Project Description

Smart Parenting Puts Baby Back to Sleep
Last summer, I was in the throes of planning for my first baby. While many women might spend the later months in pregnancy picking nursery colors or buying tiny clothes, I was researching connected baby monitors.

My reasoning would make any parent shudder—hackers were accessing monitors and terrifying children by speaking profane words through the two-way communication. Cybersecurity of the connected devices was at top of my priority list. This is why, when I had an opportunity this year to test the Evoz Smart Parenting Monitor, I jumped at the opportunity to learn more about what the M2M/IoT (Internet of Things) market has to offer.

When the device arrived, I eagerly took it out of the packaging and set it up. As far as set up processes go, this one was pretty straightforward. Plug in the monitor, download the Evoz Parent app, and create an account. I will say when I download the app, it did say the app would need to view my Wi-Fi connections, network connections, retrieve running apps, amongst others, which is pretty standard, but still always leaves me with some cause for concern. The company does ensure the platform is built and constantly evolving with a scalable secure cloud, embedded software, and mobile applications.

Upon setting up the first time, I did need to be connected to Wi-Fi and simply hover the QR code on the app near the monitor’s camera so it could connect. When it is flashing blue, that means it is connecting. Once it was connected, I was able to see the preview screen to watch the baby.

This is when the fun began. I played around with the app at first, testing its unique functionality including a built-in nightlight, preloaded lullabies, and a two-way communication feature that allows parents to talk, sing, and soothe the baby. I will admit I tried these features myself first, before testing on my baby.

I really like the built-in nightlight and preloaded lullaby functionality. As a parent, being able to remotely control these features provides big value. My baby was a bit startled by the two-way communication feature at first, but I know others who have had great success with it. Also, many parents will enjoy the ability to capture photos using the monitor.

Here is where this device got really interesting, however: tracking baby’s sleep habits. When the baby cries, the parent receives an alert via text message. I even tried this out remotely and received a text message while shopping that my baby was crying at home. Pretty impressive, if you ask me. The app collects data related to how long the baby cried, so parents can address possible sleep issues. I also received alerts when the baby’s room temperature was too hot or too cold. This type of data can provide immeasurable benefits, especially when parents are trying to deal with the inevitable question: How can I get my baby to go to sleep?

One of my big concerns is the tracking and monitoring is done primarily by an app. While this is convenient for me, my mother, who watches the baby during the week, does not own a smartphone. The company is flexible, however, and offers integration with current systems or apps.

That being said, Evoz is a true partner to parents. In working with them, I quickly came to learn founder Kim West and her team also serve as a resource for parents looking for advice and to promote healthy sleep habits, which is why tracking baby’s sleep habits and providing parents with data is a key component of the system.

I haven’t seen this type of dedicated focus on helping babies sleep from many of the other leading connected device makers. I really like the fact Evoz not only serves as a baby monitor, but also collects sleep data so the parent can know how a baby compares to others and how to improve their sleep.

Based on my experience, I would recommend the device to app-savvy parents looking for a way to gather data about a child’s sleep patterns. Every little bit of information helps, right?

Unique Features:
Collects data about crying to identify sleep patterns.

The Good:
Easy to set up.
Remote control of nightlight and lullabies.

The Bad:
Monitoring done through app, which is challenging for grandparents without smartphones.