Cocoon Cam Baby Monitor

Having a baby means adding thousands more worries to your list, but baby monitors are here to help. Now, in my day, baby monitors were basically walkie talkies between the parent and the baby, but now, they’re a lot more advanced, with breathing monitoring, cry alerts, and even video cameras. Today, I’m looking at the Cocoon Cam, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it— let’s get started!

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With no wearables necessary, you'll be able to easily monitor your baby's movement and breath with the Cocoon Cam Plus. 

Pros and Cons

Before I get too detailed, I want to give you a basic overview of the Cocoon Cam baby monitor.

Pros

  • Breath monitoring: On the Cocoon Cam app, you’ll be able to monitor your baby’s breathing with an easy-to-read graph.
  • No wearables: The entire Cocoon Cam only consists of one components, so you won’t need to put anything on or under your baby.
  • Helpful notifications: Given the app works, the Cocoon Cam will send you breathing, sleeping, waking up, and crying alerts.

Cons

  • Not portable: As the Cocoon Cam is drilled into the wall, you can’t take it with you when traveling.
  • Negative app reviews: The Cocoon Cam: Smart Baby Monitor app has only a 2.1 on the Apple store and a 2.2 from the Google Play store.
  • 720p HD video: Although this is enough to see your baby clearly, it’s under the industry standard of 1080p HD.

Alright, now it’s time to rip open this box and see what’s inside.

System Components

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The Cocoon Cam

The Cocoon Cam only consists of the camera and its power and ethernet cords, plus equipment to mount it to a wall. It’ll connect to the Cocoon Cam: Smart Baby Monitor app using Wi-Fi. Keep in mind that the Cocoon Cam will connect to AC power or an electrical outlet, so it will require some drilling.

Features

Now that we have the camera installed, let’s see what it can actually do.

Camera Specs

The Cocoon Cam has 720p HD video, two-way audio allowing you to speak to your baby through the app, plus infrared night vision. Now, I would prefer if the camera had 1080p HD video, but this is definitely clear enough to see your baby.

Breath Monitoring

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Cocoon Cam Breath Monitoring

One of the biggest things that sets the Cocoon Cam apart from its competition is its breath monitoring. A huge concern that many parents have is SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. SIDS happens when an otherwise healthy baby dies in their sleep, and the cause is still not known. It’s the reason why babies should sleep on their backs, the crib should be kept as empty as possible, among other things. Although the Cocoon Cam can’t prevent SIDS, it can monitor your baby’s breathing so you can be sure they’re safe and sound.

How does it work? First, the Cocoon Cam detects exactly where in the crib your baby is, using artificial intelligence and computer vision. Next, the camera looks for small motions in the baby’s chest and abdomen— this even works if the baby is swaddled or under a blanket. Next, the camera transfers the data into a live graph sent to your Cocoon Cam app. If something changes or your baby stops breathing, you’ll be alerted immediately.

You’ll also be alerted when your baby falls asleep, wakes up, or cries, making monitoring a breeze.

Extras

The Cocoon Cam has one cool extra feature called Swaddle Stories, which is basically a time-lapsed video of your baby’s night set to spunky music. While it’s definitely not necessary for your baby’s safety, it can be pretty darn cute!

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Cocoon Cam Plus
Cocoon Cam Plus

With no wearables necessary, you'll be able to easily monitor your baby's movement and breath with the Cocoon Cam Plus. 

Customer Support

If you need help with your Cocoon Cam, you can check out their online help center or call, text, or email them. There’s also a form on the website that you can fill out. The team is available weekdays from nine AM until five PM, PST. I love how many different ways you can reach out to customer support, especially through text!

The Cocoon Cam has a 3.4 rating on Amazon with 655 customer reviews, at the time of writing. Out of the 26 reviews that reviewed the customer support specifically, 18 were positive, about 70%.

“…the breathing monitor aspect of the camera would not work and I wasn’t getting any notifications. I tried everything. Finally, exasperated, I emailed customer support…[they] got back to me quickly, was very kind, sent my issue to the engineering department, the next day my monitor was working perfectly, and I had an email explaining that they had to reset some things on the server. My camera now works perfectly,”

wrote an Amazon user in a recent five-star review.

The Cocoon Cam: Smart Baby Monitor App

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The Cocoon Cam App

The Cocoon Cam: Smart Baby Monitor app is where you’ll actually monitor your baby through livestream footage, breath monitoring, crying, sleep, and awake notifications. You’ll also be able to talk to your baby through two-way audio and view an event history and Swaddle Stories.

Unfortunately, the app has really low ratings, only a 2.1 from the Apple store and a 2.2 from the Google Play store. When I looked closer, I saw that many Moms were complaining that the app gave them a lot of false notifications since a recent update. A lot of people also complained that the livestream had a lag and that the app drained their batteries. I even saw multiple reviews that said the camera would randomly go offline, not even connecting to the app! This is pretty concerning, especially cause we’re dealing with a baby of less than a year old.

Recap

Clearly, the Cocoon Cam in general had very mixed reviews. While 45% of its Amazon reviews were five-stars, the app reviews made me seriously doubt that this camera could actually deliver the notifications, livestreaming, and breath monitoring it says it could. As the camera runs for around $150, this seems like a lot to spend on a baby monitor that may or may not monitor your baby.

However, Cocoon Cam does let you try out the camera for 100 nights, and if you don’t like it, you can return it for a full refund, so it may be worth it to test out.

While the Cocoon Cam wouldn’t be my first choice, I would recommend it for someone that wants…

  • Breath monitoring: Given that the app works, you’ll be able to see exactly when and how your baby is breathing.
  • Good customer support: Most Amazon users had positive experiences getting help from the Cocoon Cam staff.
  • 100-day full refund: If your camera doesn’t work, then you can just return it for a full refund.

But stay away due to the…

  • App issues: Many people got false notifications, sudden disconnects, and lags.
  • Lack of portability: If you’re looking for a baby monitor to travel with, the Cocoon Cam is not the one for you.
  • 720p HD video: Although it does produce a clear image, the Cocoon Cam’s video display is not up to industry standards.

That’s it from me! Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Until next time!

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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