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Mimo's baby monitor could soothe anxious parents' fears

LAS VEGAS—Nervous new parents know the stress of trying to encourage a stomach-sleeping baby to lie on their backs instead, cutting the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. I don’t have kids so none of that stress is happening over here, but I vividly remember the plethora of crib stuff my sister had to buy just to keep her firstborn in the right, face-up position. That kid was always trying to go rogue and stomach-sleep.

mimo onesie Image: Mimo

That's no turtle...that's a health tracker.

Well, cue the tech angels because this is where the cutest little accelerometer device I’ve ever seen comes in to save all the nervous parents to come. Mimo presented its tiny little baby monitor that integrates with sensor-festooned onesies at CES 2014: The tiny turtle monitor comes in a kit with three onesies, sizes 0-3, 3-6, and 6-12 months.

mimo monitor screen Image: Mimo

Safe and sound: Mimo's smartphone app lets you monitor your child's breathing and body temperature, as well as the temperature int he room.

The kimono-style, organic cotton onesies are key because of the unobtrusive and soft, cloth-like strip that runs across it, which records how often a baby breathes. To complete the techy mini-suit, snap the small green plastic turtle monitor into the hip-area of the onesie and all the information the monitor collects will be synched over Bluetooth to Mimo’s base, which the company calls the Lilypad.

The Mimo can detect and display information on your baby’s sleep, respiration, and temperature along with your baby's movement data and the ambient room temperature, all in a handy little matching app. There’s also a function in the app to listen in with the turtle. Video function may come in a later version of the Mimo.

This idea seems just genius. We found a cool dog tracker at this year’s CES, so why not put the same sort of accelerometer tech on a kid and help a nervous parent out?

The Mimo system—which comes with a Lilypad, a turtle, and three onesies—is now available for preorder for a cost of $199.

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