(Note, I am not being paid for this endorsement, that would be amazing though haha!)
So SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome is something that all parents probably freak out about until their kids are at least six months old. Even after that age you may be stuck in a routine of checking your monitor or going into your child’s room (if they are in their own room) to constantly make sure that they are still breathing.
As expecting parents we did a lot of research and reading on what to expect, books like What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. These books give you a lot of information on what to expect once your little bundle of joy is home with you and one very important topic that is stressed in both books is SIDS. These books tell you not to keep extra blankets in the crib, not to use crib bumpers or ANYTHING in the crib at all, because as the cause of SIDS is still unknown, studies have shown that anything else in the crib (such as stuffed animals) increase the risk of SIDS in children under six months old.
Purchasing Some Peace of Mind
We were fortunate to have Thomas at a time where some new technologies were available that can monitor your child’s motions. We chose to get our baby monitor with one that also included a motion monitor. What this includes is a mat that goes under the mattress of the crib and plugs into the monitor. The motion monitor will detect the motion and breathing of your child, we know that this monitor works because if Thomas happens to roll off of the middle of his crib or we happen to place him too high or too low and he wiggles enough, the monitor will alarm that it has not detected him. We have also forgotten to turn off the monitor when we have picked him up from his crib and it began to alarm. Knowing that the motion pad worked so well provided us with a lot of peace of mind during the early stages of Thomas’ crib sleeping.
While writing this post and asking my wife about this monitor, she said “Having that monitor was the only way that I could sleep at night.”
This is the Angelcare 1100, a video and motion monitor system combined. They do sell motion sensors alone but then you will need multiple parent unit monitors to carry around with you. (One video/audio monitor and one motion monitor.)
The video monitor is touch screen (which isn’t necessary, but I suppose decreases the amount of buttons that need to be on the unit). Three AAA batteries (rechargeable) go into it and they last for quite a while and the nice thing is that when they stop holding a great charge, you can just pop in new ones. Our first set of rechargeable batteries (the ones provided) lasted about 4 months. The main unit (camera and motion pad plug in) can also run on batteries but they won’t last as long, they lasted perhaps 3-4 on our first usage of it not on “wall-power”. The handheld unit will last for quite a while, probably 8 hours or so on battery power.
Now, I have some friends that have children a little bit older than Thomas and I don’t believe that they have one of these motion monitors. At least the last time we visited them they did not. They were telling us that we will check the monitor CONSTANTLY, we will listen for our son’s breathing, we may creep into his room to make sure he is still alive. I am sure that these behaviors are very natural for MANY MANY parents, but whether it was this monitor, or just our style… I know that this monitor provided some much needed sleep for us early on in Thomas’ life. We were able to sleep easily because we knew it worked and we felt comfortable with him in the room next to ours, knowing that the alarm would go off if anything bad happened.
I highly recommend this monitor to anyone having a first child or if you already have children, and love your monitor, get something like the motion sensor mat, test it out to see how it works so you are comfortable with it and then sleep a little bit easier at night… I know we did.
Cost: $269 for the video monitor system
Motion mats cost around $60.
I will try to put up a video of what the alarm is like tomorrow once Thomas is awake
EDIT: With video