Five Gadgets Every Mom Should Have
In this high tech age, the wide variety of electronic gadgets on the market can be overwhelming for people who are not typically 'in to' electronics. Considering how spread out geographically families are today, not to mention how much time parents spend on the road with their kids, there are a variety of gadgets that will make life more fun for parents. The purpose of this guide is to help moms navigate the 'must haves' to keep in the car/purse/diaper bag.
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- Smartphone -- Most people carry cell phones on them; having one that also allows you to take pictures and instantly email them to family members or post them on social networking sites is a nice bonus. The best "do everything" option is probably the iPhone (especially since the Safari browser is so quick), but if that is too high in price for you or you don't want to switch to AT&T, most BlackBerrys, Androids or Hero phones will serve you pretty well. I have a BlackBerry Curve and it was great to be able to snap a picture of my son with his birthday cupcake and send it straight to Facebook so his father could see it instantly from Ecuador. Being able to surf the net also comes in quite handy when you are waiting in the school parking lot, or on the sidelines of soccer practice.
- Digital Camera -- Yes, I know most people have digital cameras now, usually on their phones, but most cell phones do not have high enough resolution for "forever" pictures. For this reason, I recommend getting a compact digital camera so you can have it ready on the spot when the kids do something cute. I have a Nikon CoolPix camera and it fits right into my back pocket, so I don't feel like I am carrying even more stuff around. It's great when you are chaperoning field trips or are at class parties: you can just pull it out quickly, snap a few 'quality resolution' shots, and put it back in your pocket to move on.
- Ipod Touch/Ipad -- I did not realize when I bought my iPod Touch how much I would use it for my kids. As it turns out, I have had to download Phineas and Ferb and Dora the Explorer CDs to my player, to pacify my two year old while he sits through big sisters' swimming lessons. I've also added a few games and a couple episodes of their favorite shows for good measure. In the face of modern technology, just having a couple of books and a doll in the diaper bag for child entertainment is not enough, and both the iPod Touch and the iPad are compact enough to just keep in the purse. Note: if you have the iPhone, it is a sufficient substitute for these items.
- Portable DVD Player -- Even if you have the iPad, nothing beats a Portable DVD Player to entertain the kids three hours into a loooong car ride (except having a built-in player). This will not use up all your iPad's memory and offers many more selections, since you likely have a book full of DVD's already. We have gone through several portable DVD players, and the best by far has been the Sony DVP-FX730: lightweight, easy to use and very durable. If you want more than a seven inch screen, Sony also sells this model in eight and nine inch versions.
- Laptop/Desktop with webcam -- Okay, if you are reading this guide, you probably have a computer at home already. I only recently realized how vital the webcam can be now. With our family spread out over three continents (not to mention several states within this country) and the renewed popularity of video conferencing via Skype, having that webcam is a great way to show long distance relatives and close friends how your kids are growing and jabbering away.
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