7 Tech Essentials to Make Family Life Easier

Family Management Made Easy

With so many family members and so many schedules, plus to-do lists, grocery store trips, and everything else in between, the next-generation family organizer Picniic will make sure organization is a breeze, not a chore. (Available for iTunes & Android, free to download, premium subscription: monthly $14.99, yearly $74.99)

Destress Daily

Designed by Harvard-trained psychologists and mindfulness experts, the meditation app Simple Habit offers a zen escape to recenter when you need a time-out from the hustle and bustle of raising kids. (Available for iTunes & Android, free to download, premium subscriptions: monthly $11.99, yearly $99.99, lifetime $299.99)

Peace of Mind at the Touch of a Button

When your child is under the weather the Kinsa Smart Health Monitor takes their temperature, offers guidance on what to do next, and tracks your precious patient’s health history. ($19, Amazon) http://amzn.to/2lh97Ln

Next-Level Monitoring

New parents can breathe (and sleep) easy with the Angelcare Baby Movement Monitor. Featuring movement and activity tracking to record restlessness, rollovers, and kicking, this touchscreen monitor sounds the alarm when no movement is detected for twenty seconds.   (4.3” monitor $229.99, Amazon) http://amzn.to/2mmWrHF

Social Media Safety for Kids

Letting your kids roam the world wide web unsupervised can be a cause for concern for any parent. Bark lets you keep tabs on your kid’s internet activity and alerts you to any detrimental activity in the ways of cyberbullying, sexting, drug-related content, or signs of depression. (Available for iTunes and Android, free to download, monthly $9 or yearly $99)

Stay Connected While You’re Away

Robo Buddy is proof that mom really does have eyes everywhere. This mobile surveillance gadget with voice capability can help you keep an eye on the house, kids, or pets when you’re out for the day. ($86, Amazon) http://amzn.to/2l5zJ6P

Batteries Get an Eco Upgrade

As parents, it may seem like every toy in the toy box needs an endless supply of batteries. Batteroo can extend the life of your batteries so you can replace them less often. Fifteen million batteries a year end up in landfills, so while you save money and energy, you also save the environment. (4 pack, $9.99, batteroo.com)