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March 23rd, 2011, 09:05 AM
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So . . . A little history on me. My first husband was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and passed away the night of our 6th wedding anniversary, in his sleep. I woke up and found him. (I'm sorry if this is depressing, but I DO have a point.!!) For years after that, I was terrified that someone would be asleep at my house and die. (I know. I'm crazy.) So, when I found out I was pregnant, I was so scared of SIDS and something happening to my daughter.

My mother bought me an Angelcare Bebe Sounds monitor. It is a pad that goes under the baby, and monitors movemtns, like breathing. If there is NO movement for 10 seconds, an alarm sounds. It's to help prevent SIDS. I LOVED mine. It went off twice, once at 2 months old and once at 4 months old. I shook her and she finally moved. I can't be certain this was something serious, or if she was just in a deep sleep, but I've always been thankful I had one.

I don't know how to post links, so you'll have to google it yourself if you might be interested. I just thought for some new moms or others like me, who always feared the worse, you might want to know about these things.
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March 23rd, 2011, 09:12 AM
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For years after that, I was terrified that someone would be asleep at my house and die. (I know. I'm crazy.)
I am still reading this whole thing, but I had to comment on this immediately. So NOT crazy! Good lord, I would be exactly the same way if that happened to me.

Ok, now I have read the rest, this second post will probably get glommed on to my other post and make me look like I have time issues or something, but anyway, I had no idea this product existed. It's so smart! Sounds like a great thing to have. When we first brought our son home, he would just occasionally stop breathing, which is apparently normal, but it still freaked me out. I would wake up every few minutes to make sure he was still breathing. This would be a very calming device to have.

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March 23rd, 2011, 11:46 AM
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Angelcare Baby Monitor | Babyphone and Baby Movement Sensor

I saw an add in fit pregnancy for these. I actually thought it was really neat. I don't know that we will get one but they are great.
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March 23rd, 2011, 12:35 PM
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That is a neat invention. I am hoping to forgo monitors for awhile since we will be co-sleeping (with the Arm's Reach co-sleeper attached to my side of the bed), part of which is so that she is right there for me to see and check on just by opening an eye or reaching out an arm. But if/when we sleep her in her own room, it would be great to have one of those things. I just had my infant CPR class so I am definitely aware of these issues right now...
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March 23rd, 2011, 02:09 PM
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I can totally understand being overly cautious. My sisters foster baby died the night before my wedding and I helped try and do cpr on him. My kids have all come home on O2 monitors and one dd stopped breathing twice and ended up in the picu. If I don't have a monitor for this one, we'll be looking into getting something.
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March 23rd, 2011, 03:48 PM
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I used Angelcare monitors for all three newborns, and will with this bean also--I think they're invaluable
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March 23rd, 2011, 06:23 PM
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Jenny - I am so sorry for the loss of your husband. You are such a strong woman.


This is another example of how times have really changed. My oldest had sleep apnea when he was an infant and was in the hospital. They sent us home with a monitor that was a huge grey box and I think it was 6 wires that came out of it. We connected the wires onto round discs that we had to put on his chest before he went to sleep.
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March 23rd, 2011, 08:29 PM
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I love it...i knew they had motion sensors but i didn't know they had monitors with these sensors, thanks so much for sharing this is on my must have list
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March 23rd, 2011, 08:46 PM
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I have always wanted one, but could never afford one. I might save up for one this time. And honestly? I didn't quite have the same experience, but it seems kind of similar. Cora died during the night while I was sleeping and I woke up to no movement at all, so I've been terrified of it happening again, not only while I'm pregnant but after too. So it makes sense to me that with your experience you would react that way.

I think I'm going to look into this again.
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March 24th, 2011, 05:21 AM
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I have always wanted one, but could never afford one. I might save up for one this time. And honestly? I didn't quite have the same experience, but it seems kind of similar. Cora died during the night while I was sleeping and I woke up to no movement at all, so I've been terrified of it happening again, not only while I'm pregnant but after too. So it makes sense to me that with your experience you would react that way.

I think I'm going to look into this again.
Mine was a mid-priced one, and it was on sale for $89. That's not cheap, but we did use it for 9 to 10 months. (Until Morgan started moving too much for it to be effective.) They may be even cheaper now. This was 3 years ago. We bought mine on Amazon.
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March 24th, 2011, 07:30 AM
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I don't think you are crazy!

I am getting one! # 1 was a micro and came home on a monitor. He came off it when #2 was a month or 2 old. But with #2 and #3 I was always scared. They slept next to me in a cradle. It literally touched the bed so I could have my hand on them all night.

On another board, one of the mom's just lost a baby to SIDS. So that makes me a little more paranoid.
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