Time for an overanxious first time mom confession! When I had my first baby, I stayed up late (more than once) to watch her sleep and make sure she was breathing. I know I’m not the only one though. Come on, hands up, who else has done the same thing?
SIDS is every new parent’s biggest fear. There are things you can do to reduce the risk:
- Always put your baby on his or her back to sleep.
- Make sure baby’s sleeping surface is firm and free of loose blankets, pillows, bumper pads, or toys.
- Sleep in the same room as your baby.
- Avoid exposure to tobacco smoke, both prenatally and after birth.
- Keep the room cool (68-72 degrees F) and avoid overheating baby while sleeping.
But even when you’ve done all that, there’s always still that niggling anxiety in the back of your mind. Luckily, Levana makes a portable wireless movement monitor that can help allay those parental fears. The unique Oma monitor clips onto baby’s diaper and senses baby’s tiniest movements with a soft, flexible sensor that rests against baby’s tummy. If your baby is completely still for more than 15 seconds, the monitor beeps to alert you.
Unlike monitors that sit under the mattress, your baby is in constant contact with the Oma sensor making false alarms much less likely. The Oma monitor is battery-powered and oh so portable, so you can take it with you wherever you need it. All Levana monitors are digital and wireless so you never have to worry about the risk of cord strangulation. Pop it in your diaper bag and take it in the car, to the grandparents, or on vacation. Use it in a crib, bassinet, or Moses basket. You can also set the Oma to detect weak or irregular movements and alert you if your baby takes less than 8 breaths a minute (measured by abdominal movement). What a great feature for preemie or sick babies!
Levana is committed to baby safety as their most important priority, which is why they specialize in video, audio, and movement baby monitors only. They consult with real parents like you and me to find out what’s most important and develop solutions to meet those needs. Check out this video to see the Oma monitor in action.
Testing the Oma Monitor
My sister-in-law had an adorable baby boy last fall, so I asked her to test out the Levana Oma movement monitor and report back. Her little guy Trippton wears cloth diapers. Will the Oma work with cloth? Here’s what Susanne had to say:
My first attempt fitting the monitor with a cloth diaper was semi-successful. The monitor was working but didn’t fit on the diaper properly and would have worked its way off at some point, triggering an alarm. So for my second attempt, I shifted the insert inside the diaper down about an inch. With this, the monitor fit and stayed on with no issues. I would say this monitor works well with a pocket diaper, but there might be an issue with an all-in-one diaper due to the thickness of the diaper. Whatever the monitor clips onto has to be very thin at the waist and for about an inch below the waistband.
Once I had the Oma monitor on properly, Trippton rolled over several times and crawled around, and the monitor remained in place, so I don’t think you need to worry about it coming off. For those of you who nurse your babies to sleep, nursing with the monitor on also was not an issue.
We did not have any alarms during usage, so I tested it under other conditions to see what did and did not set it off. Putting it on the floor set off the alarm in exactly 15 seconds. Holding it in my hand did not set it off unless I was extremely still (it was very difficult to stay that still!), indicating the monitor is very sensitive. The alarm is a moderately loud, semi-shrill beeping noise.
The monitor comes with a pretty basic info sheet. You really have to look at the online documentation (which the info sheet does tell you to do). There are far too many options and different meanings for the lights and tones to try to interpret without the guide, and if you hit the wrong button too many times, it’s possible to change the default settings to something you don’t want. That being said, if you didn’t check out the online documentation before using it, the most important thing is still pretty obvious: the alarm goes off after 15 seconds without movement.
Now that I know Tripp is safe, I’m looking forward to regular showering and more sleep!
The Oma movement monitor gives you peace of mind so you can do more while your baby sleeps safely. Visit Levana to find out more about the Oma movement monitor.
You can pick up your own Levana Oma monitor at Walmart Canada starting May 19. The Oma retails for $89.97, and the Oma Plus for $99.97.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine.