12 Best Baby Gadgets That You'll Actually Use

Rachel Wagner
Dec 22, 2023 By Rachel Wagner
Originally Published on Jul 05, 2021
Best Baby Gadgets That You'll Actually Use.

When it comes to making the lives of parents easier, we're all for it.

As you may well know, there are hundreds if not thousands of baby gadgets and products out there claiming they're a must-have - some so appealing that you may end up spending lots of money and then realising that in fact, they didn't actually live up to the hype. Thankfully, we're here to help!

We've researched the top tried and tested baby gadgets on the market - whether you're after something to help your baby sleep, check on their oxygen or heart rate, or just generally want to make your life as a parent that bit easier.

From high-tech baby gear to smart gadgets, to handy sleeping equipment for babies, to just some pretty cool baby stuff - we've rounded up 12 of the best baby products and coolest baby gadgets out there sure to give you a helping hand.

Check out the list below, and while you're at it -  why not take a look at our best baby monitors, or our best baby night lights to help you along the way?

Kidadl's Top Pick

All of the gadgets for parents on the list below are sure to make your life just that little bit easier - but if you're in a hurry, our top pick would be the Snuza Hero MD Portable Baby Breathing Monitor.

1. Snuza Hero MD Portable Baby Breathing Monitor‍

The Snuza Hero MD portable breathing monitor is one of our favourite newborn baby gadgets, and a great technological addition to the collection.

The certified medical device is there to decrease the risk of SIDS and give new parents a way to calm their anxieties and be able to sleep with peace of mind. The small monitor works by being clipped onto your baby's nappy and vibrating every time no movement is felt for 15 seconds.

If there's still no movement after 20 seconds, an alarm will sound.

It will also alert you if the breathing feels too weak or there are less than 8 breaths per minute, along with sounding an alarm if breathing has stopped for 15 seconds on three different occasions.

With no cords or wires attached, it's both portable, safe, and easy to use - providing parents with an early opportunity to spot something wrong.

The monitor also flashes green on each breath, visible through clothing, to give you the extra peace of mind when you look over.

Main Features

  • Price: £84.95
  • Age: 0 months +
  • Battery operated

Best Baby Oxygen Monitor

2. Owlet Smart Sock - Jojo Maman Bebe‍

This Owlet smart sock is an innovative and fantastic gadget sure to give you the peace of mind that you need as a new parent - one of our favourite newborn gadgets.

A great piece of baby tech, the smart sock wraps around your baby's foot and uses pulse oximetry to track their oxygen levels, heart rate, and sleep.

You simply need to connect the sock to your smartphone for live data and notifications - then sit back and let the Owlet do the work. If everything is as it should be, the sock should glow green - but in the case that something isn't quite right - flashing lights and sounds will alert you.

The sock is a great way to reduce your anxiety and help you sleep knowing your baby is in good hands.

It's also flexible to adapt with your growing baby, is made with hypoallergenic cotton that's gentle on the skin, and comes with rechargeable batteries, along with a plug and cable for convenience.

Main Features

  • Price: £249
  • Age: 0-18 months
  • Made with hypoallergenic cotton

Best For Bathtime

3. Dreambaby Duck 2 in 1 Digital Bath and Room Thermometer - Jojo Maman Bebe‍

Not only is this Dreambaby Duck both adorable and a great bath toy for your little one - but it's also a great little piece of baby tech and a gadget that's sure to make things just a touch easier for you.

It features a digital screen that allows you to read the temperature of the bathwater when placed in the tub so you never have to worry about it being too hot, or the temperature of a room when placed down and switched on - a great two-in-one gadget.

The yellow duck also has a sturdy, waterproof design - and is ready to give readings in just 10 seconds.

It even automatically shuts off after 30 minutes of no use, meaning you don't have to worry about the battery life too often.

Main Features

  • Price: £11
  • Age: 0 months +
  • Made with 80% PVC

Best For Falling Asleep

4. Rockit Portable Baby Rocker‍

Designed to fit on all pushchairs or buggies - this little egg-shaped device is a great piece of baby technology and is sure to make life easier.

The red and white Rockit baby rocker works by soothing your little one with gentle rocking motions when attached to the pram and is a must-have for new parents whose baby wakes up or fusses every time the pram stops moving.

Simply attach, push the button, choose your speed, and watch it rock away - it's like having your own personal extra hand! The Rockit has a 30-minute rocking cycle, an adjustable speed level, and a battery life of up to 60 hours - whilst also being quiet and waterproof (so it can be used in the rain).

It can even be used when at home so your hands are free to get on with whatever you need to get done!

Main Features

  • Price: £39
  • Age: 0 months +
  • Up to 60 hours of battery life

Best For On The Go

5. Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle & Food Warmer - Argos‍

It can be a struggle when out and about and trying to heat up a baby bottle or baby food - but not with this Tommee Tippee travel bottle and food warmer.

Whether you want to warm up breast milk, formula, or pureed food - all you have to do is fill the stainless steel flask with up to 500ml of boiling water before you leave your house and when you're ready to feed, place the baby bottle or container into the white warmer, pour in the water from the flask, and watch the magic happen as it heats up in no time.

Boiling water will stay at temperature for up to 4 hours when inside the flask - with no batteries or electricity needed.

Great for on the go, it also fits neatly into a changing bag and is easy to carry.

Main Features

  • Price: £11.99
  • Age: 0 months +
  • BPA-free

Best For Breastfeeding Mothers

6. Elvie Single Electric Breast Pump‍

This electric breast pump is a great baby gadget for breastfeeding mothers who are busy and need their hands.

