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THIS SleepIQ Smart Bed Can Monitor Kids’ Sleep Patterns

Monday, January 12th, 2015

There is no denying that sleep is one of the most essential parts of anyone’s day, and a majority of parents have difficulty ensuring their child gets enough good sleep. But what if you could tell when and why your child is awake? And keep tabs from the comforts of your own bed?

Sleep Number has fulfilled your wish, unveiling its newest solution for children’s (and parents’) sleeping woes at the CES 2015 Trade Show: the SleepIQ Kids Bed. The smart bed monitors children’s sleep cycles and pinpoints which factors are negatively impacting them, whether it’s diet, stress, or extracurricular activities. “Almost 80 percent [of parents] say sleep impacts their child’s performance in school, and 68 percent say it affects their child’s extracurricular activities,” states the SleepIQ press release.

Here’s how the bed works: it has small hidden sensors that “uses digital-signal capture within the mattress and processing techniques to pick up on motion and pressure,” reports Mashable.com. The sensors are a no-fuss solution that eliminates wristbands and other wearable devices to monitor children’s breathing and heart rates while they’re sleeping. The bed then generates a SleepIQ Sleep Number score every morning that can be anywhere from 1 to 100—of course, the higher the score, the better your child is sleeping. Parents are also able to input details about their child’s day to establish which nights their little one is getting the best sleep. Monthly sleep progress reports are also available to assess sleeping patterns.

The SleepIQ bed even comes with an app that makes it possible for parents to remotely switch off the lights in their kid’s room once it’s bedtime. If the child gets out of bed, lights beneath the bed will begin to glow, and parents will receive an alert that he is on the move. The app even has a monster detector — parents can use it to sweep their smartphone or tablet along the bottom of the bed to make sure no monsters have crawled under.

If you’re at your wits end with bedtime battles, the SleepIQ Kids bed may be the remedy you need. But this particular sleep solution doesn’t come cheap: it starts at $1,000 (twin, full, and queen sizes are available) and won’t be sold until later this year.

Caitlin St John is an Editorial Assistant for Parents.com who splits her time between New York City and her hometown on Long Island. She’s a self-proclaimed foodie who loves dancing and anything to do with her baby nephew. Follow her on Twitter: @CAITYstjohn

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Image: Child sleeping on a SleepIQ Kids Bed courtesy of Sleep Number

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Did a Preschool Teacher Put Sleeping Pills in Kids’ Sippy Cups?

Friday, March 15th, 2013

A preschool teacher from Morgan Hill, California has been fired–and arrested–amid allegations that she put sleeping pills in the sippy cups of kids who are not yet 2 years old.  More from ABC News:

“We do not know the quantity, but we believe she was breaking the pill into smaller pieces and putting it into the children’s sippy cups,” Morgan Hill Sgt. of Investigations Troy Hoefling told ABC News.

The school told ABC News it had “terminated” Debbie Gratz, 59, last Friday “for failure to follow Kiddie Academy standards and processes.”

“Ms. Gratz was witnessed adding a substance to the water cups for her classroom of 10 children,” Morgan Hill Kiddie Academy added in a prepared statement. “The cups were confiscated before they came in contact with any children prior to the academy opening for business that day.”

A fellow employee saw Gratz place an unknown substance in the toddler’s sippy cups on Friday and notified school officials, according to Morgan Hill Police – though police apparently weren’t told until Monday.

“They made notifications internally. Unfortunately, the problem with that is not only do we not get on the case right away but we lose precious evidence,” Hoefling told ABC News. “We only found out those cups had been washed out and rinsed.”

Police said they had no plans to charge the school regarding the delay in reporting the incident, but the district attorney could review the matter.

Image: Sippy cup, via Shutterstock

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