Your baby then lies on a special pad. The
pad registers movement, and when it doesn't feel any movement for 20
seconds or more, an alarm will warn you.
Monitors like this are a bit controversial: they may give a false
This has lead parents to be too relaxed about crib
safety rules and can have an inverse effect - parent
supervision is then actually reduced in stead of improved.
But when used correctly and with common sense, baby movement monitors
have brought parents that extra bit of reassurance at night to help
sleep a bit less worried.
And many parents have been awoken by the alarm at
critical moments. That's why I've included them in this baby monitor review.
Sids monitors are also usually recommended by pediatricians if appropriate, especially
babies who have had longer breathing pauses, severe sleep
apnea, had a
near-SIDS experience or whose siblings have.
During pregnancy: a baby heart rate monitor
A baby heart rate monitor, or fetal heart rate monitor, lets you listen
to your baby's heart during pregnancy.
At the doctor's they use specialized Doppler monitors to do this. But
there are home-use versions available.
These are simply sound amplifiers - not Doppler monitors.
While it sounds nice to be able to hear, and connect with your baby
before birth - especially for dad or siblings this could be quite
... I cannot personally recommend these heartbeat listeners. I've never
used one myself and I do not know anyone who was happy with its quality.
My preference still goes to simpler ways of
- while actually preparing for good sleep - and
save the money to get a decent sound or video monitor for when baby
Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 14+ years experience as well as a certified lactation counselor.
Over the years, Heidi has received several awards inluding a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) and National Parenting Awards (NAPPA) for her Baby Sleep Advice website, programs and books.
She is also a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants of which she was one of the earliest contributors. She obtained her PhD degree in physics at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Heidi is passionate about helping babies and their parents sleep more and better, with her trademark approach that has been proven and praised time and again by parents worldwide to be effective and truly no-tears. Respect for you as a parent and your baby, is at the heart of Heidi's warm and kind support. Her approach always keeps in mind a baby's needs and abilities at any given age, is based on pediatric science and the most up to date knowledge in infant care and sleep science.