Medical research has not proven that new smartphone applications to track babies’ vital signs work.
Experts understand the anxiety of new parents around newborn issues like SIDS. Yet they warn against these apps linked to sensors in babies’ socks, onesies, leg bands and diaper clips. They aren’t tested or approved for U.S. sale like medical devices.
New smartphone-integrated monitors for vital signs currently available in the U.S. or expected to debut soon include Baby Vida, MonBaby, Owlet, Snuza Pico and Sproutling.
Instead, parents should rely on prevention efforts proven to work. These efforts include breastfeeding and sleeping in the same room with their babies.
Babies should sleep in the same bedroom as their parents – but not in the same bed – for at least six months to cut the risk of sleep-related deaths. The safest spot for infant sleep is on a firm surface such as a crib or bassinet without any soft bedding, bumpers or pillows.