It’s nerve-racking enough to be a parent when your baby is awake and cooing in your arms, but when it’s time to put your little one in their crib to sleep, it’s a different story entirely. That occasional fear turns to insomnia-inducing panic. You wonder: are they actually sleeping? Is it too cold in their room? Are they breathing okay? Are they even still in bed? The bad news? Those concerns don’t necessarily subside the second your kids reach elementary school. The good news? At least modern technology has your back in the form of highly-advanced baby monitors that can keep track of your little one as he or she snoozes safely at home. If you want to make sure your little one is sleeping soundly, make sure to invest in one of these.
The Owlet: One of the most unique monitors on the market, the Owlet system measures your baby’s respiration and heart rate through a small sock on their foot. Using pulse oximetry—the same technology hospitals use to track vital signs in patients—this tiny, app-connected monitor is unobtrusive, but can give parents serious peace of mind while their little one rests. And if it detects that your baby’s breathing or heart rate has dipped, it plays a loud song on your phone and on your device’s base station, the latter of which will flash red, as well.
The Snuza Trio system: The Snuza—a device that clips to your baby’s diaper and alerts you with a loud alarm if they stop breathing for more than a few seconds—has just gotten better. With the Snuza Trio, you get not only the Snuza itself, but a camera and monitor that can give you visuals on your baby and let you know if the temperature in their room gets beyond specified limits.
The Angelcare monitor: Want to monitor your baby without actually strapping a device to their body? Then the Angelcare system is for you. This unique mat, which goes under your baby’s crib mattress, senses motion and alerts you if and when they’ve stopped wiggling around. You can even buy the system with an audio monitor so that you can hear them if they wake up in the middle of the night.
The MonBaby monitor: One of the easiest ways to monitor your baby while they sleep, putting the MonBaby on is as simple as dressing your baby for bed. That’s because this respiration and activity monitor attaches to your baby’s onesie, meaning all you have to do is put it on your baby and get them to bed—it’ll send alerts to your phone if anything is amiss.
The Nanit Baby Monitor: If you want a video baby monitor that does so much more than just record your baby as they sleep, the Nanit is sure to knock your socks off. This unique, pole-mounted video monitor not only takes video and audio of your baby, it works as a dimmable nightlight and, with its breathing band or breathing wear swaddle, can even give you insight into when your baby went to sleep, how deeply they slept, and how often the awoke during the night.
Spending hours without looking at your precious baby while they sleep can be tough, but it’s easier with these revolutionary monitors looking out for them until morning.