Since my daughter was born over a decade ago, the amount of apps that have been designed to support new parents has grown almost as quickly as she has. At first, being a parent can feel isolating; you’re thrown into a new world that you’ve not experienced before and it’s easy to feel apprehensive. I wish I’d had the support from technology that parents have these days, because now there are apps and products that allow you to connect with people and break down those barriers.
When I first became a dad, I found great comfort in having a baby-monitor nearby, particularly throughout my daughter’s first year of life. The reassurance that you get from something as simple as a flash from red to green is amazing, but there’s so much more on offer now. Whilst nothing is going to stop that instinct to pop your head in your child’s room five times a night as a new parent, new technologies that can monitor your baby’s heartbeat, or provide a live stream into their room, gives you a second level of security that can help you resist those urges.
I wish that smart baby monitors (that can connect with your smartphone or iPad) had been around in my time. Companies and their tech based products are able to help us become more connected parents, and make parenting easier by enabling us to monitor our children’s wellbeing better. Technology is already becoming an enabler, and it isn’t hard to imagine a world where all of our baby’s digital products connect up with each other.
As well as product to product, tech also has the power to join us parents up in a physical sense, mostly through apps. One of the most simple and effective apps I’ve come across through fellow parents is Peanut, which uses a Tinder style approach to allow new mums to connect with each other, chat and even meet up. At a time when socialising can fall off the agenda, apps have the power to bring people together who are going through the same kind of experience in a way that was never previously possible.
The danger however, of all this technology, is that…