5 Ways Your Baby Can Use Health Technology

Five Ways Your Baby Can Use Health Technology

Seen as expanding the quantified self (QS), the quantified baby (QB) movement refers to tracking and collecting various data on your child’s activities and bodily functions. Knowing that your offspring is well and happy just by checking your smartphone can be reassuring to some, especially new parents who lack experience.

There is no magic solution that will give a new parent complete piece of mind, but there are many devices now available that can assist one in monitoring their baby, some that can do this even before he or she is born.

Video Monitors for a More Restful Night

There are many baby monitors on the market now that can give you visual insight into your baby’s activities. Some come with high-definition and WiFi options, as well as enable two-way communication with your child. If you have more than one infant, you can choose a solution that comes with multiple cameras to monitor as many cribs as are needed. Infrared vision makes sure you can check on your baby at night. Technology has made it so that a parent can make sure almost nothing can go unnoticed. However, some argue new parents might want to be careful not to get consumed by constant fear and worry. Monitoring has its limits and should probably not interfere with a healthy dose of a more relaxed parenting style.

Smart Diapers to Prevent Discomfort and Infection

Most diapers now come with some type of indicator that lets a parent know when it is time for a diaper change.

 Keeping a baby dry helps limit a baby’s risk of infection. Huggies’ TweetPee takes thing one step further and includes a clip-on device shaped like a bird that detects humidity, and a companion iPhone app that lets parents know about their child’s wetness.

Wristbands that Can Keep Your Baby Safer

Waterproof digital wristbands meant for tracking aspects of child behavior come in tiny sizes and can be worn from birth.

These devices can collect and store numerous data – from exercise levels to sleep patterns to allergy information. These devices can also alert a parent if their child wanders off. For example, The Sync combines a rudimentary fitness device and a child safety monitor. The device can be utilized in different environments, not just at home.

Working on a Sleep Training System

A baby’s sleeping pattern is a source of concern and angst for many parents. A Boston-based startup is looking into ways that potentially could prolong a baby’s sleep and make it less fragmented. The company’s first product – called the Mimo – has received early publicity and praise. It is a onesie for babies with built-in sensors that detect respiration, pressure, temperature, and moisture. The Mimo also tracks a baby’s sleep and can eventually notify the parents with predicting their baby’s wake-up time, so they can better plan downtime. Moreover, the Mimo can track the quality of the infant’s sleep and possibly help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) from occurring.

Apps Designed for Expecting Parents  

A baby’s tracking can begin before birth, and many future parents find themselves becoming members of various online communities. Fertility trackers, like the app Fertility Friend, aim to assist with conception. Once successful, one can join groups of other women who are expecting at about the same time. On both iTunes and Google Play, there are applications for almost every aspect of pregnancy and child development, as well as birth preparation sites. However, some are not science-based so a savvy consumer is wise to do a little research before investing.

Over-tracking — especially on behalf of someone other than yourself — can be counterproductive. Digital health technology in most cases is meant to augment and improve existing processes. These devices can potentially help with some aspects of your child’s care but are not meant to be replacements for good parenting and common sense. One final word of caution, the consequences of early exposure to microwave frequencies are still being studied and have not been determined yet, which might be a point worth exploring before fitting your baby or child with any device that transmits data wirelessly. 

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