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Danielle Does It Work: High Tech Baby Gear

The Why Cry device is supposed to alert parents to what's bugging babies.  (Source:  Why Cry) The Why Cry device is supposed to alert parents to what's bugging babies. (Source: Why Cry)
Crying is a sound that strikes fear in the hearts of parents. And for mom Leslie Meier...she has double the trouble.

This dynamic duo...3-month olds Kate and Caroline... are pretty calm babies...most of the time. But every evening they hit what mom calls...the witching hour.

"I would definitely say 4 to 7 p.m. is a fussy time for them and that's a good one for just being confused about what's going on... why they're so upset," says Leslie.

So Leslie and dad Michael were hoping another bundle of joy...the "Why Cry" baby crying analyzer, would be a lullaby for their kids.

But you ask, Danielle, Does it work?

The makers of the device claim it can tell by the pitch of a baby's cry whether the baby is sleepy...stressed... bored... annoyed or hungry.

Mom is a bit skeptical...
"Is this thing going to work?  There's so many indicators... things like stressed, annoyed, hungry," she points out.

The device says Caroline is hungry. A little while later... the “Why Cry” suggests Kate is annoyed. When Leslie responds to what the monitor says... the babies seem to calm down.

And after a week of testing the crying analyzer, mom says,

"It was actually pretty accurate."

"I would recommend this to any new expecting mom or parent.  I think it's a great tool to take some of the guesswork out of those first few months."

The Mimo baby monitor claims to be a baby monitor on steroids.

Tiffany Barnes and two-month old Corbin wanted to see how smart it really is.

While baby sleeps...he or she wears one of these onesies with a sensor on it.

"Okay.  Looks like a normal onesie to me," says Tiffany.

But the company claims it's not. It transmits information to an app that tells what position baby is sleeping in, and a breakdown of how long they've been asleep and awake. You can even hear them breathing.

The commercial claims information is sent to a smart phone with real time alerts for changing.

But after trying it out, Tiffany says the hi-tech gadget isn't easy to use.

"I would maybe give it a 4 or a 5.  I wasn't super impressed with the app.  It was hard to use and it didn't work as well as I thought it would," she says.

Now this doesn't really surprise Pediatrician Chuck Kelly.

"This is just a new version of something that's been around for centuries.  Snake oil," he says.

His advice..."Just have confidence in yourself. Those things aren't needed."

But for moms who have their hands full of little ones, they'll try anything that offers a helping hand.

"They're so little...and you wish they could tell you what's going on but they can't," says Leslie.

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