We've got gadgets and gizmos aplenty! We list our fave tech pieces we can't live without as a parent. Hint, hint – they make the perfect gift!
Whether we’re busy holding down jobs or smashing life as a stay-at-home parent, us mums are busy people. Fact. But with so much on our plates and spare time being a bit of a luxury, what’s a mum to do? Get some help from a few nifty gadgets for mum, we say! We’ve racked our brains to bring you the pick of our fave time-, cost- and sanity-savers around the home, so you can get back to enjoying the more fun side of parenting!
The best gadgets for mums in Singapore 2021
1. Electric toothbrush
When time is in short supply (hello, being a parent), sometimes taking care of ourselves can come low down in the pecking order. But wait! Oral hygiene shouldn’t be something you compromise, especially if you like your coffee as much as we do but hate the thought of not-so pearly whites. Our pick? The Zenyum Sonic, also available from Guardian, Lazada and Shopee. “I’m all for taking care of my teeth, and for me, nothing gets them as clean as an electric toothbrush,” says Amy, whose two kids under four keep her busy, busy, busy. “I’ve ditched my manual in the smug satisfaction that my latest mum gadget is removing 21 per cent more plaque. And it’s got an inbuilt two-minute timer so I always know I’m brushing for the right amount of time. Hello, freshness!”
Tantrums and kids squawking is part of the territory when it comes to having children. So popping in some subtle earphones is a saving grace for quiet-seeking mums! Ange is a mum of two young boys and is a complete convert. “AirPods are small enough to go undetected and allow me to listen to my fave podcasts (or Adele’s new album) – and my boys are never the wiser!” she says. “They’re particularly helpful when my boys are arguing over Pokémon cards or footy, and for a lifesaver for home-based learning and working from home.”
Laura, mum to Sammy and Abigail, also agrees. “Bluetooth headphones mean I can listen to loud music when it gets particularly raucous and block them out!” she laughs.
3. Coffee machine
Every parent of young children should have one, we reckon! Pippa, mum to two-year-old Eddie, agrees. “As a tired mum, having our own coffee machine at home is the best thing ever,” she says. “My morning cup of coffee has become a daily ritual and I love it. Plus, since there are no more Starbucks stops every day, it’s saved us heaps of money, too!”
Wearable tech that helps with mum brain? HoneyKids teamie Jana is a fan of these gadgets for mums! “My ultimate mum gadget is my Apple Watch,” she enthuses. “It encourages me to stay active by tracking the calories I’ve burned (or didn’t). I also love it because I can never find my phone in my crazy bottomless pit of a purse, so I’m able to answer messages if I can’t find it – which is usually the case!”
5. Robot vacuum cleaner
Mum-of-two Jordana has a three-year-old and a three-month-old so is all heart eyes for her latest gadget: a robot vacuum cleaner. “She’s my gal!” she laughs. “I love how I can control her from my phone while I’m out and about. She makes a map of the house and I can select rooms or little zones for her to clean. And she goes under the beds and lounges! Definitely cheaper than marriage counselling!”
Hands up who’s a huge book fan! Us HoneyKids folk love a good read (check out our Book Club), but lugging a hefty tome around the house or on to the bus while we commute can be a faff. Here’s where one of our fave gadgets for Mum comes in: the noble e-reader. It’s definitely a fave for mum Laura. “I love getting lost in my Kindle every night when I go to bed,” she says. “It helps me drift off to sleep – and hopefully wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the coming craziness of a day!”
And now for the best gadget in 2021 for dad…
Dad-of-two Michael reckons the Google Chromecast is his best gadget for parents. “Whether it’s from my laptop, phone or tablet, being able to stream content to the TV is so helpful,” he says. “Streaming movies to the main living room TV keeps the kids happy, while I love being able to view family videos or watch Netflix in the evening on the big screen once they’re in bed.”
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