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Did you use a breathing or heartrate monitor device of any sort with your newborn?

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needtobeanonforabit Sun 12-Mar-17 21:28:25

I have seen some advertised and just wondering if anyone has actually used one, are they of benefit, or are they just playing into the paranoid fears of us first timmers? blush

If you did use one and would recommend, why and what was it?

Thanks! smile

littleoldladywho Sun 12-Mar-17 21:33:38

No, not with any of the three. Dc3 spent 6 weeks on scbu with way too many monitors. No way could I spend that amount of emotional energy on healthy kids. You are going to panic anyway, I wouldn't feed the paranoia.

Freezingwinter Sun 12-Mar-17 21:33:53

I used one called angel care movement and sound monitor, it had a mat then goes under the mattress. I didn't think it would work but it's super sensitive, beeps once after no movement for 5 secs then alarms after 10 secs. Yes I would definitely reccomend although you do need to remember to turn it off when you're feeding otherwise your dh may have to run across the room while you're feeding!!! grin

HardcoreLadyType Sun 12-Mar-17 21:36:42

"are they just playing into the paranoid fears of us first timers"

In short, yes.

Mermaid36 Sun 12-Mar-17 21:37:35

My girls spent 16 weeks in NICU, constantly wired up to monitors and came home on oxygen and we were advised by NICU not to have monitoring devices at home as we needed to learn to 'read' our babies and not rely on technology.

Dontlaugh Sun 12-Mar-17 21:51:23

My youngest spent 6 months in hospital, every wire and tube you can think of.
We never got one of those monitors after.
To paraphrase a nurse, if something did happen, what are you going to do? And how competent are you going to be to do it?
How long will an ambulance take to reach your house?
They are a clever marketing device which serve fuck all use and I've yet to hear of a single life they've saved, anecdotally or through research based evidence.

Doilooklikeatourist Sun 12-Mar-17 21:54:05

Nope , luckily they werent around then
Baby was in the Moses basket next to my side of the bed and I woke up whenever they needed me ( as mothers have done since the year dot )

Wolfiefan Sun 12-Mar-17 21:55:27

No because I would have been lying awake listening for an alarm or woken when baby moved off it etc.

needtobeanonforabit Sun 12-Mar-17 22:05:04

Thanks all for your feedback.

We have a bedside co-sleeping cot so baby will be in with us anyway and I didn't think it necessary but I keep seeing them advertised so then had a slight paranoia the other way, of am I just being complacent about SID and alike!

Fruitboxjury Sun 12-Mar-17 22:07:16

I tried for a night and hated it because I felt like it stopped me being in tune with baby's noises and movements. All I was thinking of was the alarm, not the child. Never used again.

TheFirstMrsDV Sun 12-Mar-17 22:14:36

My gut feeling is that they are unnecessary and increase anxiety.
I have five DC and have never used one.
If a new parent really wants to use one I wouldn't criticise them for it. Its their choice.
There is a growing market for 'medical' equipment for pregnant women and new parents. Medical grade weighing scales, home dopplers, movement alarms etc. It makes me feel uneasy.

Crumbs1 Sun 12-Mar-17 22:19:37

I think they are detrimental to relaxed but intuitive parenting.

justnowords Sun 12-Mar-17 22:22:39

yes, i used one for ds2, (they werent around when ds1 was born and I coslept with him so didnt really need it). I was definitely more anxious when ds2 was born but when he went into his moses basket/crib with the under mattress monitor I just felt reassured that he'd still be alive in the morning. Mines had a little flashing green light and it helped me sleep better seeing it flashing before i fell asleep. Then i went back to cosleeping and didnt need it at all.

Flypaperforarseholes Sun 12-Mar-17 22:29:19

My Ex SIL had one with a sensor mat which went under the moses basket/cot mattress. When her DD was around 3 months old, the alarm went off, alerting them to her not breathing. Mother phoned for an ambulance while father administered CPR. Their DD survived and is now 9. Her parents are certain that without the monitor, they would have lost her. After that, I used the same type of monitor with my DC's. It gave me peace of mind.

CradleCrapNap Tue 14-Mar-17 10:45:36

We used one for our 8 week prem baby as prems have a habit of just stopping breathing (apnoea) and I found it out my mind at rest. Used it for a year then she started rolling off the mat. Didn't get one with my term second baby but also found myself more anxious about sids. The reality is you are unlikely to revive them sadly if the do stop breathing but I would like to know I gave it my all and had the chance to do something if that was the case. Your choice!

GirlElephant Tue 14-Mar-17 11:07:45

I have an Angelcare monitor for DS as I didn't like the idea of him moving into his own room. He moved in at 6 months and has slept much better moving from his crib to cotbed due to the extra room.

It's very sensitive so has went off twice but both times he was absolutely fine. I think without it I would have struggled to sleep as the first 6 months he was next to our bed and I was always in the room for his naps which made me less anxious

PotteringAlong Tue 14-Mar-17 11:10:03

No, not with any of my 3.

needtobeanonforabit Tue 14-Mar-17 12:33:58

Thanks for all the feedback everyone. Seems it's a very divided topic!

Our baby will be spending some time in SCBU after delivery, but obviously they don't let them out until baby is well enough so I don't know whether that's a factor or not!

The type I saw was actually like a sock sort of thing that they wear, rather than a mat. I can see how a mat could be limited for when moving baby for feeds/and they aren't in their bed.

I just wondered about the merits of a such a piece of kit as I can envisage myself disturbing a sleeping baby needlessly because I'm freaking out she's not breathing blush So it was more for that I guess, rather than for waking us up if there is a problem, but I can see how know I g you had something like that in place, might also help you sleep better...

Hmmm, interesting!

CradleCrapNap Tue 14-Mar-17 12:40:53

Ours was the angel cafe video movement monitor that someone else mentioned and they are very accurate and only really gonoffnif baby really isn't moving.

CradleCrapNap Tue 14-Mar-17 12:41:31

Angel care! Go off if baby isn't moving! Sorry, ha.

needtobeanonforabit Tue 14-Mar-17 12:56:43

Lol, thanks! Do those only apply though when baby is older? Or by not moving, do you just mean, chest not going up and down?

BertieBotts Tue 14-Mar-17 12:57:49

No, I co-slept with a sidecar cot and found I was aware of DS's breathing at all times even seemingly when I was asleep.

Apfelbunny Tue 14-Mar-17 13:07:09

Nope. Babies are really noisy sleepers so you'd know if something was wrong.
And what if they are asleep but just lie still? Surely the alarm would go off just because your baby wasn't as restless as an octopus on caffeine

April1984 Tue 14-Mar-17 13:10:34

I used the Babysense ones and I can't say how brilliant they were. Never had a false alarm. You have to get used to switching it off when you pick them up tho. Yes they are unnecessary but they allowed me to sleep when I wouldn't otherwise so may have been more for me really. We lost our first baby (in the NICU not at home) and for me (everyone's different) they gave me some piece of mind which I badly needed.

fleur34 Tue 14-Mar-17 13:12:40

We had one (angelcare) for our scbu baby and I'm glad we had it, it gave us peace of mind and didnt make us any more stressed or less intuitive as to her movements/sleep patterns etc.

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