As any parent can attest, you don't know the true meaning of worry until you have children.
For the past few decades, parents have increasingly added “babyproofing” devices to their homes to alleviate some of that worry. From baby gates to bumper guards, outlet covers to cabinet locks, moms and dads outfit their homes in the name of protecting their little ones.
But today’s modern technology is making it easier than ever to help keep babies and toddlers safe and to allow parents the ability to literally see every corner of their home. Smart home tools provide multiple options to enhance the security of your nursery, playroom and beyond.
Security cameras let you peek in on your baby at any time
Baby monitors have been around for a long time, but security cameras take that same functionality to the next level. Some cameras are even specialized for use in nurseries, serving the same purpose as a monitor, with features like pre-programmed lullabies.
sensors and push notifications will alert you when your baby is moving around. And once baby hits that toddler stage, you'll know when she’s attempting to climb out of the crib — you’ll be able to see it right on your smartphone or even on your big-screen TV.
Smart mattress sensors let you know when your baby is asleep
Parents know how futile it is to go to sleep until your baby is asleep. Your child will somehow know when you begin to drift off into dreamland and let out a cry at just that moment. Smart mattress sensors detect motion and send an alert if no motion is detected after a set amount of time — perfect for knowing when your little one has gone to sleep.
Smart clothing monitors breathing and oxygen levels
If your baby has a cold or you're concerned about his or her breathing, you can use special smart clothing that monitors heart rate and oxygen levels during sleep. For parents of little ones with health problems, this can provide invaluable peace of mind.
These devices allow you to track the data from your smartphone and will notify you if something is wrong. Just remember that they shouldn’t replace any equipment or medication prescribed by a pediatrician.
Motion sensors can help you keep tabs on roaming toddlers
Toddlers like to explore. Once babies hit a certain age and learn they have mobility, they'll put it to use wandering around and trying to escape their crib or playroom whenever possible. While a security camera will let you see there's motion inside the nursery, a motion sensor placed on the floor will alert you if your toddler is crawling around and possibly getting into trouble.
A smart thermostat can regulate the temperature in the nursery
If you have a zoned heating and cooling system, you can set different temperatures for different rooms. Parents often want the nursery to be slightly warmer or cooler than the rest of the home to ensure the baby's comfort.
If you have a smart thermostat, you can place a separate sensor in the nursery to automatically control the temperature of just that room.
Door and window sensors alert you when either is opened
Common elements of a good home security system are sensors. These devices monitor the opening and closing of windows and doors, and you can view their status directly from your smartphone.
This activity triggers your security system, so it’s a great way for nervous parents to ensure that they’re little ones are safe and sound at all times.
Keeping your baby comfortable and safe is the ultimate goal of all parents, and smart home technology can help make it easier than ever to do just that.
While you shouldn't toss out your baby gates and outlet covers just yet, you can enhance your nursery safety measures with some smart tech. Many of these features can be easily integrated into a smart home hub and set up through your internet service provider.