How to use the Nanit Breathing Band

How to use the Nanit Breathing Band

Get step-by-step instructions to use the Nanit Breathing Band—and ensure your peace of mind. Learn how it works today.

Choosing the right breathing motion monitor for your little one can be challenging. You want a product that safely and effectively monitors their breathing motion and helps you feel confident that they’re sleeping soundly throughout the night.

The Nanit Breathing Band, designed especially for infants and toddlers, checks all the boxes. With no sensors or electronics, it offers a safe way for you to keep an eye on your baby’s breathing motion and sends real-time data directly to an app on your phone.

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The custom-designed pattern on our Breathing Band works with the Pro Camera to safely detect your baby’s breathing motion in almost any sleep position–without sensors, electronics, or radars.

Whether your little one has graduated from the Breathing Wear Swaddle or this is your first time using Nanit’s Breathing Wear, read on for all the details you need to use the Breathing Band. (Get ready to snooze peacefully all night long.)

The Nanit Breathing Band: Step-by-step instructions

You were thrilled to open Nanit’s Breathing Band at your baby shower. But now that your baby’s actually here, how do you put it on them? These easy-to-follow instructions on will help:

  • Step 1. Place the Breathing Band on a flat surface with the Nanit logo facing up.
  • Step 2. Lay your baby on their back on top of the band. Center them on the Nanit logo.
  • Step 3. Fold the left flap under their right arm. 
  • Step 4. Fold the right flap under the left arm so that it adheres to the other side.
  • Step 5. Make sure the band isn’t too tight or too loose (you’re looking for Goldilocks just right). Not sure you’ve found the right tightness? Try this tip: Place two fingers between the band and your little one’s chest. There should be enough space to easily insert your fingers between the two.

Future Troubleshooting Tip: Is your newly-mobile baby delighting in trying to open and unwrap the Breathing Band? Make the enclosure harder to reach by positioning the Band’s enclosure on the baby’s back instead of their tummy.

How does the Nanit Breathing Band work?

Nanit’s Breathing Band makes it easier than ever to monitor your little one’s breathing motion. Simply dress them in their pajamas, layer the Breathing Band on top, and lay them safely in their bassinet or crib. To ensure accurate monitoring, we recommend pajamas that are solid or printed with a pattern that will not conflict with the Breathing Wear pattern (PS - all of Nanit’s Sleep Wear is compatible, including prints, unless otherwise indicated on the product page!). 

But how does the Nanit Breathing Band work exactly? Our Breathing Wear works seamlessly with the Nanit Pro Camera, utilizing a custom-designed pattern on the fabric to safely and accurately detect the subtle movements of your baby's breathing motion. Once your baby is in the crib wearing the Breathing Band and you start a Breathing Motion Monitoring session, the Pro Camera evaluates the data gathered by the Breathing Wear fabric and monitors your child’s breathing motion patterns as they sleep. The information can be read in virtually any sleeping position—tummy, back, or side.

No electronics. No sensors. Just soft, safe, and sensor-free wearable breathing motion monitoring that sends real-time data to your phone. Another advantage of our sensor-free Breathing Wear? It’s soft and snuggly—in addition to being a non-intrusive baby monitor that keeps track of your baby’s breathing motion.

Breathing Motion Monitoring is available in the Nanit App with one of Nanit’s Insights Plans–and each camera purchase includes a free introductory trial of the Insights Sleep Plan. Here are more benefits of Nanit Insights:

  • Remote, real-time Breathing Motion Monitoring. With data available at the touch of a button, you can rest easy knowing that you can monitor your little one every second they’re in their crib or bassinet. The Nanit App will alert you if the camera no longer detects Breathing Motion.
  • Sleep data analytics. Interested in diving into your baby’s sleep patterns? With the Dashboard in the Nanit app, you can monitor your baby’s nighttime activity levels and compare their sleep patterns over time.

Find better sleep with Nanit

Our Breathing Wear isn't just about monitoring—it's a revolution in parents’ peace of mind. The Nanit Pro Camera and Breathing Wear work together effortlessly, providing real-time insights and alerts related to breathing motion, allowing you to relax and enjoy a worry-free night's sleep. 

Choose Nanit's Breathing Wear for unmatched safety and comfort. Shop Nanit today and invest in better sleep for both you and your little one.

Key takeaways

  • How to wear the band. Make sure to position the Nanit Breathing Band properly on your baby by laying the band down on the mattress or other surface with the logo facing up. Centering your baby over the band, wrap the band around your baby, and adjust the tightness for optimal comfort and safety.
  • Perfect partners: Nanit Breathing Band and Nanit Pro Camera. Nanit's Breathing Band works seamlessly with the Nanit Pro Camera, utilizing a custom-designed pattern on the fabric to accurately detect your baby's breathing motion without intrusive electronics.
  • Breathing Motion Monitoring benefits. Nanit's Breathing Wear offers remote, real-time monitoring through the Nanit app, alerting caregivers if the camera no longer detects Breathing Motion.

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.