If you are the parent of an infant, you have probably heard about SIDS, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which we have seen the number of occurrence going down drastically over the last decade. They occur in infants, usually between 0 to 4 months, but also up to 1 year of age. The incidence of SIDS in the U.S. is now very low, being about 5 in 10 000 births. Although the incidence is extremely low, many parents are still worried by the possibility of SIDS with their young babies. Often, the most worried parents will see their level of stress rise to the point where they will be unable to sleep, checking on their young one every hour. This habit is not only unhealthy for the parent, but also for the infant, as the parent may accidentally wake up their little one by peeking in their room. If you are a worried parent and recognize yourself in this description, consider using a baby breathing monitor, which are sensors that will record any micro-movement coming from the baby, including movement created by the baby’s breathing. We present here the 5 best baby breathing monitors available for parents.
There are two types of monitoring technology present here, and we’ll go into some details on the advantages and disadvantages of each. While they are both very good, some parents may have a personal preference for one versus another one.
One type of technology uses the “sensor pad”, which is set up under the crib mattress, on a hard surface. The sensor pad records any movement activity coming from the baby, through the mattress. If the sensor pad does not record any movements for several seconds, it will emit a loud alarm, that will alert the parents or any nearby caregivers. One of the favorite baby breathing monitors using the sensor pad technology is the Graco AngelCare (#1 and #4), which also include an audio monitor so you can also listen to your baby at all time! The nursery unit of the deluxe model (#1) has a soft nightlight and room thermometer which can alert you if the temperature falls out of your preset range. The deluxe model also include an optional voice activation. While the basic model has only 2 channels, the deluxe model has 8 channels to choose from, to avoid any static interference! The HiSense BabySense V (#2) is another great model to choose. This device uses two sensor pads, therefore covering a larger area of the crib or basinet.
The other type of technology uses a device that is directly clipped onto the waistband of the baby’s diaper. Unlike the sensor pad technology, the clip-on device comes in direct contact with the baby’s tummy and record movements coming from the child directly. This device often comes with a “buzzer”. This buzzer will act as a “wake-up call”, and will vibrate if it the child stops breathing or if it’s determined to be too shallow. If the device does not pick up any movement even after the buzz, it will then alarm the parents of an emergency. The Respisense Buzz (#3) and the Snuza Halo (#5) are two favorite models using the buzzing and clip-on technology.
Many factors may influence your choice in model, such as the price, the features, the reviews you read online, but also the reviews of friends and coworkers. Compare the settings of your house. If you friend has had a lot of false alarms with his or her device, do some research. Maybe you will realize that some type some devices are more prone to false alarms with specific types of furniture.