what is the best baby monitor? I want one with movement sensor I think? am very confused?

Hannah - posted on 07/10/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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i am very confused to which is the best type of monitor. sound? sound and movement? There are such mixed reviews? I need help mum's!!!

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We have a video monitor by Summer. And I have no regrets at spending the money on it. Having it allowed me to sleep better. And besides it's fun to watch her sleep with her diaper butt sticking straight in the air lol. Now that she's a little older it has come in handy to determine what's going on when she is crying. Sometimes she laying down and crying, sometimes standing up and I respond to these differently becuase I can see what's going on. I have also been able to see when she gets her leg stuck between a railing. If I didn't have a video monitor I may have assumed she was crying because she didn't want to sleep, I wouldn't have realized there was a safety issue going on. So, if someone's making money because I bought a monitor, I'm o.k. with that.

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Dawn - posted on 07/11/2009

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i looked at them when pregnant with my daughter. in the end i bought a regular one that just detects sound. i've read that sensor monitors cause anxiety to parents. my daughter is now 9 weeks old. she sleeps in our room at night in her own cot, as recommended. during the day she will nap in her basket which is in the living room. i've only used the monitor a couple of times as she's usually close by to either me or my husband. now she's here i can't really imagine leaving her alone in a room for any length of time til she's much older so a sensor monitor would have been a waste of money.

Taffi - posted on 07/11/2009

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Just be sure if you go with a movement monitor to follow the directions and placce it on a hard surface-that will help eliminate false alarms. And since we're talking about SIDS-I'd research vaccinations too. I realize this may start a war but the best decision is an informed one. Check out thinktwice.com And always remember-whatever decision you make for your baby is the right one and don't let anyone tell you different. Good Luck!

Hannah - posted on 07/11/2009

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ok ladies no fighting i appreciate all comments it gives a balance to my decision so thanks to all! Am hoping not to spend my own money and a relative to buy it actually lol! I like the idea of being able to see them on a screan from my bed i love watching them sleep! but yes generations have survived without monitors but sleep apnia is a concern a lot of people on line have said the breathing monitor saved their children as by simply waking them up and a bit of vigorous rubbing has started them breathing and the alarm prevented them sleeping thru their little one dying! i know its a small chance but it would be something that would be devistating to live thru. I have had one miscarriage and can only imagin how bad it would be to loose a child to SIDS.

Taffi - posted on 07/11/2009

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I had a conventional sound monitor which I only used if he was napping and wanted to be outside-it had a battery operated option. But I also had the angelCare monitor that goes under the crib mattress and detects if you're child stops breathing. Can you live without it? Yes-my husband and I camp a lot. But it sure does give a parent peace of mind. Especially since our son had breathing problems befroe we ever left the hospital and ended up in the NICU for 6 days. Basically you just have to decide whats right for you.

Liana - posted on 07/10/2009

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ok, how bout this, dont let ur kids go to the park- they might fall off the slide. dont let you kids sleep in a proper bed- they might fall out and hit their head on a toy (as my hubby did and OMG he is still alive). dont let you kid eat a lolly- they might choke on it. dont take training wheels off the bike- they might fall and skin their knee.

im just saying that, I dont see the need for them, because if it sooooo dangerous without them how the hell is our earth populated??? if u wanna waste ur money then fine. opinions are asked and thats mine. and it seems im not alone.

Malinda - posted on 07/10/2009

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I can't really see a comparison between a television and a baby monitor... But I do believe that it's possible for a monitor to save the life of a child who is choking or suffocating (assumig you put blankets in the crib, too, and I hope not). The "...and MY kids are just fine" arguement is a great justification for all kinds of things, though.... no helmet on a bike, no seatbelt, etc (hey, *I* survived, so it must be okay). I'm willing to shell out a few dollars for something that could actually allow me to intervene on a dangerous situation in time to save my son. Personally, I'd rather forgo the swing, bouncy chair, or other purely entertainment item (like, say a TV, which I would never suggest going into a child's room anyway...).

Casey - posted on 07/10/2009

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Thank you Liana I thought I was alone - I have 3 children 18, 17 and 4 and have never used a monitor, it is just a way to make money

Liana - posted on 07/10/2009

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i never used them and i live in a 2 story house. i dont see the need for movement sensors. i have a 3yo, and a 9mth old and they are still alive and kicking. i think its just another piece of crap for parents to spend a whole lot of money on. did your parents use them? mine didnt. my grandma didnt and neither did my great grandmother etc. i also dont see why kids need a tv in their room- why teach them to be couch potatoes at such a young age. but each to their own....

Malinda - posted on 07/10/2009

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I know they are pricey, but I wouldn't trade our video monitor for the world! The sound/movement ones have a tendancy to give false alarms, which often wake your baby. It seems some are better than others, but our neighbor had a terrible time with theirs. The video monitor continues to give us peace of mind into toddlerhood (waiting for that moment when he figures out how to climb out of his crib, so we check on him if we think he's awake every once in a while). You really can see well enough to see breathing and movement even in the dark.



You may be able to find a used on on your local Craigs List or something... I really do think it's the best peice of "gear" we own.

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I have the Bebe sounds Angelcare monitor. It has a movement sensor and an alarm goes off if it doesnt feel movement for 20 seconds. It does have some false alarms but it gives me a little more peace of mind. It also has sound and you can switch it from movement and sound, sound only or movement and sound where it makes a ticking sound every time it feels the baby breathe. The major con is that it cost about $100 however you may be able to get one used for less. Hope this helps!!

Jackie - posted on 07/10/2009

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I have just a regular one. I wish I had one with video, especially since my oldest is almost 3 and him and my 15 month old are always playing in their room. I would like to be able to see them without going in their room or if they're sleeping. I wouldn't get the one with music because i have mobiles with music and they have a tv in their room.

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