We’ve reinvented the baby monitor with working parents in mind. BabyBit is a small wearable sensor you snap onto your baby’s clothing. It connects through your caregiver’s smartphone and sends you updates and notifications throughout the day about the things you want to know.
BabyBit was designed with one goal…to give new parents the information they need throughout the day when they can’t be with their baby.
We use notifications to let parents know when something they care about is happening. For example, when grandma picks up the baby from daycare mom gets a notification. We felt that telling mom every time the baby cries undercuts the caregiver and creates tension. Instead, mom sets the amount of time she wants to give the caregiver to attend to the baby and BabyBit only notifies her when that time is exceeded and she would want to get involved.
We set up a series of these configurable notifications so parents can choose what is important and what should cut through the noise of the day. The BabyBit app gives you additional detail when you want it.
“It’s Tuesday at 2 PM, where’s my baby? With BabyBit I know…” Katie G.
“I run a daycare from my home. I come highly recommended in my area. It’s not always an option for family and friends to watch your children…first time moms (I work for three of them) are nervous and I understand them wanting to take every precaution. This product is a good idea.” Emily B.
“It’s a pretty simple mechanism, but it’s one no other device has done. And if it works, it could be an important addition to the current market. “
“Using the sensor and app, parents can monitor their child even when the child is in someone else’s care.”
“Using this sensor, we would know the temperature of the infant in the car seat, and we could adjust the climate zone…”
“…Keeps parents appraised a child’s location, body position, temperature and also the caregiver’s status.”
Every parent has a story of a time they wish they knew what was happening with their baby. Our personal experiences were part of what led us to develop BabyBit. Founder Brian recalls a time when a babysitter planted his children in front of the TV and spent the next four hours asleep in their guest bedroom. Co-founder Jonathan’s wife once came home to find a strange baby in their home. It turned out that her nanny had been leaving their infant unattended for 30 minutes each day so she could pick-up another baby and care for them both in Jonathan’s home. In both of these cases, a technology like BabyBit would have notified the parent if the baby was crying for a long period of time, and that the caregiver was not in proximity.
Every year one million moms return to work within two weeks of giving birth… With 9 children between us, the idea for BabyBit emerged when we started to think about the stress new parents face, especially new mothers, when they return to work – often much earlier than they would like. We asked ourselves, if we can’t wave a wand and create more family friendly work practices, what kind of technology could help create peace of mind for parents who have to be away from their babies?
BabyBit is neither a higher tech baby monitor nor a medical device. It’s a tool that provides insightful, actionable information, to both parent and caregiver so they can work together to keep baby safe and happy. The app has additional in-depth information a parent may want.
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- Step 1: Parents and caregivers download the BabyBit app and configure notifications for events they would like to track (such as when a new caregiver takes over or the baby is sleeping on her stomach).
- Step 2: Caregivers request permission from the parent (via the app) to connect to the baby’s sensor.
- Step 3: Clip the BabyBit sensor onto baby’s clothing and ensure it connects to parents’ and/or caregivers’ phones.
- Step 4: That’s it. BabyBit will now continually monitor baby’s environment and send notifications as needed. To get detailed, up to the minute information, parents can launch the app.
Of course! You can track more than one baby at a time (each would require her own BabyBit), as a parent or caregiver. Furthermore, we’re planning to build a daycare-focused solution for a future release.
3. When and where can I get one?
Currently, BabyBit is available only to our Indiegogo supporters. We plan to ship BabyBit to our supporters in November.
BabyBit uses an extremely low power networking technology (Bluetooth LE) that has been FDA-approved for medical devices, making it the lowest power, safest networking technology available for wearables and only a tiny fraction of the energy emitted by a cell phone or WiFi.
10. Why has Jaguar Land Rover invested in BabyBit?
We, along with the JLR engineers have developed a prototype application that allows the vehicle to recognize when a baby has been left in the vehicle with no caregiver. The vehicle then turns on the HVAC system to keep the baby safe and comfortable and alerts the parent with location and temperature information. If no one returns to the vehicle in a reasonable time or the vehicle gets too hot or cold, the vehicle can alert the authorities with the location of the baby.