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UPDATED on February 17, 2021: We stick to our choices even though we really loved the Wellue BabyO2 monitor. Check our review of this oximeter specifically designed to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndromes and relies on the same principles as the Owlet sock but for a fraction of the price.
Usually, when we think about sleep trackers, we imagine a fancy smartwatch. This is not always the case. Tracking the sleep of babies is always vitally important. All the new parents will agree!
Baby sleep trackers include numerous high-tech features such as smartphone apps, breathing, movement monitors, and temperature checkers. This abundance of choices can often be overwhelming.
This article will present three different types of baby sleep tracker that we think are the best ones available on the current market. We hope that these products will allow both you and your infants to get back to bed and enjoy relaxing nights.
Why tracking the sleep and movements of your baby matter
To assess the health of a newborn, sleep patterns must be assessed. Being able to provide such information to your baby’s pediatrician is extremely valuable. During the first three months of life, infants will sleep between 13 to 16 hours per day. Baby tech is a great way for parents to understand their babies’ development and lower anxiety associated with babies’ sleep.
Nanit Complete Baby Monitoring System
Best for video monitoring
The Nanit complete baby monitoring system provides everything you will ever need to check your baby’s sleep through the night. To check your little one’s breathing, Nanit doesn’t use an electronic device, but the smart camera will recognize the baby’s breathing wear pattern.
Complete Monitoring System by Nanit
Price when reviewed: $303.99
The camera goes on the wall and offers a bird’s-eye view of the entire crib. The picture quality is one of the best on the market and features infrared light for night vision. Three different types of mounts accommodate the HD camera.
The wall mount, which is the default option, the floor stand mount which is self-standing. As an accessory, the company offers an optional Multi-stand mount that can be used when on the go. Picture and sound quality are also simply awesome. The camera also offers real-time monitoring of the temperature and humidity and two-way audio capabilities to always stay in touch with your little one.
The camera connects to your smartphone using the wifi network, which basically offers an unlimited range. As long as the wifi signal is consistent, you will be able to check your little one from everywhere. No matter if your baby sleep on the second floor and you stay in the living room on the first floor, you will always receive a crystal clear picture and crisp sound.
The Nanit sleeping bag works in conjunction with the camera. It detects the printed patterns. The solution is completely sensor free. As your baby breathes, the patterns will move along, and the software will extrapolate the breathing movements. In case the sensor detects a problem, an alert will be displayed both on the camera and your smartphone.
The complete App for iOs and Android is the real control center of the Nanit system and will allow you to watch your little one and analyze the breathing, sleeping pattern, and sleep efficiency. Intuitive and easy to use, the app allows you to check all of the aspects of the sleep of your baby and offer useful advice. Several users can receive the live stream at the same time.
With all of these pros, does the Nanit have any cons? Well, not really. The main drawback may be the system’s price, which depends on the different options selected, can easily reach $350. With such a complete system, the Nanit’s complete system is one of the best baby sleep trackers available. It is an investment you will use for a long time.
Owlet Smart Sock Gen 3
Best for convenience
The Smart Sock by Owlet has been on the market for more than five years. The Smart sock is different from the other activity and breathing baby tracker because the oxygen and heart rate are monitored in real-time. In that sense, the baby sleep tracker incorporates the same technologies you can find in premium smartwatches. The 3rd Generation fits smaller newborns and larger babies with its new design, from 5lbs to 30lbs.
Smart Sock Gen. 3 by Owlet
Price when reviewed: $399.00
The wearable sock charges wirelessly in just 90 minutes. In just 20 min, the sock offers 8 hours of battery. The baby’s oxygen & heart rate are sent remotely via Bluetooth to the iOs or Android associated app. The quality of the sleep, total hours slept, and the number of wakings are also assessed.
The system comprises a camera and a Bluetooth sock that connects to the base via Bluetooth. The base connects to the Wifi network and streams the data to your phone. In case the oxygen level gets out of the “safe” zone, the smart Sock will immediately notify the carer via an alarm on the base and the app.
The sock is wrapped around the foot and secured around the ankle with a Velcro strap. The sensor record the blood flow on the side of the foot. Some parents have somehow reported that the second generation was easier to use than the third one.
The app. is easy to use and allows for multiple entries if you want to monitor several infants simultaneously. Same as with the Nanit app. the information can be shared with your partner phone as well.
At a price tag of $399, The Owlet Duo smart baby monitor does not come cheap, but as for Nanit, the technology is on the high end of the spectrum and allows the parents and carers to find peace of mind.
Snuza SE Baby Movement Monitor
Best for simplicity and price
The Snuza Here is very different from the other products we presented. It does not offer video and is a self-contained product. The device clips to the diaper and monitors the breathing abdominal movements of the baby while asleep. If the breathing stops, the Hero will gently vibrate to rouse your little one after 20 seconds. An alarm will also be activated.
Hero Baby Movement Monitor by Snuza
Price when reviewed: $99.00
The device is made of grade plastic and silicone. It does not offer an app. The keywords of the Snuza Hero are simplicity and safety: no wires, no camera, no smartphone App, just a self-contained device powered by replaceable batteries.
The Snuza Hero only weighs 0.64 ounces and costs less than $100. If you are looking for a simple device that does the job but do not need all the bells and whistles of the most complex baby sleep trackers, this product is for you. It offers a simple way to check on your baby’s breathing.