Angelcare Movement Sound Monitor Deluxe
Angelcare Movement Sound Monitor Deluxe
First a small background on myself and the condition this product is supposed to support prevent. I’ve worked in the medical field for over 20 years and I’ve had the misfortune to treat well over a dozen SIDS cases. One of the huge knocks you’ll see against this product on other review sites is that it will do not one thing to prevent SIDS. Such reviews are commonly followed by a personal story when it comes to how the reviewer had a child who passed from physical life from SIDS or they had a friend who had a child who passed from physical life of SIDS, and that they were told by the doctor that there was utterly not one thing that could have been done to save the child…that even whether or not they had been there to witness the child stop breathing, that the child still would have died. I’m sorry to have to break this to everyone, but that’s merely untrue. All of us in the medical profession, from doctors to nurses to paramedics, are taught in our basic training to tell parents this. I’ve told parents this innumerable times myself. Parents are already grieving sufficient when they lose a child, the last thing they need is to spend the rest of their life thinking they could have done something. The truth is that whether or not a person had been there at the moment the baby halted breathing, something might have been competent to be done to save them. We just don’t recognise because each case is different. Remember that SIDS is a diagnosis of exclusions It’s not a illness or other pathological process that “shuts down all the vital organs one by one” (as one reviewer claimed). What this means is that whether or not a baby beneath 1 year old dies for no other identifiable reason, they’re automatically stamped “SIDS,” case closed. A good number of babies who die of “SIDS” are believed to die from such a lot of unexplained sudden apnea, whether it be too a lot of blankets smothering the child or whether the baby merely “forgot” to breath, as so galore doctors believe. whether or not a child suffers numerous sudden amount of time of apnea, a individual who is there immediately might be competent to save them through waking the child or through mouth to mouth breathing. That is medical fact based on years of research. Hospital don’t use $5000 infant apnea monitors for no reason. whether or not they did no good no one would use them. This product, when utilized correctly, functions as a very suited apnea monitor, and at a less expensively price.
All that is my way of saying we love this monitor. With my medical background and having witnessed the tragedy of SIDS many times, I’m hyper paranoid when it comes to our new daughter. I’ll do anything and spend any quantity of cash to make certain I’ve done everything within my power to keep her safe. This product gives us peace of mind and allows us to sleep a small better at night. We’ve had no untrue alarms so far and the sound quality seems just fine. The night light function is beautiful cool too. My only complaint would be it’s not the most easygoing thing to set up initially. Sit down with a cup of coffee and be prepared to play with a lot to get it working just right.
SIDS isn’t the only thing that this motion monitor may prevent. When our son was in regards to three months old, the alarm went off at 2:00 AM. My husband and I rushed to our baby and found that he was limp and wasn’t breathing, even with the alarm blaring next to him. Terrified, I put my hand on his chest and jostled him a little, and he started to breath again. goodness we didn’t have to resort to CPR.) After that our pediatrician monitored our son for a 24-hour period and diagnosed him with reflux apnea. did – and still does – have a real problem with reflux.) Needless to say, I can’t say enough good things regarding this merchandise Thank you, Anglecare/BebeSounds for saving our precious baby!
I researched assorted dissimilar types of monitors before settling on this one. I am beyond satisfied with my bought The motion sensor is amazing. We have not had any untrue alarms. I know it works because the warning alarm (one beep) will go off 10 seconds after I take the baby out of the crib whether or not I forget to turn it off. This monitor assists me sleep sound knowing that my baby’s breathing is monitored. I think I would be becoming a whole lot less sleep whether or not not for this monitor. I read a review of it that said “If you are the type of person to get up and check all the locks before you go to bed, you need this monitor.” That is the one that sealed it for me. I can’t say enough good things with regards to it is The range is amazing. We tested it all the way into my neighbor’s backyard. It never dropped signal. I highly, highly commend this products
I’m a first-time father who’s a worrier by nature, so this product is in such a lot of ways a godsend. It is well made, and well featured, and I may such a good deal of day thank its producers for saving my daughter’s life.
I’m happy but not thrilled with this. For the sake of skimming, here are my concerns in bullet form:
1) I found it quite difficult to set the pad sensitivity ‘sweet spot.’ The sensitivity dial goes from 0-5 (though the manual notes 1-5…perhaps 0 means the pad is turned off entirely, but this isn’t mentioned, I don’t think). When it was set at a more sensitive level (say, 2.5), it would detect motion even with no baby in the crib and no-one within a foot of it (and without an apparent source of vibration). With it set to a lower sensitivity level (1.5), we had lots of untrue alarms. The little dial range in amid these points gets close to the right setting but doesn’t get rid of the problems. This is NOT a deal breaker for me, and I’m certain experience with the product will help – but it is a bit frustrating for me. whether or not you follow the spacing suggestions from the manual, there is a fairly big gap (perhaps 10 inches) amongst the two motion pads. With a 20 inch baby, there’s a lot of the baby that isn’t on the sensor. We just put the pads closer together, but I prefer to set things up so they look precisely as they do in the diagrams provided for fear that I’m using the product incorrectly.
