The MonBaby Safety

We have receive a lot of questions regarding safety concerns of the MonBaby monitor and we have compiled this page trying to address them.

Radiation Safety

Bluetooth Low Energy is a very new technology and there are no long term studies of its effects on people presently. However, the MonBaby product uses one of the lowest power output setting of the lowest power emission standards in the industry. After all facts are stated, it remains each parents decision to use the MonBaby or any other Bluetooth Low Energy products. Our team will do it’s best to educate parents about this technology.

Please watch the video below, where Dr. Sobolevky, one of our advisors, talks about radiation safety concerns.

The Bluetooth Low Energy radio uses very low power emission standard, about 1000 times less than our cellphones. This is one of the reason why a lot of bluetooth earpieces came out in the market after cellphones became our daily routine, to reduce the radiation we are exposed to when making calls. The Bluetooth Low Energy power output ranges from 1mW to 100mW, and the MonBaby uses one of the lowest power output setting of the Bluetooth Low Energy standard, the Class 2 of 2.5mW.

Radiation of radio frequency (RF) devices is measured by Special absorption rate (SAR). It  is a measure of the rate at which energy is absorbed by the body when exposed to a radio frequency electromagnetic field. It is defined as the power absorbed per mass of tissue and has units of watts per kilogram (W/kg). A general rule of thumb is, higher emission power would increase the SAR measurement.

Here are some sample facts and measurement of SAR for different RF devices:

  • Cellphones in US are limited to 1.6W/kg by regulation
  • Apple iPhone 4 : 1.17W/kg
  • Baby monitors  range between 0.01-0.08W/kg
  • Bluetooth devices about 0.001W/kg
  • There is no public measurement data found for BLE yet, but given BLE has even lower power emission than Bluetooth, the SAR number should be very insignificant in comparison.

Bluetooth and Bluetooth low energy technologies are both using 2.4-2.5GHz band. It is also shared by Wifi and cellular technologies.

The SAR levels of Bluetooth low energy is so low that it’s not a factor in FCC certification procedures. But using FCC certification we measured that the Monbaby emits -11dBm RF power. A typical CDMA cell phone in talk time has at least 24dBm and WiFi router has at 30 dBm. It means that our device has SAR 3,000 less than a cell phone and 12,000 less than a Wi-Fi router.

Most importantly, the MonBaby is a cordless and wireless product, which eliminates all sorts of dangers associated with strangulation by cords.

Choking hazard

Size of the MonBaby inner enclosure diameter is 1.3 inches and is bigger than 1.25 inches required to pass choking tube test. By this test the MonBaby product does not qualify as a small part. A small part is any object that fits completely into a specially designed test cylinder 2.25 inches long by 1.25 inches wide that approximates the size of the fully expanded throat of a child under three years old. Please see this link for more info about the test tube and this CPSC link.

Though cordless, wireless baby monitors, such as Monbaby, have less risk than wired, hospital grade monitors, we want to emphasize that they still cannot replace responsible parental supervision!

Enclosure plastic material

Most parents are very interested in the materials used in any product that is going to come in contact with their child and we encourage you to do as much research as possible in order to make the best informed decision.

The material we use is ABS plastic (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), which is used for the production of toys, most notably, Lego bricks.

Does the MonBaby prevents SIDS

Let us be very clear on this point. The MonBaby does not prevent SIDS, neither do any of existing monitors on the market. SIDS by definition is a condition that the medical practitioners know very little about. The MonBaby helps parents to monitor that their children sleep in safe conditions. For example, experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend all babies be placed to sleep on their backs during naps and at nighttime to reduce the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The MonBaby has a rollover feature that will warn parents if their baby rolled over onto a stomach.

Please see the video link below where Dr. Shorman, one of our advisers, talks about SIDS and safe conditions.

Safety certifications

Just because an inventor creates an electronic device for the consumer market, it doesn’t mean he or she can instantly begin selling and shipping it to the masses. The United States has a rigorous certification process to make sure new products—specifically those for children—are safe and certified.

Our FCC Declaration of Conformity, sometimes called an FCC label, is a mark used on electronic products made or sold in the U.S. It demonstrates that MonBaby’s electromagnetic interference levels fall well within what’s deemed acceptable by the organization.

See this link for the MonBaby certificate.

Our test results from a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) accredited laboratory allows us to certify compliance based on such results and state that the product meets CPSC requirements.

Not all consumer electronic products receive these important certifications. As such, we’re proud to report that MonBaby has passed the relevant tests and is ready to be sold in the United States.