It is a classic scene: It’s the middle of the night, your baby is sleeping, but you are lying there awake wondering if your child is breathing. The hours go by and you ask yourself, “Do I go in there and check on him? What if I wake him up? What if something is wrong?” If you are anything like me, you have been caught in that exact dilemma night after night.
After the birth of my second child, I thought I would be more relaxed, more confident and assured. This was not the case. In fact, I was worse than ever. Especially because the baby started sleeping through the night at five weeks. I know what you are all thinking right now, “This woman is crazy! She is so lucky!” Not so fast. I am a natural worrier and my anxiety seemed to increase the longer the baby slept. My oldest may have woken up every two hours for ten months, but at least the crying meant she was breathing. The new baby’s lack of crying was, well, disturbing. Like I always say, “Someone’s got to do the worrying”. I started waking up every hour to put my hand on her tiny chest too see if it was moving. I would stare at her little body to look for any slight movement that would confirm there was air flowing in and out of her lungs. After a few months of this I was a wreck! Something had to be done.
After some obsessive internet research I decided to purchase the HiSense Babysense V Infant Movement Monitor. The Babysense V is a baby monitor for that is designed to detect the slightest movements from your baby without any actual direct contact with their body. It is comprised of two very sensitive sensor pads that are placed under your baby’s mattress. The sensor pads are attached to a control unit that is clipped to the side of your baby’s crib, bed, or cradle. The control unit sounds an alarm if there is no
movement detected for 20 seconds or if there are less than 10 micro movements per minute. HiSense recommends use of the monitor for the first twelve months of life.
I have to mention a few key facts about the Babysense V Infant Movement Monitor before I go any further. The Babysense V is not a medical device. It is designed to monitor and alert, but it does not prevent distress. You are responsible for assisting your child should the monitor indicate the stopping or slowing of movement. The Babysense V only senses motion and does not monitor any other occurrence. It does not replace the need for a traditional baby monitor, so you need to use it in conjunction with a conventional monitor. Now lets get on to the fun stuff!
There are a variety of movement monitors on the market. The Babysense V stands out for few specific reasons. First, the monitor has a slim design and is powered by two household AA batteries, which makes it ideal for travel or for use in a bed that is not located near an outlet. The two sensor pads are each 68 x 438 mm and the control unit is 113 x 157 x 35 mm. The pads are about the width of a standard spiral notebook and the control unit is about the size of a small paperback book. The monitor, pads included, does weigh in at a hefty 12 pounds, so it will feel substantial even if it doesn’t take up a lot of room in your bag.
I also like that the Babysense V comes with two sensor pads. At first I only used one but I recently attached the second pad as my baby began to scoot her way around the crib. There are times when she has moved all the way to the other side of the mattress and the sensors still continue to monitor her movement. The control unit has a green light that flashes on and when even the slightest movement is detected. It is comforting to see the green light flashing as it tells me the monitor is functioning properly. There are also two red lights: one that indicates a low battery and one that lights up when the alarm sounds. The alarm is loud enough to hear from another room, but not as loud as say, a smoke detector.
Another great feature of the Babysense V is the hidden power button. A small plastic cap covers the power button and you must slide it over to turn the monitor on or off. I appreciate this feature because it will only be a matter of time before my baby will begin to explore the exciting world of pushing buttons. What is it with kids and remote controls anyway? Back to the point: It would take a much older and sophisticated child to figure out how to turn the monitor on and off.
I have run into one issue while using the Babysense V and it is totally my fault. I keep forgetting to turn the monitor off when I take the baby out of her crib. True to HiSense’s word, the alarm sounds 20 seconds after I remove her from the bed. It’s quite startling to hear such a commotion at 5 am, but it is reassuring to know the monitor works exactly as it is supposed to. The monitor does make a few clicking sounds before the alarm goes off. The purpose of this is to warn the caregiver that the alarm is about to sound. A few times I have been lucky enough to catch my error before I get startled out of my skin.
I have also heard stories of the monitor malfunctioning, causing the alarm to sound, when the baby is still breathing normally. I have not encountered this problem. I’m sure it is horrible to hear the alarm sound, rush to your baby’s side, only to find the little one snoozing away. Maybe it’s just me, but I would rather go through that experience than encounter an actual emergency.
The Babysense V Infant Movement Monitor is definitely an investment piece. I would place it in the high-end category of monitors. Considering all the features of the BabySense V, the ease of use, dependability, and reputation I did not mind forking over the cash. My husband did raise an eyebrow, but he’s not the one getting up in the middle of the night. If it fits your budget, the price is well worth the peace of mind.
– Contributed by Morgan