I think this image wins the funniest (and the most puzzling) baby monitor image of the year 🙂
Either this reindeer is hanging from a mobile or this little baby has the most amazing balancing skills!
Keeping an eye on your baby when they are sleeping in their own room is the best way to enjoy peace of mind that they are safe and sound in their crib.
And rather than worrying about whether or not he or she is sleeping, breathing, or feeling ill, a baby monitor can be a great way to keep track of your child and give you piece of mind.
In this blog post, I will compare two of the most popular types of baby monitor, the Snuza Hero Baby Movement Monitor and the Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor.
What To Consider When Buying a Baby Monitor
A baby monitor is a big purchase for most families, and one that you are likely to rely on a lot when checking on your baby so you need to make sure that you choose wisely.
While there were only video and audio monitors for parents to choose from in the past, there have been advancements recently that allow parents to have a lot more choices.
Some monitors can track breathing and they are becoming increasingly popular. Parents who are concerned about their baby’s health will appreciate the extra monitoring as it can be difficult to tell if a baby is breathing just by looking at a video screen.
Another new kind of monitor that is growing in popularity monitors not only movement during sleep but also oxygen levels and heart rate.
For many parents, this information may not be necessary; however, parents who have a sick child or are really worried about the child’s health will enjoy the peace of mind. These trackers are often loaded with features but tend to be a bit more expensive.
You also must think about if you would prefer a monitor that clips on to the baby to let you know when he or she is moving or having trouble breathing or if you need something with more tracking features.
Baby Monitors: Movement vs Tracker
Movement monitor and baby trackers are both fairly new types of baby monitor.
Movement monitors do just that; they monitor the breathing and movement of a baby and alert parents if the child is not breathing the way that he or she should be.
They will also buzz or sound an alarm to wake the child, help him or her breathe, and alert the parents.
Movement monitors simply clip onto the diaper or are underneath the sheet so that they can monitor how the child moves during the night. They are set to sound an alarm or vibrate if the baby is not moving as much as necessary.
This is a great option for parents looking to track a child’s breathing during the night and during naps.
Baby tracker monitors, on the other hand, provide a lot more information but don’t always come with a feature to wake up the child and help him or her start breathing.
They often sync to apps, making it easy for parents to track a child’s medical history and share it with a doctor, which is great if there are concerns.
These type of baby monitors are more advanced and will monitor a baby’s health by tracking oxygen levels, heart rate, and even movement during sleep. They tend to be more expensive since they will generally sync to an app and allow parents to view their babies’ stats in real time.
Snuza Hero Baby Movement Monitor
This is a wearable baby monitor that clips onto the diaper and doesn’t require any cords or suction cups to monitor a baby’s breathing.
Because it can tell when a baby moves, it alerts parents if the abdominal movement of the baby is weaker than normal.
If a baby doesn’t have any abdominal movement for 15 seconds, then the Snuza will vibrate to rouse the baby. After three instances of the baby not breathing for 15 seconds, this monitor will alert the parent and beep if the baby doesn’t respond to the vibrations.
- Great for monitoring breathing
- Gives parents peace of mind about their children
- Vibrates to rouse the baby and start breathing
- Doesn’t require WiFi or Bluetooth connections
- Offers long battery life
- Can go off for no reason, waking the baby
- Tends to become unattached and will then start to vibrate unnecessarily
- Can be uncomfortable for babies who sleep on their stomachs
Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor
The Owlet not only tracks a baby’s heart rate but also his or her sleep and their oxygen levels. It is designed to alert parents if there is a problem with the baby, allowing great peace of mind.
The monitor is a sock that wraps around the baby’s foot and wirelessly connects to a base station so that it can alert parents via app notifications and sounds if there is a problem. Parents can set the monitor to alert them if the oxygen level or heart rate fall outside of preset zones.
- It includes three washable socks.
- It syncs to free app for tracking and reports.
- Socks can be up to 100 feet away from the base station and still easily connect.
- Parents can check their babies’ stats from anywhere in real time.
- There are no dangerous cords near the baby.
- Socks don’t fit on all children.
- Base won’t connect to guest WiFi networks outside of the home.
- It only collects data when the baby is completely still while sleeping.
Conclusion: Snuza vs Owlet Baby Monitors
Do you really need a baby monitor?
That’s the first question you should ask yourself.
If you think it will give you peace of mind that your baby is sleeping soundly in their own room then go for it.
I believe the older style audio monitors could create a sense of paranoia for some parents as every single noise coming from the speaker would need to be investigated!
However, although these Snuza and Owlet baby monitors are different types, they both are very good at what they do. You just need to determine what features you need.
Also, price might be a factor. The Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor isn’t cheap, but you get what you pay for in terms of all the features it offers.
If you decide to get either one of these baby monitors, please leave a comment below offering your opinion.
Will the alarm on a movement monitor wake up my baby?
These alarms are designed to wake up a baby who may be in distress so they are generally fairly loud. This also ensures that parents can hear the alarm and will be notified that there is a problem.
Is using an app safe?
There is always the concern of safety if you are using an app to sync wirelessly with your baby monitor. Everyone has heard stories about strangers being able to connect to a family’s WiFi and watch the baby sleeping on the monitor.
However, as long as you set up your network correctly and it is secure, you don’t need to worry about anyone else accessing information on your baby.
What’s the best option for communicating information with your doctor?
If you are worried about being able to show your child’s doctor information about his or her health, then you will want to choose a monitor that features app tracking.
These make it easy to share files with your doctors and show them nightly trends that may be of concern.