New generation baby monitoring

Mother and baby wearing Sikker bracelets

Sikker baby monitor - base unit with adult and baby wrist bands

Eight years ago I bought a baby monitor. It looked just like a pastel walkie-talkie set and if I didn’t tune it to the right frequency we picked up the neighbour’s baby crying (who naturally cried much, much more than our son). Some years later, video baby monitors became widely available and I remember thinking how ‘high-tech’ they were. Video-schmideo, the Alpha babies (Gen Z is finished, we’re up to Alphas) want a Sikker.

The Sikker (‘sikker’ is Danish for safety) is so much more than just a baby monitor. It is also a radio, alarm, clock, can be used to remotely speak or play music to your baby and monitors and stores baby’s temperature and heart rate. A little too ‘Big Brother’ for you? Perhaps, but there are certainly many times at 2am when I would’ve liked to have stayed in bed and whispered remotely to my baby, “Shhh, go back to sleep.”

The design is only a concept at this stage – obviously a lot more research will go into the safety of babies wearing a wi-fi bracelet and the accuracy of temperature taken at the wrist. In the meantime, the Alphas will have to make do with parents peering in via the video monitor.

(via Yanko Design).

Mother and baby wearing Sikker bracelets

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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