If you would like to provide your baby with an added layer of protection, then the Snuza Hero SE baby movement monitor is something you won’t want to miss out on. It has been designed so that it clips to the diaper of your baby. That way you can monitor the movement and breathing of your baby in a compact and portable way. The baby monitor was previously called the Halo. In 2012 it was changed to Hero. Both names refer to the identical Snuza baby monitor, though. Let’s review.
How The Baby Monitor Works
This device is a single unit that clips onto a diaper. This is quite different from those traditional baby monitors that we usually discuss. If your baby is fine, then the monitor generates a soft ticking sound that indicates this. If it detects no breathing or movement for 15 seconds, then it makes a vibration in order to cause your baby to stir. If it doesn’t detect anything still after vibrating for five seconds, then it will sound an alarm to alert you to this.
Benefits of this Device
- It can be used for monitoring your baby more than just in the crib.
- If you attach it tightly to the diaper there is much less of a chance that you will get false alarms.
- You don’t need to worry about potential dangers caused by cords or wires, or about microwave radiation.
There isn’t any statistical evidence that is publicly available about wearable baby monitors protecting babies from health concerns such as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, they are being sold for as much as $250 by some companies – which to many people seems like an absurd amount of money for a device that doesn’t have any proven effects.
However, between basic logical reasoning and anecdotal evidence, many parents have decided to pay good money for wearable monitors. There is some sense to it: a monitor that will alert you if your baby stops breathing will at the very least make your response time faster when a potential crisis arises, and allows you to sleep more peacefully.
This device is part of a long line of various wearable products. Like those that came before, this isn’t an FDA-approved medical device. It also doesn’t claim to prevent infant asphyxiation or SIDS for legal reasons. However, the device does track the breathing of your infant reliably, alerts you if your baby stops breathing and uses vibrations to try rousing your child in the event of an emergency. For the price, those basic features make it a favorite device in the marketplace.
The wearable monitor concept is stripped to its core by this model, and practically perfects the idea. It works like this: you remove the device from its box, flip the switch on and it clips to the diaper of your baby. That’s it. So it takes literally 20 seconds to get it set up, and then it is all ready to go.
The device’s rubber sensor essentially rests on the stomach of your baby and registers the breathing of your child. If no movement is detected by the sensor for 15 seconds, the device will vibrate in order to rouse the infant (that is important, given that SIDS frequently occurs at times when processes of natural arouse fail). If the baby needs to be roused by the monitor in this manner three times, then it will start to beep. If the baby doesn’t move for longer than 20 seconds, a loud alarm is set off.
Although this device does not connect with an app, that is something I don’t actually mind. For one thing, that means it is priced lower than the competitions. And second of all, the data gathering that the other devices do may distract from the core purpose, which is to monitor the baby and alert the parents if anything goes wrong.
Of course not having an app that you can connect means you won’t receive a push alert when you are out of earshot from your baby. In smaller living situations, this device may work independently. However, for a larger home, it will need to be used along with a standard video or audio monitor that covers a long range – and that would require you to hear your baby waking up anyway.
The audible alarm and vibration are the best features on this device. Although they can’t absolutely guarantee the safety of an infant, the attempt at intervening in an emergency situation – rousing a baby whose breathing may be impeded while sleeping – is what distinguishes the Snuza from other devices that just monitor and then send out an alert, like a MonBaby or Owlet. I also don’t ever have to worry about a push notification failing to alert me to a potential crisis situation.
The Snuza Hero is a streamlined, wearable monitor. Although to some the price point can seem a bit expensive for a device that isn’t an all-in-one monitor like your multi room devices or those with a dual camera, when compared to its competition this is actually much more affordable.
It isn’t absolutely necessary to have a baby movement monitor to ensure the safety of your baby, and there aren’t any studies that prove it can prevent SIDS 100%. However, it does provide parents peace of mind who have babies that don’t need to have hospital-grade monitoring. The best thing of all is the right steps can be taken immediately when something does go wrong with your baby.