As someone with anxiety issues, you better believe that whenever I babysit my friend’s infants and they’re sleeping in the next room, I go in every 10 minutes or so to make sure they were breathing, and lightly touch them if I wasn’t sure (sorry friends). Now with my own baby on the way, I’m worried I’m never going to sleep again because I’ll be checking that they’re breathing all night until they’re (at least) in elementary school. Thankfully, technological geniuses have created wearables for keeping your baby alive. I know babies have made it for centuries without these technological advances, but you know what? If it helps you sleep better at night and you can be 100 percent sure your baby is safely still breathing in their crib, I say go for it. Now I just have to talk my husband into agreeing with me about purchasing one for my neuroses.
According to Slate, the first baby monitor was created in the 1930s. From what I’ve found, it’s a bit unclear as to who invented the baby monitor first. What I do know is there were potentially two men who created baby monitors in the 30s. Slate noted that Isamu Noguchi, a Japanese-American sculptor, designed a “radio nurse” for the Zenith Radio Corporation after the 1932 kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby, and potentially another one was created by Norman Emerick of Fisher-Price in the 1930s. The Fisher-Price baby monitors have come a long way — far from radio frequencies traveling. Now Fisher-Price and many other companies have created baby monitors your baby actually wears — and they track a lot more than noise. They can track if they’re breathing, their heart rate, how much they’re moving during the night, if they turn over, and more.
Fisher-Price’s Sproutling is a wearable device your baby keeps on his or her ankle. According to the product’s website, it learns your baby’s sleep patterns, will alert you on your smartphone if your baby rolls over, and will tell you if they’re asleep or awake. Now I don’t have to go poke the baby every 10 minutes. It offers a visual report of the baby’s night’s sleep and it will provide customized advice based on your baby’s experiences. There are even predictions as to when your baby will wake up based on their past sleeping habits so you can plan your to-do list or fun times with your partner around their sleep time. You can purchase the Sproutling monitor on the product’s website, at Target, Buy Buy Baby, Amazon, or Bed Bath & Beyond.
2. Owlet Smart Sock
This tracker looks like an adorable little baby sock, and it tracks your baby’s heart rate and oxygen while they’re sleeping, and will notify you in “real time” on your smartphone if there’s something wrong with your baby. Buy the Owlet Smart Sock on Amazon, Babies R Us, Best Buy, Buy Buy Baby, and the product’s website.