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Your baby's guardian angel!
Safety 1st Angelcare Monitor
Member Name: technoir
Safety 1st Angelcare Monitor
Advantages: Brilliant! Peace of mind and good night sleep
Disadvantages: Not enough to mention
I bought this monitor for my first baby as I'm one of those worriers who imagines the worst of everything. I wanted to know how my baby was 24 hours a day especially when I'm in a deep sleep.
We put it in his carrycot at first then changed it over to his cot once he was 5 weeks old. This enabled me to make a tough but worthwile choice to put him in his own room at 5 weeks. He now sleeps through the night 8 till 8 and goes to sleep on his own at 21 months and always has done.
Its really easy to use. You put the sensor mat under the mattress in the middle and plug it in to the cloud shaped device. You plug the adaptor in to the second hole and you're pretty much done.
There's a dial at the back for sensitivity so you can stop the alarm beeping if you've got a very light baby by increasing the sensitivity or if the mat picks up big vibrations from a busy main road or being next to my bed (my 2nd baby) you can turn it down.
Theres 3 choices at the back for the type of monitor you want.
1 Tic on - which means you hear a little click every time a movement is detected such as breathing. This is how we could tell he was asleep because it always slowed down when he'd gone to sleep. The click is loud enough to be picked up on the speaker monitor.
2 Tic off - which is that you don't hear the click but if youv'e got the cloud part in the room you still see the light flash so you know the motion sensor is on.
3 Sound only - which is just that. It doesn't alarm when they get out of bed you just hear whats going on without the motion sensor.
If no movement is detected for 15 seconds you get 1 loud beep then if at 20 seconds still no movement you get a continuous beeping a bit like an electronic alarm clock - which is definately enough to wake you up. You have to remember to turn it off when you pick them up or it goes off when you're half way down the stairs!
The cloud part light flashes red and continues to do so for 1 minute so if you think you've heard it in your sleep you can check.
The speaker part - the angel- picks up the sound and has lights which flash depending on the level of noise so the tic is usually 1 or 2 lights but the alarm lights all 4. The light at the top is the power indicator and when its mains connected its a bright green. If you forget to turn the plug on theres a battery backup which looks a slightly duller green and as the batteries fade it turns orange then to red when the batteries need replacing. The cloud part also has battery backup in case of power cut etc. They each take 3AAA batteries but if you use the adapter then you hardly need replace them.
There's 2 channels A or B so you can see which one sounds clearer for you or if you pick up someone elses baby on A then use B etc. There's no secure line unfortunately so for those 'times' when you don't want to be overheard in your bedroom then switch it off! Just remember to switch it back on again.
I couldn't have done without this and I'm using it at the moment for my 2nd baby. I used the sensor pad with the tic on with my 1st but turned the tic off after he was about 6 months but i still wanted the sensor pad on until we took it for our 2nd baby when he was 16 months. She's in our room with just the cloud part on so I can hear it if it goes off and the speaker parts downstairs. I've turned the tic off this time as I'm not as nervous to hear her breathing this time round
If you adjust the sensitivity to suit your baby and spirng mattress etc then you shouldn't have too many false alarms. I only ever had 1 and it was because he'd gone to sleeep at one end of the cot with his legs up against the foot of the cot and wasn't anywhere near the mat. You should have seen us run though!
The only negative I've found is that the adapter seems to pick up electrical currents so if you have your phone on charge or a power pack plugged in you hear a lot of buzzing but thats only on the speaker part and if theyre in your room its not a problem. To make the buzing less noticable I used to leave the speaker outside my bedroom door so I could still hear it if it went off but it wasn't near enough to stop me sleeping
Definately the best piece of equipment if you want a good nights sleep if not broken by feeding! I couldn't live without it!
Summary: I love this! I'd use it till they were 5 if I could
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