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8 Home Automation Upgrades For Parents And Kids

Hanna KielarJuly 29, 2019

Smart home gadgets aren’t just for adults. From security cameras to night lights, home automation devices benefit the whole family. This article looks at eight of the best smart devices to keep your family happy and secure.

Video Doorbell

Video doorbells make an excellent investment for any family. Aside from providing the convenience of seeing who’s at the door, smart doorbells can help protect your family against intruders and other suspicious activity. For example, it can alert you of any movement that might occur, suspect or otherwise.

Video doorbells also mean you can get updates when someone comes to your door or enters your home while you’re at work. This setup means you can rest easy knowing a package arrived or your kids got home from school.

You can even stream the live video to your mobile device if you want to talk to the person at your door.

Smart Hubs

Digital assistants inside smart hubs are great automation tools for families because people of all ages can access their skills with simple voice commands with no high-tech knowledge required.

With a digital assistant like Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa, kids can listen to their favorite music or watch their favorite movie, turn on lights and even hear a story before bed. Just be sure to update the security features on your smart hub and manage purchase settings to avoid accidental orders.

Indoor Security Camera

An indoor security camera is another helpful smart home feature, particularly for parents.

Nursery cams are perfect for keeping an eye on newborns and toddlers especially if you’re out on a date and left the kids with a babysitter. Most cameras have features such as two-way talk so you can check in with babysitters or talk to your kids through the app, helping you ensure your kids are safe.

Plus, many indoor cameras pair with smart displays like the Google Home Hub and Amazon Echo Show, allowing your kids to interact with the device more easily.

Smart Bottle Warmer

Even as a more niche home automation product, a smart bottle warmer can be a total lifesaver to new parents.

The Baby Brezza safely heats bottles of formula or breastmilk on a timer and pairs with an app to let you know when it’s done. This way you can warm up bottles hands-free while you finish up bath time, story time or just some quality one-on-one time.

Smart Crib

The smart crib is a newer development in home automation and can be a bit pricey. But for most parents, sleep is a priceless commodity.

The Snoo Smart Sleeper monitors fussiness and automatically adjusts movement to soothe your baby throughout the night. In addition, the Snoo app tracks your baby’s sleep and allows you to make adjustments without getting up. And if the price tag is daunting, you can opt to rent the Snoo for those crucial first few months of your baby’s life.

Other smart crib products like the Angelcare SensAsureTMcrib sensor pad and Owlet’s Smart Sock track your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels, alerting you of any abnormalities while your baby is sleeping.

Smart Nightlight

If your kids get scared of the dark, a smart nightlight can help you all rest easy. The Hatch nightlight plays relaxing music and sounds, won’t overheat and can be controlled remotely through the Hatch app.

Many smart nightlights and alarm clocks also include a unique wake-up light feature which signal to your children when it’s okay to be awake and leave their room.

Smart Thermostat

Smart thermostats make life easier for everyone. Have you ever gone to bed on a hot summer night just to realize you forgot to turn down the air conditioner? Or has your child ever woken up in the middle of the night because they were cold?

With a smart thermostat you can adjust temperatures easily from your phone even while you’re away from the house. Plus, most of these have a sleek, user-friendly design that even young children can operate.

These devices also track your behavior and automatically adjust settings based on your preferences, making life more comfortable and saving your family money on energy costs.

Smart Washer And Dryer

Having kids means more laundry, but a smart washer and dryer can turn your never-ending chore into something you no longer dread.

Smart washers and dryers connect to Wi-Fi and allow you to run loads while you’re away through a connected app on your phone. Plus, these machines will remind you when laundry is done, which means no more piles of wet smelly clothes sitting in the washer for days.

Whether you’re just starting a family or have a house full of teenagers, all of these automation devices upgrade your home, your convenience and most of all, your happiness.

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    Hanna Kielar

    Hanna Kielar is an Associate Section Editor for Rocket Companies focused on personal finance, recruiting and personal loans. She has a B.A. in Professional Writing from Michigan State University.