The Best Smart Monitor

Best Smart Monitor

Last updated: March 14, 2017. The Best Smart Monitor. New “smart monitors” that watch your baby’s vital signs have debuted to some fanfare in recent years. These wearables (socks, t-shirts, diaper sensors) monitor baby and are connected to smartphones. If baby’s biometrics (pulse rate, respiration, blood oxygen, etc.) drop below a certain level, an alarm goes off on your smartphone.

So which one is the best smart monitor? Which one should you get? None.

A 2017 review of these gadgets in the Journal of the American Medical Association found no scientific evidence they work.

“These devices are marketed aggressively to parents of healthy babies, promising peace of mind about their child’s cardiorespiratory health,” pediatrician Dr. Christopher P. Bonafide, with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told the Consumerist web site. “But there is no evidence that these consumer infant physiological monitors are life-saving or even accurate, and these products may cause unnecessary fear, uncertainty and self-doubt in parents.”

That’s right—instead of giving parents piece of mind, smart monitors most likely cause a myriad of false alarms that make parenting even more stressful than it already is. We do review individual smart monitors below but bottom line is: save your money and skip the smart monitors.