Small, lightweight, quiet, and discreet - you can use it anywhere at any time, and wear it completely hands-free inside any nursing bra.

The smart breast pump will automatically stop when it feels that the bottle is full, and can also be connected with the free corresponding app to monitor milk volume on your smartphone and track your milk history.

It charges with a USB cable and can last for a few uses before needing a recharge, and is also easy to take apart and clean - then put back together.

One of our favourite baby electronics, your little one will be ready to feed in no time!

Main Features

  • Price: £211.65
  • Age: Breastfeeding babies
  • USB charged

Best Video Monitor

7. BT Smart Video Baby Monitor‍

Smart video monitors are a great addition to the latest baby gadgets out there in the world, and this wireless BT one is an excellent choice.

With a 5-inch HD colour screen, night vision, remote-controlled movement, and connection to both Wi-Fi, IOS and Android devices with the free app - the monitor is sure to give you peace of mind whether you're just in the other room or on the go.

If you don't want to hear every breath or sniffle, you can select to be alerted with lights, along with the option for temperature indication. The smart monitor also has a talkback function so you can speak through it to your baby, and can even play one of the 5 lullabies downloaded to the device.

It even works with Alexa or Google Assistant.

BT baby monitors come with a parent unit, a baby unit, rechargeable batteries, and a power adaptor - along with a two-year warranty so you can purchase with ease.

Main Features

  • Price: £116.99
  • Age: 0 months +
  • Battery-powered

Best For Drifting Off

8. Sweet Dreamers Ewan the Dream Sheep Noise Machine and Sleep Aid with Night Light‍

This best-selling adorable grey and white sheep is sure to be adored by your little one - making sure the both of you have a good night's sleep.

You'll be able to choose from several soothing sounds (and control the volume) such as a heartbeat, rainfall, harp melody music, or even a vacuum cleaner - all combined with the sound of mum's heartbeat and perfect to settle them down and make them feel comfortable as if they're still in the womb.

The sheep also has a gentle pink night light glow to help make them more relaxed, both of which have a 20-minute timer before shutting off, so you don't have to get up and do it yourself.

Made with a soft plush material, the sheep machine is also great to take with you on the go, attach to a cot or crib, or even to a buggy or car seat.

Main Features

  • Price: £29.99
  • Age: 0 months +
  • Made with plush material

Best For Day And Night

9. Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day and Night Machine‍

Waking up in the middle of the night or taking time out of your busy day to make a bottle can be stressful - but with the Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine, you'll have the perfect bottle made in just two minutes with no fuss.

Bottle feeding will become easy all around the clock, not to mention help you get back to sleep in no time!

Creating bottles at the ideal temperature and volume, the machine is near silent when in use and even has a filter system to remove any impurities and hot water to kill bacteria. The glowing nightlight makes it easy to see in the darkness, and the simple digital display makes it super easy to use.

The machine is also compatible with most bottles and brands of formula, what more could you want?

Main Features

  • Price: £98.99
  • Age: 0 months +
  • H33 x W 30.6 x D 21.6 cm

Best For Clearing Up Noses

10. Braun Nasal Aspirator - Argos‍

Nasal aspirators are nobody's idea of fun, but they can be necessary when it comes to clearing mucus out of your baby's nose. This Braun aspirator, in particular, is a parent's dream when they're too young to blow for themself - and an excellent addition to your baby products at home.

The aspirator has two gentle settings depending on your need, along with two different sized tips to suit the size of your little one's nose.

It's both quiet and comfortable to use, and done in no time at all.

You can also take it apart with ease and wash it either by hand or in the dishwasher. When it's not in use, you can use the handy carry pouch for storage!

Main Features

  • Price: £29.99
  • Age: 0 months +
  • Battery operated

Best For Soothing

11. Munchkin Lulla-Vibe Vibrating Mattress Pad‍

This blue Munchkin vibrating mattress pad is like magic for helping your baby get to sleep.

The pad can be slipped under the mattress of the crib or cot and will gently vibrate to soothe babies into sleep. All you have to do is press and hold down the power button for three seconds to get it started, and press again to change the speed of vibrations.

It also features a 30-minute timer that gradually shuts off so as to not wake up your baby, and is battery operated so no potentially dangerous wires or cords will be present in the bed.

Main Features

  • Price: £44.99
  • Age: 0 months +
  • Battery operated

Best Three-In-One

12. Aquascale™ V3 Digital Baby Bath - Mamas&Papas‍

This three-in-one digital bathtub features a thermometer and weighing scales.

The scales can calculate the weight of your baby with or without water, and the bathtub itself has been updated with a sleek shape and improved accuracy over the last model.

The bathtub is great for helping to monitor your baby's development and provide you with peace of mind, with body support, a non-slip insert, stability for the baby when inside, and an accurate built-in thermometer to make sure the water temperature isn't too hot or cold.

You can pick between lbs or oz when weighing the baby, and even keep track of their previous weights for development.

Main Features

  • Price: £69.99
  • Age: 0-24 months
  • Battery operated

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for the best baby gadgets then why not take a look at our best baby room thermometers, or for something different take a look at our best baby sensory toys!

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Written by Rachel Wagner

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Rachel Wagner

A mother of two boys aged three and eight, Rachel is always on the lookout for creative ways to keep them engaged and entertained. With a wealth of experience and ideas under her belt, she's a go-to resource for parents looking to shake up their family's routine.

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