It is possible to sleep peacefully, without worrying whether your baby is okay or not. This device helps you get that!
I will review the AngelCare baby monitor, and how this device can help you. We are using this device to monitor our baby, and I hope it can give you the same peace of mind it gave us.
The AngelCare Baby Monitor
For a quick brief, the device will beep once on the parent unit if the sensor pad doesn’t detect movement for 15 seconds. At the 20-second mark, it will beep loudly and continuously. It is very sensitive, enough to detect your baby’s breathing, so if for any reason he stops breathing, or has moved away from his crib, you’ll know. It can even detect when the ceiling fan is turned on! If your baby cries, you can hear it from the parent unit quite loudly.
The product comes with 3 main components, the Parent Unit, Nursery Unit, and Sensor Pad.
The Parent Unit
Place this unit in your room, or carry it with you when you move around the house. This device serves a few purposes and has other features.
Baby Sound Monitor: If your baby makes noise or cries, you can hear it from this unit. It has multiple volume configurations, and the loudest is loud enough to wake you up if your baby cries. It doesn’t have a mic so noise from your end won’t disturb your baby.
Baby Room Temperature: Very accurately tells you your baby’s room temperature, it’s shows the same temperature our air condition is set. You can also set minimum and maximum temperature and have the device warn you (including beeping) if your baby’s room temperature becomes too hot or cold.
Rechargeable Batteries: The product comes with 4 AAA rechargeable batteries that can last through the day. When you dock it, it will recharge the batteries. We haven’t yet run out of power using the device.
On-Screen Info: The unit’s screen provides a slew of information, the important ones are what monitoring features you have turned on, current baby room temperature and battery indicator.
Other Warnings: If the Parent Unit gets out of range of the Nursery Unit, or if batteries are running low, it will beep to warn you about it.
The Nursery Unit
Place this unit in your baby’s room, around 3 feet away from your baby’s crib. This device services a different purpose and has some nice features.
Night Light: The top ring of the unit can lit up with a dim bluish light if you turn it on. I like this feature. It is bright enough to let you see and not glaring to the eye. When our baby wakes up, we don’t have to turn on any lights when going into his room, and this unit makes visibility clear. Suddenly turning on the lights is painful to the eye, and certainly not going to be pleasant for the baby.
Microphone: The microphone detects even soft voices your baby makes, it lets you be aware when your baby wakes up. The only noise this device makes is the 1 beep when it cannot detect movement, or if it gets out of range of the parent unit, so it is unlikely that it will wake your baby.
Backup Batteries: This unit runs on electricity, if there’s a power trip, the backup batteries will kick in to provide continuous monitoring. Unlike the parent unit, this unit doesn’t come with batteries. You need to get them yourself.
The Sensor Pad
Place the sensor pad underneath your baby’s mattress. The instruction says that we should put it on a hard surface underneath the mattress, like a hardboard. We couldn’t find 1, so we just put it between the mattress and the hard cushion below, didn’t give any problems. You should probably find a hardboard if you can.
Cord Covers: The Sensor Pad connects to the Nursery Unit using wires. Thankfully, the product comes with cord covers that you can use to conceal the wires and make sure your baby can’t grab them.
Sensor Sensitivity: The sensitivity of this thing is over the top. It can even detect the ceiling fan’s vibration at the lowest sensitivity setting! Unfortunately, this means that if we turn on the fan, it will falsely detect that the baby is on the crib. This false alarm is quite a bummer, but I can’t complain about it, it has to be sensitive enough to detect breathing. We use the air conditioner instead to counter this problem. There are 5 levels of sensitivity, and we use the least sensitive mode which is 0. There are testing instructions after setup that you should follow, and by the end of it, you should be near the sensitivity level that suits you best.
Additional Sensor Pad: Some models come with 2 Sensor Pads. It is an excellent addition if your baby’s crib is big, or else a single Sensor Pad works just fine. The model we are reviewing comes with only 1 Sensor Pad.
When you are having your leisure time while your baby is asleep, you don’t have to worry whether your baby has woken up, because you can hear any noise he makes with the portable Parent Unit. If for whatever reason he stops breathing, the device beeps loudly, or if your toddler climbs out of the crib, it beeps too. It gives you a good night’s rest as you don’t have to get up to check on your baby regularly. We give this product high praise as it has given us many peace of mind and a good night’s sleep.
For locals, you can get this from Lazada, search for AngelCare, without space. I got my unit from Catch (Australia) for RM505 excluding shipping, it was the only place I can find that offers a 3-year warranty. If you buy from overseas, be aware that the power plug may not fit and you’ll have to get 2 socket converters, 1 for the Parent Unit and 1 for the Nursery Unit.
Hopes this review helps! Type in the comments below and ask questions 🙂