NAD Finds Certain Neebo Baby Monitor Claims Supported and Recommends Modification of Others to Disclose Material Limitations

For Immediate Release
Contact: Abby Hills, Director of Communications, BBB National Programs

703.247.9330 / press@bbbnp.org

New York, NY – December 17, 2020 – The National Advertising Division (NAD) of BBB National Programs determined that Daatrics Ltd. provided a reasonable basis for certain advertising claims made in connection with its Neebo Baby Monitor, and recommended other claims be modified to disclose material limitations. The claims at issue for Neebo, an Internet of Things-connected wearable monitor that provides alerts and statistics to caregivers while children are in motion or asleep, were challenged as part of NAD’s routine monitoring program.

During the pendency of the case, the advertiser voluntarily modified many of the challenged claims permanently, therefore, NAD did not review these claims on the merits.

NAD determined that the express claim that “Neebo is looking after your little one, when you are not able to,” in connection with claims that the device provides “continuous monitoring” concerning many parameters (heart rate, oxygen level, thermal state, activity, and audio monitors) reasonably conveys that Neebo is akin to a medical monitor. 

NAD noted that although the advertiser includes a prominent disclosure on its “buy now” webpage that includes material limitations on the use of Neebo (i.e., “Neebo is a non-medical device that is not intended to replace, modify, or supplement any prescribed medical device”), this disclosure is not viewable in close proximity to the claim it qualifies. Therefore, NAD recommended that the advertiser modify the claim “Neebo is looking after your little one, when you are not able to” to disclose the material limitations of the claim clearly and conspicuously in close proximity to the claim, and otherwise avoid implying that Neebo is akin to a medical monitor.

Following its review of the advertiser’s submission on competing products, NAD determined that the claim that “NEEBO follows your child wherever they go. The first and only on-the-go monitoring solution for children aged 0-5” is supported.

Finally, NAD determined that the claim “unmatched in features in a miniature size” was supported by the number of features offered by Neebo as compared to competing products. The advertiser’s claim enumerated the features as: “(1) heart rate - (1) heart rate – monitors heart rate as the primary indicator of a child’s well-being; (2) thermal state – analyzing changes in wrist temperature to monitor your child’s thermal comfort; (3) activity monitor – tracks child’s activity, including sleep patterns and its duration; (4) alert system – smart notification delivery system to ensure you won’t miss an emergency; (5) oxygen levels – Tracks your child's oxygen saturation to monitor optimal balance; (6) eavesdrop – allows you to hear what’s happening around your child while you are connected via Bluetooth; (7) statistics – helpful insights of your child’s day to day activities, habits, and well-being.” However, NAD noted that there was no evidence provided on the quality of the features on Neebo or competing devices. Therefore, NAD recommended that the advertiser modify the claim to include a clear and conspicuous disclosure, in close proximity to it, to make clear that the claim refers only to the quantity – and not the quality or performance – of the stated features.

In its advertiser’s statement, Daatrics stated that it “agrees to comply with NAD’s recommendations.” 

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