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Peace of mind and worth the cost. But too sensitive.
on February 26, 2016
In 2013 I bought the previous model, the V. I used it for 15 months with my first child, and for the past five months with my second. One of these saved the life of my cousin, who had stopped breathing in his crib, and the alarm alerted his mother in time. Because of this, I am beyond paranoid about SIDs and used it religiously. I literally cannot sleep at night if my baby isn't in the crib, with the sensor on. Of course, being paranoid; I still check she's breathing before I go to sleep. Let's not ask for miracles here.
The V started giving me false alarms; four in one week. After research, I found that the manufacturers recommend replacing the sensors after 2 years, so I bought this new model. My crib has a wire base, so I put down a board to place the sensors on, and I once again feel a sense of peace. However; apart from the shape difference, there are two major differences that I am pretty unhappy with in the new one. First, the alarm in the 5s is much quieter than on the V. If it's going to off, false alarm or not; I want to be able to hear it from the other side of the house. Secondly, the light. The V had a modest green light to show it was on, which blinked unobtrusively. The 5 has a large blue light that is obnoxiously bright. On the plus side, once I'm done with it in the crib, I can use it to guide ships safely into harbor at night.
Edit April 2016. With warmer weather approaching, I flipped the ceiling fan to Summer a month ago, which causes a downdraft. Last week, my husband picked the baby up from her crib and forgot to turn off the monitor, probably because it's hidden under a cloth I drape over the obnoxious light. He walked her around for 12 minutes, then brought her downstairs, turning off the fan as he did. A minute after that, the alarm finally went off. That's nearly a quarter of an hour where it could have been registering my baby as breathing when she wasn't. I hate this, and no longer feel secure with it.