Compare Portable Baby Breathing and Movement Monitors: Snuza or Angelcare?
Unfortunately, each year, a large number of babies are victims of sudden infant death (SID) syndrome. Various factors such as infection, suffocation, hypothermia, etc. may be involved in SID, but often the reasons are unexplained. Fortunately, nowadays there are special devices known as baby breathing monitors that can be used effectively to alert parents immediately when their baby stops breathing due to SID syndrome related conditions.
These devices are equipped with sensors that are able to detect respiratory movements, even the smallest. When they do not detect breathing related motion for a short amount of time (usually about 20 seconds), they raise immediately an alarm to alert the parents that something maybe wrong with their infant. Certain types can even generate a small amount of vibration to stimulate the infant to move and breathe again.
Portable baby movement monitors are battery run and do not need to be plugged to a wall socket. They can be taken anywhere and therefore are great for traveling whether you are in your motor home or cottage where electricity may not be available. Some models are simply clipped to baby's diaper, and therefore the baby can be taken from one room to another without even having to move the crib or any other equipment.
As expected, baby breathing monitors have become very popular. While their ease of use and their portability are strong points that explain partly this popularity, there is no doubt that for most parents they represent a simple way to achieve piece of mind while the baby is asleep.
This article will focus on portable baby breathing monitors (if what you are looking for is a baby video/sound monitor, then visit Comparing Baby Video Monitors).
Comparing the Selected Baby Breathing Monitors
Baby Breathing Monitors Comparison Table
Snuza Hero: There is a vibration feature that is activated to stimulate the baby if movement is not sensed for a period of 15 seconds. If after the vibration starts, movement is still not detected within 5 second, an audible alarm is activated. Note that the alarm is loud enough to hear from adjacent rooms. Unless you are very far from the baby’s room, you should not need a sound monitor.
Snuza Go! and Angelcare 300: There is no vibration feature. If movement is not detected for 20 seconds, an audible alarm is activated. Again, the alarm is loud enough to hear from adjacent rooms. Unless you are very far from the baby’s room, you should not need a sound monitor.
Snuza Hero and Snuza Go!:
The installation of the monitor which contains the sensor is trivial: it is simply clipped to baby’s clothing (diaper, etc.), therefore is in direct contact with the infant’s body.
Angelcare 300: The sensor is installed under the mattress and connected with a cord to the monitor which is placed on a nearby table or chair. Note that the installation of the sensor under the mattress requires following a procedure which is shown in the following video:
Movement sensor's weight is only relevant if it is worn by the baby. Angelcare's movement sensor is not worn but installed under the mattress. Therefore sensor weight consideration for Angelcare is N/A (Not Applicable).
Snuza Hero and Snuza Go!:
Both of these monitors can also be set to detect weak and irregular movements. If breathing movement is occurring less than 8 times per minute, the movement indicator light will flash orange and a different warning tone will sound. This feature is enabled by default but can easily be disabled.
Angelcare 300: Angelcare allows you to select your desired movement sensitivity level. There is a dial on the back of the monitor that can be adjusted from level 1 to level 5, but it is recommended not to choose the highest level unless necessary due to other outside vibrations that may cause false alarms.
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Choosing the Right Breathing Monitor for Your Baby
- Snuza Hero breathing monitors present one important advantage when compared with Snuza Go and Angelcare 300: They come with the vibration feature which is quite unique and which stimulates the baby to breathe when SID syndrome related situations are encountered. As seconds count in such situations, this feature by itself may at times be life saving!
- Installation of Snuza Hero and Snuza Go is trivial. All you need to do is clip the monitor to baby's diaper. This allows to take the baby from one room to another, or on trips, without having to worry about carrying and reinstalling any equipment. On the other hand, Angelcare 300 requires to follow a strict installation procedure as shown in the above video. We believe, Angelcare 300 is best for parents already owning the Angelcare 401 sound and movement monitor to which additional Angelcare 300 units can be integrated for other babies. For more information on Angelcare 401, please refer to the Amazon products section below.
- When using the Snuza monitors the sensor is in direct contact with infant's body. This simply means that the breathing monitoring task can be expected to be better accomplished, and there are less chances for false alarms.
Compared Baby Breathing Monitors on Amazon
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Snuza Hero and Snuza Go:
Angelcare 300, 401 and 1100:
Angelcare 401 is a movement and sound monitor while Angelcare 1100 is a movement, sound and video monitor. Unless the room where the baby sleeps is very far from where you are, the alarms generated by the breathing monitors described and compared above should be audible, and you should not be needing a sound or video monitor. But many parents have acquired them just the same, to make sure that they don't miss anything. You can find all three types of Angelcare monitors below:
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