The Debate Over Wearables For Babies
Many adults are turning to wearables like Fitbit bracelets to keep track of vital stats related to exercising, and now a similar concept is enjoying a surge in popularity in the baby market.
Wearables for babies that connect to smartphone apps are providing parents with up-to-the-minute information about their baby’s skin temperature, sleep patterns, heart rate and breathing, among other stats.
Sproutling monitors oxygen levels and heart rate using a strap around the baby’s ankle, while the Owlet is a sock that does the same. Mimo is a onesie that can work together with a Nest thermostat to adjust the baby’s bedroom’s temperature levels.
For many parents, such measures can help allay fears about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), a very real and scary phenomenon that causes babies to suddenly die unexpectedly in the first six months of life. For parents who are finding it hard to get much-needed sleep because they are constantly concerned about whether or not their child is still breathing, these devices can provide peace of mind. They could even save a baby’s life in the event that he is choking silently or has rolled over and is unable to breathe.
Yet Another Source Of Stress For New Parents?
On the other hand, many parents feel this technology is just another thing for already-anxious new parents to feel stressed about. After all, babies have survived to adulthood for centuries without their parents having the benefit of such technology.
Some experts think it’s best to liken these options to car seats or smoke alarms. They might be attention-grabbing at first, but soon they fade into the background, where they do their job silently and unobtrusively.
Ultimately, it is up to each parent to decide just how far they’d like to let technology into their lives – and Bluetooth into their child’s bedroom. Whether these options are a recipe for anxiety or a source of desperately needed peace of mind is very much down to individual personality.