New parents will go to a lot of lengths to keep an eye on their baby all the time. Video monitors, daycares with webcams that they can check all day, those pads that sound an alarm if the baby doesn’t move enough during the night. Now a company is developing a onsie that can monitor baby’s breathing, temperature and movement.
A Boston startup called Rest Devices hopes to have the product on the market later this year, aiming for a price somewhere between $100 and $200. The package would include three onesies, a small turtle-shaped transmitter that clips onto the front with magnets, and a plug-in base station that would send data from the nursery over a home’s WiFi network. (Another option is that the transmitter could communicate directly with a Bluetooth phone.)
I’m not sure how to feel about this. I think the technology is cool, and has implications for sleep research but as a consumer product? It may be overkill. And would it work on a swaddled baby? Because the swaddle is key to infant sleep in my house. On the other hand, it might really reduce SIDS risk if it could alert parents to breathing problems while a baby sleeps. So there are pros and cons.
What do you think? Would you buy a onsie that monitored your baby’s sleep?
Photo credit: Boston.com
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