The First Years Gentle Vibrations 3-in-1 Crib Soother (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- The only under-mattress vibration system designed for the crib
- Offers three features in one, including a gentle vibration to calm baby, soothing sounds and a crib light
- Vibration feature can be set to three speeds
- Control unit easily mounts on a crib rail or can simply stand alone
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Take the battery cover off and remove the batteries. Remove the five screws and open the unit. There isn't much to it. From the bottom, you can see where the battery positioners just clip in. Unclip and remove them. You'll find that the batteries vibrate in the unit now, but that was solved by a bit of fabric folded up and placed under the lid.
As far as the crappy antenna reception goes, you see the little orange (on mine) wire that curls around the outside of the case but is only connected on the one side? Strip the insulation off. That'll give you a few extra feet. You could probably pull it out and wrap it around the bed frame if you had to.
The sound effects are so-so. The quality on the digital recording is pretty bad. We have a Homedics soother with a little light show which we use and I highly recommend. Still, for fourty bucks less than comparable products, I'll keep it.
Sure enough, when I hooked it up, our baby monitor interfered with the signal. When the monitor was on, the vibrator would only work when 2-3 feet from the base, and would stop if you moved it around. With the monitor off, it worked within 15 feet or so.
Changing the channel on the monitor made no difference. Neither did taking one reviewer's advice to strip the wire antenna on the receiver.
So, here is what I did - I converted it from "wireless" to "wired". It worked like a charm and no more interference. Drawback is now there is a wire between the two units.
READ ON if you want to know how to do it:
1) Get a long piece of thin wire. I used some narrow gauge speaker wire that I had around. It needs to be the length you want to put the two units apart, with some extra to make life easier. You only need one of the two strands. Strip about an inch off of the ends.
2) Take the covers off of the units using a small screwdriver. Take out the batteries!
3) On the base, you will see a long rod with wire coiled around it. This is the transmitter. The wire is very fine and delicate but it connects to a thicker wire that attaches to a circuit board. Wrap one end of your stripped wire around this thicker wire, not the very thin wire, so you don't break it. Replace the cover on the base unit. If your wire is thin enough you can just have it stick out somewhere on the bottom of the crack, without making a hole or slot for it.Read more ›
We keep the unit on the side crib rail and the vibrator under the mattress. Plays music, nature sounds, or a heartbeat too. Can set to turn on automatically when baby cries. Works like a dream! We usually set it to the lowest setting vibration (she's 20lbs now) and the lowest volume for the music to turn on automatically if she cries. Calms her and puts her right back to sleep! Since it doesn't play every night, she's not 'addicted' and mom and dad don't need to get up to comfort her! We use this with the Summer Infant Handheld color monitor. Both work perfect; the monitor's camera is on the back crib rail at the center, about 16 inches from the crib vibrator controls and about 24" from the vibrator itself. We have not experienced any problems with either. Both operate perfectly simultaneously; no interference. Baby has used since birth (pack and play had a vibrator - baby slept in bassinet / changing station for the first few wks and was gently rocked to sleep there; this was a great help tranistioning her to her crib!). Unit is almost a year old and well worth the few dollars. Here's to a good night's rest for all!!
PS - our baby was not colicky, so I don't know if this will help your cause...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We have a love hate with this product. Purchased off Ebay a few years back for our son. It is loud if not placed right and the batteries drain quickly.. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Carly Haden
Didn't even work when I got it! I tried some of the suggestions but nothing changed. It was money straight into the trash.Published 20 months ago by Sarah
I'm a pediatric nurse and work on in an ICU with many many babies. Our babies have all kinds of problems (and trust me colic is the LEAST of their issues) and this is a lifesaver... Read morePublished on February 26, 2011 by Blueflower77
I love the concept of this device, but they need to work on it. The two items are wireless, so they have to "talk" to each other. Read morePublished on December 21, 2010 by K. Wyatt
I really did not use it much because my son did not like it, but it viberated very well under the mattress.Published on October 16, 2010 by hoho6916
We love this product! We received this as a gift and laughed about it but now my son can hardly sleep without it. The controls that you set go for 10 minutes then auto shut-off. Read morePublished on September 9, 2010 by Amazon Customer
The vibrating unit only operates if it is within a few INCHES of the main unit. I cannot place it under the mattress as the directions state because even that short distance is... Read morePublished on February 20, 2010 by Becky
I researched for days and since there were so few crib vibrators I thought this would be better than nothing. Turns out it's not. The whole thing is worthless. Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by D. Rodrigue
Worked great when it was sitting in my lap, but as soon as I put it under the mattress the vibrator would not work! Read morePublished on December 30, 2009 by A. Coleman