Joanne Mallon Author, parent, blogger Brighton, The City of Brighton and Hove, UK
Prams have moved on a lot since I was last pushing one. Today’s new parents have the option of prams that push themselves and even put themselves away when you’ve finished strolling. The 4Moms Origami stroller folds up at the push of a button, so no more wrestling with a pushchair that just refuses to lie down. For around $2000 you can also invest in a motorised stroller for easier walks with baby.
If you’re a parent who wants a slightly easier life, technology is there to do it for you. Can’t be bothered to read to your child - how about a storytelling app? Sore arms from rocking the baby’s cradle? The mamaRoo baby bouncer will do it for you, using motion sensors to bounce and sway like a real parent would. I can understand the appeal of this, since every parent who’s desperate for their baby to sleep a little more will do whatever it takes to obtain it.
But should we hand over the solutions to our parenting problems to technology, or is that just the lazy choice? Whilst I am as guilty as anyone else of using the iPad as baby sitter, but that doesn’t mean I feel totally at ease with it.
More and more time and energy saving devices are produced every year, but does there come a point where what we save is less than what we lose? Wouldn’t it be better for our health and family life to take the time and use that energy instead? Many doctors think so and fear for the long term problems that may result from an increasingly sedentary lifestyle.
So, do these gadgets make a parent’s life easier, or encourage laziness? Tell us in the comments below.