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BFP #3: EDD 1/10/13 **DS born 12/30/12!!!**BFP #2: MC 7/2/11 @ 12 weeks**Missing our February '12 LoveBug**BFP #1: MMC discovered on 12/6/10
I actually used one similar to the Levana one....a Snuza. My friend used it for her baby and passed it down to me when B was born. If you look at the dimensions of it and think about how tiny a newborn is, the thing is huge. It's almost 3 inches long and bulky. B was 6 lb 07 oz and like 22 inches at birth and she was too tiny to use it. It literally took up her whole torso. You clip it onto their diaper, so it's usuless until their belly button stump falls off. I didn't even start using it until B was about 3 months old I think mainly because It was so big and she was so little. We had a couple false alarms I think, but not many. However, the battery ended up dieing eventually and it's a special little battery that was expensive to replace and hard to find. After I changed the battery the thing would still randomly die and I would have a false alarm every single time I used it. So it may be fine for the first kid, but you have on planning more if doesn't seem to have that great of a life span.
The good stuff: It does give a peace of mind and I know I slept better knowing it would go off if anything happened. If you have a bigger baby, it might work better than it did for my tiny munchkin child. I moved B into her own room at 8 weeks so I was glad to have it. And I got it for free so I didn't lose any money on it.
It's one of those sad thing though that unless you really need it (ie - your baby does stop breathing) then you wasted alot of money having peace of mind. I looked at the reviews and alot of parents are really happy with it because it did actually alert them of a problem.
Not sure if this helps or not?
ETA: I should also mention that I also have a Motorola video monitor, so being able to see her whenever I wanted was amazing and gave me more peace of mind than the Snuza. If you're debating where to spend the money, I would recommend the video monitor over the motion sensor.
I might be the exception here, but I have the AngelCare sound/movement monitor and I love it. I've used it with my older DS and now am using it with the baby. I have gotten a handful of false alarms, and recently it went off and I am pretty sure LO had an episode where he stopped breathing. It terrified me, but I was so thankful to have that monitor.
We actually also have a Snuza but I never used it, the couple times I tried I got a lot of false alarms.
Both boys initially slept in our room next to me (either in the PNP or RNP), but DS1 we kept in for maybe 3 months, and DS2 we kept in our room for one month. To me, having the AngelCare monitor was the only way I could be okay with them sleeping in their own rooms.
If you have LO in the room with you, next to you, etc, you will be able to just reach out and touch them and check on them. I would always reach over and touch both of them to see if they were still breathing.
BFP # 5 - 09/14/13 EDD 05/28/14, DS2 born on 5/22/14