We’re all hyper-sensitive about our baby’s safety in the early months after its birth. With so much news and controversies involving sudden infant death syndrome doing the rounds these days, we’d all like to know that our baby is safe, even when we’re not able to keep our eyes on it throughout the day. While I don’t think that baby monitors can help prevent sudden infant death syndrome, I do like to have the extra monitor on my 4 month old son’s movements. So after a little research, I bought the Baby Sense Hisense 5s “baby safe” infant movement monitor. I’d like to share my views on the monitor with you, to help you make a decision whether or not to buy it.
About the BabySense infant monitor
The monitor comes with two sensor pads and a control unit connected to the pads. The makers claim the control unit is completely safe for the baby and has been certified as a class IIB medical device used across hospitals in Europe. This is good to know, because often baby monitors come with radiation levels that are too high for safety. It runs on 4 AA batteries, so there’s a backup if you face a power outage. The system sounds an alarm if the sensors sense no movement for over twenty seconds or if the rate of movement is less than ten micro-movements in a minute.
The sensor is super sensitive, which can be a problem in the beginning with all the false alarms. It works by monitoring your baby’s breathing patterns, which is sent to a small microprocessor inside the control unit. You can use two sensors for a crib mattress or one for a bassinet mattress. You need to position the sensors on a flat surface for the device to work effectively.
You can check out some studies published on the Hisense health monitoring technologies website to see how their sensors are as accurate as a cardio respiratory monitor, even without touching your baby. The unit doesn’t touch your baby, which is an advantage over other units, like the almost similarly priced Levana Oma + lip-on models. I like that there is no contact and potential hazards from contact.
Many people say that infant monitors provide a false sense of security, which I think could be true for some parents who end up believing what advertisers say about their products. It’s important to use this movement monitor in the correct way – while taking other precautions to keep your baby safe, such as no loose bedding – to make it worth your money. If you use it the right way, the movement monitor could be a supplementary precaution to keeping your baby safe.
The unit also tends to give some false alarms when the baby moves into a corner or away from the pads. This may be frustrating in the beginning. But once you get used to responding to the alarms as a time to check on the baby rather as a signal of something being wrong, you’ll be fine with it.
Another issue I had with the unit is that there is no indicator of battery life remaining, so it could go out in the middle of the night. I’ve worked around this problem by estimating the time period the first pair ran out in, and always keeping batteries handy to change when that time comes around.
There is also a blue light that blinks all the time when all is well. This is not a problem for me or my baby, but it could be a problem for some.
The BabySense is highly recommended for anxious parents who want to keep an extra eye on their baby. If what you’re looking for is some peace of mind, then I’ll recommend this for you. It’s not a monitor that could prevent incidents, but it’s highly sensitive and very effective in letting you know that your baby is breathing as usual. If your baby rolls around a lot, then you could be dealing with a lot of false alarms, in which case this type of monitor may not be for you. But in general, I like knowing that my baby is breathing fine, only after I have made sure to do everything else to protect my baby from incidents.