Each year brings new advances in technology and some of those advances make life easier for pregnant women and new mothers.
This year, new products range from wearable devices that connect to apps to ones that allow you to track your baby’s heartbeat or sleep patterns.
In this post, you’ll learn about the 8 hottest new tech products in 2019.
#1 Fetal Doppler
Fetal dopplers are handheld devices that allow you to listen to your baby while she’s still in the womb—similar to an ultrasound. Although they do not replace doctor’s visits, they can provide reassurance for parents who are worried about their baby’s health or have had complicated pregnancies before. It’s also a great way for your partner to bond with the baby or to introduce your children to their new sibling. If you want to learn more about fetal heartbeat monitors, check out these guides:
- Everything to know about Fetal Dopplers: Part 1
- Everything to know about Fetal Dopplers: Part 2
- How Does a Fetal Doppler Work?
- How to Use a Fetal Doppler – The Proper Way
- Some models have speakers or come with earphones
- Some models display fetal heart rate (FHR)
- Some models display heat rate curve
- Audio jack allows you to plug in a recorder. You can record your baby’s heartbeat for your doctor or midwife to listen, if needed.
- Easy to use
- Safe when used in short sessions (frequency of waves is significantly less than ultrasound)
- Quick shipping
- Great tech support
- Makes a great gift for any expecting mother
Promising review: “The BabyDoppler was a great investment to make. After having a miscarriage a few years back and doctor telling me the baby had no heartbeat during my first visit, it gave me lots of anxiety and fear during this current pregnancy. I cried not knowing if my baby still had a heartbeat and had to wait three weeks for my next doctor visit. Once I received the BabyDoppler, it gave me so much comfort and now I’m enjoying my pregnancy a lot more and worrying less. Patience is the key in using this at home doppler; sometimes the baby likes to hide or move away. Overall, great buy!” – Jessica”
#2 Bloomlife Contraction Counter
Bloomlife is a device that sticks to your abdomen and connects to your smartphone to display, count and time your contractions. Its award-winning technology can eliminate unnecessary trips to the hospital and can let you know when you’re going into labor. New mothers often confuse normal contractions for Braxton Hicks contractions, causing them to believe they’re going into labor. Some women say Bloomlife has reduced their third-trimester anxiety.
- Watch every contraction, even if you don’t feel them
- Small, lightweight, comfortable
- Qualifies for FSA/HSA
Promising review: “To have the contractions be on [Bloomlife], finally, I could say ‘see I told you!’ For the last two pregnancies, I just kept getting lectures about Braxton Hicks. It’s just so frustrating for me. It was nice to have it validated with Bloomlife.”
Price: $20/week (rent by the week)
#3 Serenity Electric Breast Pump
The Serenity Electric Breast Pump is a new product made by Baby Doppler to make it easier for moms to give their babies the benefits of breast milk. Mothers are talking about how it’s increasing their milk supply and say it’s easier to use than other pumps. Since it has a 2-phase extraction technology, an adjustable 10 step suction and snug breast shields, many women find the Baby Doppler brand more comfortable. Since the pump can easily fit in your bag, you can take it with you to work for on-the-go expressing.
- Powerful motor and adjustable suction
- Silent and discreet pumping
- Easy to assemble, use and clean
- Small and lightweight
- Automated milk storage system
- AC adapter or battery operated for on-the-go
- Previous settings automatically save for next use
- Qualifies for Medicare (depending on policy and state)
- Quick shipping
- Great tech support
Promising review: “The pump itself is not painful when it pulls so I am happy about that. I tried Medela and spent an arm and a leg and couldn’t bear the pain anymore that I almost stopped trying. Glad I found this brand instead.”
#4 Elvie Kegel Trainer
Strengthening your pelvic floor can speed up recovery time after you give birth and can prevent bladder control issues experienced during pregnancy and after birth. It can also give you better control of your muscles during labor, possibly making it easier. The device is inserted inside and connects to an app that guides you through exercises and personalized goals. Many women who practice kegels wonder if they’re doing it right. Elvie takes the guesswork out of the exercise and provides tips on how to do them properly.
- Small and discreet
- Provides real-time feedback
- Made with medical grade silicone
Promising review: “After two kids and some complications and surgeries I was feeling so weak. Kegels were not cutting it. Elvie is such a lifesaver I can’t believe how much improvement I have experienced since using it. I don’t pee myself every time I cough or sneeze. I don’t have to use the restroom every 30 minutes.”
#5 Baby Doppler Minimax Scale Kit
Typically, at-home baby scales aren’t accurate enough to be reliable. However, the Minimax Scale has high precision sensors and enhanced technology that allows it to display an accurate measure. When tracking a baby’s growth, it’s also important to measure their length, which is why a measuring tape and growth chart are also included. If you want to follow your child’s growth between check-ups, this kit has everything you need.
- Advanced technology allows for an accurate measure
- Comes with measuring tape and growth chart
- Easy to use
- Great for parents who want to track their baby’s growth from the beginning
- Great for worried parents of babies with complications
- Quick shipping
- Great tech support
Promising review: “My doc suggested to get a scale for my baby because I went to labour early with complications so having this at home definitely helps ease my mind if she’s growing as per plan.”
#6 BlueSmart mia Baby Feeding Monitor
The BlueSmart mia is a silicone sleeve that fits over the baby bottle and records the amount and temperature of the milk. It also provides alerts about its potential expiry date. The information can be easily viewed on the connecting smartphone app. If your baby has complications or is having trouble drinking, measuring her intake can help you monitor the nutrients she’s receiving to report to your doctor.
- Easy to clean
- Automatic potion measurement
- Expiration warnings
- Angle and temperature alerts
- Records duration of feeding session
- Set goals
- Share data with doctor or pediatrician
Promising review: “I love seeing the feedings. I know a lot of people say ‘you can just write it down’ but the idea is not having to REMEMBER to write it down. It makes it so much easier for me.”
#7 Nanit Smart Baby Sleep Monitor
Nanit is a camera that uses computer vision to learn how your baby moves and if they’re sleeping sound or fussy. Seeing these patterns can help you identify issues and adjust them. The smartphone app it connects to also provides tips and a goal setting feature.
- HD audio and video
- Sleep tracking
- Night vision
- Temperature alerts
Promising review: “This monitor is amazing! I love the overhead camera for no blind spots. The summaries are awesome to see how your little one slept, especially for troubled sleepers. Definitely recommend!”
BellyBuds are another product that can help you and the rest of the family bond with the baby before she’s born. The buds stick to the belly and can play music for the baby to hear starting around 20 weeks. You can also use the compatible smartphone app to record and share messages and stories from loved ones.
- Safe adhesive allows you to adjust it based on your baby’s position
- Audio splitter allows you or a loved one to listen at the same time
- Also comes with access to digital audio library
- Makes a great gift for an expecting mother
Promising review: “I bought these because my boyfriend & I didn’t like having to use headphones to play the baby music. These were way more comfortable and I believe safer for the baby. The adhesives are a great add on. I was able to play music for my baby while I worked.”
Whether you love health devices or just want to increase baby bonding through the latest gadgets, there’s a vast array of new interesting tech products in 2019.
Have you purchased any new tech products this year? If so, tell us about it in the comments below! If you have any friends, be sure to share this post with them, too!
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