The BabySense V Infant Movement Monitor can ease the mind of worried parents who want reassurance that their baby is moving and breathing normally while asleep. The monitor's sensor pads sound an alarm if motion is not detected after 20 seconds. However, because the BabySense V does not monitor for sound, it cannot be used in place of a traditional monitor. It is also sensitive to ambient movements, such as fans.
Extremely sensitive to movement. The BabySense V Infant Movement Monitor comes with two sensor pads that are placed below the crib mattress to detect the baby's motion and rhythm of breathing. If the baby's breathing rate slows or stops, the BabySense will set off an audible alarm to alert parents. Independent testers and the majority of users say that the BabySense V's sensor pads are extremely sensitive to movement. In fact, some parents say that the sensors are so sensitive that ceiling fans and air conditioners can interfere with the sensor's ability to detect the baby. While these complaints are relatively isolated, some parents say they have found that they have to move, slow or stop using fans to make the monitor work.
The BabySense can be used with one sensor pad when the baby is small or in a bassinet and then with the two sensors when the baby moves to a crib. Parents say the two sensors offer nearly complete crib coverage, with fewer roll offs than with single pad sensors. Owners and independent testers agree that two sensors result in a lower incidence of false alarms. Users say the BabySense alarm is loud and can be heard throughout the house, but because the alarm sounds only in the baby's room, this monitor cannot replace a traditional audio/video monitor.
Simple and straightforward as long as you set it up correctly. Parents say that the BabySense V Infant Movement Monitor is very easy to use when it is configured correctly. Parents say that placing a stiff surface (plywood is recommended) under the crib mattress helps eliminate interference from ambient motion and avoid false alarms.
The BabySense V operates using four AA batteries. The company says that the batteries will last for up to six months, and multiple parents say they are impressed by the long battery life. The monitor is turned on and off with a single button that clicks -- some parents say loudly enough to wake the baby -- to indicate that it is operating. The control/alarm unit has a low battery light and a green movement indicator light. The control unit attaches to the sensor pads via a connector cable that runs out from under the crib mattress so that it should never come in contact with the baby. However, one parent says their baby managed to pull the plug on the sensor and another said that he felt the connection cable posed a hazard to the baby.
No radio transmission means you have to stay within the audible zone. Unlike typical audio and video baby monitors that rely on a radio transmission to reach parents on a handheld/remote unit, the BabySense V Infant Movement Monitor uses an audible alarm inside the baby's room. And, because it sounds in the baby's room, the alarm may wake a sleeping baby. For remote monitoring, the BabySense V works best in conjunction with a traditional audio/video monitor that will carry the alarm signal if you are out of hearing range.
According to experts, movement monitors are not necessary to ensure the safety of baby and have not been proven to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). One expert source gives all baby movement monitors an F rating, saying they prey on parent's fears and offer misleading claims. Experts say that if your baby suffers from severe sleep apnea or other conditions that place him or her at risk when sleeping, a medical grade monitor should be used. However, many parents whose babies do not require hospital-grade monitoring say the BabySense V provides them with peace of mind.
Poor customer support. The BabySense V Infant Movement Monitor carries a one-year limited warranty from its manufacturer, HiSense. A few parents complain that HiSense is difficult to reach and largely unhelpful.
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Review Credibility: Excellent The Baby Bargains book and website offer buyer's guides and ratings on a comprehensive selection of baby gear. The authors say they conduct hands-on testing and interviews with parents, manufacturers and retailers before reaching conclusions. Parents posting to Amazon.com say this is the best baby-gear book available, with plenty of current info and lots of attitude, including sections aimed at steering consumers away from unnecessary features. Baby Bargains offers a roundup of top audio and video baby monitors and provides coverage of specific baby monitors and overall brand performance.
Review: Chapter 7, Monitors, Denise and Alan Fields, Version 9.1, 2012
2. U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Review Credibility: Excellent The FDA lists baby monitors as one of the baby products that are marketed for SIDS prevention. The FDA states that it has never cleared or approved a baby product to prevent or reduce the risk of SIDS because the agency has not found any scientific proof that baby products including monitors can prevent or reduce the risk of SIDS.
Review: Medical Devices --Baby Products with SIDS Prevention Claims, FDA Advisory Board, May 30, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The BabySense V Infant Movement Monitor is Babble's Best Movement Monitor in their 2012 roundup of the best baby monitors available. Babble tests the BabySense and describes it as extremely sensitive without any false alarms. They say that while the BabySense works well, it is pricey and only truly useful for the first six months, but it might buy you piece of mind.
Review: Babble Best 2012 - Baby Monitors, Michelle Horton, Not dated
4. Babies 'R' Us
Review Credibility: Very Good The BabySense V Infant Movement Monitor receives an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars based on more than 200 reviews. The consensus among contributors is that the BabySense is reliable, simple to use and has a clear signal. Parents say the BabySense provides peace of mind and relieves anxiety about SIDS. Many contributors have turned to the BabySense because their baby was at greater risk due to prematurity, sleep apnea, or reflux. Detractors are less common, but they say that the BabySense has false alarms, is overly sensitive to environmental noise or fails to work as promised. Several parents say the company is unresponsive and difficult to reach.
Review: BabySense Infant Movement Monitor, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good In more than 75 reviews, the BabySense V Infant Movement Monitor receives an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Several parents say that without the BabySense Monitor, they would have lost their baby. Most parents say the BabySense delivers peace of mind and reduces anxiety about SIDS. Users say the BabySense is easy to use and very sensitive. Negative reviews say that the monitor is overly sensitive to ceiling fans and air conditioner noise, and it can actually mistake these things for infant movement/breath. Other parents say that these oversensitivity issues can be remedied by putting plywood under the crib mattress for improved monitor accuracy.
Review: HiSense BabySense V Baby Safe Infant Movement Monitor, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2012