Breathing Motion Monitoring for Newborns and Babies

Breathing Motion Monitoring for Newborns and Babies

Discover our cutting-edge Breathing Motion Monitoring Technology. Ensure your peace of mind and get better sleep with Nanit.
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You’re overwhelmed and overjoyed to be bringing your newborn home from the hospital, and yes, a million and one thoughts and worries are crowding your mind. From deciphering your baby's different cries to figuring out how to swaddle, the list can feel endless.

One common concern for many parents? Making sure your newborn sleeps safely and soundly (with an emphasis on safe). Enter Nanit’s baby monitor with computer vision technology. 

What is breathing motion monitoring?

An infant breathing motion monitor, as its name implies, does precisely what you'd expect: it monitors and records your baby's breathing motion patterns while they sleep. Whether you're a new parent or an experienced one, the ability to observe your baby's breathing motion in real time and can provide a reassuring sense of comfort.

Are baby breathing motion monitors safe by today’s standards? Nanit’s innovative and comfortable Breathing Wear completely bypasses the need for wires, electronics, or sensors, so it's completely safe for your baby. Our Breathing Wear is HSA/FSA-eligible, so you can save money and ensure your baby's comfort.

How do baby breathing motion monitors work?

A baby monitor that tracks breathing motion? Such a device must surely rely on a pinch of magical dust. But no, rest assured that the process is based on reliable science. Three crucial Nanit components work together to allow you to monitor your baby's motion:

  1. Breathing Wear. Made with a custom-designed pattern, we designed our Breathing Wear–from Breathing Wear Pajamas to a Breathing Band, and more–to be soft and cozy for a comfortable night of sleep.
  2. Nanit Pro Camera. As your baby breathes, the Nanit Pro Camera tracks the rise and fall of the pattern on the Breathing Wear, using the movements to monitor your baby's breathing motion in real time.
  3. Insights Plan. Opting for one of our Insights Plans enables you to receive real-time alerts on your phone about your baby's breathing motion. Depending on your Insights plan, you can also get access to watch them grow in auto-captured time-lapse videos or review a 30-day sleep analysis of their sleep pattern, and so much more.

The benefits of breathing motion monitoring for babies

Why do so many parents consider an infant breathing motion monitor to be a must-have parenting item? Excellent question! Aside from bringing peace of mind to parents all over the world, here are some of the benefits you can expect from Nanit’s Breathing Motion Monitoring:

  • Alert you when no breathing motion is detected. Breathing Motion Monitoring tools will alert you when breathing motion is no longer detected. This will trigger a real time alarm on the camera as well as your phone, so even if you’re fast asleep, your phone will alert you so you can check on your little one right away.
  • Receive real-time updates on your phone. Staying up to date on your little one’s breathing motion is as easy as one, two, three with the help of the Nanit app. From the comfort of your phone, you can see their breaths per minute, receive alerts when they need you, and analyze their daily, weekly, and monthly sleep averages.
  • Remotely monitor their breathing motion. Did we mention that with the app you can be almost anywhere while you monitor their breathing motion? From folding laundry on the couch to laying in bed, you’ll have remote monitoring capabilities at your fingertips.
  • Monitor sleep in a way that’s non-invasive. Our Breathing Wear is non-invasive, so you can track your little one’s breathing motion without the use of any intrusive sensors or electronics.

Which style of breathing wear is right for me?

Choosing the right Breathing Wear for your baby is not a one-size-fits-all affair; what suits a newborn might not be as comfortable for a toddler.

Finding the perfect fit can be a lot like selecting the ideal pair of shoes for your child—each little one has their unique preferences. Nanit Breathing Wear also aligns with your baby's stage of development, another key to their comfort and safety. Here are the styles of breathing wear that Nanit offers:

Breathing Wear Swaddle

For centuries, people all over the world have swaddled their newborns using cloths and blankets. Swaddles not only have the potential to help babies maintain body temperature but also create a sense of security, mimicking the snug environment of the womb.

Our Breathing Wear Swaddle achieves two sleep success milestones in one very soft package. It provides infants with the reassurance of being cocooned in comfort while also safely monitoring their breaths per minute. The Nanit app informs parents on their baby’s breathing motion. This is an option for back-sleeping newborns who are not yet rolling over.

Breathing Wear Sleeping Bag

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, swaddles are recommended for newborns until they begin showing signs of rolling over from their backs onto their tummies. At this point, you can transition them to a Breathing Wear Sleeping Bag.

