9 gadgets, devices and apps to know about for parents with disabilities.
A silicone squeezable bottle with spoon that allows for one-handed feeding and feeding on the go.
More than the usual video baby monitor, this one monitors a baby’s breathing in real-time and sends alerts to caretakers via an app. Breathing is represented as a visual wave superimposed on a video display of your baby.
Beeps when reading is complete. Glows to alert caretakers of a fever. Remembers last reading.
Secures a child seated upright in the tub so the parent doesn’t have to!
Allows babies over 3 months old to feed without a parent holding the bottle (or baby). Baby can feed upright. Also converts an existing baby bottle.
Jiggles baby to sleep and shushes with white noise. Detects fussing and repeats. Baby is swaddled and fastened to secure back-sleeping position. App alerts parents if baby needs attention from hunger or discomfort. Tech support and sleep consultations are provided. Captioned video at the HappiestBaby.com website.
Photo credit: Happiest Baby
A simple gadget that reduces the effort to unbuckle a child’s car seat by 50%. Uses leverage. Safety approved.
A free app for Android and iOS developed at UCLA as a tool for parents who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. AI determines the reason for a baby’s cry. Pain, hunger, and fussiness are diagnosed with 90% accuracy according to the website.
Provides a choice of 20 different sounds to soothe your baby to sleep, including music and “car ride.” Reactivates if crying is detected (can be disabled). Can also make your phone into a rattle. Available from Google Play, iTunes and Amazon.
Babycare Assistive Technology for Parents with Physical Disabilities from Through the Looking Glass
Babycare Assistive Technology from Through the Looking Glass
Michigan AT Program Webinar (archived): AT for Parenting with a Disability
The Disabled Parenting Project
Disabled Parents Toolkit from NCD (plain text version)