After my little one was born, I found that when she was sleeping, which, as anyone with a newborn knows, is a lot in the early days, I was constantly checking on her to ensure she was breathing. It wasn’t so bad to start with as she was in a moses basket directly next to me. However, when she was 6 weeks old we had to move her into her cot as she was already trying to roll and we were worried she’d take a tumble out of the moses basket. We tried moving the furniture in our bedroom every way we could in order to get the cot next to my side of the bed, but it just wasn’t happening, so we had to put the cot around a metre from the foot of our bed. I would frequently get up during the night to check on her, gently placing my hand on her chest to make sure it was doing what it should.
Call me a worrier or an overprotective mum, I don’t care, I would have done that every night if I had to, but when she started showing further signs of being ready to roll I really started to panic that she would roll onto her face in her sleep and would stop breathing. I knew I couldn’t carry on worrying about her and her breathing in such a way and that I needed to find something to stop me panicking quite so much. Then, I remembered that a few weeks earlier I’d taken part in a survey about baby monitors and that the Angelcare system was introduced to me. I did a bit more research online and looked at the reviews of their products on Amazon and immediately felt that the Angelcare AC401 Movement and Sound Monitor was perfect for our needs. The monitor has a rouse alarm which goes it if it detects no movement from baby after a few seconds and if the monitor still doesn’t detect movement it then sounds a loud alarm to prompt the parent to see to baby immediately.
Some of the reviews I read stated that the product was not required for a healthy baby born at term and that it was intended more for premature babies and babies that had been in special care. Our little one didn’t fall into either of these categories, however other reviewers stated it had saved their baby’s life and gave them peace of mind. Peace of mind was exactly what I needed and I’m so glad we purchased the monitor. Others said they’d had numerous false alarms with the monitor going off at random times during the night. Ours has only ever gone off once and I do believe that that was a false alarm as only a couple of minutes prior to that I’d seen little one wriggling. We had however changed her bed sheets that evening, so it was very possible we’d moved the sensor pad in the process (it has to be central) and that’s what triggered the alarm to go off.
The Angel Care Monitor can be used up until our little one is two years old, so along with that and the added peace of mind, I definitely feel it was £70 well spent.