In the late 80’s SIDS deaths were at an all time high. In 1991 when the ‘Back To Sleep’ campaign was started, those numbers started to decrease. In recent years we have evolved so quickly technologically that it almost seems like we are over analysing our babies. It started with the baby monitor that came with a sleep pad to alert parents if their baby had stopped breathing and has advanced to products that can be directly applied to your child to track their vitals.
The latest gadget to track your baby, which is currently up on startup site Dragon Innovation, is called the Mimo.
This tiny device can be attached to a special infant onesie to allow parents to track their baby’s
- Skin temperature
- Body position
- Activity level
It also lets parents listen to audio in real-time.
Mimo starts as an organic cotton baby suit and then applies Rest Devices’ proprietary thin-film, non-contact, and machine washable sensors. By pairing the Mimo baby suit and Turtle (a Bluetooth Low Energy system) and the Wi-Fi Lilypad, Rest collects and sends biometric and audio data to parents in real-time.
With the data collected, the iPhone and Android app processes and run long-term analytics about your baby’s sleep trends and development over time. In addition, the company provides alerts to let you know if there are changes in breathing patterns, body position, temperature levels, or if your baby wakes up or falls asleep
Rest Devices also notes that:
- Mimo baby suits are fully machine washable
- Turtle’s are water resistant, too big to be a choking hazard, and totally chew-safe
- Mimo is completely designed and manufactured in the USA
- Mimo uses Bluetooth Smart in order to minimize the transmission power required for wireless communication
For $100 parents get 3 Mimo baby suits, 1 Turtle, and 1 Wi-Fi Lilypad.
Because I am an analytical person, I would probably buy this system. I was never good at writing down when the baby slept, woke up or ate as you are asked to do when you first bring them home. This would just be interesting information to have…
With that being said, I believe that we are WAY over thinking this parenthood thing. It was done just fine in the past when there wasn’t video monitors or sleep sensors. Yes, we have come a long way(and SIDS deaths are less than half of what they were 30 years ago), but shouldn’t a baby just be able to grow without having a monitor attached to them 24/7?
What do you think? Would you buy this?
I want this! I am due in January and would love to be able to use this with my son.
That’s great! You can pre-order now at http://www.dragoninnovation.com/projects/19-mimo/ and we can ship anytime (it says that we are shipping in December, but we can adjust that for your individual delivery date). Congratulations in advance on the arrival of your son!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
CEO + Co-Founder // Rest Devices
I would buy this. In fact I probably will. This is cool and perfect for a worry wart like me.
This would be good for parents of children with special needs. When my son was released from the NICU we would of loved to have something like this to give us a little piece of mind.
I’m sorry but babies have been surviving for years without all these devices. This tells me one thing, parents are buying into the fear factory that such product manufacturer’s create or they need to be far more attentive as a parent! I also think these devices may provide a false sense of security.
Our newborn sleeps in a bassinet in our room. She has a crib and will sleep in it one day but for as long as possible she will sleep in our room. I can roll the bassinet into other rooms where she’ll be right next to me so I can hear/watch her when I’m not holding her.
It’s been proven many times that wireless/digital monitors actually cause damage to a baby’s growing brain, due to the radiation/radio waves and to never put a monitor next to their crib or even in their room at all, we have decided to forgo it altogether. Actually caring for your child, there’s a novel concept!
Thank you for your comment! You are right–almost every baby (and parent) is going to thrive naturally, which is a wonderful thing. Mimo should never replace parenting or caring; instead, our goal is to help moms and dads sleep a little better at night by providing a simple but highly accurate monitor.
Also, please know that safety is our foremost priority; we are using Bluetooth Low Energy specifically because it minimizes transmission such that it’s significantly less than a standard audio monitor or a smartphone.
We are open to any and all feedback–please email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org, as I would love to hear from you!
CEO + Co-Founder // Rest Devices