Wearables for Babies – Yay or Nay?
Next time you’re out and about, take a look at someone’s wrist and it’s likely you’ll see a tech wearable. An Apple Watch, an activity tracker, perhaps. Not too surprising. What is surprising, however, is that soon you might be seeing the same types of wearables on much smaller wrists or ankles with the influx of wearables aimed at babies. Yes, babies!
The next audience for wearable tech is babies, as more products are being offered to this particular group of (very little) people. But the question begs…are they safe? Let’s first take a look at a few that are growing in popularity:
Sproutling calls itself the “world’s first sensing, learning, predicting baby monitor.” Placed around the baby’s ankle, Sproutling measures important vitals, like heart rate, skin temperature, position the baby is sleeping in and any movements detected. An app is used to read measurements of baby’s state, as well as for alerts on movement or irregularities. Sproutling also claims to know how long a baby will sleep or how much longer before waking.
The Mimo Onesie is a full body kimono that tracks breathing, temperature, body position, and can even stream live audio, all from the “Turtle” sensor housed on the garment itself. The sensor then relays the information to the “Lilypad” base which then informs you of baby’s well-being through your smart device.
MonBaby is a wearable of sorts, but one that is snapped onto the baby’s clothing. More of a movement detector, MonBaby can sense if the baby rolls, falls or is removed from proximity. Though it does monitor breathing activity as well. Parents can choose which alerts to receive on their mobile devices and can easily remove the gadget from one garment to the next.
For more baby wearables and expert commentary (including famed pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp) on their safety, check out my full article on The Huffington Post.