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A Little Machine That Gives me Big Peace of Mind

By melissaejordan |

My little peace of mind machine

I suffered from postpartum anxiety after the birth of my daughter and spent months on end obsessing about the risks of SIDS and the possibility that I would accidentally smother her if I fell asleep while she nursed in the middle of the night. I can’t even count how many times I would wake up in the middle of the night to put my hand on her chest and make sure she was breathing. It haunted me and really disrupted my ability to enjoy those first weeks and months of my daughter’s life.

As I prepared for the birth of my son, I tried to reflect on the lessons I had learned and what I would like to do differently this time around. At the top of my list was my desire to minimize those worries that triggered my PPA. It also didn’t help that I had read a study that SIDS risks were higher in boys than in girls – just one more thing to add to my worries.

I began to search for something to help ease my fears and hopefully lessen the anxiety I anticipated once Arlo was born. While online one night, I came across a little contraption called a Snuza . This device isn’t much larger than a box of matches and clips to baby’s diaper. It monitors movement and sounds an alarm if more than 20 seconds pass without the baby moving (it detects even the slightest movements from breathing).

I had a Snuza monitor sitting in my Amazon shopping cart for a solid month – while I knew it would help me find some peace of mind while Arlo slept, the price tag was steep ($92 for the Snuza Go! model).  That’s a lot of money to us but I finally decided that we had very few expenses with preparing for a second child (thanks to all of the gender neutral items we’d selected with our first!) so I ordered it a few weeks before Arlo was born.

I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I am so glad that I bought it. It’s small, very simple to operate, and can be used whether he is asleep in a bassinet, his car seat or in the bed next to me. Most importantly, I’ve had no where near the amount of anxiety over SIDS that I felt with my daughter.

The Snuza has been the best $92 I’ve spent in a long time.  My hope is that I never, ever have to hear that little alarm sound – but every night I can close my eyes and know I’ve got a little secret weapon watching over my son that keeps my post partum anxiety in check.

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Melissa Jordan wrote for Babble’s Baby’s First Year, where she chronicled the challenges and joys of parenting a toddler and a brand-new baby. More of her work can be found on her blog, Dear Baby, which is Jordan's personal narrative of her experiences with pregnancy and becoming a new mother.

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9 thoughts on “A Little Machine That Gives me Big Peace of Mind

  1. Katy E says:

    Oh my gosh, I want this! I have a newborn son who only wants to be in my arms at all times. Even asleep. Which means that this time around there is co-sleeping and it freaks my paranoid mama’s heart out.

  2. That’s amazing….thanks for the tip!! I think Ill have to get one of these ASAP!!!

  3. Tiffany Casey says:

    I’d like to know if there where any false alarms? I think this is a great idea since I too had Anxiety about sids.

  4. Melissa says:

    I’m going to get one ASAP after my little guy comes!

  5. Nancy Holtzman RN IBCLC says:

    I, and other maternal/newborn care specialists, don’t recommend these types of products because it gives parents a false sense of security, and then parents are more likely to do things like “let” the baby sleep on their belly, since they think they’ll be alerted if there is a problem. These are not medical devices and are not regulated in any way. If a baby truly was at higher risk for SIDS, they should be on an apnea monitor and not a consumer product purchased at a toystore. All that said, as a mom of two, I can understand the appeal and temptation.

  6. Melissa says:

    I am the same way….obsessed. Got angel care movement sensor monitor and it out my mind at ease. These devices are great for easing one’s mind!

  7. Rebekah says:

    I’m a first time mom-to-be and considering that I get up at night to check my DOG’S breathing, I ordered this straight away. Thank you so much for the great tip!

  8. traci says:

    glad to know I’m not the only one who totally freaked out about the risk of sids. When Harrison was a newborn there were nights I literally didn’t sleep AT ALL and just watched him to make sure he was still breathing. I wanted an angel care monitor, but my hubby (who is nowhere near the worrier I am) talked me out of it. Now that he’s 7 months, I don’t really worry (too much :) ), but this is nice to keep in mind for when the next one comes along!

  9. Granny joni says:

    I am not a newborn’s mother (haven’t been for a long time now). I am a grandmother though, and I really do see the uses for this item, but only as an aid for Momma’s anxiety with a perfectly healthy baby.Any parent who would substitute one for a medically necessary apnea monitor is someone I would call a “fool.” That said, I can see another use for this product. How about using it for older children suffering with any chronic respiratory ailment, i.e., asthma, chronic bronchitis, etc. It could be a life saver for a sleeping child with chronic respiratory illness. It would also reassure a young child and his/her mother who is having difficulty breathing due to congestion that the alarm would call Mommy or Daddy if rhey had an emergency. The child and mother would feel reassured and get the rest necessary to fight against their illness. Thank you for taking the time to read my comment, I hope it is helpful for many.

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