An Angelcare baby monitor not only monitors sound but also uses a sensor pad to monitor your baby's movement and sound an alarm if none is detected for 20 seconds. Parents posting Angelcare reviews on Amazon report that these monitors set their minds at ease. Many parents say in reviews that the idea of monitoring a child's breathing and movement seems ideal for SIDS prevention. But experts at MayoClinic.com warn that conventional baby monitors are unlikely to be effective. Infants prone to sleep apnea are commonly placed on medical-grade breathing monitors. Relying on an Angelcare monitor might give parents a false sense of security.
Of course, some proponents still believe it couldn't hurt, so why not buy an Angelcare monitor (starting at $85, Amazon) just in case? Unfortunately, Angelcare monitors are notorious for heart-stopping false alarms, especially if your baby is old enough to move away from the pad that's designed to alert you if it stops sensing movement, as one parent posting an Angelcare review on Amazon discovered firsthand. On the other hand, Amazon is full of reviews in which parents say false alarms let them know the monitor "works."
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Think long and hard before you decide to buy an Angelcare monitor. Depending on who you are, you'll either think the price is worth the peace of mind or you won't be willing to endure the anxiety of false alarms from a monitor that hasn't been shown to prevent SIDS.