breathing monitor with HD video and streaming audio. ‘Cocoon Cam is more than just a video baby monitor—it connects to your smartphone or tablet and uses cutting-edge computer vision technology to deliver breathing monitoring, instant alerts, and sophisticated sleep analytics.’  Cocoon Cam $149

 

#2 Hatch Baby ‘Grow’ Changing Pad

Hatch Baby Grow combines a traditional diaper changing pad with a built-in, wireless smart scale.  And it’s incredible comfortable for baby. Hatch Baby Grow $167

 

#3 BabyShusher Sound machine

Replicates the shushing sounds from the womb. great for newborns. Hit or miss results with parents. Baby either loves it or doesn’t notice it. Super inexpensive and a big favorite. One mom we consulted said its the best baby gift she received. BabyShusher $31

 

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#4 TempTraq infant temperature monitor

TempTraq attaches like a bandage under the arm. sends temp data wirelessly to smartphone. It lasts 48 hours before tossing. This lets you keep track of feverish baby’s temperature without waking her to take temp.  TempTraq infant temp monitor $24

 

#5 Owlet Smart Sock 2

It’s the home version of the popular hospital technology that monitors oxygen levels, tracks heart rate, skin temperature and rollovers. That data is sent to your phone. This is best in class crib movement monitor. You recharge the sock every 18 hours. Owlet Smart Sock 2 $299

 

#6 Hatch Baby ‘Rest’

Smart Night Light, Sound Machine and Time-to-Rise, Modern Toddler Sleep Trainer. Hatch Baby Rest $59

 

#7 Nest Cam IQ Indoor

Best baby cam when parents are away from home. This is the latest version of Nest cam that has facial recognition built-in. #1 benefit for a parent is that you would be alerted if someone else unexpectedly were in your home. For example while baby is with nanny/sitter and someone else visits. #2 is that it automatically zooms into the action of movement. Nest Cam IQ indoor $289

 

#8 4moms mamaRoo 4

Infant seat that mimics the calming movement of a car ride and more.  5 unique motions: car ride, kangaroo, tree swing, rock-a-bye, wave.  One mom calls this her favorite baby gadget and finds herself moving it from room to room. mamaRoo 4 $219

 

#9 MotherMed Bath Water Thermometer

Put it in water to learn not too hot, not too cold, but just right safe temp for baby. MotherMed Bath Thermometer $12

 

#10 Boppy feeding pillow

Sometimes the best gear is the low tech marvel like the Boppy. Moms and dads rave about this original Boppy nursing pillow designed for perfect support during feeding times.  Boppy feeding pillow $39

3 Baby Tech Safety tips

1. Never clip technology to crib or within reach of baby.

2. Avoid cords of all types within reach of baby or at floor crawl level.

3. Remove any hanging objects above crib the moment baby can stand.

The best parenting advice from the happiest mom’s that seem to have it all under control, is a caution against baby data overload. Obsessing in baby tech creates a worry-wort parent.  Instead, strike a balance and trust your gut over gadgets.