Owlet has released a new baby sleep monitoring system that focuses on helping babies (and their parents) rest more easily by tracking patterns in infants’ sleep and offering tips and sleep schedules.
theis a surveillance system consisting of the Dream Sock, a sock that wraps around a baby’s foot and records waking up, movement and heart rate, as well as a video camera and an app that provides information about room temperature, humidity and noise levels. Parents can read the data from the Dream app, which is free for iPhone and Android users and, according to the company, should act as a “digital sleep coach”. The system will let parents know when their baby needs help sleeping soundly, Owlet said. The app comes with a sleep tutorial that aims to provide personalized insights into their baby’s sleep.
The dream sock is intended for babies up to 18 months or between 5 and 18 pounds.
In November Owletafter the Food and Drug Administration warned that the sock should be registered as a medical device because of its heart rate and oxygen messages. According to a statement from Owlet, no safety concerns have been identified and the Smart Sock does not need to be returned or exchanged. (The company has announced plans to submit these features to the FDA for marketing approval in the US.)
Owlet informed the FDA of its plans to introduce the new Dream Sock, the company told CNET, which Owlet believes doesn’t have the same concerns the FDA had about the Smart Sock’s heart rate and oxygen alerts.
Electronic monitoring devices for infants are controversial. For some parents, these devices offer reassurance, but other parents claim they bring more anxiety than relief, and some experts say they’re not always reliable. The American Academy of Pediatrics and manyUsing smart baby monitors to try to detect Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS as such devices have not been tested or proven to give such warning signals.
The Dream Duo system, which includes the Dream Sock and camera, costs $399. The sock alone is available now for $299, and . The Owlet Cam can also be purchased individually for $149.
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