The AngelCare Movement and Sound Monitor is very lightweight and small. Because it is shaped like an angel, I have named it Gabe so that each night I can tell my baby that Gabe is going to watch him during the night. I know that he is going to love it when he is old enough to be aware of it.
I found the manual to be very useful and easy to follow in the set up of the AngelCare monitor. I am not one for technology, in fact my husband is typically the one to set up any type of devices in our house but when we received the monitor I was too excited to wait on him to set it up so I read the directions and did it myself. The only assembly required was putting in the batteries (they are rechargeable and supplied by the company) and that took a small Phillips screwdriver and just a few minutes!
The product performs wonderfully and is very easy to use. The monitor comes with a special pad that can be placed underneath the crib mattress that monitors the baby’s movement. If there is a lack of movement for 20 seconds then an alarm will sound on the handheld device. The one hiccup that I have found is that the thermometer on the monitor does not seem to tell the correct temperature of the room. I have found that when I go to turn it off in the morning that it is very warm to the touch, so I am inclined to think that the thermometer is reading the heat from the monitor itself instead of the actual room temperature.
My child was sleeping in a bassinet in our bedroom but since receiving the monitor I was able to put him in his own room in his crib. I felt safe with him in the other room since I could both see and hear him with the monitor. I would say that if we had a monitor without video capabilities then he would still be in the bassinet in my room for sure.
I don’t think that I would make any changes to the monitor. I have used it for about a month and a half and I have found it to be a huge help and a great sense of security. One nice feature is the walkie-talkie button. The first night that my son was in his crib he was crying and knew that this wasn’t his normal place beside mom so I pushed the button and simply said his name and he stopped crying and went right to sleep.
I would definitely recommend this product to my friends and family members.My best friend just had a little boy that was born nearly 12 weeks early. He is still in the NICU but will be able to come home in the next few weeks. I am planning on sending an AngelCare monitor to her so that she can have an extra set of eyes as she stays at home with her son.
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