4 Reasons This New Baby Monitor Is a Pediatrician’s Top Pick
June 16, 2021
Most parents-to-be know they need a baby monitor, but with all the high-tech options out there, it can be a bit confusing to figure out which features really matter. Do you want to track baby’s breathing? Get alerts about every single movement? Have night vision so good even an owl would be jealous? To help make sure you don’t lose any sleep over this decision (you’ll be sleep-deprived soon enough), we talked to Jacqueline Winkelmann, MD, board-certified pediatrician and chairman of Miku’s medical advisory board, about what to consider. Her choice? The Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor. Its state-of-the-art features offer helpful insight into baby’s sleep habits and might even allow everyone in your family to rest a little easier. Here’s why it deserves a spot on your registry.
Sure, the main purpose of a baby monitor is to have eyes and ears on baby while they’re sleeping (or supposed to be sleeping). But the Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor shows you so much more than simple audio and video. It tracks baby’s breathing and movement; reads the room to sense temperature, humidity and light; and even has a two-way talk feature and built-in white noise and lullaby options. “For me, the advantage of smart baby monitors is to get to know your baby in a different way,” says Winkelmann. “For example, you get to know your baby’s baseline vital signs, so you can alert your pediatrician if there are significant changes.” Miku makes this easy by showing baby’s breathing patterns as a waveform in real time onscreen, and storing this and other important data in the app to reference whenever you need it. You can even set up custom alerts to call out any sudden differences in baby’s breathing or movement. But there’s no need to worry about false alarms—the SensorFusion technology uses five different sensors so you can get an accurate reading even when baby is under a blanket or in total darkness. “This type of technology, which includes a local processor, decreases lag time to give you the most accurate data in the shortest amount of time,” says Winkelmann.
Arguably, one of the most advanced features of the Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor is that it can track all of this data without putting anything on baby or in the crib. “The safe sleep guidelines recommend baby sleeps with nothing but a swaddle and having wearables just increases the potential for problems,” says Winkelmann. Plus, you’ll never need to charge, wash or calibrate it, and baby is free to wear any type of clothing and sleep in any position. For extra safety, the Miku Pro plugs directly into the wall, mounts securely and even includes cable guides to shield the cords from tiny, grabbing hands. And it connects to any smart device, so you can access the monitor from anywhere (even if you’re out on date night, and you want to see if the sitter got baby to sleep). The security is also top notch: 256-bit encryption and a Crypto Chip in the hardware mean your data is safe from prying eyes.
Speaking of data, the Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor creates daily sleep summaries to give you a minute-by-minute account of baby’s tossing and turning (or, hopefully, lack thereof) to help you optimize their routine. “It allows a parent to reflect on baby’s prior sleep and determine what might have caused a change in sleeping habits,” says Winkelmann. “Sleep insights are particularly helpful during sleep training, when parents can quantify progress or change strategies if things aren’t working.” You can also analyze how baby’s environment impacts their sleep by monitoring temperature changes, humidity, sound and light in the room. “Being able to get to know your baby and understand their environment is key to creating healthy sleep habits,” she says.
At the end of the day, most parents just want a baby monitor to ease their worries. “I think having the ability to reassure a parent that things are going well and that baby is OK is a great advantage," says Winkelmann. “Hopefully, it lets parents get the much-needed sleep they need.” The Miku Pro’s 1080p camera, wider field of view and advanced night vision ensure you never miss a moment, while saving you from tiptoeing into baby’s room 20 times a night to check on them. In fact, Winkelmann suggests it can help parents know when they’re needed—and when to let sleeping babies lie. “Babies are noisy,” she says. “But not all noises deserve a visit to the room. I think the ability to see and hear what’s happening can help put a parent’s mind at ease and give baby a chance to self-soothe, which in the end is key for healthy sleep.” And even when baby eventually starts sleeping through the night, that doesn’t mean the monitor has outlived its usefulness. While many wearable monitoring devices only work until baby is 18 months old, a contact-free smart monitor will still come in handy as baby grows. It can continue to track sleeping patterns when you make the tricky transition to a toddler bed, or watch over your preschooler as they learn to play independently in their room. More reasons the Miku Pro can serve as your eye in the sky for years to come.
Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor , $399, mikucare.com