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Purdue student develops device to make co-sleeping safe and easy for moms and babies


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 16th, 2020

A student at Purdue University has developed a device that makes it safer and easier for a mother and baby to share a sleeping space.

Avery Saylor’s all-in-one device, known as Baby-By, is designed to lead to better sleep for both the mother and baby, make breast feeding easier, and provide a closeness that encourages proper breathing and psychological development in a baby. It can also be used as an anti-roll ring and play mat.

Through Baby-By, Saylor hopes to encourage more parents to adopt co-sleeping, which, despite its numerous benefits, has been avoided by many out of fears of sudden infant death syndrome.

“Co-sleeping was something I had thought of as dangerous. Once I started my research, I saw all of the amazing benefits that came with it,” she says. “I believe that being a parent is one of the hardest and most important jobs that there is, and that being well rested is so important for moms and dads. It was really important to me that this product not only was very safe to protect what is most important to parents but also that it had multifunctional aspects.”

Saylor worked with the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization to patent her technology and is looking for industry partners to further develop the device.

Source: Purdue Research Foundation News

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