In my Newborn Care class, parents are ALWAYS curious about SIDS & healthy sleep habits, and they want to know about the best monitors on the market. Parents need sleep. Babies need sleep. But crib death is real. Parents want to rest easy at night knowing their baby is breathing healthily.
First and foremost, reduce your SIDS risks by following these simple rules:
- Place baby on their back
- No crib bumpers, stuffed animals or loose blankets
- Use a swaddle sack such as a Woombie or try the Baby Merlin Sleepsuit
- No smoking in the home or around baby
- Keep temperature around 68-72 degrees in the home, don’t let baby get too hot or cold
- Do NOT fall asleep holding baby on the couch, in a chair, or in bed
- Use a humidifer to keep baby’s nasal passageways clean and moist
A breastfed baby, swaddled tightly on it’s back has a greatly reduced chance of SIDS, but perhaps that video monitor just isn’t cutting it for you because you’d like to know baby is breathing normally all night long and getting enough oxygen. I had a girlfriend who only dressed her newborn in pjs that had shapes or animals on them so she could watch to be sure the animals were moving up and down with each breath. Crazy? Nope, just a mama in love!
The Baby Vida monitor was designed by a mama in love like my friend. When Mollie and her husband, Jeff, found out Mollie was pregnant with their first child, they were excited to start preparations immediately. They immersed themselves in reading materials, attended classes, and educated themselves on how to be a good mom and dad.
As prepared as they were they also began to understand everything that could go wrong with a new baby. Mollie quickly realized that many of the scary scenarios that could happen were connected to a baby’s poor oxygen level or heart rate. Even more unsettling, there was no way for parents to know if either of these vitals were at an unsafe level.
When Mollie and Jeff’s healthy baby boy arrived, she did what most mothers do and checked on him constantly to ensure that he was still breathing. She had an audio and video monitor, but realized it wouldn’t alert her if anything was wrong. She began to have a reoccurring thought…
“What would it sound like if my baby stopped breathing?”
Mollie scoured the internet and went to all the stores looking for a device that would monitor her son’s oxygen level and heart rate. She couldn’t find anything for home use and devices used by professionals were thousands of dollars. Mollie began to talk to other parents and quickly found out that she was not alone in her worries—she was actually exactly like most new moms. Everyone she talked to was also in and out of their nursery, experiencing sleepless nights of constant worry.
Mollie knew she had to do something about this. Not just for her own baby, but for moms all over the world. With this thought, the Baby Vida Oxygen Monitor was born. Mollie, now a mother of four, concepted the device out of love for her children, and the Monitor became her new passion.
Mollie and Jeff went on a worldwide search to find an engineering firm who could create the Monitor. They found firms right here in the United States, who made this dream a reality. The engineers worked tirelessly for more than 2 1/2 years to develop this sophisticated, yet easy to use Monitor.
The Baby Vida Oxygen Monitor helps bring parents vital peace of mind.
Using a new form of pulse oximetry, the Baby Vida Oxygen Monitor constantly monitors your baby’s oxygen level and heart rate. Place sensor directly on your baby’s heel. Use the Support Strap to secure the Oxygen Monitor in place. The Support Sock easily slips over your baby’s foot and helps to keep the monitor in place. The Monitor and Support Sock can be worn alone or in combination with infant socks or footed pajamas. Your baby’s oxygen level and heart rate readings are delivered wirelessly to you on your own smart phone or tablet. An alarm will sound if either of these readings are outside of the predetermined range. The Baby Vida App is free to download from the App Store.
The Baby Vida Monitor is available at Wal-Mart and Amazon.