Thursday, December 24, 2009

Review: Babysense V

Since it's Christmas Eve, and that's all about a little baby, I thought this was a good time to write a review of the Babysense V monitor.

The Babysense V is a movement monitor that is placed under your baby's mattress and is hooked to a (very loud) alarm. From their website:
BabySense – Life-saving Features
  • Constant monitoring of your baby's motion and breathing.
  • Auditory and Visual (red light) alarm is activated if breathing ceases for more than 20 seconds or if breath rate slows to less than 10 breaths per minute.
  • A safe and integrated system:  Monitoring unit is connected to sensor pads placed between mattress and crib or bed base.  The highly sensitive sensors are not in direct contact with the baby.  Infant movement is in no way limited or obstructed.
  • The passive sensors are totally safe and emit no radiation of any kind. BabySense is neither seen nor felt by the baby, yet it senses every breath and movement the baby makes.

I won this monitor in a blog giveaway a few months before Vivian was born. So it's another one of those things that we've gotten to enjoy using with our second child and wonder how we lived without it with our first!  We were impressed at how easy it was to set up this monitor. It's battery-powered, so we just put in the batteries, plugged the sensor panel into the alarm and it was ready to go. Vivian was originally sleeping in a portable bassinet, and the area that supported her mattress on this was a little flimsy, so we put something under the monitor for it to be sitting on a flatter surface. If you are using a pack n play or some other portable place for your baby to sleep in, I'd suggest getting a board or something flat and hard for the monitor to rest on.  This wouldn't be a problem in a normal crib, of course.

We've been using this for almost 7 months now, and I'm a believer. Even though Vivian has been sleeping in our room since she was born, it's tough to see into her bed from where I sleep. And we all know how hard it is to see babies breathing sometime. Even though I still got up to check on Vivian, especially when she was a newborn, I know that being able to look over and see the green light flashing on the monitor gave me a lot of peace of mind and cut down on the "get up and put your hand on the baby to make sure she's still breathing" events enormously.

We've never experienced any issues with false alarms with this monitor.  We did use it in a room with a ceiling fan, and that didn't seem to affect the monitor. Some people have reported this as an issue, but it wasn't one for us. The alarm has never gone off on it's own, but we do forget to turn it off every week or so, and it definitely does go off after 20 seconds! I'm amazed at the tiny little movements that the monitor can detect. There have been many times when I can't visibly see Vivian's breathing, but the monitor senses her tiny movements. 

This is a wonderful monitor for the peace of mind that it brings parents. Anything that keeps mom in bed and lets her sleep is a great thing, and a worthy investment! You can buy this product on Amazon or at your usual baby stores.

I was not compensated for this review in any way, and all opinions here are mine and mine alone.