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Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor: The Ultimate in Safety

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Becoming a parent can be the most exciting, yet terrifying experience of your life! You can’t help but look forward to the smiles, hugs, snuggles and the “I love yous” while at the same time wondering how you will protect your beautiful little baby from heartbreak, bullies, and future girlfriends or boyfriends. Not even too mention all the horror stories of what could go wrong during pregnancy and birth.

Fortunately, the Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor gives you one less thing to worry about. The movement sensor pad senses your baby’s movements to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) while the monitor ensures that you can hear them even when you are not in the same room. As the name suggests, the Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor is your little one’s guardian angel during the first years of his or her life.

Although sold as one unit, the Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor can be divided into two separate devices: The Angelcare under-the-matress movement sensor pad and the Angelcare Sound monitor that does so much more than only monitoring sound. The beauty of the product is that once you no longer need the movement sensor pad, you can simply disconnect the device and make use of the sound monitor on its own.

The Angelcare Under-the-matress Movement sensor pad:

The Angelcare under-the-mattress movement sensor pad was specifically designed to monitor your baby’s movements while they sleep, aiming to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by sounding an alarm if no movement is detected within 20 seconds. Just about all mothers will confess to sneaking to their baby’s crib during those first few months just to make sure that their little one is still breathing. It comes as no surprise that the creators of this device are parents themselves! As parents, we all secretly fear SIDS as its causes are generally unknown and there’s not much one can do to prevent it.

What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also referred to as cot death, is “the sudden and unexplained death of a child younger than 1-year-old” and usually occurs during sleep.

It is estimated that in 2015, about 1600 deaths were caused due to SIDS in the U.S alone (https://www.cdc.gov/sids/data.htm). While there is no scientific explanation as to what causes SIDS (sudden and unexplained), experts have identified some factors that would make an infant more vulnerable:

  • Babies with a low birth weight
  • Babies born with brain abnormalities
  • Babies with or who recently had a respiratory infection
  • Having too many blankets/soft mattresses in the crib
  • If the mother used drugs or smoked during pregnancy
  • Poor prenatal care during pregnancy

Although not entirely avoidable, there are some steps one can take to try and prevent SIDS such as always letting your baby sleep on its back and minimizing blankets/pillows in the cot and make use of a movement monitor such as the Angelcare Movement and sound Monitor. Fortunately, the risk of your baby dying of SIDS drop dramatically after the first 6 months but it doesn’t guarantee that they are out of the woods yet.

Sounds alarm if no movement is detected:

The Angelcare under-the-mattress movement sensor pad sounds an alarm if no movement is detected from your baby for a period of 20 seconds. The sensor pad is placed under the mattress can be used from birth up to 24 months, giving you peace of mind that your little one is safe and breathing when they are sleeping in their crib. The sensor pad can be utilised even if your baby is sleeping in the same room than you are, giving you that extra bit of reassurance that your baby is just fine.

Sensitivity setting:

The sensor pad has different sensitivity settings that can be adjusted according to your preferences and the thickness of the mattress you are using. The sensor pad can be set to detect even the smallest movement form your little one. Please take note that the Sensor Pad can be used with any regular standard baby mattress except memory foam mattresses, Purflo mattresses or mattresses with a hollow frame.

Battery mode in case of power failure:

The Angelcare Movement and sound monitor switches to battery mode automatically if there is a power failure to provide further peace of mind. The monitor will also alert you in advance if the battery is running low. One of the advantages of this product is that the Angelcare Movement and sound monitor is surprisingly light on batteries. It’s always a good idea to have a few spare batteries (4 x AAA) in the cupboard but no need to go overboard with this.

Versatility:

As mentioned previously, the Angelcare under-the-mattress movement sensor pad can be disarmed at any time but it is recommended that parents use this device up until 24 months. Thereafter you will still be able to make use of the monitor separately.

Angelcare Wooden Board for monitors:

In order to aid with the effectiveness and installation of the Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor, one can purchase an Angelcare Wooden Board for monitors, sold separately. In all honesty, it is basically just a wooden board that is placed underneath the mattress and the product operated just fine without one.

The Angelcare Monitor

The Angelcare Monitor is an excellent device, almost near perfect lacking only a visual display of your baby (this can be found in newer models).

Display:

The monitor display is easy to read at night thanks to the full-color display. It’s also very user-friendly and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out how to operate the monitor.

Temperature control:

The Angelcare Monitor (parents unit) provides parents with vital information such as the temperature in baby’s room and sound lights that visually displays the noise in the room. You can even set the monitor to alert you if the temperature in the room drops too low or is too warm, making sure that your baby gets the proper rest needed to learn and grow.

Nursery unit:

The Nursery Unit, appropriately shaped as an angel, has a subtle nightlight that can be turned on, making it easy for parents to move in and out of baby’s room at night.

Transmission:

Having someone listen in to whatever is happening in your home can be a real concern. The Angelcare monitor, however, comes with 8 channels to minimize interference and also has two frequencies, offering enough variations to secure privacy in your own home. The sound is crystal clear and if the volume is turned all the way up, you can even hear your baby sucking. There have been some complaints about static noise, but these seem to be far and few in-between.

Mobility:

Second to its crystal clear sound, the fact that the parent unit is portable is probably the biggest advantage. Once you’ve recovered from the birth and your little one is settled into his or her new home, you will want to get some housework out of the way whenever your baby is taking a nap. That is if you can manage to drag yourself away from that beautiful, angelic face of course! The portable Angelcare Parent Unit provides you with the assurance that everything is still fine while you are finishing off some chores in the next room.

The package as a whole (Sensor pad and monitor) is also small, compact and easy to travel with should you go away for a few days.

Range:

The Angelcare Monitor has a range of 820 feet and will the device will send out a warning signal if you are out of range should you ever be in doubt.

Summary and technical details:

 It is clear to see that the Angelcare Movement and sound monitor was created by parents who know the anxiety we as new parents often experience. The product is well thought-out and its additional features make it a true winner. It comes as no surprise that the Angelcare name has become a household name that can be trusted. With this monitor, parents can go to bed at night with peace of mind, knowing that their little is being looked after by their own guardian angel. Herewith the specs and highlights of this product:

  • Uses 4 AAA batteries
  • Under-the-mattress sensor pad sends out an alarm if no movement has been detected for 20 seconds
  • Displays temperature in baby’s room – can be set to warm parents if temperature is too hot/too cold
  • Clear transmission with 8 channels and 2 frequencies
  • Out of range indicator
  • Low battery indicator
  • Nursery unit has a night light
  • Fullcolorr digital display
  • Portable, rechargeable parents unit
  • Can be used as a sound monitor only

If you are looking for a monitor with a video display, we highly recommend that you take a look at the Angelcare video, movement, and sound monitor.

Double the joy, double the worry?

It shouldn’t have to be. If you are expecting twins or perhaps have two little ones sleeping in one room, we recommend that you purchase the Angelcare AC300 – Baby movement only monitor with wired sensor pad. In short, you get an additional sensory pad that can be placed under the other child’s mattress without having to buy a complete new monitor set. In order for it to be effective, however, each child needs to sleep in their own crib/cot.

If you want a real parent’s view on the product, watch this video:

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for the ultimate in baby safety, we think that the Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor is a good option. While it provides peace of mind for most parents, we don’t recommend becoming too reliant on any technoloy when it comes to the safety of your baby. However, having this monitor is a great tool to getting a good night’s sleep, for you and your baby.

Further read:

How to Find the Best Baby Monitor – Steps and Best Options

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