Pre-order price is $279 with the option for a $50 subscription to Nanit Insights. The monitor will retail for $349 after the pre-order period has ended and the subscription price will increase to $100.
In a nutshell: The Nanit Baby Monitor enables parents to not only live stream their child’s sleep from their phones, but to learn more about their baby’s sleep habits.
The perks: Dr. Assaf Glazer, one of the founders of Nanit, conceived the idea for the device following his own sleepless nights with his young children. The CEO, who has a PhD. in computer vision and machine learning, aimed to provide parents with both surveillance and safety. The smart technology also tracks total hours of sleep and the number of times a child wakes up, among other behaviors. The instrument streams over the internet wherever you are, and can also stream locally over Wi-Fi so that connection issues won’t interfere with parents’ surveillance.
The Nanit Baby Monitor offers other elements as well, including a night light and a sound generator that plays white noise and nature sounds for children. The camera, which weighs three ounces, attaches to a 10.5 pound base to hold the device over the crib. Since most mattresses are around the same size, the parameters of the video don’t need to be changed for every family utilizing the instrument. The app also contains a helpful walk-through guide that helps you setup the camera and correctly position it above your crib.
The headaches: At around $280, the Nanit Baby Monitor is an investment for parents. While the gadget can provide families with a lot of potentially helpful information, moms and dads have to decide if the data is worth the price.
To access figures that the smart technology device has gathered, monitor users must have a Nanit subscription. Without that additional expense, parents can still utilize the device for real-time sound and motion notifications, plus the night light and noise maker. The baby monitor isn’t ready to go once moms and dads remove it from the box. Instead, parents have to complete a calibration process. Luckily, this is a one-time procedure and families will not have to adjust the system in the future.
Final verdict: The information the Nanit Baby Monitor tracks is impressive. The color-coded sleep score for children as well as statistics relating to humidity, temperature, sound and motion are helpful statistics for moms and dads. Yet, with so many new and similar devices hitting the market, parents have to decide if the in-depth information – plus the cost to subscribe for certain features – is worth the price.