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Over the last 5 years, I have bought, borrowed and tried many different monitors with my three children. The first time around I thought it would give me peace of mind to buy a monitor which monitored both sound and movement despite this being one of the most expensive models around.
This one monitors sounds from the baby but also has a sensitive pad which sits under the mattress to monitor movement. It is sensitive enough to detect whether your baby is breathing and if it detects a break of 20 seconds it alerts you via an alarm. The baby unit has a halo night light. The parent unit consist of a portable section and a base unit (both units can be mains or battery charged)and has a temperature indicator.
Positives: This monitor gives you peace of mind. It is also very useful to have the temperature indicator. The night light is also a positive although I must say that the button to switch the light on and off was so flimsy that it broke within a week of buying the set and now our light is always on! The sensitivity of the pad can be set to the desired level and the sound can be set to be either continuous or voice activated with is a good feature. Another positive is that it features 8 channels and 2 frequencies which is better than most monitors.
Negatives: The monitor is relatively complicated to set up and moving it between rooms / houses is therefore not practical. However, this was not the main downside we found. My main problem was that we had a very bad sleeper of a baby and whenever he woke, in my half asleep state, I would forget to switch off the movement monitor. I would go to pick him up and 20 seconds later the alarm would sound putting my husband into a state of panic. Now I realise that this is a fault with me rather than the product but it happened so often that we stopped using the movement sensor pad altogether. My last negative point is that the build quality is not great. In addition to the switch breaking, it also didn't take long for the screen to stop working properly. It has deteriorated section by section and now no longer works at all after 5 years.
Summary: Great monitor if you are looking for reassurance. We have used it for a number of years, just using the sound sensor and I have no complaints about this but with hindsight, we should have just bought a sound monitor for a fraction of the price (this one cost around £90). We have since moved on to using video monitors which allow you the peace of mind to see your baby moving around and breathing. This has been a much more practical solution for us.
We considered a range of different monitors before finally deciding on this model with our second child. I only wish that we had discovered this product with my first born.
Peace of Mind-When arriving home from the hospital with a tiny newborn all parents know that nervous feeling when putting the baby to bed. Most mothers will check on baby several times during those first few nights often disturbing baby and having a restless night themselves. The movement monitor that is placed under the baby's mattress will alleviate all concerns. The monitor is sensitive enough to detect all movement including the gentle breathing of the child. The handset gives the option to switch on a ticking noise that notifies the parent of the movements. I have woken many times during the night only to be reassured by the constant ticking of the movement sensor. The movement sensor will continue in silence if parents prefer to switch the 'ticking' off. If a movement is not detected after 10 seconds a warning beep occurs, if there is no further movement in the next 5 seconds a loud alarm will sound continuously. This will obviously alert the parents to any potential issues with the child's breathing. Pausing the movement function is very simple and required when you lift baby out of bed to feed.
Other functions- The movement monitor was the biggest selling point for us however there are a few other useful functions. The movement sensor can be switched off if parents wish to use it as a simple vocal monitor instead. The unit that stays by the child's bed has a soft night light and the parent unit also displays the nursery temperature which is handy for considering the bedding needed to prevent overheating.
Practical Considerations- this monitor may be more complicated to set up than some of the others. My advice would be to make sure you have a quiet half hour to thoroughly read the manual before installation. The other crucial consideration is the wiring. It is essential that the wiring into the cot is secured correctly-pressure test this adequately or you will be introducing a strangulation hazard into your child's bed. Again just make sure you give yourself time to properly set the system up and you will not have any issues. The parent unit comes with a re-charging station so won't eat away batteries like some monitors. Due to set up of this item it is a permanent fixture in the nursery meaning we can't transport it when our little one stays with grandparents.
This has to be the best baby product that I purchased and is still in use today with my now two year old, albeit without the motion detector mat. I initially used this monitor in my sons mosses basket when I brought him home and although the manufacturers do not say that it can be used in this way I found that it worked. This monitor gave me the peace of mind that my son was breathing and meant that I didn't have to disturb his sleep to check and I could sleep without waking up to check on him all the time. I then moved the motion detector into his cot-bed and had it go off a couple of times as he got older as he had rolled into a corner so I was able to reposition him. My son is now in a toddler bed and so I have disconnected the motion detector and I just use the sound monitor and this works really well. If he is ever running a fever I still connect it up to the motion detector so that I don't have to worry. I really like that it also measures the room temperature and found it helped me to decide how many layers to put on him so he didn't get too hot or cold. The battery life is good and it recharges quickly and also has a handy night light.
