#1. Set up a bedtime Alexa routine for your little ones
All sleep experts agree that a consistent bedtime routine sets your child up for a better night of sleep. And all parents agree that a better night of sleep for your child = a better night of sleep for you.
How? Set up an Alexa routine to keep your child's bedtime ritual the same night after night... so even a new babysitter can do it right. Here is the bedtime Alexa routine Abby set up for her daughter Lily. It kicks off when she says "Alexa, start Lily's bedtime routine."
- Dim lights in Lily's room
- Play "Lily's Sleep Playlist" on Spotify for 5 minutes
- Play "White Noise" from Spotify
- Turn off lights in Lily's room
#2. Get free speech therapy
Between 2 and 4 years old, children speak a language only their parents can understand. Aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends will often ask you to translate. But with Alexa, children have to speak very clearly to get their desired response.
How? Let your children control the music for the evening, watch a cartoon or listen to a story, all by asking Alexa for it themselves. The more they practice asking Alexa, the more they'll work on clear diction.
#3. Keep your supplies stocked
What is it about children that has you going to your local convenience store twice a day to stock up on diapers, wipes, hand sanitizers, sunscreen, yo-yo's, etc.? Instead, just ask Alexa to reorder your essentials -- it's the easiest way to stay stocked.
How? Just say "Alexa, order diapers" and she will prompt you to order the ones you last ordered. You can also easily add items to an Alexa shopping list to come back to later by saying "Alexa, add wipes to shopping list."
Pro Tip: Set up Alexa voice purchasing in the Alexa app right now (it will take you less than 30 seconds). You can even add a 4-digit voice code to confirm Amazon purchases and payments if you want.
#4. Start a dance party
On a cold and rainy afternoon when you can't get to the park, you've read all the books in your house and it seems like you'll never make it to bedtime... let Alexa be your personal DJ and save the day.
How? Just ask Alexa to play a kid-friendly playlist. "Alexa, play Nursery Rhyme Party Time!"
Pro Tip #1: If your kids run out of dance moves, you can enable the Animal Workout skill and watch your kids transform into sideways-walking crabs or crawling ants.
Pro Tip #2: Once your children have sufficiently destroyed their play space, have Alexa turn on the clean up song.
#5. Homework help
Alexa has a ton of homework help skills. Try the Translated skill to translate from English to 37 other languages and the Smart Dictionary skill, which helps children decipher new words.
How? Tap the link in this email and select "Enable" (or search the skill name in the Alexa app or on Amazon.com and select "Enable"). Then, you can easily open the skill on any of your Alexa devices by saying "Alexa, open Smart Dictionary" (insert skill name of your choice!).
For more on how Alexa can make parenting a little easier, check out the latest VoiceBrew post Alexa, The Best Child Care You Never Knew You Had.