“By their second kid, every mom is an expert.” But when it comes to my mothering experience, it has actually been quite the opposite. With my first baby I was living in what I call “parental bliss”. My pregnancy was completely unplanned and quite a few years sooner than I had ever hoped. And while I did my best to prepare for my role as a mother, I was incredibly unaware. Unaware of so many risk, dangers, and hazards that us mommas face every day while raising our sweet babes. And that oblivion left me feeling much more at ease than most new moms.
But with the recent birth of my third baby, I found myself wondering why I worried so much more than I had with my previous children. And it hit me – fear. The more knowledge I acquire about what’s safe and what isn’t, the more I’m terribly of afraid of something going wrong on this rollercoaster ride of raising an infant. And at the top of that list of fears is sleep.
They tell you not to put blankets in the crib and they tell you not to add stuffed animals or cute loveys. They warn you about SIDS, they warn you about safe swaddling, and they warn you about babies unexpectedly rolling. Not only does a baby’s feeding schedule wake new parents up throughout the night, but so does the worry and the stress of your baby sleeping safely.
This is where Smart Beat comes in to play. Smart Beat is a video monitor and breath detection monitor wrapped into one small handy-dandy device. Smart Beat features a camera of 2 million pixels that track baby’s movement 20 times every second. Using specialized algorithms, Smart Beat uses those tiny movements to track baby’s actual breathing rate to ensure healthy, safe sleep. No wearable items, no clips and no mats. Nothing but a camera and a super user-friendly app. Little ones never outgrow this thing!
And if you’re worried about those early swaddle weeks, don’t be. Smart Beat is designed to work with swaddles, sleep sacks, and other tight fitting pajamas.
Rather than a handheld monitor for mom and dad, Smart Beat communicates through a smartphone app. Once the app is downloaded, it guides users step by step through the setup process – which only requires two cords, one camera, one base station, and one sweet baby. In the app parents can find easy to read graphs of baby’s breathing rate, with clear margins for what’s safe and what’s not. The app allows parents to adjust the view of the camera with just the tap of an arrow. So if baby nudges it, parents can regain the perfect view without even leaving their bed. The app features a night mode as well. This offers easy-on-the-eyes screen adjustments and camera night vision for a crisp, clear view of baby at any hour. There’s nothing Smart Beat hasn’t thought of!
And the apps absolute best feature? The phone alarms. Smart Beat will send a notification straight to your phone if baby’s breathing stops for 20 seconds, or if the breath rate falls outside of the set safe range. No time is wasted in delivering that memo. So parents can rest easy knowing Smart Beat always has it’s eye on the little one.
Thanks to the app feature, Smart Beat allows multiple users to monitor baby with a simple login. Users can use in-home WiFi or a remote WiFi. This way parents can check in on their little ones from just about anywhere. But alongside this easy accessibility is two security options that run under state-of-the-art encryption. Both the Remote Access and Lock Down features keep your video stream safely under your roof, and your roof only.
It’s been a whirlwind experience, raising three Perez babies. Gone are the days of living in bliss, oblivious to the dangers babies face in their first few months. Because slowly but surly my anxiety has creeped up with each little one. And aside from the worry, with each new family addition I also find myself having less time to focus on the little things. Smart Beat eases a little bit of my fear. This monitor checks one more thing off my to-do list. As one very busy momma I can focus less on my sweet sleeping beauty, and more on making nap time productive and efficient. Smart Beat has my back. And while I may be up preparing bottle after bottle each night, I always go back to bed with a little peace and a little comfort knowing Smart Beat is on my team.
This review was created in collaboration with Smart Beat. All opinions are my own.