Parenting is one of the most rewarding things one can do in their life, and one of the most challenging as well. Alexa, one of the top personal assistants around, is here to help! With Skills ranging from pregnancy tips to diaper tracking, Alexa’s got Momma’s (and baby’s) back. We’ve come up with a list of five Alexa Skills to help mom out and make parenting just a little bit easier.
Baby2Body is a multi-faceted Skill for moms-to-be. With this Skill, Alexa can give daily or weekly tips for your wellbeing, fitness, nutrition, and even beauty. That’s perhaps the least interesting aspect to this Skill (though super helpful) – the most intriguing is that it can help you keep tabs on your baby’s growth by asking, “Alexa, ask Baby2Body how many days to go?” or, “Alexa, ask Baby2Body how old is my baby?” Pretty cool.
Hatch Baby Skill
The Hatch Baby Skill allows parents to track diaper changes, weight gain/fluctuations, feedings, sleep, and other doctor-recommended information. “Alexa, ask Hatch baby how many dirty diapers has Eric had today?” and she’ll tell you. You can use the Skill to record a wet diaper. “Alexa, ask Hatch Baby how long baby has slept today?” Hatch Baby also has their Smart Changing Pad, which allows you to track your baby’s weight, feeding, sleep, and diaper patterns. It hooks up to their companion app so you can see summaries of everything, and get that information via Alexa.
Parenting Radio Skill
This Skill is a valuable one! It’s essentially a parenting podcast where you get to hear real life stories of parenthood. Parents get real about the anxieties, frustrations, happiness, fun, and joy of being a mom or a dad. This can be really useful in feeling validated in your own emotions and thoughts, as well as provide some insight into things that you may be struggling with or perhaps haven’t even thought of!
1 Minute Mindfulness Skill
Though technically not about parenting, I still think the 1 Minute Mindfulness Skill is an important one for parents to have! It can be so difficult for people without children to find a moment of peace – even more so when you’ve got a little one vying for your attention all day. This skill is perfect for beginners – those who have never meditated or those who just haven’t the time. It gives you a one minute break where you focus on the breath, and you can choose to have a peaceful meditation or one with specific sounds like a river or a forest. Remember to give yourself these breaks, however small, because your baby needs you to be at your best, and you simply can’t do that if you never cut yourself some slack.
Sleep Sounds: Sleep Little Babies
Sleep Sounds: Sleep Little Babies plays a whole slew of relaxing sounds that put baby (and you) to sleep, fast. From nature sounds to wind chimes, city rain, white noise and music box, you’re sure to find a sound or two that lulls your little one into a peaceful rest. A sleeping baby makes for a happy mommy! You can use the Skill to help yourself fall asleep, too. It has five stars on the Alexa Skill store, with great reviews!
There’s More Where That Came From
There are, of course, tons more Alexa Skills for parents out there. If you’ve got something specific you’re looking for, give the Skill store a quick search! In addition to these five Skills, other useful ones would include settings timers, reminders, and scheduling doctor’s visits on your calendar. There are plenty of other ways you can use Alexa to automate your life, so definitely take advantage!
If you haven’t already, but sure to pick up an Alexa-enabled device for your home. She lives in the Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Echo Show, and Amazon Echo Spot. Any of these products can be used independently of one another – you don’t need the large Echo in order to use any of the others.