How AI and Technology Can Help All Parents Alleviate Stress and  Find More Time in the Day

How AI and Technology Can Help All Parents Alleviate Stress and Find More Time in the Day

We hear from Maple’s Michael Perry, and Nanit's own Tor Ivry and Natalie Barnett PhD, plus AI Sr. Product Manager Sam Hazak on how to make technology work harder for you..
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Parenthood is an incredible journey, but it’s also really overwhelming. For new parents, especially, navigating the endless stream of conflicting advice, coupled with sleepless nights, and constant firsts - it often feels like every time we think we’ve got “it,” it totally changes.

That’s why Nanit is thrilled to bring you our Parent Like a Pro Summit, where Nanit’s experts and ambassadors come together for curated conversations about sleep, parenting, and more. Think of it like that expert best friend in your ear who’s got the answers to your most profound questions before you even know what to ask. 

In this recap, you’ll hear from industry leaders on the power of AI and technology in parenting, as well as the future of AI, plus tips for using tools available to you (cue: Nanit and Maple) to help you parent confidently - from infancy to independence, and more.

Panelists include Michael Perry, Founder and CEO at Maple, a logistics and scheduling app, Nanit's Founder and CTO Tor Ivry, Nanit’s VP of Clinical Research Natalie Barnett PhD, and AI Sr. Product Manager Sam Hazak.

On using AI to assist with parenting

Technology + AI provide you with the information you need to make the right decisions + provides you more time to spend with your kids.” - Michael 

On the best apps for parenting

“Obviously Nanit and Maple. It’s the advancement of technology that gives us a new allotment of time that we otherwise did not have. Reclaiming normalcy is something I'm super excited about.” - Michael

On the benefits of technology in parenting

“It provides you with the information you need to make the right decisions and gives you more time to spend with your kids. - Michael

“I love the point about getting your time back with your kids or partner - those you love. We can spend more time doing the things that free us and make us more creative and happy. The future really looks bright in that sense. Companies like Maple and Nanit are going to be there to help build that.” - Tor

On how AI can help diffuse the silent burden of parenting

“The mental load, historically, in heterosexual relationships has fallen on the mom. At Maple, our general value system is that your life’s work is your partnership, and children are part of that. By default, we create a shared ecosystem of tools where it doesn’t all have to fall on one person’s shoulders.” - Michael

On the role of AI in mental health

“Different parents use our products in different ways. Take what works for you. Keep controlling your life, but let AI do the boring productive things for you.” - Tor

On Nanit’s AI as a tool for parents and researchers

"I call it parenting 2.0, because it helps you really understand what's going on inside the crib. When I have the capability to learn and see what's happening, suddenly I have these intuitive insights that I can use to parent my son.” - Sam

“AI also has the power to accelerate the pace of sleep research. It lowers the barriers of entry for collecting data, which means we can conduct more research that will impact all families. - Dr. Natalie

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Natalie Barnett, PhD serves as VP of Clinical Research at Nanit. Natalie initiated sleep research collaborations at Nanit and in her current role, Natalie oversees collaborations with researchers at hospitals and universities around the world who use the Nanit camera to better understand pediatric sleep and leads the internal sleep and development research programs at Nanit. Natalie holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of New England in Australia and a Postgraduate Certificate in Pediatric Sleep Science from the University of Western Australia. Natalie was an Assistant Professor in the Neurogenetics Unit at NYU School of Medicine prior to joining Nanit. Natalie is also the voice of Nanit's science-backed, personalized sleep tips delivered to users throughout their baby's first few years.

Kristy Ojala is Nanit’s Digital Content Director. She spends way too much time looking at maps and weather forecasts and pictures of Devon Rex cats and no-cook dinners. A former sleep champion, she strives to share trustworthy somnabulism tips with other parents—praying for that one fine day when no tiny humans wake her up while it’s still dark out. Her kids highly recommend 3 books, approximately 600 stuffies, Chopin’s “Nocturnes,” and the Nanit Sound + Light for bedtime success.

Mackenzie Sangster is on the Brand and Community team at Nanit. She supports content development and editing for Nanit’s Parent Confidently blog as well as other marketing initiatives. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her friends, cooking, being active, and using the Pro + Flex Duo to keep an eye on her fur-baby, Poppy!

Holly Hays is a contributor and writer for Nanit, channeling her years as a mama and former magazine editor to create fun, useful content for fellow busy, trying-to-do-their-best parents and caregivers. Holly has written for a wide range of brands and media outlets (Ergobaby, HGTV, Manhattan Toy Company, OXO), loves to cook and read mystery novels, and leans heavily on her two daughters to keep her up to date on all the latest slang.