CHOP Study: Wearable Baby Monitors Don’t Reliably Read Vital Signs

Sep 8, 2018 | Baby Monitors

Emily Glover of Motherly writes that Parents would do just about anything to ensure their baby is safe and sound during the night. A new study, however, found popular wearable baby monitors don’t live up to their promises.

“There are lots of reasons parents should probably not be using consumer vital sign monitors,” study leader Dr. Chris Bonafide of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia tells Reuters. “There is no evidence that these monitors prevent SIDS. And the issues with accuracy… make me concerned that they could not just be unhelpful but that they could also create problems.”

For the study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers looked specifically at the Owlet Smart Sock 2 and Baby Vida wearable monitors, which are both promoted as being able to alert a parent when the baby’s heart rate or blood oxygen levels dangerously dip. Working with 30 infants, they put a hospital monitor on one foot and a commercial monitor on the other to compare readings.  See the link for entire story.

Lead Research/Investigator

Dr. Chris Bonafide 


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