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Please come and tell me what you think about sensor mats...from a stressed mummy!

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allchik Thu 13-Jun-13 21:00:22

Hi, we were given a tommee tippie sensor mat/monitor and we have started using the sensor mat since our dd wnt into her cot.
It will go days and work fine but then some nights the alarm will go off. Everytime this happens I will go n check on her and shes fine,ive even been in her room collecting sumit when its gone off when shes clearly breathing :/
Last wk we left it off but I started getting panicky thinking 'what if?' almost wish id never used it as think its making me paranoid,have that niggle that what if some of the time the alarm went off was because she stopped breathing.
What are peoples thoughts on these? Thanky
ou x

Cuddlydragon Tue 18-Jun-13 09:21:03

Thing is....flatmum put that perfectly.

Delayingtactic Mon 17-Jun-13 08:53:53

I used one with DS until he was old enough to start shuffling around the bed. When he was small we only had one false alarm (which admittedly scared the living daylights out of me and DH). I could watch the little light go with his breathing and it reassured me. My idea was the same as flatmum's - it would let me know quickly if something had happened.

AmyFarrahFowlerCooper Mon 17-Jun-13 08:37:25

Flat mum explained it better than me! That's my reasoning behind using one too.

AmyFarrahFowlerCooper Mon 17-Jun-13 08:36:27

The mats dont prevent something happening but they will alert you if something has. When the alarm goes off, there may still be a chance to perform CPR and call an ambulance and get help.

flatmum Mon 17-Jun-13 08:35:27

Thing is, I don't buy that. If my baby ever stopped breathing for any reason, I think you'd stand a much better chance o being able to do something about it I it happened 20 seconds ago rather than 20 minutes ago, or 2 hours ago. You could possibly jolt them into breathing again, could start doing CPR, at least get oxygen I to them quicker and possibly reduce and brain damage if they wer successfully resuscitated and, at very least, get an ambulance with resuscitation equipment out to them quicker. Anything to increase the chances even by a fraction was worth having in my book. Especially in the case of accidental suffocation/strangulation rather than underlying medical issue.

LittleBearPad Mon 17-Jun-13 07:51:18

The thing is that these mats will not prevent something happening and when the alarm goes off it may be too late. Swallowing has a point.

psychologymum Sun 16-Jun-13 14:56:05

I had an Angelcare mat when my son was a baby and it stopped me worrying. I didn't feel I had to keep checking on him with the mat so I could relax. It only ever went off when I picked him up without turning the mat off first.

Picoo Sat 15-Jun-13 23:18:12

I love the angelcare. Never had a false alarm and gave me great peace of mind - I'm a bit of a worrier!

littleginger Sat 15-Jun-13 23:13:49

Friend lent me angelcare sensor mat when dd was born. Didn't use it until dd moved to cot in her own room at 4 months because until then she slept on me during the day and in carrycot next to my bed at night.

It was great for that transitioning from dd being on/next to me to being on whole different floor/ room but i stopped using it after about 6 weeks. I never had problems with false alarms but just found it a faff switching off monitor everytime i wanted to comfort dd by picking her up and cuddling.

I first went without when staying with folks and dd was in travel cot so sensor mat was unsuitable. Never plugged the mat back in when i returned home grin

It served its purpose for me however i agree that it can breed paranoia in those with 'low risk' babies.

Cuddlydragon Sat 15-Jun-13 21:58:34

Ouch swallowing, did you mean to be so rude?

allchik Sat 15-Jun-13 20:51:51

Thanks everyone,so good to hear ur views. Its now been 48 hrs without the mat and my paranoia is going (slowly) do pop in and check her n do feel a little anxious if i wake up n shes not yet making a noise but think ive made the right choice for me smile

suzexxx Sat 15-Jun-13 06:41:25

sad spoke to soon saying it hadn't gone off in a while. Went of 3 times during the night and now i feel like a zombie. All 3 times were a false alarm too.

WestieMamma Fri 14-Jun-13 20:32:40

We have the Angelcare one and I love it. For me the problem is that I cannot fit his crib next to my bed. It's at the end so I can't easily see into it when I'm in bed. I can however see the little light flashing as he breathes as the Angel is up on a high shelf.

MsPickle Fri 14-Jun-13 20:18:04

We now have the Angelcare one with video etc after just having the mat one with ds. Both my children are very very still sleepers and they helped me relax a bit. like others have said they aren't to be totally relied on but then neither is any piece of equipment, there's no substitute for humans! When in hospital with dd they had her on one there (sorry about all the alarms when I picked her up without turning it off nurses!) and our consultant thought it wasn't a bad idea if it helped us relax. I was very dismissive about the video element until we had it, now I think that's the dog's whatnots.

On the Angelcare you can adjust the sensitivity, don't know about other brands.

podgymumma Fri 14-Jun-13 20:07:57

I had a Tommee Tippee one and it was a godsend. Our DS had sleep apnoea which we knew nothing about till the alarm started going off.

AmyFarrahFowlerCooper Fri 14-Jun-13 19:16:36

I've used the angelcare one since dd was born and ill be using it a long time yet. I've had a few false alarms when dd has crawled to the top of the cot and laid horizontally across but that moment of panic and running up the stairs could happen a million times and it would be worth it if there ever was a time where it wasn't a false alarm and it was something that she could be saved from.

suzexxx Fri 14-Jun-13 11:06:50

I recieved one a Tommee Tippee mat from my in laws as a gift. It was great for the first few nights, but then started going off every night. One night my partner sat in the room with our son and literally watched him all night until it went off just so he could see he was still breathing when the alarm went off. I took it back to Mothercare as i thought it was faulty and they gave me a new one to try. They also said it may be the type of mattress that was affecting the sensor and if the alarm continued going off this would be the problem. I've had the new mat about 4 weeks now and its gone off once or twice, but my son is rolling now and these are times when its gone off so i'm sticking with it for now x

silverangel Fri 14-Jun-13 08:40:17

When DTs were in SCBU the nursed reccommended we didn't get one. False alarms = heart attack for the parents and no evidence they they reduce or have any effect on SIDS. If you had a baby with apneoa you can get ones with a nappy clip instead of a mat but no need for a baby with no problems.

Wishfulmakeupping Fri 14-Jun-13 07:08:14

OP you probably have but did you use the right thickness wood panel underneath pad if its an angel care one my sister didn't and my dn was always going off

JaquelineHyde Fri 14-Jun-13 07:05:47

Exactly swallowing.

Swallowingmywords Fri 14-Jun-13 06:48:48

I don't think those babies who are risk are monitored by an "Angelcare" mat. I would like to think that medical intervention is a little more advanced than that. These mats are designed to prey on paranoid parents.... And don't they do just that..

JaquelineHyde Fri 14-Jun-13 06:36:32

I worked for several years at Tommee Tippee and can honestly say I would never, ever recommend anyone using a sensor mat. Not just the TT mats but any of them.

There is no medical evidence for using them, they are not accurate and they breed paranoia in many more people than they help/make feel better.

I formed this opinion whilst working with the mats, medical professionals and hundreds of parents I dealt with regarding them.

My opinion was re-enforced after DS1 was seriously ill at 6 weeks old. I found him in his crib and he had stopped breathing, I thought we had lost him forever. The ambulance men resuscitated him and he was admitted to hospital where over a period of a week he constantly stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated. It was terrifying!

When it came to taking DS home I was a nervous wreck and as paranoid as anyone could be. I asked the Drs if I could have a sensor mat to take home and was advised that they don't keep them and would never recommend anyone using them as they are so unreliable and tend to make parents paranoid and anxious and/or completely reliant on them.

Honestly you don't need it, no one does. I would say do yourself a favour and throw it away.

DoodleAlley Fri 14-Jun-13 06:16:33

You can buy monitors that attach to their nappies and give them a buzz if they don't breathe for 15 seconds.

The thing with SIDS as I understand it is that once they stop breathing it may already be too late.

That said, we have one. DD has reflux and can gulp down food in the night and occasionally choke on it. When she chokes i tend to hear but DH doesn't so it feels like another
Layer of protection in case she didn't sort it out herself or I am too tired to hear.

It's not just SIDS that causes babies to stop breathing.

allchik Fri 14-Jun-13 06:07:49

Thanks cuddly,I was suprised too but NHS plus many others have said it. Think if ur baby is v high risk the hospital can give u a device that act straps to ur baby.
We were given our monitor for free (sil works in a nursery dpt) wdnt of prob bought a sensor mat but once I started using it became scared not to even though some nights it would go off 4 or 5 times!x

Cuddlydragon Thu 13-Jun-13 23:00:09

I love the angelcare sensor mat - I can honestly say the only false alarm we have had is when he's wriggles all the way to the top or bottom of the cot bed.

I do think there is a vast difference in the accuracy of different brands. I did loads of research befroe buying mine, and I can't recommend it highly enough. My friend had her baby at the same time as me and, sadly, lost baby to SIDS at 4 months. Her support worker from the cot death charity has arranged a sensor mat and monitor for her for her next baby, so I'm really surprised at those who say it isn't medically proven.

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