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BabySense 2 Movement/Breathing Monitor Alarm Going Off

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MollysDaddy Fri 23-Sep-11 16:14:05


Firstly, apologies for the longish story, but it's better to give you a full background so you can (hopefully) help! ...

My wife and I have a 15mth old daughter and in her cot we have the Babysense 2 Movement/Breathing Monitor.

This has always worked brilliantly for us! Last Thursday at 3am however, to our complete horror and panic it went off! I've never gone from asleep to awake so fast as I threw back the covers from our bed, lept completely over my wife, sprinted for the door and them lept from the top of the stairs to the bottom and ran into her room! Molly was fine and just sleepily looked up at me with a "what the hell is that racket? A girl is trying to sleep here!" look on her face. I was shaking like a leaf and picked her up and cuddled her as she immediately fell asleep on me again.

It looked as if the little monkey had wriggled to the top of her cot and therefore off the monitor! Two nights later it went off AGAIN! I rushed in and this time she'd moved to the bottom of the cot and wasn't pleased with being woken again!

Last night we installed the second sensor which we hoped would allow the entire cot to be completely covered. I tested each sensor first and they seemed to be working fine. However at 3am again ... the alarm went off again! shock Again I ran to her and again she was fine and not pleased at being woken! Daddy was also not pleased about landing on his knees after leaping from the bed and taking all the skin off!! angry

Does anyone else have experience of this happening with a child of around 15mth's? I'm not sure if it's the monitor doing something funny all of assuden as it's been perfect until now. Or is Molly managing to find a spot in the cot where the sensors (which are large and very sensitive) do not cover? Or has she started to stop breathing only to be startled awake when the alarm screeches!??

It seems to always happen between 3am and 4am so I'm contemplating sneaking in and watching her between those hours and seeing if I can detect the reason the monitor goes off before it screams at us. Other ideas/advice/shared experiences are welcome though!

Many thanks

Iggly Fri 23-Sep-11 16:16:44

Silly question, but why do you need one for a 15 month old?

deemented Fri 23-Sep-11 16:17:45

I had one of these sensors with DS2, and i found that when he was old enough to move around in his sleep they went off constantly. In the end i took it off as it was causing us more worry than giving us reassurance.

GoldenGreen Fri 23-Sep-11 16:20:14

I have an Angelcare monitor and had to stop using it around 16 months or so with my ds as he was a wriggly sleeper. Still using it with my dd who is 16 months now but she is much less wriggly and ends up coming into my bed in the early hours anyway. Have you had a look at the manual/given the manufacturer a ring to ask for advice?

MollysDaddy Fri 23-Sep-11 16:23:59

Iggly, according to my wife the 'official' advice is to use them until they are 3 (I don't argue or question, it's too much hassle!). That being said she does have reflux and has had a few good vomits over the past few months. I wouldn't want her vomiting and choking on it in her sleep so there's reassurance there with the monitor.

Deemented, you aren't the first person to say that to me. It sounds counterintuative though?! Surely if the baby is moving around, then the monitor won't go off as there is movement!!?!!?

Iggly Fri 23-Sep-11 16:31:38

Ah I see.

DS has reflux (well almost grown out of it at 2) - I put his cot on blocks for the same reason. Is she on meds?

MollysDaddy Fri 23-Sep-11 16:39:45

Yep, she's on meds and the reflux is under control. She also had a pad under the mattress to raise it when she was younger. As I say, she's had a few big vomits recently due to being sick and not the reflux. She's not in pain or anything and that is fine. It just provides peace of mind.

GoldenGreen, I'll def be looking at the manual but am not expecting to learn much to be honest.

Silly question time ... what is DS and DD?

GoldenGreen Fri 23-Sep-11 16:42:01

DS - Dear/darling son
DD - Dear/darling daughter

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