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.