Bought this monitor for my first child and I am now using with my second. The monitor is great as it has different sensitivity settings. The pad underneath the bed is discreet and baby wouldn't feel it. The monitor itself is small and light, it tells you the temperature in the room and had a little nightlight.
The thing that worried me most about this monitor was on a couple of occassions this went off in the middle of the night, obviously instinct tells you that something is wrong so I leapt out of bed to check on my child, what had happened was they had moved over or rolled etc and slightly moved off the sensor pad meaning that this had set the alarm off! Shows that the monitor works well, but also quite frightening!
I would recommend this product, it is a little pricey but well worth the money for some piece of mind.
I knew I was going to buy this monitor before I was even pregnant as all my friends had raved about them.
I was not disappointed. This monitor with the movement pad is an essential purchase in my opinion, I can't understand why anyone would opt for one without a motion sensor/pad. Admittedly I was a bit of a paranoid first time mum, but it was just so reassuring to know that movement was being monitored.
We used this in the Moses basket to start with, so within a few days of the return from hospital. It worked well in here and we didn't have any false alarms. Then we progressed to a crib and we used it in here with no issues. I think we had three false alarms where baby had rolled off the monitor pad right to the side of the cot, which then meant the alarm sounded. I have never ran up the stairs so fast!
You can adjust the volume on the parent unit, so you can have it very high or at a low level.
We used it when Baby was in our own room, with the sound aspect turned off.
I have dropped the unit several times and it has survived, so is very durable.
Both the parent and baby unit look stylish. There is a nightlight on the baby unit which is useful for provision of a low light when night feeding. The parent unit has a movement display and tick tick sound which can be switched off. This means the unit could be used for someone visually impaired. There is also a thermometer so you can see the temperature in your baby's room.
I am still using the monitor, both for sound and movement and my son is nearly three. I can't foresee a time when I will want to remove it but know I will have to. I still enjoy having the peace of mind it provides me with.
When I was looking at monitors I initially wanted to purchase a video monitor that was until I discovered the angelcare movement monitor, after reading the description and a few of the reviews I had to have this monitor no matter what!
The baby arrived a little earlier than expected so the monitor wasn't set up for his arrival and was done in a bit of rush when went to put him down for the first night and realised we hasn't set it up yet. After a quick read through the instructions we put figured out what we were doing and managed to get it set up fairly quickly. The set up is mostly plugging in wires and threading them through the sides of the cot, once it was all in position we placed a book on top of the mattress and within the 15 seconds we got a warning beep followed the full alarm which let us know all was set up great. For the first couple of months our baby slept next to us in our room so we only used the movement part of the monitor not the sound part, I was reassured on a regular basis that it was working correctly as I'd quite often pick up and baby forget to turn it off which sound the alarm!
When he was 7 months we moved him into his own room and began to use the sound part of the monitor, this has served us well for the last 4 months letting us know when he needed us in the night. The monitor has different levels of sensitivity, we had to turn this down as it was setting off the monitor when he rolled over and we were going into his room and he'd still be asleep, now we have turned it down it only makes a noise when he is crying or making chatty noises.
The parent part of the monitor has 5 buttons, the buttons allow you change the sensitivity, alter what you view on the screen and change the volume. The screen on the parent monitor shows you the battery life, the room temperature, the vibrate/alarm setting and a little ticker that swings along when the movement monitor is turned on.
This has been one of our best baby purchases and gave me a lot of reassurance in the early days when you end up just laying there watching them breathe!
This monitor has been brilliant, an absolute godsend to anyone who likes to worry (I.e most parents!).
I originally was put off by the big price tag, but when I read a few reviews of people who said this monitor had saved their baby's life, we had to have it. I'd originally planned on buying the version without the sensor mat, as that also had good reviews.
It was easy to set up. We never had any problems with interference from e.g. Neighbours baby monitors. We did have a problem with the battery losing its charge at the beginning, and I have to say the dedicated Angelcare helpline were FANTASTIC, they troubleshoot over the phone and then sent me new batteries, which sorted the problem. It has a good range and we have used e.g. Out in the garden with no problems.
