Best of Baby 2015: Health & Safety
Monitors: Belly Armor Smart NOVA
Most High Tech
Leave it to Belly Armor to make a virtually radiation-free baby monitor that looks as cool as an iPhone. Two-way communication, a 72-hour battery life and room temperature display make this super safe monitor a game-changer.
Buy it: $149, Amazon.com
The turtle sensor on this onesie will tell you everything you need to know about baby – we’re talking breathing pattern, sleeping activity, skin temperature and body position. Best of all, that information is sent right to your smartphone.
Buy it: $200, ToysRUs.com
Monitors: Levana Keera
Pan, tilt and zoom remotely, even in the dark. You’ll never miss a thing with this 24-hour monitor, which also lets you to record video and snap photos. Plus, two-way communication lets you talk to baby.
Buy it: $190, BuyBuyBaby.com
Thermometers: Braun No Touch Forehead Thermometer
If invasive thermometers aren’t for you, Braun’s forehead model lets you take baby’s temperature without skin contact. What we love:
- A color-coded screen lets you know if the temperature is within a safe range — done
Buy it: $60, BuyBuyBaby.com
Thermometers: Kinsa Thermometer
Most High Tech
Used with a compatible app, this oral thermometer plugs right into your iPhone and lets you track and monitor baby’s symptoms — a perfect record for your pediatrician. What we love:
- A 10-second temperature read time means taking baby’s temperature won’t be a battle
Buy it: $30, Amazon.com
Thermometers: Exergen Temporal Artery Thermometer
The brand doctors use in their own offices, Exergen promises an accurate read by gently stroking the forehead (so no invasive ear, mouth or butt readings). What we love:
- This thermometer takes 1,000 readings per second, and chooses from the most accurate
Buy it: $38, ToysRUs.com
Didn't Even Know You Needed: FridaBaby NoseFrida
Best Nasal Aspirator
Back the pinky away from baby’s stuffed-up nose. This Swedish-made nasal aspirator is guaranteed to get the job done safely. And the disposable filters mean it’s 100 percent sanitary.
Buy it: $15, Amazon.com
Didn't Even Know You Needed: Bellybuds
Best In-Utero Gadget
At 20 weeks in utero, babies can start hearing sounds. And now you can connect with baby through BellyBuds speaker system, which attaches to your bump and can play soothing sounds or voices for baby. What we love:
- The VoiceShare technology lets you share direct messages with baby
Buy it: $50, BuyBuyBaby.com
Didn't Even Know You Needed: Zoli Buzz B Nail Trimmer
Cringing at the thought of clipping baby’s nails? That’s why Zoli’s trimmer — which uses oscillating cushioned pads to file the nails down without harming the surrounding skin — is worth the peace of mind.
Buy it: $35, Amazon.com
Didn't Even Know You Needed: PELV-ICE MamaStrut
Best Post-Delivery Relief
Whether you had a natural delivery or a C-section, the Mama Strut is a soft brace you can wear right under your clothes that works to relieve post-delivery swelling and cramping. It also supports your abdomen and back with medical-grade compression. In other words, it’s like a pain-relieving Spanx that can be used hot or cold.
Buy it: $129, Amazon.com