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Baby Monitors -Is 19 months too early to stop using to pass for my daughter to pass onto newborn?

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LuckyOwl28 Wed 03-Sep-14 14:07:38


I'm expecting our second baby at the end of November. We've been using the Angelcare monitor and sensor pad for my daughter (currently 17 months), which has given us great peace of mind.

I was going to buy a second one for the newborn, but now am thinking shall I just use the Angelcare one and buy a more basic sound only monitor for my daughter?

I know the most high risk period for SIDS is 0-6 months but don't want to compromise my daughter's safety to save a few pennies. On the other hand, if I don't get her off it now, when will I???

Opinions appreciated smile

LuckyOwl28 Wed 03-Sep-14 14:20:07

OOps - title doesn't make sense!

addictedtosugar Wed 03-Sep-14 14:23:51

Depends on your house!

By that age, I didn't have any monitor on for the kids (iirc, DS1's battrey ran out when he was about 9 months. I slept through it beeping the warning at me, and woke when DS1 woke for a feed). We have paper thin walls.

Do the anglecare pads work once the child is wriggling in bed?

Can you trial the angelcare one as audio only for a few nights and see what you think?

I would use the anglecare for your youngest. If you have thick walls, or are a heavy sleeper, consider an audio monitor for your oldest.

Jenninlw Wed 03-Sep-14 16:42:37

I stopped using any kind of monitor after about 9/10 months - didn't see the point as she moved all around the bed constantly and I could pop in to check on her instead.

Kind of thinking now those angel care monitors are part of a conspiracy theory to make us worry wart mummys spend more money!

PickleSarnie Wed 03-Sep-14 16:49:29

The sensor pad functionality is useless once they can move themselves off the pad thus setting the alarm off needlessly.

Unless you live in a massive old house with proper brick walls or have really bad hearing then I don't see the point. Our basic monitor died when ds2 was about 6 months. We never bothered replacing it. I hear him when he cries. I just don't hear him when he snores/grunts/farts like I used to.

LuckyOwl28 Wed 03-Sep-14 21:29:38

She moves around a lot now but the sensor pad has only very rarely beeped a warning if she is completely wedged horizontally at the end of the bed - the pad picks up movement from wherever she is generally.

We don't have the audio part of the monitor in our bedroom, we just use it downstairs where we can't hear her.

I suppose I'm answering my own question but just wasn't sure if there is a recommended age to use the sensor pads until.

Think I'll definitely use for the new baby and just get an audio one for her.

Thanks smile

StrangeGlue Wed 03-Sep-14 21:31:04

I think it's fine the risk of SIDS is so low at 19 months. We stopped using the sensor pad at 12 months. Hth

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