As for the movement mat, it worked a treat every time I picked baby up and forgot to switch it off. It was massively reassuring when he slept longer than usual or when we were downstairs and he was sleeping upstairs. You can see the monitor ticking which means they are breathing, sometimes it gives a warning beep to indicate it has not detected movement for a few seconds but then it picks up again.
I like the temp guage on it too, no need for a separate room thermometer.
All in all a brilliant monitor and I would recommend it to anyone.
When I had my baby I was totally scared and paranoid about something happening to her. I was constantly waking up in the night and checking on her which meant no only was I getting disturbed sleep with her waking to be fed I was making the situation worse by waking myself all the time to check on her.
A friend of mine recommended that we use a movement sensor as she had one and found it really useful.
I did some research about the monitors on line and thought that the angel monitor sounded the best.
My daughter was 4 weeks by the time we made the purchase so she was still in her moses basket. The angelcare monitor can be fitted into either a pram, moses basket or cot so it lasts a long time.
The angel monitor was very simple to set up. It comes in 3 sections which are:-
1. A sensor which is basically a blue square this is the part that fits underneath the mattress.
2. The white angel section
3. The monitor
The monitor can be moved around so you can take it downstairs with you in the evening while your little one sleeps upstairs.
I found that the monitor is invaluable I feel much more relaxed knowing that if anything did go wrong the sensor would sound. I have made the mistake a couple of times in the middle of the night and lifted her out without turning the movement sensor off and it does go off oops that scared my husband. The angel monitor also has a night light and a themometer on it which I found very useful.
I would definitely recommend this if you are a bit of a worrier like me and the sound on the monitor is also excellent so it kind of kills two birds with one stone!
When my granddaughter was born she was premature and although the hospital said she was fine my daughter was very on edge about her and would constantly check her. We bought her this angel movement sensor and because it was such a big reassurance we bought one for here too.
We have had this for 4 years and it is still going strong.
It is a baby monitor and a sensor mat too so that if your baby is being very quiet and not making sounds through the monitor you will know they are okay because the sensor mat is on and it would alarm if they stopped breathing.
The mat is placed underneath their mattress and detects even the most faint movement. If your baby holds it's breath for more than 15 seconds then it will set an alarm off which is very loud and quite startling! This means that you don't have to keep checking on your baby if they have a longer sleep than normal, you will be reassured that the monitor is checking your baby for you.
It also has a temperature alarm which will go off if the room drops below a certain temperature.
The only problem with this is that sometimes it can go off if your baby moves away from the sensor mat. This happened about twice when they were in cots and they could roll a bit and sometimes they would be too far from the mat and the alarm would go off. This was always a bit of a shock and you'd go rushing in and luckily everything was fine.
I think they are a very good idea, it's amazing how sensitive they are and how they work. We use this with our youngest grandchild but it has been used with them all for the past 4 years and still works really well. It gives peace of mind. It cost £60 at the time and I think it was worth every penny.
I cannot recommend this product enough.
We had no 'need' for it, we are just paranoid people but this left us, (first time parents) not panicking that our baby would stop breathing when we nipped to the loo or went to cook.
There are three parts: the parent unit, the baby unit and the sensor pad. The sensor pad connects to the baby unit and goes under the mattress. When no movement (breathing) is detected after 20 seconds an alarm rings. It starts slow and then gets more frequent and louder. Although we never had it go off for real, (just when I'd pick him out of the cot and forget to turn the baby unit off - oops) it was reassuring knowing that it definitely works.
You can change the sensitivity of the pad, we never did this though as it was advised to leave it as it was for the mattress we had, but it explains it all in the manual.
The sensor pad can be removed, so when your baby gets older and moves to the other end of the cot you don't have to worry about constant alarms!
The parent and the baby unit are both mains and batteries and the baby unit also has a night light on it.
There is also an alarm for when the room temperature drops too low or gets too high, the downside is that this is the same alarm tone as when there is no movement. We never used that.
When we had our baby one of our first purchases was this Angelcare monitor. We chose this one because of great reviews online and we trusted Angelcare that it was a good make. Well it has not let us down 18 months later and even though we have a new monitor we still use this old one as I actually think it is better.
