3 Ways to go High-Tech in Your Nursery

Get tips from HGTV Smart Home 2016 tech consultant, Carley Knobloch, for adding the right amount of home control features in your nursery.
Gender-Neutral Nursery

Gender-Neutral Nursery

The second floor gender-neutral nursery with teal blue walls and playful patterns includes a convertible crib, lots of storage options and the latest in technology that helps create a safe environment for a new baby.

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Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography, 2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

When you become a new parent, you’re bombarded with lists of “must-have:” Crib, changing table, dirty-diaper receptacle. After that, the water gets a little murky, and all the “must-haves” make parents wary of marketing messages. I mean, did we really need that wipe warmer, or that baby food maker?

That said, there were a few key gadgets that simply saved my early days of parenting, and that was well before the high-tech home revolution we’re seeing today. My poor children grew up before any of these devices were available in the dark ages!

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Gender-Neutral Nursery

The second floor gender-neutral nursery with teal blue walls and playful patterns includes a convertible crib, lots of storage options and the latest in technology that helps create a safe environment for a new baby.

Photo By: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography ©2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Cottage-Style Crib

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Flexible Furniture

The 4-in-1 crib grows with the baby, and can be converted into a day bed by leaving off the front, a toddler bed with an additional kit, and a full bed with the use of optional bed rails.

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Money-Saving Features

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Delightful Drapes

The nursery's fun red drapes include blue and white peacocks on branches with leaves and small flowers, adding a touch of nature and pattern to the room.

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Beautiful Bedding

A crisp crib bumper, a ticking stripe crib sheet printed on the softest cotton and a crib skirt make up the nursery's beautiful and comfortable bedding.

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Natural Light

Two large windows that flank the crib allow lots of natural light inside the nursery and frame the sleeping area.

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Handy Baskets

Two graphic print baskets with red stripes and handles provide attractive toy storage that can be moved around the room where needed.

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Rustic Bookcase

A rustic bookcase with brown and gray hues provides attractive open storage for artistic accessories, color-coded books, reclaimed wood photo frames and baskets for organizing and storing smaller nursery items.

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Whimsical Accessories

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Smart Toys

A collection of smart toys that encourage early learning including an app-enabled ball and an iPad game system that allows a small child to play with real world objects and get feedback from a digital app sit on the shelves of the nursery's bookcase.

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Casual Sophistication

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Mobile Storage

The graphic print baskets with red stripes come in two sizes, to offer attractive and flexible storage for stuffed animals, toys and accessories.

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Great Location

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Adjoining Spaces

The nursery also enjoys a direct connection with the hallway bathroom next door, that has a sophisticated look with luxurious layers of gray.

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Smart Security

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Stylish Swivel Glider

An adjustable brushed aluminum floor lamp provides illumination over the swivel glider. The updated reading chair with shaped arms and tight back includes a navy stripe throw for warmth on chilly nights.

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Hanging Storage

Vintage-style metal and rope hooks on the nursery wall provide attractive hanging storage for baby clothes.

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Wild Prints

A neutral-toned zebra print accent pillow adds another earthy touch to the nursery, and comfort for the swivel glider.

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Square Ottoman

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Zebra Print Rug

A 5x8 cowhide area rug with a brown zebra print adds color and pattern to the nursery's off-white carpet.

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Cottage-Style Dresser

A gray full-size cottage-style dresser with seven drawers provides organized storage for baby clothes and accessories.

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Modern Monitor

The nursery's cutting edge video monitor with two-way audio and one-way video includes a smart HD camera, video recording and live streaming to a smartphone with alerts that can be customized.

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Adorable Accessories

Framed paintings of whimsical owls above the dresser set a playful tone for this carefully curated nursery. A pair of wood horse statues on metal stands and greenery add texture to the top of the dresser.

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Lovely Lamp

The elegant table lamp on the nursery's dresser with a cream shade has a base with different hues of blue, done with a drip glaze that creates a distinctive look.

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Well-Detailed Nursery

An old bronze semi-flush mount ceiling fixture provides ambient light for the nursery. A smart humidifier and nightlight help regulate the air and illumination in this well-detailed nursery.

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As the technical consultant at the HGTV Smart Home 2016, I didn’t want to add technology “for tech’s sake”. It had to be something helpful, entertaining, or to make the winning family feel safe. Same goes with the baby’s room, where we added a number of fun tech gadgets to give the space a modern twist.

Here are a few of the latest ways you can put a futuristic spin on your baby’s room.

Modern Monitor

Modern Monitor

The nursery's cutting edge video monitor with two-way audio and one-way video includes a smart HD camera, video recording and live streaming to a smartphone with alerts that can be customized.

Photo by: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography ©2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography, 2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Smart Baby Monitor

Parents at HGTV Smart Home 2016 can keep an eye on baby’s room from wherever they are, with this high tech video monitor.

Many cameras feature wide-angle lenses that can pan, zoom and even see perfectly in the dark. You can also hear what’s going on with a sensitive microphone that will send you an alert if baby is crying, but is also sensitive enough to hear little baby breaths. Some also have temperature and humidity sensors, so you’re the first to know if baby’s room isn’t ideal. All of these master controls are on a smart phone app, so you can check on baby from wherever you are. 

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Futuristic Strollers

Baby strollers have gotten a serious upgrade since my kids were small. Many of them now have features that rival a Mini Cooper! The stroller at HGTV Smart Home 2016 features pathway lighting, great storage, a speedometer, and will even charge your smart phone while you walk.

But the best feature has to be power-folding: The stroller folds and unfolds itself with the touch of a button. No more trunk-side battles trying to get the darn thing in or out.

Smart Toys

Smart Toys

A collection of smart toys that encourage early learning including an app-enabled ball and an iPad game system that allows a small child to play with real world objects and get feedback from a digital app sit on the shelves of the nursery's bookcase.

Photo by: Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography ©2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Robert Peterson/Rustic White Photography, 2016, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

High Tech Entertainment

When baby gets a little older, there are amazing new games to occupy and stimulate his intellect. iPad apps that pair with blocks, drawing and more.  Just slip the iPad into a base that can “see” what the child is doing in front of it, seamlessly blending real-world play and the digital realm.

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Games range from drawing to fine motor skills to problem-solving. Ready to move on to something more physical? A robotic ball can be steered through the house with a smart phone app, which will endlessly delight kids, and endlessly annoy your pets.

While you can get by without many of these high tech gadgets, they make life with baby so easy and fun, you might not want to pass them up.

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