Pico Wearable Smart Monitor Review (Snuza)

Pico Wearable Smart Monitor
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What It Is

Keep tabs on your baby during the night with Snuza's Pico Wearable Smart Monitor. This tiny monitor is only two inches and easily clips onto your baby's diaper. Not only does the monitor itself vibrate and beep to alert you if your baby stops breathing, but it also connects to a free app so that parents can get a real-time view of abdominal movement rate, skin temperature, body position, and even fall detection.

As a movement monitor, the Pico clips onto the front of a baby's diaper and measures the abdominal movement as baby breathes in and out. The movement indicator light flashes green on each movement. If no movement is detected for 15 seconds, the Pico vibrates to rouse the baby. After three vibrations, if no movement is detected for a further five seconds, the Pico will sound a beeping alarm.

If you're concerned that you might not hear the Pico alarm, then you can check the status of the device from within the Snuza Connect app. This connects to the Pico via Bluetooth and has an indoor range of about 30 feet and an outdoor range of 90 feet. In addition to the beeping alarm on the Pico, the app will send you an alert if your baby stops breathing after 15 or more seconds. The app will also alert you to the battery levels of the monitor and if the Pico's clip opens, and you also have the option to create more custom alert settings.

The Pico is water-resistant and comes in a reusable case that doubles as a charging dock. The case also makes it easy to take the Pico on the go.

Why Is It Useful?

The Snuza Connect app is actually pretty cool. Tech-savvy parents will like checking on the baby's position in the crib, as well as seeing the baby's body temperature and breathing rate. It just adds another element to the Pico monitor, which itself is very compact and easy to use. Whether parents are using the Pico on its own or in conjunction with the app, they will like the peace of mind this movement monitor brings that a traditional baby monitor can't provide.

Is the Pico something you have to have? In short, no. Parents will be using this because they are concerned about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS. Keep in mind that the Pico doesn't prevent SIDS, and actually, the American Academy of Pediatrics and National Institutes of Health recommend against using a movement monitor. (There are other recommended ways to prevent SIDS. See What to Be Aware of below.) But many parents want to use movement monitors because if their baby does stop breathing in the middle of the night, a movement monitor could more quickly alert them to an emergency.

Who It’s For

The Pico can be used with babies from birth and up. It's not for co-sleeping or bed-sharing babies.

Really, this product is more for parents who are concerned about the risk of SIDS and who would like to use a movement monitor for more peace of mind.

What To Be Aware Of

You'll need to keep the Pico charged, and it comes with a charging dock case and recharging cord that plugs into a standard wall outlet. It takes one hour to get a full charge.

The Snuza Connect app is a free download for iOS and Android devices. Your device must support Bluetooth 4.0 and be running iOS 8.0 or later, or Android 4.4 or later. A smart device is not included. 

The app can be loaded onto multiple phones so that both mom and dad can use it on their respective devices, but only one smart device can be connected to your Pico at one time.

The Snuza Pico is not recommended for co-sleeping or bed-sharing babies.

Pico is a baby-care aid and not a medical device. It is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or monitor a disease, injury, or handicap. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Institutes of Health recommend against the use of movement monitors to prevent SIDS. According to these agencies, the best ways to prevent SIDS is to place baby on his or her back in a crib when sleeping at night and keeping blankets and toys out of the crib. 

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