Angel Care Movement Monitor
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-Under-the-mattress Sensor Pad detects every movement.
-Alarm sounds after 20 seconds if no movement is detected.
-Battery or AC adapter operated.
-All batteries included (3 rechargeable AAA for Parents Unit + 4 regular AAA batteries for Nursery Unit).
-3 channels to minimize interference.
-Automatically converts to battery in case of power failure.
-Low battery indicator.
When my son was only a few weeks old, he stopped breathing in his sleep. We left the room to eat dinner; when we came back into the room, he was not breathing. It took several seconds of panicked waking to get him to breath again. We called his pediatrician the next morning and were given some disheartening news. Evidently, our little boy was potentially "more susceptible" to SIDS.
We knew what SIDS was and that it was a risk with all infants, but we didn't know that there was anything that could be done to help. That's when we found the Angel Care monitor. Nobody had mentioned it, not the doctors, not the hospital...nobody. I honestly believe that had we not gotten this monitor, my son might not be here today.
The monitor itself works quite well once you get the sensitivity adjusted to your home; it will detect their every breath. It's trial and error for a couple of days (unless you're luckier than I am and get it right on the first try) to get the sensitivity set right. Our washer/dryer caused the motion detector to think that the baby was moving. Unfortunately, that is something that I just had to deal with as if I adjusted the sensitivity, it would not detect the baby moving properly when the washer/dryer wasn't running. Once we got it adjusted correctly, we had an occasional false alarm until the baby started to move around a lot in his sleep. He moves to the corner of his crib causing the alarm to not sense his movement.
The Baby Unit has an excellent night light that I miss having in his room. It has 3 modes: Sound only, sound & motion or tic off. The "tic off" option is sound and motion without a beep every time the baby moves. I used this option so that I could sleep.
We used this alarm until just after our son's first birthday, when we upgraded to a video monitor so we could see what he was doing in his room. Every child should have one of these monitors! The peace of mind is well worth the price tag. I just can't believe that nobody tells new mothers about this.
I'm actually going to start off with the few things I did not like about this, so I can later transition into how those minor inconveniences are nothing compared to the peace of mind this gave me. Okay, so, the pad that 'records' your baby's breathing needs to be under a flat board under the crib mattress... which is all fine and dandy, except there isn't one included in the package. It's not that big of a deal, because a lot of people probably have something laying around that would work to set the pad on (I used a flat board from an old TV stand) but it was a minor hassle to locate something that met the requirements... who can put a price on peace of mind though, right? The only other thing I didn't like that much was that it was a chore to figure out how to activate just the monitor without simultaneously activating the pad. My son occasionally fell asleep on our bed, so it took me a while to figure out how to get the sensor to pick up the sound of his cries without blaring alarm warnings when he wasn't laying on the pad. Anyway, we figured it out-- it can be done!
Now, on to the things I LOVE about it-- it had actually gone off once since I owned it. I don't know if my son stopped breathing, or if he simply rolled off the sensor pad, but whatever the case, I credit this thing with potentially saving his life. The alarm is loud and WILL wake you up, so major props for that.
There's an optional nightlight on the piece of equipment that you leave in the room with baby to detect his cries. This has saved me from stubbing my toe on baby toes numerous times. It's a very soft blue, so also quite calming.
The battery life on the baby monitor is long. I can leave it off the charger for several days before I have to charge it again. The cord for the pad also has pieces of plastic on it that keep it taut, so that it won't be a choking/tangling hazard if baby manages to grab the monitor pads cord and play with it. I could talk all day about how great this thing is... I highly recommend it. Your sleep schedule will thank you.
I will give it another try and see if someone can get it set up for us and possibly change my mind about how I feel about it, however right now.... it's a no for me.