Dutch startup Hugsy makes a line of products designed to help parents, infants and young children sleep more soundly. They’re backed by research which has shown that being held by a parent, skin-to-skin, is key to a baby’s development.
The wearable, connected technologies remotely simulate parents’ unique heartbeats and smells for little ones. Parents can coordinate their body temperatures, breathing and heart rates with their children to ease stress, improve sleep and boost brain development.
The Hugsy Pouch blanket is for 0- to 4-month-olds and is made of a special fabric that absorbs a parent’s scent. The Hugsy Cuddle, for children up to age 4, is a small bear with detachable scent cloth.The Hugsy Heartbeat records a parent’s cardiac pattern via fingertip pulse sensor, which is then translated into an audible heartbeat sound and vibration for playback. It can be placed on a crib mattress or in a pouch in the Cuddle bear to send subtle vibrations to the child.