You may be a mom, but you’re also hip to modern conveniences. If there is a device or tool that can help you minimize some of the drudgery associated with taking care of your family and your home, you’re on it. These handy gadgets and apps can handle some of the not-so-fun details associated with being a mom while freeing you up to do what you do best – love and cherish your kids and your family.

Baby Monitor

As much as you want to monitor your baby’s every breath, there are times when you can’t be in the room with your child. No worries. Monitors that work independently or with your Smartphone allow you to monitor your baby from other areas of your home or even when you are at the office or on the road.

One great monitor is the Withings Smart Baby Monitor. When you’re at home, you can monitor your baby directly through the monitor. When you’re away from home, you can look in on your precious little one through your Smartphone with the free WithBaby app, which is compatible with both iOS and Android powered devices.

Diaper Genie

Your little one is sweeter than sugar. Smelly diapers? Not so much. Keep your home smelling fresh with the hands-free Diaper Genie system that not only controls odors but features a micromicrobal protection system to kill bacteria at the source.  Also has a portable bag dispenser to maintain the protection and convenience of the Diaper Genie system while you are on the go.

Coupon App

Of course you want the best for your family, but there is nothing wrong with saving money in the process. The free GeoQpons app gives you access to amazing savings on items ranging from clothing to electronics and yes, baby products. The app is compatible with both iOS and Android powered devices – all you need to do is download it and go!

Photo Printer

You’ve taken hundreds, no – make that thousands – of pictures of your child. You may even have uploaded them onto your computer to email to other family members and friends. But wouldn’t it be great to actually have some of those photos available for framing or mounting on your walls?

Photo printers are available for almost every budget. One of the best-reviewed photo printers, the Epson PrinterMate Charm, is available at a pocketbook-friendly price. This printer produces professional quality prints – no computer needed! In fact, you can take this lightweight printer with you on vacations, picnics or a play date in the park to produce photo prints in real time with an optional rechargeable battery installed.

Make Learning Fun

So much learning takes place during your child’s first years – learning to talk, walk and explore his or her surroundings. As your baby becomes a big kid, learning continues to be important. The “Where’s My Water?” app allows you to share learning fun with your child by helping an alligator take a shower. This family-friendly app is available for just 99 cents and is compatible with iOS and Android devices.

Modern – Yet Timeless

None of these tools is intended to replace the essential role you play as a mom. Instead, each of these tools performs essential tasks while providing convenience to you. As a thoroughly modern mom, you can use innovations like these to allow you to focus on what technology cannot replace – your guidance and loving care.

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