2) I think the instruction manual is AWFUL. This might sound snotty, but 3 people sharing 6 degrees expended expended attempting to get this set up. My wife (admittedly, chock full of new-mom hormones) was in tears, convinced she was an idiot idiot not. if you’re reading this, I love you honey, and think you’re very smart). I don’t point out the degrees to sound cocky, and hope I don’t come all over as a jerk. But we are *not* stupid, illiterate consumers, and despite being fairly vivid people, set up was far from easy.
One problem is simply the formatting of the instructions: I’m used to instructions that use “Step 1″ and “step 2″ style prompts in truth leading you in a direction with an end point. These are more independent nuggets when it comes to what the product may do. Getting it up and running is in truth quite aboveboard – but it’s much easier if you rely on your intuition instead than attempting to follow the guidelines.
3) You have to have a finelooking good memory for turning things on and off! Obviously, if you remove the baby from the crib so you may food it, the motion pads will interpret this as something to be worried about! It would be nice if there was a way to turn off the nursery unit without it causing the parents’ units to sound a warning that the nursery factor is switched off! I wholly realise why it sounds that alert, but if you’re woken at 3am by the ‘need to feed’, remembering to turn off the two parents’ units plus the nursery unit, and then remembering to turn all three back on…well, let’s just say it’s easy to forget!
4) As one or two others have commented, the sound through the monitors is not terribly loud, even with the volume on full.
I would purchase this unit again and don’t intend these comments to put others off buying its I would *highly* commend getting this set up well before your due date so that you’re not trying to get it functioning when you’re sleep deprived and stressed. Perhaps that was my mistake!
Could not sleep without this! I would give it 3.5 stars because you unquestionably have to concede decent time to do numerous trouble-shooting before your baby comes to figure out all the settings and to make sure the sensitivity is just right. We live in an apartment, and if it was set as too sensitive, it picked up the fan in our room as the baby’s motion movement is dangerous because your baby could be dead and it won’t sound because it thinks your fan is your baby), but if it was not sensitive enough, the alarm held going off. Our first night with our baby at home, the alarm sounded many times because she was small and the way the packaging indicates to set up the two sensor pads was not working (it says if you have 2 sensor pads to put one on every end of your fiberboard underneath the mattress). Put both pads next 2 each other on the fiberboard if your baby is a newborn/born early at first is what I would recommend. Make sure the board you get to put underneath the mattress is Hardboard/Masonite, NOT MDF. MDF has a super high amount of formaldehyde in the resin I realized when I did research, and that isn’t something you want seeping out underneath baby’s head over time.
UDPATE AFTER 3 MONTHS OF USE:
note: I even interchanged my angelcare for a substitute and am still having the same following issues.
My baby is now three months old and I’m adjusting my review. I now have another baby movement monitor (the Snuza Halo), and it’s given me some perspective. My angelcare monitor gives me TONS of untrue alarms. As in an average of 1-3 a night. The way you’re supposed to solve this is to up the sensitivity settings. The problem, however, is that I live in an apartment and I have a fan in my baby’s room (supposed to reduce sids peril by 70% so I am unquestionably keeping the fan on in her room).
When I try to up the sensitivity level at anything beyond 1 (the least sensitive) so it doesn’t give untrue alarms, the monitor ALWAYS thinks the fan is somebody moving in the crib. Meaning she could be dead in the crib and the alarm would not go off because it thinks the fan is her moving. I have tried in a literal sense dozens of positions of the fan (even having it outside of the room just blowing into it to circulate the air on an extra low setting WAY far from the crib), and on anything above the lowest sensitivity level (to prevent untrue untrue of the angelcare, I may have my baby wholly out of the crib and the alarm NEVER sounds because it thinks the fan (on the absolute lowest setting WAY far away from the crib and from the movement motion is her moving.
