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Six of the best gadgets to help you with your baby

By Polly Weeks

Spring’s the season of birth and new beginnings, so if you have a baby, these gadgets will really help.

Ewan The Dream Sheep, £29.99, from

Aside from mum and dad's cuddles, there are few things more comforting for your tot than a teddy, this one especially so. The super-soft sheep comes with four sounds including heartbeat and womb noise, so babies will feel instantly at ease.

Attach Ewan to the top of the cot with its Velcro tail, then set it on a 20-minute timer and hopefully your own little lamb will be soothed to sleep within minutes, not only by the sounds, but by the warm glow Ewan emits. Got a toddler? Sweetdreamers also have Russell The Dream Sheep Dog, which allows parents to record their own voices to soothe little ones.

Garmin babyCam, £159.99, from

If you have a Garmin satnav (or are looking to buy one), this baby camera is a great add-on as you won't have to turn around to check on your newborn while driving.

It attaches to the headrest focussing on your baby in their seat and wirelessly transmits a live stream of footage to your satnav.

You can then flick between following a route and checking in on your baby. It's got night vision and you can operate it via voice activation.

Obviously you'll want to make sure the babyCam is compatible with your own satnav before purchasing.

Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine, £89.99, from

If you're visiting The Baby Show (, you should look out for this bit of kitchen tech that will definitely appeal if you're formula feeding. It makes light work of bottle preparation - something you'll appreciate in the middle of the night.

After delivering a shot of hot water to your sterilised bottle, add formula, shake, slot it back onto the device and it will add the allotted amount of tap water, filtered to remove impurities along the way. It's easy to programme the size of feed you want and you'll have the perfect bottle ready in minutes.

Gro-Egg Thermometer, £14.99, from

Whether it's peak summer and the air is humid, or the depths of winter and you can see your breath, whatever the weather's like outdoors, inside your baby's room should be between 16-20C.

This mains-powered 'egg' will help you keep tabs on this. It glows different colours depending on the temperature.

If it's blue (below 15C) it's too cold, if yellow you're in the perfect category, if it's orange it's a little too warm (20-24C), while if it's red it's definitely too hot (24C and above).

Because it glows, it doubles up as a nightlight and you won't need to step into the room to disturb your sleeping baby, you can just pop your head around the door and check what colour the thermometer is.

Fisher-Price Roaring Rainforest Jumperoo, £80, from

You haven't slept in what feels like years and all you want to do is just have five minutes to sit down with a cup of tea. This lovely toy will allow you to do just that. Easy to construct, the Fisher-Price Roaring Rainforest Jumperoo makes a great play buddy for your little bundle of joy - as long as they're able to hold their head up unassisted and aren't yet walking or climbing.

Sit your baby in the seat in the middle (it comes with a machine washable cover) and they'll be able to turn 360 degrees and play with a wealth of toys and activities. On top of that, it acts as a bouncer - and every time baby jumps up and down there's music, lights and sounds to impress them.

Motorola MBP853 Connect Baby Monitor, £129.99, from

Over the last few years Motorola have become the go-to brand for baby monitors. Their cameras are simple to operate and provide high-quality video footage. Last year, their MBP853 model launched and it continues to be a market leader. The HD WiFi gizmo connects to your phone (via their Hubble app) so you can keep an eye on your baby using your tablet/smartphone in addition to the video monitor provided. It's not just a case of watching live footage: you can pan, zoom and tilt the camera all remotely.

You can speak to your baby with the two-way communication function. It comes with room temperature monitoring, a lullaby player and infrared night vision.

Top 10 phone apps:

1. Radiation Island by Atypical Games

2. The Official DVSA Theory Test Kit for Car Drivers by TSO

3. 7 Minute Workout Challenge by Fitness Guide Inc

4. Minecraft: Pocket Edition by Mojang

5. Heads Up! by Warner Bros

6.Facetune by Lightricks Ltd

7. MONOPOLY Game by Electronic Arts

8. Plague Inc. by Ndemic Creations

9. Theory Test for Car Drivers UK - Driving Test Success by Focus Multimedia

10. XFootball Manager Mobile 2016 by SEGA

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