Pampers develops sensor to track when baby’s nappy needs changing

Sabrina Barr

Pampers has developed a new smart sensor which alerts parents when their baby's nappy needs changing.

Titled "Lumi by Pampers", the new product comes with two packs of nappies, two reusable detachable activity sensors and a WiFi-connected video monitor.

By using the Lumi by Pampers app, which will be available on iPhone and Android, parents or guardians will be able to track an infant's activity, including when it has wet its nappy, the duration of its sleep and its feeding routine.

The 1080p wide-angle HD video monitor, which has night vision, will also be able to track the temperature of the baby's bedroom and the humidity of the air.

The information tracked on the app has an additional purpose other than being useful for parents.

Nappies come with a detachable sensor (Pampers)

The app has also been designed to display data in a daily and weekly format, information which can then be shared with a baby's paediatrician.

The nappies which come in the Lumi by Pampers pack have been designed with adhesive patches on the front, on top of which the detachable sensor is then place.

The specially-designed nappies go up to size four, which would be used for babies weighing between seven to 18kg.

While the smart sensor is undoubtedly innovative, it does have its setbacks.

Despite having the ability to track when a baby's nappy is wet, it is unable to ascertain when an infant has defecated.

Pampers has not yet revealed how much the Lumi by Pampers pack will retail for.

However, the product is set to be released later this year.

Earlier this week, research released by the World Health Organisation warned that many baby foods contain "inappropriately high levels of sugar".

The investigation also found that several baby food products are being marketed incorrectly, as it states on the labels they're suitable for baby's under six months old despite the recommendation that baby's be exclusively breastfeed until they've reached that age.

"Food for infants and young children are expected to comply with various established nutrition and compositional recommendations," said Dr João Breda, head of the WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases.

"Nonetheless, there are concerns that many products may still be too high in sugars."