A safer alternative to tucking your baby in with blankets (that can pull loose), the Breathing Wear Sleeping Bag safely monitors your little one’s breathing motion and keeps them warm and cozy all year long. Bonus points: its two-way zipper makes it easy to change diapers without the hassle of removing the sleeping bag every time. 

Breathing Wear Pajamas

The Breathing Wear Pajamas are ideal for little ones of all sizes, starting from the day you bring them home from the hospital until they're old enough to toddle around the house. Designed to be soft and cozy, these pajamas are also crafted with parents in mind, allowing you to track your child's breathing motion in real-time.

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Breathing Band

Our easy-to-use Breathing Band comfortably fits over most pajamas and sleeping bags, suitable for babies up to 24 months old. How to use the Nanit Breathing Band? Simply place your baby on the open band back-first, then velcro the Band gently under the baby’s arms and over their chest. The Band’s custom-designed pattern collaborates seamlessly with the Pro Camera, effectively monitoring your baby's breathing motion in most sleep positions. 

Monitor your baby’s breathing with Nanit

From the ever-changing baby feeding schedules to all the diaper changes, parenting is a full-time job. That's where Nanit steps in, aiming to bolster your confidence in a crucial aspect of parenting: your baby's sleep.

With our Nanit Camera and Breathing Motion Monitoring system, you can find your own blissful slumber knowing that your little one’s breathing is being constantly monitored using safe and comfortable Breathing Wear. Explore our innovative products today and give yourself and your little one the reassurance of a good night's sleep.

Key takeaways

  • Our innovations deliver peace of mind. Nanit's Breathing Wear and Pro Camera monitoring system offers a non-invasive and innovative solution, allowing parents to track their baby's breathing motion in real time.
  • Nanit offers streamlined technology. Nanit has evolved infant breathing motion monitoring, and created comfortable Breathing Wear, which is HSA/FSA-eligible and eliminates wires, electronics, and sensors for enhanced accessibility and safety.
  • We provide comprehensive monitoring and insights. Nanit's system not only detects breathing motion but also provides detailed sleep analyses and real-time alerts, making it user-friendly and beneficial for parents seeking a holistic understanding of their baby's sleep patterns.

Nanit is not a medical device. Nanit is a connected product designed and intended to continuously learn from the data it collects to help you understand your baby's sleep patterns. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or other condition, including but not limited to, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). False positive or false negative readings about your baby’s breathing patterns are a potential risk of Nanit. Height measurements are assessed using computer vision algorithms and are estimated - Nanit makes no guarantee that they are 100% accurate. Medical decisions should never be made using Nanit growth data. Nanit should not substitute for the care and oversight of an adult or consultation with medical professionals.


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Natalie Barnett, PhD serves as VP of Clinical Research at Nanit. Natalie initiated sleep research collaborations at Nanit and in her current role, Natalie oversees collaborations with researchers at hospitals and universities around the world who use the Nanit camera to better understand pediatric sleep and leads the internal sleep and development research programs at Nanit. Natalie holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of New England in Australia and a Postgraduate Certificate in Pediatric Sleep Science from the University of Western Australia. Natalie was an Assistant Professor in the Neurogenetics Unit at NYU School of Medicine prior to joining Nanit. Natalie is also the voice of Nanit's science-backed, personalized sleep tips delivered to users throughout their baby's first few years.

Kristy Ojala is Nanit’s Digital Content Director. She spends way too much time looking at maps and weather forecasts and pictures of Devon Rex cats and no-cook dinners. A former sleep champion, she strives to share trustworthy somnabulism tips with other parents—praying for that one fine day when no tiny humans wake her up while it’s still dark out. Her kids highly recommend 3 books, approximately 600 stuffies, Chopin’s “Nocturnes,” and the Nanit Sound + Light for bedtime success.

Mackenzie Sangster is on the Brand and Community team at Nanit. She supports content development and editing for Nanit’s Parent Confidently blog as well as other marketing initiatives. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her friends, cooking, being active, and using the Pro + Flex Duo to keep an eye on her fur-baby, Poppy!

Holly Hays is a contributor and writer for Nanit, channeling her years as a mama and former magazine editor to create fun, useful content for fellow busy, trying-to-do-their-best parents and caregivers. Holly has written for a wide range of brands and media outlets (Ergobaby, HGTV, Manhattan Toy Company, OXO), loves to cook and read mystery novels, and leans heavily on her two daughters to keep her up to date on all the latest slang.