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Baby monitor buying guide

vtech baby monitorWe’ve covered a lot of baby monitors here at BabyTech — but how can you determine which one might be best for you? Consumer Reports has a guide that could help you make your choice.

“A baby monitor can give you peace of mind, letting you move around the house while your little one naps,” the non-profit organization says. “While monitors can be a blessing, many parents complain about audio interference and batteries that die sooner than expected. A monitor’s job is to transmit recognizable sound and, in the case of video models, images. The challenge is to find a monitor that works with minimal interference–static, buzzing, or irritating noise–from other nearby electronic products and transmitters, including older cordless phones that might use the same frequency bands as your monitor.”

You can look through their buying criteria and recommendations here.

High-tech onesie has built-in sensors

onesieHere are some high-tech pajamas: Mimo has built multiple sensors into a onesie, so that “while your baby is wearing the Kimono, you can check their movements and body position to see just how active or peaceful they are — no matter where you or your baby might be.”

Mimo says its clinically validated sleep algorithms let you know “when your baby falls asleep, when they wake, and how well they are sleeping. You can even track their sleep patterns over time.”

The respiration sensors are non-contact, soft, and comfortable for baby “while also letting you check your baby’s breathing,” the company says, “giving you the peace of mind that all is okay.”

The temperature sensor lets you “know for sure that your little one is the perfect temperature, with just a quick peek at the app.”

It’s $100. There’s more information here.

 

Baby monitor for iPhone

Belkin WeMo Baby Monitor

“By reassuring you that your baby is resting peacefully,” Belkin says, a monitor “allows you to use your free time more productively. You’ll be able to tend to household tasks, catch up with friends, or enjoy a quiet moment to yourself while your baby is resting.”

Of course there are plenty of baby monitor systems available, but the WeMo from Belkin works directly with your iPhone. “You’ve already got everything you need,” Belkin says. “WeMo Baby works with your existing WiFi router” and an Apple mobile, “so there’s no need to carry an extra device.”

Actually, it works with iPads and iPod Touch iOS devices as well, turning them into a monitor with which the company says you can “hear your baby from the backyard, garage, anywhere.”

And unlike a traditional baby monitor, the WeMo doesn’t have a range limit. Since the device works with mobile Internet networks, you can stay connected anywhere your mobile device has data service or access to WiFi. “So whether you’re spending a night on the town or traveling for work, you can use your smartphone or tablet to check in on your baby.”

Also, “for additional peace of mind,” the from the WeMo is encrypted, which means it can’t be picked up by someone else’s mobile device. “You won’t have to worry about someone eavesdropping on your baby’s room.” It’s $40 here.

Detect against Ear infections

earcheckHow can you best ensure your infant’s ear isn’t infected? With the Middle Ear Monitor.

EarCheck says its monitor is a “clinically proven home use device that accurately detects the presence middle ear fluid,” which is a key sign of an ear infection. “EarCheck helps parents identify when a child might have an ear infection, when it’s necessary to seek medical attention, and when the fluid is going away or gone. It quickly, accurately, and painlessly detects the presence of middle ear fluid.”

The EarCheck monitor is $50 here. (Affiliate link)

 

Listen in on your Unborn

gracco natal listenerThe Prenatal Listener lets you hear the sounds your unborn baby makes. “When you find out that you’re expecting, you can’t wait to meet your new baby,” developer Graco says. “The Listener’s design gently hugs the natural curvature of your belly, so it fits snugly and offers terrific sound quality.”

The gadget amplifies the baby’s heartbeat, kicks, hiccups and natural womb sounds, that begin late in the second trimester. The included guide explains the sounds you hear to help you differentiate them, “allowing you to connect with your yet-to-be-born baby.” The device can also record the sounds, so you can share them with friends and family.

The Prenatal Listener is $30 here. (Affiliate link)

 

Stop SIDS: Snuza monitors baby

snuza

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is unfortunately a very real concern — and anything that can help alleviate that worry can be worth looking into. The latest gadget we’ve heard of for this is one of the simplest to use, and also one of the most portable.

The Snuza clips over the waistband of the baby’s diaper, and monitors movement and breathing. If none is sensed for 15 seconds, it vibrates to stimulate the baby. If movement is not detected within 5 seconds of the vibration, an audible alarm is activated. There are no wires or cords, and it’s made with hypo-allergenic, medical grade plastics.

It’s $100 here. (affiliate link)

 

Hi-tech Teddy monitors baby

tedi sensorsWe all grew up with stuffed animals — but ours weren’t stuffed with sensors. This new Tedi keeps an eye on your child for you, and sends alerts and updates to your phone.

Amidst the bear’s stuffing is also a microphone, a thermometer, a pulse detector — and even a special sensor that records how strongly your baby grips the bear!

Additionally, there’s a speaker through which you can talk to your baby from another room.
(But we’d bet many parents are tempted to use it to pretend the bear is talking!)
A TediTalk feature can help teach speech through the speaker as well, and special sounds can also play to help your baby sleep.

Tedi will sell for $99 early next year. There’s more info here.

 

Remotely ensure your baby is breathing

 

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Sometimes you can be understandably worried — but with the Vitals Monitor from Owlet you can see that your baby is breathing… Wherever you are.

“Get a snapshot into your child’s well-being,” say the developers. The “Smart Sock” communicates with your smartphone. It uses pulse oximetry, just as hospitals and pediatric offices do, to measure heart rate and oxygen levels. It will even show your child’s skin temperature. The $250 device has a built-in sensor “so you will know if your child is too hot or too cold.”

And there’s also a “Rollover alert” so you’ll know if the baby rolls facedown. “Doctors recommend that infants sleep on their backs,” Owlet adds.

There’s more information here.

 

A Baby Monitor that will call you

 

baby monitor app

We’ve covered baby monitors here previously — but this is the first one that can call your phone when there is a noise in your baby’s room.

Developers TappyTaps  say their system was prepared by parents with parents in mind — “and tested with our own babies.”

The Baby Monitor & Alarm is a $3 iPhone app. Yes, that means you have to leave a phone in the room with the infant. But then it can call you on any pre-selected phone number. It can also play your recorded voice to the child, telling a favorite lullaby or bedtime story.

 

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