Baby Wearables Used by New Parents

Project: Studying the Usability of “Baby Wearables” In the Wild

Researchers: Aisling Ann O’Kane (University of Bristol), Junqing (Kaylee) Wang (UCL), Nikki Newhouse (UCL/Oxford), Geraint Jones (UCL), and Kaya de Barbaro (UT Austin)

This research was supported by the EU Ubi-Health consortium, the EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship, and Georgia Tech.


We are examining the use of “baby wearables” in everyday life. Baby wearables are currently available consumer products that monitor an infant’s vital signs and send this information to parents. However, there is very little information on how these devices are actually adopted and used in people’s everyday lives. We are interested in how mothers would use this system and we are also interested in the user experience of these devices. Our findings have shown the the use of these devices can impact physical parenting, social relationships, and feelings of anxiety related to parenting.


Junqing Wang, Aisling Ann O’Kane, Nikki Newhouse, Geraint Rhys Sethu-Jones, and Kaya de Barbaro. 2017. Quantified Baby: Parenting and the Use of a Baby Wearable in the WildProc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact. 1, CSCW, Article 108 (December 2017), 19 pages. DOI: