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Safety 1st Angelcare Monitor
Member Name: AmyP1985
Safety 1st Angelcare Monitor
Date: 21/03/12, updated on 28/03/12 (56 review reads)
Advantages: Provides great peace of mind, brilliant quality and great variety of settings
Disadvantages: You need to cover base of cot with mdf wood to make solid base for sensor pad
I would definitely recommend the angelcare sound and movement monitor! I used it with my son and will definitely be using it again when our next baby arrives in a few weeks.
The sound quality is brilliant, could very clearly hear my son. There is also a setting so that you don't have to listen to the static, the sound just activates when your baby actually makes noise (although personally I didn't use this setting as the static reassured me that the monitor was working). The display on the parent unit is great and shows you the temperature of the baby's room, you can also set a minimum and maximum temperature that you are happy with and an alarm will then alert you if the baby's room is too hot or cold.
The sensor pad that monitors movement is absolutely brilliant, we used it until my son was 14 months old (he then went into a bed otherwise would have continued to use it) and we only had 1 false alarm and that was because, at a few weeks old, my son had managed to wriggle his way right to the top of the cot, lying horizontally, so could not be detected by the sensor pad. The pad detects the slightest movement and an alarm activates if your baby has not moved/taken a breath for 20 seconds. You can change the sensitivity of the pad. It definitely helped me get some sleep, although I still checked on my son a lot I know I would have been 10 times worse without the pad! There is a setting where the parent unit will beep when movement is detected, this however was not a setting I felt a need for.
The "halo ring" on top of the baby unit lights up and acts as a good nightlight, emitting a blue glow. Batteries can be added to the baby unit but these seem to be for back up reasons only, at times of a power failure. I tried using just batteries instead of the plug socket when my son first went into a bed (I didn't like that he had access to the cables) but the batteries (Duracell) ran out before morning and I was awoken by the "low battery" alarm, I tried again the next night with fresh batteries and got the same result.
Our son slept in our room for the first 10 months, so during this time we just used the sensor pad and temperature monitoring settings, just using the sound setting while we were in the living room in the evenings.
It does say in the instruction booklet that for the sensor pad to work you need to cover the base of the cot with a sheet of mdf, this was a slight hassle to sort out, especially as we were not aware of this need until we were actually setting the monitor up for the first time! I'm not sure if the sensor pad would still work as well if you do not follow this instruction, I've never tried it without the wood in the cot.
The Anglecare sound and movement monitor is a "must buy" in my opinion.
Summary: A must buy for new parents!
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