Post # 1
Hi Bees! I am looking into getting a SIDS monitor for my baby. I’m 5 months along, so I have some time to decide. Any recommendations for a specific brand? I’m looking into the ones that clip on to their diaper. I have also read on a few medical websites that they are unneccessary if you take the proper precautions and that they aren’t proven to work. Has anyone used one? Thoughts?
Post # 3
We didn’t use one (he slept in our room/we co-slept for almost 6 months) but I’ve heard wonderful things about the Angel Care monitor.
Post # 4
I’m not sure there brand, but my friend had one and stopped using it because it gave false alarms all the time. Baby moves around to a new position and it goes off, etc. Not sure if they are all that bad though.
Post # 5
I’m sure what I’m about to say will not go over well with some, I don’t mean to offend anyone and respect everyone’s choices on how they raise their children. I apologize in advance if this upsets anyone.
A close friend of mine used the angel care monitor, one day it went off and the baby was in fact not breathing. The caregiver was trained in infant CPR and did that until paramedics arrived. The baby was taken to hospital and ultimately was placed on life support. Over a number of days, Tests confirmed that the baby had no brain activity, and the baby was taken off lifesupport and subsequently passed away.
The product seemed to have worked as intended, but still nothing could’ve been done to change the situation. If anything, having the baby resuscitated and holding on to the hope of her survival for days seemed to be more traumatic and painful to me.
Post # 6
@Peoniesplease: I unfortunately have to agree. I really wish the monitors worked because I’m pretty paranoid about SIDS considering that my mom’s little brother passed away from it at 4 months, and she had several cousins who went through this as well, so the family history scares me. But these monitors have not been proven to help prevent SIDS even when they do work – it’s scary how fast these things can happen, but I don’t think that one of these would give me a greater sense of security, and the false alarms would send me into a panic. I’m planning on just being careful about following the rules – no bumpers, pillows, etc., and trying to not be a paranoid mom.
The FDA actually recommends NOT using them: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/Consumerupdates/ucm275847.htm
Post # 7
Most hospital nursery and post partum units will tell you, the sids prevention and alert devices are not that helpful and don’t waste your money. While there is no guarantee, the best ways to prevent sids include putting baby on their back to sleep with nothing else in the bed but a firm mattress and fitted sheet. A blanket should not be used, if it’s cold the baby should wear a sleeper that is warm enough. No stuffed animals or solid bumper. Don’t smoke around the baby or allow it to be an environment with second hand smoke. And bed sharing is not a safe place for baby. Soft mattresses, blankets and full grown adults are not safe. A seperate co sleeper or crib in the bedroom is however shown to be a safe alternative that may help reduce sids risks.
http://Www.sids.org is a great resource for accurate information and research about sids.
Post # 8
Personally, I plan on using a Snuza baby monitor for my own peace of mind. I have a feeling getting sleep will be difficult for me at first because I will worry too much “Is she still breathing? Is she okay?” first-time-mom syndrome haha. Are they necessary? Definitely not, but if it helps you have better peace of mind, then go for it.
Post # 9
I would imagine a baby monitor with a video feed (Or even a small surveillance camera) and sound would be more useful than a SID monitor. Sure, you can’t watch the thing 24/7 but with the amount of false alarms I came up with in my not-really-researched google searching, I’d imagine that being able to *see* baby and *hear* baby would be better than something going off a lot and potentially waking your child.
As another poster said, nothing is going to protect your child if the worst case scenario has begun. All the alarms in the world won’t help your baby breathe, so really it’s all about preparing the best for the baby that you can.
Post # 10
@Peoniesplease: Thank you for sharing your story. It’s something I just started researching, and your story helped to put things in persepective.
It seems like all of the more “official” websites, like the FDA and a health article that I read in the NY Times say that the monitors are a waste of money. But I don’t know, I tend to be a worrywart, so it might just help us to sleep better knowing that all of our bases are covered, even if it’s only theoretically. Thanks for your input everyone!
Post # 11
@bwaychick: Hi! I’m not a mother, nor am I pregnant – but I pinned the ‘Snuza’ on my pinterest, and have gotten over 600 repins since. It seems as though everyone is pretty impressed by it!! I’m going to be an OCD mother, and this one looks great!
Post # 12
@Quinlan: Thanks for the link! I had decided that’s the one that I will get if I decide to get a monitor. It has great reviews! 🙂
Post # 13
Everything I’ve seen says having the baby in the same room as you, breastfeeding, and at least 60 minutes straight of skin to skin contact is the best way to prevent SIDS
Post # 14
@ghiagirl893: yes, babies need lots of skin to skin contact.
Post # 15
I currently have a 6 month old. When I was pregnant I wanted something to monitor so I purchased the Snuza go. We even tested it out at home we were so excited about it. But once the baby came it just seemed unnecessary to us. He slept in our room in the pack in play. I was up every two hours nursing. I ended up selling it on craigslist when he was 4 months old because we never used it.
Post # 16
I have the Snuza Go…
I was nervous because my husband has sleep apnea (despite not being overweight) and I guess it can be genetic… also, my baby didn’t breathe well right after she was born… and one of my neighbors twin’s died in the night (though I didn’t ask for details)…
I didn’t use it the first week (was less nervous than I thought I’d be) and considered sending it back; however, Julia started wheezing aittle bit one night and I was having trouble sleeping worrying about her breathing. I started using the Snuza then and I still use it every night. It’s worth it to me for the peace of mind. She doesn’t mind it at all and so far (2 months) we haven’t had any false alarms. I don’t know how accurate they are, but there are reviewers on Amazon who claim that the monitor DID save their baby’s life… so I don’t know.
All in all, I love it.