A new technology is now available to offer new parents a helping hand for even the dirtiest of jobs.
The Exmobaby is a monitoring system that warns parents via text message or email when their little one needs changing. Developed in the US, the technology is built in to an infant babygro, and can also sense a baby's heart rate, temperature and breathing rhythm. There's even a setting that will help parents identify what kind of mood their baby is in happy, or not so much.
The device works by detecting electrical impulses emitted when the skin becomes moist. A special thread senses the electrical signals on the skin and as the signals become stronger due to contact with the moisture, an email or text alert is triggered.
Parenting experts have voiced their concerns about the product, suggesting that is could replace natural instincts and cause parents to become over-anxious.
"This will take away from parents something which should be instinctive. It fuels parental anxiety. It's far better to keep an eye on our babies and use human touch to work out when something is wrong," said Judy Reith, from parent coaching firm, Parenting People.
But the manufacturer insists that this is not the case.
"We imagine people being there with their baby looking at the data and learning more about their baby. They want to research their baby's development," said a spokesman for Exmobaby.
The website for the device also claims that it may help to reduce infant deaths due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or accidents. The heart rate monitoring feature would alert parents immediately if their baby were in danger.
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