This is a very emotional story for me to post about, but without a doubt, an absolute necessary one. My son almost died of SIDS at 3 weeks old. To this day, I gift every mom-to-be with the device that protected my son.
Being a first-time mom I was beyond scared about SIDS, the unknown, and caring for a newborn. It was all new to me and I was so afraid of being tremendously tired and miss out on some sort of SIDS warning that could have saved my little one. I was afraid of waking up to a non-responsive baby. I was afraid of losing the most important thing in my life. I was deeply scared of it all.
I researched SIDS, how to prevent it and that’s when I came across breathing and movement sensors. After reading testimonials and true customer stories, I was sold. I purchased the sensor and installed it as soon as I got home. I tested it out with my tiny Puggle [the Great Dane was too big for this experience]. I turned on the sensor, placed my dog in the crib, and when I pulled him out, within 10-15 seconds the alarm went off. Wow! I was in heaven knowing I had that peace of mind.
The sensor is very easy to install as it goes flat under the mattress. Because our crib didn’t have a board between the springs and mattress, I went to Lowe’s, bought a thin piece of wood, and cut it to size. The flat square goes under the mattress and the monitor/alarm device goes with you. It has a belt clip so you can carry it throughout the house, but I purchased two monitors and kept them in different ends of the house.
The sensor can be highly sensitive, so test it out several times. The highest level had the fan confused with the breathing, so I had to reduce the sensitivity to not let the ceiling fan air interfere with the sensor. If you have a ceiling fan turn it off and on without having the baby in the crib, to see if it triggers the alarm. If it does, you need to reduce the sensitivity.
On December of 2010 we came home with an adorable little boy, the cutest thing ever. I was so in-love I wanted to be by his side 24/7. I am sure you know the feeling, or will soon become familiar with it 🙂
The first week or so, I kept opening my eyes in the middle of the night to check on the baby monitor. If they are breathing/moving the green light is on and if there’s no movement for a while, a red light will turn on. Everything was perfect, the green light was on and the alarm was off. Perfect mommy experience! Until three weeks later when the alarm went off…
I will never forget how quick we jumped off the bed. He was awake but seemed off. We checked on him and he was breathing. I was confused and spent the following hour awake with him just to make sure. The following day I researched “false alarms” and they talked about movement sensitivity. That day I reduced the levels and went to bed. Perfect, nothing happened and we had a great night. Phew, it had just been a false alarm and all was well.
Two days later at 3am the alarm went off. I jumped off the bed and remember yelling “NO! NO!”. When I got to his crib, he was struggling to breathe, lethargic and purple. I had taken CPR classes so I started patting him on the back when he projectile vomited across the room. He then took a loud deep breath, and looked relieved.
We went to the ER and that’s where they learned he had severe reflux and was throwing up in the middle of the night. The vomit was getting stuck in his mouth and nose, impeding him from breathing. We spent the following 3 nights at the NICU testing his sleeping patterns and with a cardiologist to make sure that was all. When we were discharged, he was prescribed formula thickener, Zantac and cereal to help prevent any additional episodes.
To this day, Jude is a healthy 6 year old baby boy. Had it not been for the movement sensor, I don’t know what would have happened and I refuse to think about it.
Photo by: SKC Photography
If you are a mom-to-be, a mom of a newborn, or know someone that is pregnant, this is the most precious gift one can have. Although these days they have many sensors available (listed below), the one I used was this AngelCare.
Thank you AngelCare for saving my baby.
This post is not sponsored by Angelcare.