Amber Housley

Baby Love It or Leave It: SIDS Baby Monitor & Steam Bags

This is the first in a new weekly series appearing on Mondays. Each week I'll feature both a Love It! and Leave It! baby item that I've personally used. To start off this new series I'm going to postpone the debbie-downer item this week and feature TWO of my favorite baby items. 

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Love It!

Graco Angelcare Deluxe Movement Sensor with Sound Monitor

I have told just about every one of my friends who are expecting a baby to RUN and buy this monitor. Or, take back the one you registered for and get this one…or even use this in conjunction with a video monitor if that's what you want. And to be honest, really not many have listened because of the sticker shock and the questioning of its techonology in SIDS detection. Coming in at about $130, this is definitely at the pricier end of the baby monitors, but for us, this monitor has provide invaluable.

The monitor has a sensor pad that is placed underneath the crib mattress to detect movement (i.e. breathing) by the baby. If it does not detect movement for more than 20 seconds, a very loud alarm goes off on both the main unit in the nursery, and all at the receivers you have placed in your house. We have one receiver unit in our bedroom, and one in our kitchen. Many a time we have taken Colin out of his crib and have forgotten to turn the monitor off, so of course, 15-20 seconds later the alarm has sounded. Another great useful gizmo on it is both a temperature reader (tells you the exact temperature in the room which was valuable during the winter months when Colin was a newborn…our master bedroom had to be practically boiling before we could get Colin's room warm enough), and it also has a little pendulum ticker that shows you your baby is breathing. (I.E. you don't need to hold a mirror up under your baby's nose or touch his chest to see if he is breathing). And of course, this is a complete audio monitor just like all the others on the market.

It was this past Saturday morning at around 3a.m., that we had our first true alarm. When it went off, both Brandon and I stirred, not fully realizing what exact alarm was going off. We came to the same conclusion about a half second later and we both jumped up and RAN down the hallway to his room. Brandon immediately touched Colin and found he was in fact breathing, but in his sleep had moved entirely up against the side of crib, his head against the bumper. (Yes, we know bumpers are a huge no-no and we now have removed them from his crib following this incident since he is now mobile). We don't know if he simply had moved so far over that the sensor couldn't pick-up on his movement or if his breathing had become so deep/shallow that it couldn't detect it. Either way, I am so thankful for this piece of technology that alerted us of what was happening.

Read the reviews on Amazon or Babies R Us and you'll read the dozens of
stories where this monitor has or may have saved a child's life. Any new mom would find so much comfort and peace of mind with this gadget.

What do you think of this monitor? Any experiences with it or do you have your own favorite?

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Medela Quick Clean Micro-Steam Bags 

We aren't ones that are big about having a lot of things on the kitchen counter, so any kind of counter-top sanitizer gadget was out of the question. My friend Lauren recommended these to me since they are perfect for steam cleaning your breastfeeding pump parts. Just place your items in the bag along with 2oz. of water, and pop it in the microwave for 3 minutes!

They are also great for steam cleaning all your bottle parts, and we use this just about every night in our routine as we clean the bottles to prep for the next day's bottles. The label says you can use these bags up to 20 times (there's even a handy checkbox list to mark every time you use them) but as my friend Lauren recommended, you can stretch these out to about 25 times. 

My husband would like to point out the fact that he doesn't understand why we still do this steam-cleaning process since our four-month old now sticks his hand in his mouth all day long, but I figure every germ buster helps. :)

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Baby Love It or Leave It is a weekly series appearing on Mondays. As a new Mama, I've found that the advice of my friends who are also new mom's invaluable when navigating through my pregnancy, registries, and of course, now mommyhood. My intention is my experience will be helpful to you as well. This is only my personal opinion.

Comments

Annie says:

Love this Amber!! I’m expecting my first baby and this is great. I think I came across your blog when you were getting married and I’ve enjoyed it ever since! You have a wonderful style and now your moving into the mommy style. I love it!!

Lauren H. says:

LOVE this new section! I still use my MicroSteam bags, not for breast pump parts, but for Binkies! Darn those things get so gross! I don’t know what I would do without these bags.
P.S. You’re the coolest Blog-Momma around and I’m happy The Sweet Life is getting a bit of a dusting off! Can’t wait to see what’s to come.

alicia klaich says:

We used the Angel monitor with Maddy too, and had the exact same experience with beeping in the middle of the night. Luckily Maddy had just scooted to the end of the crib too. We were lucky enough to get ours for free from a neighbor.
I wish I would have used the steam bags. I saw them, but always thought- why would I need those. Instead I probably spent hours of my life scrubbing pump and bottle parts. UGH!
I love the Baby Gear Reviews!

Julie says:

Love the idea of the monitor as my 9 mo. of niece passed away of SIDS in 1983…

This blog is great. All the parents should invest things like this for the safety of theie upcoming baby. They must know how to take care of their little angel coming.

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