Recently I discovered the joy of household products that work with minimal effort but were Smart products that could be remotely controlled by my phone while in the house or out.
My first dabble into SMART baby products was the amazing Pacif-i the Thermometer Pacifier for Smartphones which saved my bacon and sanity recently when Jacob was unwell and even after my initial apprehension on it working it is now one of my favourite products.
I think as life is getting more and more hectic Smart products can really come into their own and another prime example is my FITBIT activity tracker, I have had strapped to my watch for some time now and I use it to monitor my sleep levels and daily activity while I am on a weight loss journey.
Smart products are by far seeping into everyone’s home meaning more and more people can take control of their products and even their pockets with the likes of the E.on Smart Meter, after all who has time to take meter readings for gas and electricity these days? .. Not me I am too busy with my activity tracker!
So in light of having a new baby and my love of the first baby Smart products we have been testing two more to see if having information at my finger tips does once again help keep me in control.
Duux Bluetooth Baby Projector and Night Light
I have been looking around the baby product market recently for a night-light with the option of adding music as I think establishing a firm bedtime routine works well. For Joshua he loved lights and music when he was little but had found that finding something that meant I could re start the music without being seen which would often set off the tears again.
This projector and night-light so far has been fantastic, although it comes in around the £39.99 price mark, it’s not the cheapest but this is where it gets super cool with the use of my second Smart baby product I can see and hear when Jacob gets upset and can in fact use a playlist directly from my iPhone or MacBook straight to his Baby Projector! so I can completely customise what he drifts off with from my phone no matter where I am in the house.
Don’t want to use the Smart feature? Well that’s totally your choice as this unit has built-in melodies too, however for me they were slightly disappointing as it felt like they had cut them off mid verse and so it would have been nicer to have them play fractionally longer.
I love the nightlight feature that uses cold LED’s to make sure its child safe as it does cast a really reasonable glow without being too full on and bright. The starry night scene is also super and initially when I set it up the image on the ceiling was blurred but by moving it closer to the ceiling it did make the image more clear.
Over all I love this and it has been a super item in our night-time routine and with its easy touch buttons on the front and its bluetooth feature its going to be with us a while.
Motorola MBP662 Connect Baby Monitor
This Motorola Smart monitor lets you keep and eyes on baby via dual connectivity either on a 2.4-inch colour parent unit that comes with it or on a smart phone or tablet by linking the monitor up with Motorola’s Hubble app.
I must be honest and this was one of the products that I was really really excited to get to grips with as I am off away from my baby for the first time next weekend and using this product meant I could sneak a peak on him while he slept at home from my phone or tablet while hubs used the parent monitor that comes with it, just how ingenious is that! its like a two for one deal.
All was not to go as planned however as the Motorola MBP662 Connect Baby Monitor took the best part of a day to get the camera to connect to the home wifi system properly and then for some reason once the app was downloaded the feed itself was rubbish, often buffering or not connecting very quickly.
When the system was working properly it was fantastic but unfortunately this particular system was hard work and generally not very parent friendly which in itself was disappointing.
Overall we adored the Duux Bluetooth Baby Projector and Night Light, it meant being able to remotely control without any outbursts from all over the house. We didn’t fare quite so well with the Motorola MBP662 Connect Baby Monitor, although we loved the concept and the idea of being able to manually log into an app while away from home was appealing this one didn’t really pull it off. However this has not put me off, I am currently looking to replace this and invest in something similar although another brand.
So to answer my own question, Are Smart Baby Products The Way Forward? My answer is most definitely, they can save time, stress and even money so I’m totally in.