Snuza Go Portable Baby Movement Monitor
The first night we used the Snuza Go and moved our baby boy away from our bedside, he slept the entire day away. This was remarkable because as parents we would be paranoid about leaving our baby alone unsupervised, even if just in next door bedroom if it weren’t for the fact that I had clipped the Snuza Go baby monitor on his diaper right before his nap. I really expected him to whine once I put him down for his nap because we thought it would be uncomfortable for a kid who sleeps on his stomach to feel the device on his tummy. I was wrong and to my surprise, he slept safely and way longer than usual, completely oblivious to the device. I would have run in to check if he was breathing every now and then had it not been for the Snuza Go. The ultra-sensitive flexible tip detects even the slightest movement and will alert you if movement is weak or falls to less than 8 movements per minute. You can also adjust the settings to alert you if no movement is detected at 20, 18 or 15 seconds.
How the Snuza Go works
The monitor itself is tiny. To give you a real-life reference, it is no bigger than the size of a large egg. It seems to be comfortable once clipped on (yes even on an 8-month-old) and while you never want to hear the dreadful beep it would give out in case a little one stops moving, I decided to test it out by placing it on a doll. One thing I can tell you, it is loud, you can’t miss it. I was sceptical as to whether I would hear the monitor going off if I was sleeping in another room but with it was loud enough for me to wake up and attend my baby immediately. One very important feature of the Snuza Go baby monitor is that there’s no danger of radiofrequency radiation as the unit emits none.
One thing to bear in mind is that even though infants should lie on their backs to sleep, should they sleep on their tummy, you have to place the Snuza Go slightly to the left/right so that the tip can easily detect the stomach rise and fall versus being flat against the mattress and giving false alarms. A reassuring note is that we have been using it for about a week now and I’m yet to experience a false alarm. However, the peace of mind that we have gained is tremendous and that in itself is priceless. Battery life is said to be about a year so I can’t really give an opinion on that at this moment in time, however, they are replaceable so should you need to do so, it is an easy process.
Getting it Right
One of the biggest issues we experienced with the Snuza Go baby monitor when we were testing it is not setting it up correctly. The first time we used the device it went off twice within the first couple of hours. We eventually figured out it was our fault. Once we got the hang of it and positioned it in the right place, the Snuza worked well. The good thing about the alarm is that it’s not extremely loud, which would unsettle the baby. Even though the Snuza alarm wasn’t loud enough to our baby up, it did wake us up. The two times this alarm went off, our baby didn’t wake up (we’re really thankful for that!) but we did. It’s like a light cell phone ring. I’m sure this is because we were on edge and were extra sensitive to every little sound or noise. Overall, it took a few tries to get used to, but once we got the hang of it, the Snuza Go was easy to use and reliable, with our stress levels dropping down a few notches.
Extremely Simple and Easy to Use
We honestly love the simplicity of the Snuza Go baby monitor. There’s practically no set up required. You just clip it on, flip the switch and it’s ready to go. The overall product design is also pretty impressive. It has a nice arch to fit your baby’s stomach. It’s designed to stay clipped onto your baby even when they roll over or stand up. As a note, the Snuza Go detects external movement. This baby monitor works best when your baby is sleeping by themselves. It’s also not recommended to use when your baby is standing up, walking around or on the go. It’s designed to be used primarily when your baby is sleeping. The sensor works best if you clip it onto your baby’s diaper before they fall asleep. If you wait until they fall asleep they will probably wake up.
The Snuza Go! is small and compact which makes it easy to travel with. I can see how the Snuza Go! would be a fantastic gadget for any new parent for the first few months. We would highly recommend it!
The Snuza Go has one job to do, and it does it fairly well. If you strictly want to monitor your child’s breathing and need a simple, straightforward movement monitor at a decent price, it’s a good option to give caregivers some peace of mind. There are other monitors in the market with more features but they also cost more. This one, what it does, it does it well.