As any new mom can attest, once your baby falls asleep, your anxiety starts to rise. Chances are, you tiptoe into his room and check to see if he’s still swaddled, lying on his back and breathing.
Now, several start-ups are hoping to allay some of those fears with health tracking devices that claim to protect the littlest of customers from life-threatening events and help their parents get more shut eye.
Yet experts say these tracking devices fall short in many ways and may give parents a false sense of security that their babies are safe and healthy.
Track your baby’s every move.
First time mom Kristin Cummings of Philadelphia, PA says she never heard of the Snuza, a baby movement monitor, until she received it as a gift while pregnant with her now 9-months-old daughter. “I didn’t even know these kind of devices existed but I can say it’s the one thing I don’t think I can live without right now.”
Cummings, however, didn’t start using the Snuza right away. She decided to co-sleep, a practice the company advises against while using the device because any movement can interfere with the readings.
When she eventually transferred her daughter to a bassinet at around two to three months, she admits the monitor helped to calm some of her angst.
“It has stopped me from just standing over her crib and putting my hand on her to make sure she’s still breathing,” she said.