MIKU Baby Monitor review by W+G editors
Besides missing me while he slept, I worried how he was sleeping and is everything okay – what is it for Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor ($399) was an easy choice to follow him.
“Miku Pro is the only non-contact and wearable smart monitor on the market that tracks your child’s breathing and sleeping patterns,” says Dr. Johann Fernando, CEO of Mikucara. And now with the new Care+ app feature (more on that below), parents can track all that data on a handy dashboard that makes your child’s health and well-being easier to understand.
Miku works by using Wi-Fi and its own app to display a video monitor directly on your smartphone, meaning that no matter where you are, as long as you have your phone with you, you can see what your baby is doing in bed. (That said, it’s crucial to have a reliable Wi-Fi connection in your home to make sure your video stream doesn’t drop or buffer.)
During my son’s first few weeks, in particular, I found myself peeking at him frequently through the Miku app, even though I was only a few feet from his lawnmower. Now that he’s in his crib in a completely different room, having a reliable window into his sleep patterns is both informative and worry-relieving.
Have a reliable window into [my baby’s] sleep patterns are both informative and worry-reducing.
How the Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor works
The app’s main monitor function tracks your baby’s respirations per minute (RPM), shows when motion is detected, and provides a pinch-to-zoom video display feature, so you can get close to personal images of your baby. It also shows the room temperature and humidity level, which is helpful in providing a sleep environment for your baby to thrive in. As well as a volume button that you can mute or adjust (in case you just want to watch your baby and not hear it) and a two-way microphone that lets you talk to your baby via the monitor via your phone, the Miku Pro offers “no motion” alerts “, sound and wake/sleep notifications.
While I do believe there is such a thing as information overload, what I’ve particularly enjoyed about using the Miku Pro is that even in the three months since my son was born, the way I use the features has changed. And given that it can track the breathing and sleep patterns of children up to 10 years old, I suspect I’ll continue to change the way I use it and—honestly—rely on it for years to come. That variability in use isn’t an accident of design, either: “As your child grows, certain features will provide you with more value than others,” says Dr. Fernando.
For example, my son is currently going through a sleep regression. Two weeks ago he was sleeping through the night so well that I felt too guilty to give an honest answer when other new parents asked us how he was sleeping. This inner complacency got to me, and now he wakes up three or four times a night. As unbelievable as it sounds, my husband and I often wake up in the morning and can’t remember what happened in the twilight zone overnight. That is, we have no idea which of us got up to comfort the baby or how many times. This is where looking back at Miku’s Activity window became very helpful. It automatically records periods of movement (or “activity”), allowing parents to track what the heck happened during a night’s sleep so they can extrapolate patterns.
How the Care+ function works
The monitor’s latest tracking feature doubles the value it can bring to parents in recognizing their baby’s sleep patterns and well-being. Care+, which officially launched on November 1, captures sleep and breathing data and presents it as easy-to-digest trend graphs, among other features like a specially targeted notification that tells you when there’s an important change in your child’s regular sleep and breathing patterns . .
It also offers two video storage options: Care+30 (30 days of video storage for less than $10 per month or $99 per year) and Care+ Unlimited (unlimited video storage for less than $20 per month or $199 per year).
Does it provide a lot of information that I’m not already using? Yes. Is it knocking against my Miku baby monitor? No. In fact, the breadth of information is intentional; according to dr. Fernando, there is no need to feel pressured to use all the features of the device. Instead, they are available to support and empower parents. “With smart devices today, it’s easy to become overloaded with data and information,” he says. “You can choose whether you want to check daily metrics, or maybe you just need to review weekly trends.”
That attitude is in line with how I’ve come to enjoy using the Miku Pro: simply use the features I find useful at any given time to facilitate sleep without worrying about me and my baby.
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