When you’re a stay-at-home dad, you rely on technology to keep yourself sane and your kids safe. These seven must-have gadgets belong in your parenting tool belt, whether you’re taking care of the little ones at home or hitting the road for a day of fun.
Cleaning the house becomes much easier when you don’t have to worry about plugging in and unplugging the vacuum cleaner. Plus, a cordless vacuum doesn’t represent a tripping hazard — for you or for your little ones. Get your chores done in much less time and experience less hassle when someone drops a bowl of cereal all over the living room carpet.
You can even use gadgets to get your kids involved and to teach them responsibility. Let your child use a hand-held cordless vacuum to clean in tight nooks and crannies. Kids love to help their parents with their chores, and you’ll instill in them a desire for and a habit of cleanliness.
You might find yourself suffering from a case of cabin fever when you’re a stay-at-home dad. It’s easy to go stir-crazy if you feel disconnected from people outside your home, so choose an excellent smartphone on a reliable network like T-Mobile’s. The new iPhone 7 Plus offers expanded features, such as dual 12MP cameras and stereo speakers. It also has touch ID, so your kids can’t get into your phone when you’re not looking.
You’ll also like that it’s water-, dust-, and splash-resistant. Stay-at-home dads have a messy job sometimes, and when the kids get a little overzealous in their eating and drinking, you won’t have to worry about your smartphone’s safety.
When you’re a stay-at-home dad, you might sometimes feel like you live in a maze of wires, cables, and cords. Bluetooth speakers give you all the advantages of improved audio, but you don’t have to connect them to your devices via cords. Simplify your parenting responsibilities as well as your cleaning duties with Bluetooth. If your little one can’t fall asleep, put on some soothing music, and if the kids seem a little wild, throw an impromptu dance party in your living room.
While your smartphone gives you plenty of connectivity and entertainment options, a tablet offers a larger screen. Maybe you can fit in some reading time while the kids nap, so use your tablet to download e-books. Tablets can also provide entertainment and education for older kids. Younger children can benefit from tablets made especially for their age group.
Magic Bullet Blender
You don’t always have time to prepare elaborate meals for the kids — or for yourself. A Magic Bullet blender makes preparing smoothies, dips, sauces, and other foods fast and easy. For simple cleanup, you can just slip the blending cups into the dishwasher.
A blender also allows you to encourage healthful eating in your home. A smoothie hits the spot when your child has a sweet tooth, but toss in a handful of kale with the banana, orange, and grapes for extra nutrition.
Parents have long benefited from rockers, bouncy chairs, and similar devices, but 4moms’ mamRoo Swing does it all. This stylish seat will calm your crying infant when you don’t have enough hands to do it yourself. Set it to bounce up and down or to swing back and forth depending on your child’s preferences. Before you know it, your kid will be asleep and you’ll have blessed silence once more.
Stay-at-home dads often find themselves checking on their babies every few minutes, especially right after bringing an infant home. A movement monitor helps keep your nerves under control by alerting you when your child moves in his or her crib. Instead of peeking into the baby’s room every few seconds, you can rely on your monitor while you get things done around the house.
When you’re in charge of the kids, technology can save the day. Invest in these gadgets to keep your cool while staying at home with the kids.