CuboAi’s Sleep Sensor Pad Can Track Your Baby’s Motion

CuboAi recently introduced their Sleep Safety Bundle which includes their new sleep sensor in addition to the Plus model of their camera which I’ve previously reviewed and loved. You can look back at the details of the camera but let’s dive into that new supplementary piece that opens up another dynamic to Cubo’s product offering – their sleep sensor. 

Simply put, it’s a small white pad that measures just under 10”x10” and it’s meant to slip under your baby’s mattress to report micro motions for your sleeping baby. If any motion abnormalities are sensed, it’ll alert you.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen pads like this being used to track your baby and supplement safe sleep practices. (You don’t want to use this or any other monitors as a crutch, just as a supplementary piece). In the past, brands like AngelCare, BabySense, and Hubble introduced pads with many similarities, but CuboAi’s sensor is notably being integrated with its AI monitoring system which is a big step up while also offering wider crib coverage in contrast to the others.

Upon unboxing one gripe to note is you’ll need four AAA batteries on-hand as they don’t come included. If they roll out a second generation, I’d be great to see a rechargeable battery that you can plug in via USB-C instead, but for now it works fine.

In our experience, setup and installation was simple and straightforward as it was guided in-app. It’s important to note that VPNs may give you some issues, so be sure to pause those during setup if you have any enabled. This is something we’ve dealt with in the past and can be overlooked, otherwise it’s an easy one-time setup. Once the sensor is paired with a camera in your app, you’ll notice micro motions being reported from the pad in real-time. While there is lung icon pulsing on the left of the metric, it shouldn’t be mistaken as respiratory levels per se.

During testing, we cross referenced their reported 26 micro motions with Owlet which was reporting 156 BPMs. Obviously the numbers are very different.

Within Cubo’s app, it explains that the micro motions aren’t exactly telling you that your child is “breathing” but that your child is still “moving,” which may confuse parents who’ve grown accustomed to correlating smart baby monitors with breath tracking.

In particular, Cubo’s pad can track the very subtle rise and fall of your baby’s chest and stomach while breathing. Many parents have peeked into cribs trying to detect if the baby is still breathing in the middle of the night, even going as far as putting a finger under the baby’s nose to feel for their next breath. This is meant to take that concern off.

When more definitive motion is sensed like twitches or larger adjustments, it’ll report that general movement is detected or that it’s “analyzing” the movement before showing the micro motion metrics once again. The main mission here is to try to alert you in case no movement is detected. If the sensor pad reports irregular micro motions, it basically cross references with what the camera sees and analyzes before sending you an alert. It’s pretty amazing what this system is actually capable of doing.

Personally, the main thing I’m left desiring is some sort of visual understanding of what’s normal and what’s not. When I see micro-motion in the mid twenties, I’m uncertain of what exactly that means on a concern level. Is it supposed to be in the 40s? Or is it supposed to be in the 10s? What is considered dangerous other than an abrupt alarm? I think some sort of additional indicators or color guides would be good to include in the app. Beyond the real-time metrics being accurate and helpful, parents will also want to be assured that the numbers being reported are indeed an indication of normal sleep.

Ultimately, parents actively building registries or shopping for a nursery camera will ask one key question – is this better than other premium smart options? That’s hard to say at the moment as it’s still pretty early on for me, but it’s functioning well with no major stoppages in the feed. It’s simply a different execution compared to the image tracking of Nanit, SensorFusion tech of Miku and pulse oximetry of Owlet. 

Of the high end smart monitors, CuboAi typically offers more flexible pricing coming in at $399 for their entire bundle. Which is in line with Miku but they do have an a-la-carte option of getting only the camera for $199 or $299 depending on which stand setup you want.

Comparing it to something like Nanit, that system is sold at a higher price point but also tends to chip at the pocket with subscription fees and accessories whereas Cubo – while they do have a subscription as well – they at least give you more of a taste of their features in front of the paywall.

After reviewing these kinds of products over the recent years, I’ve learned there is a true split down the middle regarding partiality toward non-connected (no WiFi) and connected monitors. Some just want a simple parent unit while others want the range that only a connected camera and app can offer. But within the connected camp is a subsplit of parents with varying comfort levels and arguments for tracking vitals and not. 

Then one level deeper, is the question of wearables or non-wearables. One good thing that we failed to expound on earlier is this is a non-contact device compared to other monitors such as a Snuza or Owlet which need to be worn on the diaper or foot respectively. The scrutiny with contact options has grown recently as more questions emerge about the effects of EMFs on babies, skin sensitivities and allergies, and general worries about discomfort or impact on sleep.

While these concerns aren’t things we’ll dive into here, many considering connected monitors would likely be swayed toward tech options that don’t necessarily make contact with their baby for 8+ hours. Because of this, we’re seeing a swell toward Miku, Nanit and now Cubo’s Sleep Sensor.

In sum, CuboAi remains a top option if it’s something you’re considering, but you and your partner should really sit down and discuss whether or not connected or non-connected tech will suit your family preferences. “Do I want to know all of the details of my baby’s sleep on a quantitative level? Will it actually help me or give me anxiety?” Have this discussion, because while CuboAi will certainly deliver on its promise to watch after your baby, you should make sure it will actually jive with your affinity (or lack thereof) toward smart tech and style of parenting.

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