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    Default Are breathing monitors eg. angelcare unecessary/paranoid/useless?

    I've copped a bit of flak lately over my decision to get the angelcare monitor (for those who may not know, they are sensors that go under the mattress and if baby stops breathing for 20seconds it will alarm) but the other day at work they held a baby shower for me and somebody mentioned my choice to the whole room and boy did I feel attacked! Everyone basically said it was totally unnecessary, overkill, paranoid, that it will stress me out more blah blah blah, another time one lady even said to me "oh well we can see you're going to be a neurotic mother and you haven't even had it yet" (I think she was trying to sound joking but I still was offended.)

    My argument is, yes I'm sure 99% of babies will grow up and never need this monitor, but what if my baby was that 1% who chokes on some vomit in the middle of the night or pulls the blanket over his face, if this monitor could have a minuscule chance of saving him, isn't that an amazingly awesome monitor?!?

    Anyway, I'm still going to get this monitor, people have their own opinions and that's fine, but I just wondered what other peoples opinions are, does anybody else think it's a great thing as well?
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    My second son was a tummy sleeper and the angelcare monitor certainly gave me peace of mind! (when we weren't bed-sharing )

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    Default Are breathing monitors eg. angelcare unecessary/paranoid/useless?

    I have one, its great. Still using it 2.5yrs later just as a monitor now. I would rather cop a heap of flak than do without one.

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    You poor thing! I hate hearing everyones opinions....ill raise my child however I like, thank you very much!

    Im all for them after an angelcare monitor meant the difference between life and death for my friend's bubba. Like you said, what if your baby is in the 1%. Call me neurotic, i dont mind, but id prefer to do everything i can to keep my girl safe. I couldnt live with myself if something happened tht could have been prevented/acted upon. You sound like youll be an amazing mum

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    We bought one (& I had one 13 years ago with my son) I've read a few stories about babies being saved after they stopped breathing because the parents had the time to get to them. Im sure those people won't think it's a waste of time/money. If you can afford it and it gives you peace of mind go for it.

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    Hey

    We had one for DD when she was a baby and if we didnt get it she wouldnt be here, She set it of lots of times and like many others i assumed it was just a deep sleep or false alarm, DD has many health issues anyway and i was seeing the pead about that ( she was in and out of hospital anyway ) i mentioned she was setting of the matress alarm and we was sent to the monitoring clinic and DD was tested and put on a chirometrics moniter and with in the first few weeks of taking it home DD had a few events recorded on the machine when we took it back in with her to the next appt the chip in it was uploaded onto the computer and it gave a reading for 30 min before hte events and after, Dd was diagnosied with a seizure disorder it that was making her have many nocternal fits her HR was going down into the 40s and then she was stopping breathing and then shooting her HR right up over 200 when we roused her.

    personally i think they are good but in saying that we only got one because she was a sick baby anyway, on day three we was told there is something not right about this baby and we are not sure what, that was after being in the nursery for resp distress syndrome, she since had many many diagnosis for difernt organ involvemment

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    Default Are breathing monitors eg. angelcare unecessary/paranoid/useless?

    I have one and couldn't live without it!

    People think im crazy for 'needing' it too.. I even had a pead tell me that I need to see a psychologist because I was using one every night with my 6 month old and didn't like to go without it :/ I took his referral to my gp and she laughed it off and told me he was just being stupid and it's totally fine for me to want to use one!

    I would hate to loose a child to SIDS and then look back and wish I had used a monitor so I figure using one isn't hurting anyone so why not??

    I don't go around telling people about me using it now, of they don't want to use one that's fine, but i can't be bothered with ppl having an opinion on it so don't even mention it unless they ask.

    If you want to use one then good on you! Don't worry what everyone says, it's your baby & you are the number 1 protector of them so just do what you feel is right & what makes you feel safe 😃

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    Default Are breathing monitors eg. angelcare unecessary/paranoid/useless?

    I don't have one personally but I can't believe the flak you copped for buying one. Your baby, your choice. Do what's best for you

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    Default Are breathing monitors eg. angelcare unecessary/paranoid/useless?

    I Love mine. Screw them. Enjoy.

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    Default Are breathing monitors eg. angelcare unecessary/paranoid/useless?

    I have one, and I can't believe those women were so mean about it. As pp said its your baby and your choice if it makes you feel comfortable definitely get one. Ds was born prem and has had lots if medical issues including epilepsy so I ended up buying one when he was nearly one due to his seizures. We still use it at nearly 3 yrs old call me neurotic I don't care I think it has been a life saver. I also still use a baby monitor too!


 

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