The monitor looks exactly how the picture displays it above. You can buy it fir just under £75 on Amazon at the moment and trust me it is worth the money. The monitor is bright blue and is quite attractive looking so it really doesn't look nasty in a childs nursery but for their safety I wouldn't even care too much about looks.
It comes in three different parts. Your first is the sensor pad which you can see on the left hand side of the photo. It is a big thin square which has a couple of layers which you can feel if you press down on it. This is full of sensors which detect your babies movement so you lay this on the bottom of their bed. In a moses basket it is good under the mattress part and then we put the moses basket cover over it to conceal the wires.
You put the sensor in the middle of where your baby is sleeping and in a cot bed this may seem like it is too little but trust me it detects such fine movement it will be fine. There is a wire coming off this sensor pad which is plugged into the receiver which is the middle part of the photo above. This is how you turn the sensor and whole monitor on. There is a dial at the back which allows you to tune up or down the sensitivity of the sensor pad so you can gage what is right for you. I always had it on number 3 as it seemed to work well.
The back of the receiver where you plug the sensor pad there is another space for your adaptor just to give you power. On the left hand side you can just see on the photo as blue button. This is to turn your monitor on and off. As soon as you turn it on there are lights at the front which will flash in time to the movement sensor so you know it is on.
The blue button on the right hand side is for turning the night light on for your child. Both switches you pull up or down against the monitor.
The final part on the right hand side of the photo is the monitor itself. This has a cradle which you can plug in anywhere to always have battery. The battery however does last a 2 hour nap and then 4 hours when Lottie goes to sleep so great battery life. The cradle is good for the night though as soon as the battery starts running out it will beep at you which is not something you want happening at 3am!!!
The monitor always shows the temperature on the front as the ideal nursery should be around the 18 mark. Then the left hand side is your noise levels so as soon as baby starts crying you will see the level rise. This is great for people who cant hear very well. It is also your volume control which you can adjust from the buttons on the front. Even on the lowest it is relatively loud though which is good. The only thing with turning it right up is there is a slight hissing sound which can drive you a little crazy.
Also on the front you will see a small movement which is your babies movement. If no movement has been detected for 20 second the alarm will sound. This is via a high beeping sound which will be coming from the monitor and in the babies room. It can worry you when it goes off but it may just be that the baby has wriggled down the bottom of the crib which happened alot with our Lottie.
You can control minimum and maximum temperatures from the monitor by pressing menu and scrolling to the picture of the sun or snowflake. Then you can use the arrow buttons to change them. If the nursery then drops below or above your set temperatures the monitor will beep at you. This is great when they are young so that you can add / remove blankets.
If you hold down the bottom arrow you can also hold the whole monitor so if you need to take the baby out of the moses or cot then the monitor will stop detecting movement for you. Then you just hold it again to turn it back on.
I think this monitor has been brilliant. Easy to set up and use and works fantastically. We have not had any problems with it and we only replaced it for a video monitor around 5 months ago. We still use this one with the travel cot at my Mums house though as it is fantastic. It gave us peace of mind when she was little and even now.
It picks up on so much sound that if you have it on high you can even hear them breathing. It is is also very funny when people go in to settle Lottie and forget its on and we hear them singing songs on the monitor downstairs.
For the cost you can't go wrong. A few of my friends have the same monitor and they have loved it too so I really cannot recommend enough to you all. Compared to our new one too which the battery life does not last that long so it always needs to be on charge this one is great. I really am so used to the security it gives me now that Im dreading getting rid of it. Ill probably still be using it when she's 10!!!!
I did a lot of research when I was pregnant trying to find the best monitor to suit me. I heard a lot about cot death when I was pregnant and so i decided to get Angelcare movement & sound monitor for my peace of mind. I purchased it from Amazon for about £56 which I though was a bargain as they are selling at Boots and Mothercare for about £90.
This monitor is excellent and would not have a negative thing to say about it. My daughter slept in her own room since she was 12 weeks old and suffers with astma and used to cough in her sleep a lot when she was baby and so I used sensor pad every single night up until she was over a year old, she sleeps in a cot bed but even when she rolled over from the pad, it would still detect her breathing movement as mat is so sensitive. Monitor starts beeping loudly 20 seconds after no movement is detected when sensor pad is on.
