How 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)
The 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)
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)
We 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.
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.
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.
No parent wants to worry their toddler has toddled away out of sight… Now the Filip, a wearable locator/watch/phone, will “keep parents and kids in touch at the push of a button.”
Filip provides you with location, voice calling, and direct messaging to your child. “The parent remains in control at all times through an app on their smartphone,” the company says, “including the designation of five trusted contacts with whom the child can communicate.”
You can also set “Safe Zones,” so if your child enters or leaves a designated area, you get an immediate notification. An intelligent emergency procedure locates the child and puts them in touch with family if needed.
AT&T is the exclusive network provider in the US, and says additional details on pricing and service plans will be available in the coming months.
Why settle for an audio-only monitor? Devices like Vtech’s Safe & Sound let you not only listen in on your child, but also see and talk with them at the push of button, from the comfort of another room.
The adjustable camera mounts on or near the baby’s crib. The parent’s transceiver has a 2.8-inch color LCD, and can work with up to four cameras, so you can have one set up wherever you let your child rest. With the transceiver, you can talk to and sooth your child from across the house — or choose to play for them one of five lullabies built into the system. It even tells you the temperature in the baby’s room. A one-camera set is $130. (Affiliate link.)
The similarly-featured $180 Motorola model’s video quality is a bit better-reviewed. (Affiliate link.)
It’s not quite a home sonogram, but the BabyWatch Health Tracker lets expecting moms hear their babies’ heartbeat — and see a visualization of the sound on their smartphone.
On the social side, the app also promotes easily sharing those sounds with friends and family. It’s in development now. There’s more information here.