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Smart Changing Pad Helps Parents Keep Track of Their Baby's Development

by Anita Balakrishnan, CNBC /

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What's the latest inside poop from the Internet of Things, which has already brought us smart TVs, smart appliances and smart thermometers? A smart baby-changing pad.

The Smart Changing Pad connects with an app so new parents can track their child's weight, sleep and even the number of diapers they use. It was debuting Monday at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas, made by a start-up called Hatch Baby, which recently raised $7 million in early funding.

"We know that parents are anxious about this, period," said CEO and co-founder Ann Crady Weiss. "How do we help parents relieve that anxiety? We aren't replacing a clinician, but this is a connected generation, and when you become a parent, your baby can't tell you what's going on, so this is something that can."

The $299 wireless device has a soft, washable material on top of a robust, waterproof plastic and LCD screen. The companion app, to be used with or without the changing pads, includes traditional tracking features, plus a picture-a-day feature for sharing milestones, and health tips that correspond the baby's age and weight.

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While the neuroses of new parenthood is unlikely to be solved by one device, Weiss said she thinks it's helpful for parents to be able to track information from the comfort of their home, rather than running to the pediatrician.

"This makes tracking a more passive activity," Weiss said.

The Smart Changing Pad, temporarily discounted to $199 and slated to ship in December, is one of a series smart devices aimed at young parents. Kodak, for instance, released a high-definition baby monitor app on Thursday.

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