December 13, 2013
7 gadgets and apps to make parenting easier

One thing is certain, our parents did not use iPads or Facebook when we were kids. While parenting will never be ‘easy,’ here is a round up of apps and gadgets that might help:

RedRover is a location-based app and private social network. By connecting parents with people in their local network, RedRover revolutionizes the play date by streaming local, kid-friendly places (museums, zoos, restaurants, playgrounds, etc.) and events (currently in New York City, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, and Hamptons/North Fork). Free.

They sure do think of everything these days. The RaZbaby Keep-it-Kleen Pacifier automatically closes when dropped so the nipple doesn’t get dirty. And this two-in-one pacifier/thermometer alerts parents when their baby has a fever and recalls the last reading to help monitor the child’s progress.

To prevent potential cardboard box takeovers of your basement or garage,  Canvsly saves your children’s artwork digitally so masterpieces don’t have to hide in storage. You can share photos with private networks that you control and organize photos chronologically to see art skills grow. It takes it one step further by giving you the option to turn their creations into calendars, mugs, and other keepsakes. Free.

iAllowance allows you to supervise your child’s finances and teach him or her how to manage their money. You can track their chore list, schedule automatic allowance payments, and set up rewards for goals. $3.99. At the same time, ChoreMonster uses positive reinforcement to make chores fun and rewarding. With its cute interface, it makes tackling a chores list into a game and provides incentives with a point system. Free.

The Sproutling monitor has been touted as the “Nike Fuelband—for babies.” As a band that fits on a baby’s ankle, Sproutling analyzes the baby and the baby’s environment. It processes a large amount of data, from the baby’s heart rate, skin temperature, and movement, to the environment’s ambient temperature, humidity, and light levels. It will also go beyond simply gathering data, to providing advice and alerts. For example, it can predict when the baby will wake up from a nap—to the minute. Sproutling is expected to be released in late spring or early summer of 2014.

And if you’re thinking of giving any of these gadgets as holiday gifts for a tech-loving parent, add a special touch with our free holiday gift tags! And in the spirit of giving, for every download of our holiday gift tags through December 31st, 2013, Cultural Care will make a donation to Cultural Care Kids First Foundation.

More From Advice for Host Families
August 8, 2019
What to Know Before You Welcome an Au Pair
Denaye Barahona is a Cultural Care host mom and the voice behind Simple Families.
July 24, 2019
How much room does an au pair need?
The Dos and Don'ts of au pair living
August 24, 2018
Q&A with a Matching Specialist: How to Find an Au Pair
Learn the 5 best practices for families in matching.