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By Matt Murray

New parents welcome any help they can get, whether it's making their homes more secure, or just an extra jolt of caffeine in the morning.

TODAY's Savannah Guthrie just so happens to be in that very boat, so technology journalist Natali Morris stopped by to offer some great smartphone apps that can make life around her house (and yours!) that much easier.

1) August Smart Lock

The August Smart Lock allows users to control a home lock via a smartphone app. Users can also extend invitations to friends and family that would allow them access during certain times of day.


2) Kinsa Smart Thermometer

Kinsa's Smart Thermometer plugs right into your smartphone, and uses an app that allows you to track your child's temperature and symptoms over time. That info can be stored and shared with your doctor, and the app even allows the user to see other people in the area who have been experiencing similar symptoms.


3) Epson Labelworks Portable Printer

The Epson Labelworks Portable Printer pairs with an app on your smartphone, allowing users to type and print labels on the go, helping you keep your home organized.


4) Mr. Coffee Smart Optimal Brew

No more trudging to the kitchen and waiting for that morning cup of joe. The Mr. Coffee Smart Optimal Brew allows you to start brewing your coffee via your phone from anywhere, so your morning pot of coffee can wait on you, rather than the other way around.


5) Belkin WeMo Insight Switch

The Belkin Insight Switch can be plugged into any wall outlet, turning anything into a connected device. From there, you can control each Insight Switch outlet, turning appliances on and off via your smartphone.