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New baby monitor helps measure infants' sleep quality

You already know sleep is important for adults. Not clocking enough quality snooze time can make you more irritable and compulsive, not to mention sicker, studies suggest.

When it come to sleep for newborns, quantity and quality are just as important for well-being. In fact, sufficient rest is crucial for proper brain development in young children, experts say.

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That said, how do you know whether your little one is getting enough sleep?

The makers of the baby monitor Nanit have a possible solution.

The device, which retails for $279 with a floor stand, measures babies’ sleep behavior throughout the night by observing how they move.

Using computer technology, the system produces a sleep score based on factors like sleep efficiency, time asleep, sleep onset, and caregiver visits to the crib. Nanit also provides daytime and nighttime time-lapse summaries in H-D with night vision and zoom.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends newborns, ages 0 to 3 months, get 14 to 17 hours of sleep daily, while the group recommends infants, ages 4 to 11 months, log 12 to 15 hours of sleep daily. If you believe your child isn’t sleeping enough, the foundation suggests consulting your pediatrician.

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A separate yearly subscription to monitor your child’s sleep analytics with Nanit costs an additional $50.

For more information, visit Nanit.com.

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