Also SCARY, I’ve noticed that when my husband takes my baby out of the crib to adjust her diaper and often times forgets to turn off the alarm (even with the fan off), the alarm NEVER sounds because it picks up his footsteps in the room as being movement in the crib. This is even on the lowest sensitivity setting it thinks footsteps in the room is baby moving and alive in her crib, even when baby is out of her crib (i.e. if you walk around to check on your baby in her room, even footsteps in the room on the lowest sensitivity setting will prevent alarm from sounding, even if your baby is dead in the crib). This is terrifying. The pads are thus, far far too sensitive, even on the lowest sensitivity level since they are not sounding the alarm when my baby is fully out of the crib for a long time just because her father is walking in the same ROOM as the alarm, or just because a tiny tiny fan set on low blowing into the room from the doorway is on. Yet, with it on this low setting that mistakenly picks up low fans and light footsteps throughout the room as baby being alive, it still randomly won’t pick up my baby’s movements when she is in truth IN the crib often times and I get multiple untrue alarms per night.
I’ve been trying for three months with my husband to resolve this, but being in an apartment and having a fan to prevent sids seems a big detriment to finding the seeming non-existent balance amid either the monitor picking up other movement when baby is not in the crib and never alarming, or the monitor not picking up my baby’s movement when she is in the crib and sounding multiple untrue alarms every night.
My husband and I both have master’s degrees and have expended dozens of hours playing around with moving the sensitivity settings even the tiniest microinch to find the balance, but can’t seem to resolve it.
All that said, I’d rather have a million false alarms a night with the sensitivity too low (because I can’t up it AT ALL because it will then pick up the fan or footsteps in the room and won’t sound if baby doesn’t move) and prevent my baby’s death.
I now have a Snuza Halo alarm and love it is I have only had one false alarm in months, and that was because it fell off her diaper that was too loose. The snuza halo clips onto her diaper (it’s under her onesie, so she doesn’t mess with it), so it CAN’T make the mistake of picking up other movement movement or footsteps) as hers. Because it touches her belly, it monitors her breathing, so it doesn’t sound alarms by not picking up her tiny little movements like my angelcare would. When it’s been awhile among breaths, it vibrates to rouse her, which has took place once or twice when she’s taken a long breath or in a deep sleep. This is SO nice because then if she moves immediately after it vibrates, there is no deafening warning beep (like my angelcare) to wake up baby. If she does NOT move right after the vibration, it sounds the alarm. It as well works way better for travel because you just clip it to her diaper, as opposed to having to have a hard flat surface, installing sensor pads with cords out of the way, etc… Snuza Halo is way more friendly for pack n play use, travel, etc… I would recommend buying a backup battery if you get this one altho because I have heard that battery life isn’t great. Haven’t had difficulties with my battery thus far though.
I originally bought the angelcare with just one sensor pad. It was nice but we had too many false alarms. The two sensor pad unit is a HUGE upgrade for just a little bit more money. Now,we rarely have false alarms and if we do, it’s usually because one of the sensors got moved when we made the bed. This unit is perfective but I gave it only 4 stars because the volume level is a bit low even on the highest setting. You cant hear it over the tv or any other noise, I may not hear her if I’m in the shower. Or if the unit is next to me and someone else is in the shower. Just for comparison, my other intercom (a Sony) is MUCH louder and can be heard over ANYTHING.
This product works great. I had a premature baby (30 weeks) and when she came home @38 weeks I was still concerned about periodic breathing and apnea episodes. The alarm gives me security of knowing if and when she does have a difficultnesses We had the alarm go off various times. It alerted her and she started to breath again on her own. I could tell it actually went off due to apnea because afterward her breathes were really fast to make up for the period she stopped breathing. The monitor is sensitive enough for a tiny baby–mine came home right at 5 pounds. I highly recommend this product to any person who needs the extra security of knowing your little one is breathing.
My wife was extremely nervous that something would go incorrect with our son when sleeping. The motion sensor permitted her to sleep deeply, knowing if anything went wrong a very piercing alarm would wake her. My house is a little long, and has more electronics in it than Bestbuy.
I have had NO interference problems. The device gives rise to no static, uses rechargeable batteries.
I have only one complaint. Now that my son is 15 months, he seems to like to stick to the sides of the bed, causing false alarms. Now we need the sensor disabled so we can use just the audio portion. Well, its not possible!!
So today I was scouring amazon for a monitor without a sensor (audio and/or video). Thats when I came across most units have reception problems.
Since I have a ton of electronics, I am now at a loss on what to buy.
I can see why the manufacturer doesn’t like you to disable the sensor, it’s in all likelihood a lawsuit waiting to happen.
(I could have saved my kid if I knew the sensor was not on, etc).
So if your kid is under 12 months, perfect device, get one today. I am now going to go to home depot and try to purchase a piece of think wood, or something to extend the sensitivity of the pad, rather than purchase a different monitor that will have static or intercommunicating problems.