Monitor has different settings/features such as:
1. tic sound and movement - this means that the "tic" sound tells you when movement is detected, you can hear it ticking when sensor pad its on
2. Sound and movement - when sensor pad its on along with the sound
3. Tic and movement - just sensor pad is on and ticking to tell you that movement is detected, no sound on so you would not hear baby cry through monitor
4. Movement only - again just sensor pad is on but no ticking and no sound
5. Sound only
6. Colour digital display which displays room temprature
7. Volume control.
8. Out of range indicator which will beep when you have gone too far from nursery unit, however i am able to use this monitor in our garden and still stay in the range. It has nearly 300 meters range distance.
Monitor has 3 parts: sensor mat, nursery unit that stays in babys room and portable recharchable parent unit that can be carried around the house. Monitor can be used without using the sensor mat if you preffer it. Another good thing about it is that the main base has built in nightlight and option to set sensitivity from 0 - 5.
Sensor mat can be used with cots, cotbeds or moses basket. It is placed directly underneath the matress, you will require thin peace of plywood or similar to put otn the top of the matress base and underneath the sensor mat. Mat is very thin so will not bother baby under the matress, it is in a shape of a square roughly 25x25cm big.
Both parts of monitor are mains or batteries operated. Both parent and nursery unit will require 3xAAA batteries (not included) if you wish to use them without mains. This feature actually came very handy to me when my daughter was about 3 months old, we were left with not electricity in the house for couple of days due to some roadworks but I was still able to use monitor and nighlight with the batteries. I have never changed batteries and still using the ones I originally put in however I alway use mains so can not really comment on how long do batteries would last.
I would recommend this monitor to any parent or parent to be, it gave me reassurance and good night sleep without worrying about your baby.
This monitor has been absolutely fantastic! I am a bit of a worrier and this has completely soothed my fears about leaving our baby in her room to sleep. It comes with a movement mat which is positioned under the mattress and if there is no movement for 20 seconds, the alarm goes off. In fact the alarm beeps at about 15 seconds to warn you and then goes off full bang at 20 seconds. We have never had any false alarms and we have been using it for 6 months.
The monitor is well designed and has several different options for listening to baby. The base monitor has a cool, funky little blue nightlight that is built in and provides enough ambient light to manoeuvre around a dark room but not too much light as to keep baby up.
It will take a little time to get used to switching it off before taking baby out of bed! Trust me when you have a baby screaming the last thing you think of is turning the sensor mat off- lol.
It's super easy to set up- it literally took me about 5 minutes.
I would recommend buying one new or knowing where the used one came from. I got one off ebay and it absolutely reeked of cigarette smoke- there was £55 down the drain! I had to bin it and then bought a brand new one
I bought this monitor on recommendation of a friend whose baby stopped breathing twice and needed hospitalisation - she only discovered the baby had stopped breathing because of the movement sensor on the angelcare monitor.
I have used it satisfactorily with my son. The movement sensor can have false alarms if the child rolls to one extreme end of the bed but apart from this minor hiccup, I have found the Angelcare to be a good monitor. The sound quality is pretty good and the sound sensor seems to work well when detecting the child`s cries. The temperature monitor is also good - you can set minimum and maximum thresholds which when triggered, sound an alarm to warn you. This is particularly useful in cold weather.
On the downside, I have found the mute facility a little frustrating - you can only mute the handset for a short period and then it automatically switches the speaker back on again. Also, there is no talkback facility between the handset and the base station.
All in all, I am quite satisfied with this product and would recommend it to other parents but would warn them about the lack of talkbalk functionality.
Customer service from Angelcare was also good - I broke the screen cover for the handset and Angelcare replaced it free of charge.
When I was pregnant I did a lot of research into which monitor to chose. I knew this was going to be a "must" purchase as the house we moved into is quite old and the sound doesn't travel at all through the walls! The reviews I read at the time pointed to this as one of the best, so I added it to my "amazon wishlist", which my Mother-in-law kindly bought for us.
I have been using this for the past 8 months and have found that it has good and bad points.
~ Cost and Availability ~
It cost around £75 to buy of Amazon, however, you can buy these in most shops selling baby items i.e. Argos, ToysRus, Mothercare and normally retails at around £99.99 in store or £75 online.
