When Lucia was tiny I’d jerk awake two or three times a night to check that she was breathing – often waking her up in the process. It was exhausting, and nerve wracking. By the time number two arrived, I’d learned my lesson, and was much better prepared!
I keep the little one as close to me as much as possible during the day, but with a toddler to look after, a house to run, a job to do, and a blog to write, there are times when my attention is diverted.
So during the night, or when she’s napping during the day, I’ve started using the Tomy Movement Sensor Pad. It’s a board placed under the mattress of the crib that registers every motion your baby makes – even the tiniest movements of their breathing.
The board is attached to a monitor which emits a soft click, and flashes a green light with each movement, so you can immediately see and hear that all is well. If no movement is felt for 20 seconds, an alarm sounds. Of course it’s not a replacement for careful adult supervision, but I can’t tell you how reassuring I’ve found it to have this back-up.
During day-time naps I keep the monitor visible, so I can poke my head around the bedroom door and see the light flashing in time with the baby’s breathing. At night I choose to turn the clicking noise right down, knowing that the alarm will quickly wake me if anything goes wrong during the night.
You can also team the motion sensor with the Tomy Digital Monitors, but we live in a small flat, so there’s no danger that I won’t hear the little one when she wakes and loudly demands a feed!
The only problem I’ve found is that the flashing green light can be a bit distracting when you’re trying to get to sleep, but I just tuck it under my side of the bed. And if you don’t remember to turn the sensor off when you pick bubs up (which I always seem to forget…) the beeping alarm can give you a bit of a fright when it goes off! Still, it’s reassuring to know how well it works when no motion is detected.
At an RRP of £39 the Tomy Movement Sensor Pad isn’t too tough on the budget, and, in my opinion, well worth every penny for the peace of mind it brings.
(The Tomy Movement Sensor Pad was supplied for the purpose of this review)