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Does vigilant baby monitoring help parents, or hurt them?

by AirTalk®

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New baby monitors such as Mimo and Sproutling will gather information including heart rate and temperature. Nasreen atik/flickr Creative Commons

Personal health tracking is on the rise. Adults use devices like Fitbit and Jawbone to measure every aspect of their lives, from heart rate and breathing to the number of steps taken, and how deeply they sleep. But can similar devices designed to monitor babies help parents understand their children better?

Companies like Mimo and Sproutling are introducing more extreme baby monitors – technology attached to onesies or designed to wrap around a baby’s ankle to tell parents whether their child is breathing, running a temperature, is flipped on their back or stomach, and more.

Options for baby monitoring have moved far beyond the simple audio monitor in a child’s room, but how much tracking is necessary to understand your child? What are the benefits of more evaluative monitors, and how can parents use them most effectively? Are there any drawbacks to relying on these kinds of devices? Which populations need them most?


Dulcie Madden, founder and CEO of Mimo

Dr. Tanya Altmann, Pediatrician, Author, Parenting Expert


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