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7 Survival Tips for the First-Time Dad

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This Father’s Day is a great time to salute the first time dads! Congratulate them for for making it to the daddy club.

If you’re a dad reading this, you may be exhausted, overwhelmed and still anxious. There will be a ups and downs but mainly ups. If you’re nervous, don’t worry too much. There is only so many ways you can mess up raising a baby.  To help you feel a little better, here are some great tips for new dads from Julia Wang, head of digital content at TheBump.com.

Tips for new dads:

  1. You’ll sometimes think you made a huge mistake — It’s normal every now and then to secretly wonder why you ever had a kid in the first place. Forgive yourself these occasional moments of self-doubt and, from time to time, let yourself mourn your pre-parenthood life. These moments will be short-lived.
  2. Buy a rechargeable, cordless hand vacuum — Much of your time will be spent getting things off the floor. At first, it will be all manner of bodily fluids, but soon enough, you’re going to be dealing with everything from Cheerios to banana slices. Later, the list will grow to include things like glitter, dirt, forgotten bacon and pretty much anything that can be shredded by small hands. And the clunky upright is too annoying to drag out four times a day.
  3. It’s perfectly acceptable to make an entire dinner in the microwave. That’s it.
  4. Act like a grown-up — One of the most heartbreaking sights is that of a parent and their young child in a shouting match trying to see who can out-tantrum the other. Children are an endless source of joy, but only when they’re not being an endless source of frustration. Breathe deeply and never let yourself escalate to the level of irrational fury that your little one occasionally inhabits. A two-year-old has the right to act like a child; you do not.
  5. Hand-me-downs are more than okay — Not only are secondhand baby things easier on the wallet and the environment, it’s a lot less agonizing when you find yourself on the fourth outfit of a craptastic kind of day (which, trust me, you will).
  6. Make time for the other relationships in your life — Not only is it important for your child to know there’s more to the world than you catering to their every need, but you’re also teaching them a very important lesson about what it means to have a full, loving life. Seeing you in the role of good friend or devoted spouse is a way for your kids to learn what it means to actually be a good friend or devoted spouse.
  7. You’re not the “backup parent.” You’re a father — You’re a full, equal partner in turning a small, fragile sack of fluid and bones into a loving, decent, healthy citizen of the Universe. Never let the fact that other people aren’t sure what to do with a man between conception and Little League fool you into thinking that you’re anything less than critical to every step of the process. Be informed, aggressively involved and as in love as you’re capable of letting yourself be.

Break a leg, new dads and congrats again!

Here are the Best Baby Tech Products Out There

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Several innovative companies showcased inventive new products at the second annual Baby Tech Summit at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year.  The Bump, the definitive voice for millennial parents, in partnership with Baby Tech Summit at CES producers Living in Digital Times (LIDT), announced the winners of the second annual The Bump Best of Baby Tech Awards at CES® 2017.

The Bump and Randi Zuckerberg, digital lifestyle expert and host of SiriusXM‘s “Dot Complicated,” recognized the winners for their leading innovations in fertility, pregnancy and baby technology  on the LIDT Stage at CES Tech West.

According to The Bump Moms & Tech survey, 76% of moms say they consider technology an important factor when shopping for baby products, with a majority saying technology gives them peace of mind. Keeping pace with the attitudes of millennial moms and the tremendous growth of the baby tech vertical, this year’s awards program saw a 36% increase in submissions from last year.

 

“As the leading pregnancy and parenting resource for millennial parents, we’re thrilled to bring our highly sought-after Best of Baby Awards to the world’s largest consumer electronics show, CES, for a second year in a row,” said Julia Wang, head of digital content for The Bump. “There were an incredible number of impressive baby tech innovations to choose from, and today’s winners represent the best of the best products that are changing the world of parenting.”

“The Bump Best of Baby Tech Awards winners are the products that will have the greatest impact on parenting in the years ahead, making it easier and enabling parents to stay connected and better informed every step of the way,” said Jill Gilbert, producer of the Baby Tech Summit. “Announcing the winners live on stage at CES provides an opportunity for these innovators to showcase their work in front of the world’s leaders in technology.”

Here are the Baby Tech Award Winners

Baby Eats

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Baby Learn and Play 

  • Think & Learn Code-a-pillar™ is a learning toy caterpillar for ages three and up that encourages experimentation while developing coding fundamentals like sequencing and critical thinking skills.

Baby On-The-Go

  • Winnie is an app that helps parents find great places to go with their kids, restrooms with changing tables or places to breastfeed.

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Baby Safety

  • Happiest Baby Snoo Smart Sleeper boosts sleep with gentle movements, helping babies learn healthier sleep patterns. Based on founder Dr. Harvey Karp’s 5 S’s calming method, the Snoo’s responsive robotic system soothes upset babies with increasing levels of white noise and womb-like motion. Its top in the baby bassinet market.

Fertility and Pregnancy

  • Ava is a fertility tracking bracelet that monitors sleep, stress and menstrual cycle in a single device worn only at night, and detects five fertile days per cycle in real time.

Healthy Baby 

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  • Owlet Baby Health & Wellness Monitor is a smart sock monitor with new features including an innovative new sock design, 8x range increase, and a Connected Care platform that tracks infant’s heart rate and oxygen levels and alerts parents if levels fall outside present zones.

Audience Favorite

  • Kaishi is a fetal heart-rate monitor that allows expecting families to listen to the baby’s heartbeat on their phone and share it over social media.

A complete list of the winners can be viewed The Bump Best of Baby Tech Awards.

Results were based on a compilation of online votes and expert judges. The judging panel included:

Dr. Taz Bhatia, MD, Integrative Health Expert, Owner of Centre Spring MD + Pediatrics

Simon Isaacs, Co-founder and Chief Content Officer, Fatherly

Debbie Sterling, Founder & CEO, GoldieBlox

Jeana Tahnk, Family Tech Expert, Top Tech Mom

Julia Wang, Head of Digital Content, The Bump

Randi Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media