~ Features ~
This is not only a simple sound monitor, however, it also has a room temperature, nightlight & movement sensor pad.
~ Sound monitor ~
The sound is quite clear through the monitor, however, I have found that I do get interference occasionally. There is an option to chose the channel if the transmission is not clear or is causing a problem.
There is an option to have the sound on constantly, or activated by a certain level of sound. I chose to have the sound on constantly, as I want to hear every little sound in my little girls room.
~ Room temperature ~
This is a great feature as you have no need to buy any additional room thermometer. It show the temperature on the parent handset, so you can see if you need to turn the heating down without entering your baby's room and disturbing them. There is also an option to set an alarm when the temperature gets above/below a certain level. It is essential to make sure baby's room doesn't get too warm as overheating has been linked with SIDS.
~ Nightlight ~
The monitor has a mellow blue light, which can be turned on/off by a switch on the side of the transmitter, not affecting the settings for the sound/movement monitor. This is only a dim light and I tend to leave it on all night.
~ Movement sensor ~
This is probably the main reason people buy this monitor instead of the cheaper "sound only". Being a parent can be the scariest time of your life, being a worrier I like the idea that this pad telling me that my baby is breathing, it is such a relief and sets my mind at ease. The movement sensor is a pad, which is placed under the mattress in the centre of the cot, and plugs into the transmitter. This is an optional extra and the sound monitor will work with or without the movement sensor.
The pad detects when your baby moves and is so sensitive it can recognise every breath. If the pad doesn't detect a movement for 20 seconds it sets off a single beep on both the parents handset and the transmitter. This noise in the baby's room is to wake up baby, as sometimes with baby central sleep apnea a little nudge may retrigger the breathing. After 40 seconds a constant alarm goes off on both units.
This does give you peace of mind, especially when I moved my baby from my bedroom into her nursery. However, this is also a little annoying. As when you pick up your baby, you trigger the alarm. So you have to turn off the transmitter unit, which makes the alarm go off on the parents unit. So when baby wakes up a 3am for a feed, you first have to remember to turn of parent unit, so as not to wake up DH, then going into nursery and turn of the transmitter, then pick up hungry screaming baby! When you are half asleep it is not the easiest thing to remember! If only there was a button/switch on the transmitter unit to say you are picking your baby up.
With the movement monitor you can have a "tick" every time you baby moves. I'm not sure whether anyone uses this option, as it is probably the most annoying sound in the world, and I can't imagine anyone can sleep with a constant beep next to them! This can be turned off and the parent unit just shows a pendulum swinging to reflect every movement.
There is also an option to adjust the sensitivity of the pad if you are getting too many false alarms.
~ The units ~
The transmitter nursery unit can be plugged into the mains or used with 4 AAA batteries. I normally use it plugged in, however, the option for batteries is good for power cuts or travelling, however, I cannot comment on battery life as I have not used it.
The parent unit comes with 4 rechargeable AAA batteries, that charges in the cradle. This lasts around 3 days of daytime naps & evening until I went to bed, however, now my little girl is in her own room I put it on charge over night & it now never runs down on batteries.
There is a mute option on the parent unit, to mute the noise for 2 minutes. I don't use this option as I cannot leave my girl to cry, however, if you are using the "cry it out" method of settling your baby this is useful.
If I am going somewhere I take the monitor to use just as a sound unit on the travel cot. It is quite light so relatively portable.
~ Range ~
The range on this unit is surprisingly good. In the manual it states that the range is 250m (open field) or 80-100m (indoors), this is plenty for any normal house/garden. I find that I can do a bit of gardening while my daughter is taking her nap, without the unit losing signal. If you lose signal it gives you are warning beep and vibrates. This doesn't mean you can go out to the pub down the road!
~ Warnings ~
As this is an electrical unit with wires, you must take extra care when placing the units in the baby's room to ensure that the wires is out of the reach of the baby to ensure there is no risk of strangulation.
Also, it does say that this is NOT a SIDS prevention device, and does not replace the requirement of checking on your baby.
The pad will recognise movement of a mobile, therefore the alarm will not sound if the mobile is moving.
~ Conclusion ~
This is a great unit and does exactly what you need it for. However, I wish it had some way of pausing the alarm on the nursery transmitter unit when you are picking you baby up for a few minutes.