Exmobaby is an unusual next generation “smart garment” line of apparel for babies and newborns. Seemingly just another baby outfit choice, each piece of Exmobaby clothing contains a high-tech secret – sensor technology that monitors your baby’s vital signs and movement. As Exmobaby’s wireless technology evaluates your baby you’ll receive text messages (SMS) and email alerts on your mobile phones, personal computer or other tech devices that tell you how your baby is doing. The alerts pop up in real time as your baby’s movement and vital signs change. According to Exmovere Holdings, Inc, this benefits everyone because when your tot is wearing Exmobaby, “No extra or constant monitoring by parents, caregivers or relatives is needed.” Exmobaby is interesting for sure, but is it actually necessary (or safe) to dress your baby in clothing containing a wireless device?Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
Do you need wireless baby clothing?
Exmobaby is necessary, according to the company, because “First time parents are particularly apprehensive about their new experiences and responsibilities with newborns.” Exmobaby however, allows new parents see icons representing their baby’s heartbeat, emotional state and activity level on their cell phones, which I suppose could give VERY concerned parents some peace of mind, but seriously? It’s really not that stressful to raise a baby. Exmobaby also states that this wireless baby clothing is especially important for “First-time mothers re-entering the work force, parents concerned about the vigilance of their babysitter, and childcare centers juggling the needs of multiple children.” I’m not sure I agree. First of all, although Exmobaby says that it’s perfectly safe to dress your baby in a wireless device, the jury is still out on wireless exposure and young children. Exmobaby says, there’s, “Greater proven danger to babies from choking hazards than exposure to wireless or radiating devices like cell phones, radios and/or microwaves” and “Exmobaby is insulated and designed to broadcast data, and hence radiate, minimally.” Some researchers disagree, noting that baby exposure to even minimal radiation should be avoided. Secondly, I can’t see getting much done at work if all day long my cell is popping off baby updates every time my little one cries, coughs or rolls over. I bet that’s distracting.
Here’s where they really lost me…
Exmobaby notes that one major perk of their clothing is that, “Baby monitors require parent interaction and attentive monitoring” while apparently, Exmobaby does not require this same interaction? Instead of spending time with your baby, Exmobaby allow you to spend more time with your wireless tech devices. In a world already overrun with media, screens and technology, this seems like a really bad idea. I also think the company is overreaching with what their product may accomplish. According to the company, this wireless clothing may help quell parent fears about baby health, being a good parent, financial worries, having an abnormal baby, babies who cry too much and more. In fact, Exmobaby notes that Exmobaby clothing will specifically reduce parent fears related to infant sleep apnea, choking and other dangers that relate to SIDS, but since the FDA recently banned “anti-SIDS” products, I don’t see this sales point actually happening. Lastly, even if you think Exmobaby is a killer idea, this peace of mind comes with a hefty price tag. The basic Exmobaby package comes with an outfit, a Zigbee transceiver, PC and cell phone monitoring software and 6 months of online service for, wait for it… $1,000! Wow. It would be less expensive to purcahse a baby monitor. Although, to be honest, I never owned even one baby monitor. I did a little something I like to call, “Paying attention to your baby” and low and behold my son survived, baby monitor-free. What do you think of this device? Are you willing to dress your baby in wireless clothing for some peace of mind? More importantly, do you really need wireless clothing to tell you about your baby’s health and emotions? Tell us in the comments.