Once you have a newborn, it can be overwhelming. Luckily, there are an increasing number of high tech devices that are making the job of taking care of your little ones a bit easier. They range from fitness trackers and smartwatches for kids, to wearables for babies – devices that allow you to track your infant’s vitals and make sure that they are comfortable.
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And no, we are not talking about audio and video monitoring. We now have a raft of fully fledged wearables that attempt to hack into your little one’s every want and need. This includes anything from tracking movement to monitoring breathing and body temperature.
Technology has finally taken on its tiniest audience. Yes, its time to quantify your baby!
MonBaby is a smart button. Once attached to your baby’s clothing, it sends breathing and activity data to your smartphone 5 times per second. The device is also a movement detector, and can sense if the baby rolls, falls, is stomach sleeping or is removed from proximity.
Just like some other gadgets on this page, the device uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology and sends alerts to your smartphone. However, MonBaby provides you with the option to customize your tracking by choosing only the alerts you want to receive.
Monbaby has a universal design which allows you to use it as your child grows without requiring additional sizes to buy. If your baby’s favorite pajama gets dirty just unsnap the device and clip it to another item of clothing. The Smart Button itself produces no sound, light or vibration.
Snuza Hero movement monitor is a wearable device which attaches to your baby’s diaper and monitors its abdominal movement. The gadget detects the slightest change in position and will alert you if abdominal movement is weak or falls below eight movements per minute.
Snuza Hero has a unique vibration feature that is activated to stimulate your baby if abdominal movement is not sensed for 15 seconds. Often the vibration is enough to rouse the infant and Hero will revert to monitoring mode. However after three vibration/rousing incidents, a Rouse Warning will alert you that movement has stopped for 15 seconds on three occasions. If an additional 5 seconds of no abdominal movement is detected a sharp audible alarm will sound.
Snuza is made with hypo-allergenic, medical grade plastics and does not send or receive radiofrequency signals. It comes with a replaceable battery and a comprehensive 1 year warranty. There is also a separate, portable version, which is a bit smaller in size.
Owlet acts as a guardian, standing watch over your child at night. The device is a smart sock that not only keeps the baby’s tootsie warm, but also gives a full read of his or her vitals.
When you put this wearable slipper on your baby’s foot, using pulse oximetry the device will silently measure heart rate and oxygen levels. It will then send that information to the app on your smartphone as well as to a base station. The two work in tandem, and will notify you if your infant’s heart rate leaves preset zones.
Additionally, the Smart Sock has the essentials. It’s hypoallergenic, Latex Free, BPA Free, and Lead Free, and fully adjustable so that your baby will feel as comfortable.
Now for something a bit different. You may not be aware that speaking with your baby from birth can impact their trajectory for life. Even before your child can verbalize thoughts, their brain is busy processing language.
Researchers from top universities like Stanford have been documenting how verbal engagement affects brain development, and the findings are remarkable. Apparently, the number of words a child hears before age four is the single biggest predictor of their future success. This means that every opportunity you have to talk to your baby is a chance to help them succeed.
Starling is a smart little device that tracks the number of words your baby hears and says each day. The wearable clips to your little one’s clothes in the morning and stays there until bedtime when you can pop it back into its charging dock. At any time, simply pressing Starling’s button will let you know if you’ve hit your daily target yet, with a blinking red or green light.
Paired with its smart-phone app, Starling gives you personalized information, analytics, and activities to make sure your child is on track to reach their full potential. Don’t worry. Starling doesn’t record anything you say – it simply counts words as they fly by.
Monitoring your infant is particularly important during the baby’s early stages of development. Not strictly a wearable, the new Baby Sense 7 is a highly sensitive device that monitors a baby’s micro-movements through the mattress.
You can set up alerts to be notified if the infant’s micro-movements stop or becomes irregularly slow. For example, when no breathing movement is detected within 20 seconds or if the breath rate slows to less than 10 breaths per minute.
The device was the first of the “new age” breathing movement monitors. It was developed and patented in Israel more than two decades ago. According to the company’s website, Babysense’s has helped protect over 600,000 babies around the world. The latest iteration brings enhanced sensitivity, so you have lower risk of false alarms.
A much simpler wearable comes in the form of a low cost stick-on patch aptly named TempTraq.
This is at 24-hour intelligent thermometer that continuously senses, records, and sends alerts of a child’s temperature via Bluetooth to your mobile device.
The “hands-free” thermometer is essentially a disposable adhesive bandage, about the size of a credit card. If you were to open it, you would find inside a thin and flexible battery along with a few other electronic parts for measuring temperature. The device is handy in that it allows you to monitor temperature without having to constantly wake your baby and you can set it up to send you notifications if an “alert temperature” is reached.
Infanttech’s new FDA-approved bluetooth baby thermometer provides parents an innovative way to track their child’s temperature in real time through their smartphone.
Traditional digital thermometers require parents to frequently monitor their children’s temperature manually, and especially at night. This often comes with stress, sleeplessness and exhaustion to parents and often causes the babies to feel uncomfortable and resistant.
Smarttemp is easy to use. Simply download the smartphone app (Available for both iOS and Android), place the thermometer under baby’s underarm with adhesive pad, and monitor your baby’s temperature.
Smarttemp comes with the thermometer, a carrying case, 10 adhesive pads, and has up to a 3 year battery life with no charging required. You can even set it up to alert you when the temperature rises beyond the threshold, and it can be set up to provide medicine reminders when it’s time for another dosage.
Mimo keeps you connected to your baby no matter where you are. The smart monitor allows you to hear your little one’s coos and cries and get real-time insights on breathing, body position, skin temp, and wake/sleep time.
Mimo uses proprietary, wearable, non-contact sensors to provide parents with real-time information on their little ones. It uses ultra low-power Bluetooth energy which is lower in power than a standard audio monitor or your smartphone, thus safer. Information is streamed to the Lilypad and up to the cloud.
Available on iOS and Android, the Mimo app gives you insight about your baby’s sleep quality (REM vs non-REM), sleep activity, respiration, body position, and skin temperature. You can even set up alerts to be kept notified of changes in your baby’s activity including irregular breathing, wake-ups and roll-overs.
Mimo kimonos are available in three different sizes, so you can keep monitoring your little one as they grow. Kimonos are machine washable, 100% soft cotton, and you can even throw them into the dryer on low heat. The Mimo can be worn under additional sleepwear such as a swaddle or pajamas, or can be worn on top of up to three layers of cotton.
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