The diaper company unveiled a new high-tech diaper that allows parents to track their baby's pee, potty, and sleeping habits.
Earlier this week, diaper brand Pampers launched a 'smart diaper' which pairs with smartphones and a video monitor to alert parents about when their baby's diaper is soiled, how long their baby has slept, and even keeps a track of how often their baby is going to the bathroom. While some parents are probably excited to have a way to monitor their baby's health effortlessly, others worry about privacy and security. The Lumi by Pampers line is set to launch in the United States this fall, but there's already a long waitlist, CNN reports.
The product works through an activity sensor that attaches to a "landing" on the front of a baby's diaper and comes packaged with a baby monitor as well as enough supply of diapers to last 10 days (additional packs of diapers will need to be purchased separately). According to the diaper company, parents will need to download a corrsponding app in order to access their baby's data, such as pee and sleep patterns, through the sensor. An official price for the high-tech diapers is yet to be finalized.
A Pampers spokesperson revealed in an interview with CNN, "Parents didn't ask for a poo or pee alarm; they wanted something more like the smart watches of today. The activity sensor tracks baby's sleep and since it's there on the diaper, it can also track... If a diaper is wet." With all this talk about tracking, the diapers brand understands that privacy may be a large concern for parents. Therefore, the spokesperson affirmed, "I do want to re-iterate that we take privacy and security very seriously. Only Lumi by Pampers account holders with their valid credentials will be able to access their baby's data on the Lumi app."
David Anderson, senior director at the Child Mind Institute, noted, "Undoubtedly, for those parents who are concerned about their newborn's bathroom functions — to inform something like constipation or if a kid is hydrated enough when they're sick — this data could be very useful over brief periods. Not to mention that it may even be useful for potty-training parents. But there's that trade-off that happens with data and anxiety. There may be behavior that is completely within an acceptable range, but an anxious parent is likely to find any deviations from reliable norms a cause for concern. So while data is generally good, we're likely to see an increase in calls to pediatricians."
Whether this new high-tech diaper will prove to be a boon or a bane is still yet to be understood. However, some parents who tested the products approved of the invention. A mother who tried out the Lumi by Pampers diaper stated, "The app is seamless. I like that I can just 'set it and forget it' and then check in on the app whenever I want without constantly updating a log or keeping track myself." Will you be one of the parents to try out the new tech-savvy product when it comes out?