Onesie that might save babies from SIDS

Heart, breath and temperature sensors are sewn into the TechBeach onesie.
Heart, breath and temperature sensors are sewn into the TechBeach onesie. Photo: Giuseppe Porcelli/Techbeach

A onesie which keeps track of a baby's temperature, heartbeat and breathing patterns is promising to help new mums and dads sleep easier.

The monitoring system uses a "health matrix" to send real time messages to an app installed in a parent's mobile phone, according to a report by Daily Mail Australia. 

The suit is being developed by Australian start-up company TechBeach and is believed to be the first of its kind.

The TechBeach onesie.
The TechBeach onesie. Photo: Giuseppe Porcelli/Techbeach

"The difference is that the data we read tells the whole picture of the child - and it's preventative," TechBeach CEO Giuseppe Porcelli told Daily Mail. 

"What we have is not just an alert that we can read after something has already happened but data which can help us to understand the character of the kids, their behaviour.

"If the kid's not feeling well,the body that can give us an indication of what's going on in so many ways."

More than 20 families have tested the suits and all have been  "really satisfied" with the information they received, Mr Porcelli said. 

At $190 the suit is significantly more expensive than your average onesie, but developers hope it will provide peace of mind for parents worried about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and illness.

"All parents worry about their babies, all the time - I didn't sleep at all when my children were born," Mr Porcelli told Daily Mail. 


"When they were too hot, when a cold came, when they had the flu - you're scared. If this technology was available to us then, our lives would have been a lot more comfortable."

However experts warn parents not to rely on monitoring devices when it comes to ensuring a sleeping baby's safety.

"There's no scientific evidence that says these monitors will prevent an infant death," National Manager of Sids and Kids Jill Green told Daily Mail.

"What we do know is that to have a safe sleeping environment; to keep the head and face uncovered, to have a safe mattress and bedding, to breastfeed and not smoke during pregnancy - these are the infant practices that we know reduce the risks of SIDS and fatal sleeping accidents and we don't want to take away from these messages."

Ms Green also worries that monitoring devices could cause unnecessary concern for parents, with a prolonged pause in breathing being normal for sleeping babies. 

"For parents to think that they need to have these products can put another layer of anxiety on some people which may not be helpful," she said.

According to Sids and Kids, nine children under the age of four die suddenly and unexpectedly every day in Australia.

A statement on the organisation's website lists six key ways to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and fatal sleep accidents. They are:

1. Sleep baby on the back from birth, not on the tummy or side

2. Sleep baby with head and face uncovered

3. Keep baby smoke free before birth and after

4. Provide a safe sleeping environment night and day

5. Sleep baby in their own safe sleeping place in the same room as an adult care-giver for the first six to twelve months

6. Breastfeed baby