Taking care of a newborn can sometimes be overwhelming. As adults are getting connected to techie wearables like Fitbit and Apple Watch at an increasing rate, don’t you wish your there were wearables for your baby as well? Well, there are. An increasing number of high-tech devices offered by numerous companies are making the job of taking care of your little ones a bit easier. Here’s a list of 5 such wearable devices for babies that will keep you in peace of mind.
MonBaby, a small wearable can be clipped onto your baby’s clothing. While it’s mainly designed to keep an eye on your infant’s movement, it can also monitor breathing activity. The device is very easy to use and can be snapped on any outfit. The data is synced with a mobile device through a companion app. You can also choose what alerts you want to receive and when. For example, if your baby usually moves around a lot and you just want to keep an eye on their breathing, you can dismiss the movement alerts for a while.
Mimo kimonos keep you connected to your baby no matter what time of the day it is or where you are. The wearable smart monitor allows you to hear your baby’s cries and coos and delivers you real-time insights on your baby’s body position, breathing, skin temperature, and wake/sleep time, using proprietary, wearable, non-contact sensors. The ultra-low power Bluetooth uses very little energy, which is safer. The Mimo app, available on iOS and Android, gives you detail on your baby’s sleep activity, sleep quality, respiration, skin temperature and body position. You also have the option to set it up with alerts, so that it’ll send you notifications on your baby’s activities, like irregular breathing, wake-ups and roll-overs. The kimonos come in 3 sizes so you can keep monitoring your baby as they grow. These are machine washable and can also be dried in dryer on low heat.
In developing countries, hospitals are often overcrowded. This causes vulnerable infants to get overlooked in the shuffle. Now, there’s SPOtwo Bootie, a low-cost wearable device, which wraps around your baby’s foot to alert hospital staff to the needs of at-risk babies. The device provides reliable measurements and analysis on the baby’s vital signs. The data is then sent to a mobile app for the doctors to review. The information is stored in a secure cloud service. During the first few weeks of the baby’s life, SPOtwo can identify low oxygen saturation, congenital heart disease and severe infections.
TempTraq is a wearable thermometer that continuously senses and records an infant’s temperature 24/7. The information is then transmitted to medical staff through an app, alerting them of any concerning changes. The low-cost, disposable device doesn’t need sterilization and provides more accurate readings compared to traditional thermometers. TempTraq is ideal for babies who need constant temperature monitoring and are at risk for extremely high fevers. The innovative device is currently being used in children’s units in selected hospitals in Uganda.
Snuza Hero is a movement monitoring wearable that attaches to your baby’s diaper and monitors their abdominal movement. It detects tiniest change in position and alerts you if abdominal movement falls below 8 movements per minute or movement is weak. The device’s unique vibration feature gets activated to stimulate your baby if it doesn’t sense the baby’s abdominal movement for 15 seconds. Sometimes the vibration can be strong enough to wake the baby, in that case Hero will go back to monitoring mode. But, after 3 vibration/rousing incidents, it’ll alert you with a Rouse Warning telling you that movement has stopped for 15 seconds on three occasions.