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Angelcare AC401 Baby Movement & Sound Monitor
Member Name: katygriff
Angelcare AC401 Baby Movement & Sound Monitor
Advantages: Brilliant battery life, functions
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!!!!
Summary: Fantastic buy for any parent.