How does the SensorPad work & how can I get the best from it?

How does the SensorPad work?

It is important to note that young babies do have different sleeping patterns than adults. It is quite normal they can take long periods between breaths. Also when your baby is in a deep sleep their breathing can be shallow. Although this can be normal your Angelcare SensorPad is designed to offer you peace of mind whilst your baby sleeps. It is therefore set to alert you when the baby’s breathing movements are not detected in 20seconds.  

How does my Angelcare Baby Monitor know when to Alarm?

The Alarm is split into 2 parts; the Rouse Alarm which sounds after approx 15 seconds and then the Main Alarm.

  1. Rouse Alarm – this is a single beep which can ease baby out of a deep sleep. If you hear the rouse alarm only this means that the SensorPad has re-established your baby’s breathing patterns, and will carry on monitoring you baby.
  2. Main Alarm – this is a loud continuous beep. If you monitor goes into this mode once the Rouse Alarm has functioned this indicates that your monitor has not re-established your baby’s breathing patterns.

Note: The alarm sound will be made by the Nursery unit (in baby’s room). The alarm will also sound on the Parent Unit if switched on.

It is important to note that the Rouse Alarm on the Nursery Unit is intended to rouse your baby out of a deep sleep. This is a key feature of the Angelcare Baby Monitor that you have chosen to use to give you peace of mind.

We suggest that in the event of your monitor alarming that you always check on your baby.

1. How do I set up my SensorPad correctly?  

a. Question- My cot base is made from slats do I need a solid base to place my SensorPad on?

Answer - We recommend that the SensorPad is placed on 1/4” ply board (available from any builders merchant), as this gives the SensorPad stability so that it can pick up your baby’s movement accurately. Please ensure that:  The sensor pad cord is kept well out of reach of your baby, wrapped around the leg of your baby’s cot and secured with cable ties. Correct set up is covered in your instruction manual OR please refer to “How to install the SensorPad correctly” in the FAQ section on our website. 

  1. Question- Do I need to change the SensorPad setting when moving my baby from a cot to cot bed? Do I need to increase the sensitivity?

Answer - If you have a small baby in a large cot bed the SensorPad will have to work harder to collect the movements. To avoid false alarms ensure you have done the Sensitivity Test for your SensorPad when moving from a cot to a large cot bed- See ‘Test your monitor to detect movement’ located in your instruction manual page 5, step 5. This can be also viewed online here.

  1. Question- How long can I use my Angelcare baby monitor for?

Answer – The Angelcare Baby Monitor can be used up to Pre-school age. Please note however that when the baby gets to a certain age they will start to move more independently i.e. moving to the furthest corners of the cot. If this happens then the SensorPad has to work harder to pick up the movements from the baby and is therefore more susceptible to ‘false’ alarming. To avoid false alarms ensure you have done the Sensitivity Test for your SensorPad - See ‘Test your monitor to detect movement’ located in your instruction manual page 5, step 5. This can be also viewed online here.

  1. Question- Does it matter how thick my baby’s mattress is?  

Answer - The mattress thickness will have a bearing on the SensorPad’s ability to detect breathing movements. The SensorPad is more effective when used with a standard cot bed mattress. This is because the thickness of the baby’s cot mattress will have an effect on the amount of baby’s movement vibrations it absorbs. If you experience false alarms with your baby’s cot bed mattress we advise that you follow the Sensitivity Test for your SensorPad is re-done- See ‘Test your monitor to detect movement’ located in your instruction manual page 5, step 5. This can be also viewed online here.

  1. Question- Does it matter what my baby sleeps in?

Answer - If baby is in a nappy, vest, babygro, sleeping bag etc. this can also have a bearing on the amount of baby’s movement vibration that is being absorbed by this clothing. This could make it harder for the SensorPad to accurately pick up these movements. To accurately pick up your baby’s movements and avoid false alarms re-do the Sensitivity Test and increase sensitivity on the SensorPad if required- See ‘Test your monitor to detect movement’ located in your instruction manual page 5, step 5. This can be also viewed online here.

  1. Question- My Angelcare baby monitor keeps alarming at the same time?

Answer - Often babies get into a more natural pattern of deep sleep as they develop. This can lead to the monitor alarming at the same time during the day or the night. This is normal and however if you want to monitor your baby more effectively through these deep sleep patterns you may need to increase the sensitivity of your SensorPad.

Please refer to ‘How do I change the Sensitivity of my SensorPad on My Angelcare Baby Monitor?’ section 3.

  1. Question- Does it matter what position my baby sleeps in for the Angelcare baby monitor to work?

Answer - No. As your baby grows and develops their sleeping pattern will change too. Very young babies tend not to move when placed in a cot, however as they get develop and grow they do begin to move around much more. Whether your baby is lying on her back or tucked up in a corner in the cot on her haunches the SensorPad is still sensitive to pick up all your baby’s movements. Please note that the SensorPad needs to collect breathing movements which do originate in your baby’s chest area so in instances where their chest/back is not in contact with the mattress directly then this may cause a false alarm.

 If this becomes recurrent please refer to ‘How do I change the Sensitivity of my SensorPad on My Angelcare Baby Monitor?’ section 3.

  1. Question - Can I attach a cot mobile to my baby’s cot?

Answer – No. We do not recommend anything being attached to your baby’s cot that has moving parts. This is because the baby monitor could then be reading movement patterns from something other than your baby.

  1. Question – Can I use the SensorPad with a bed side crib (a cot that attaches to the parents bed)?

Answer – No. Your SensorPad will be picking up movement from your bed as well and will give false readings. We recommend that the baby’s bed is at least 30cm away from the parent’s bed. Check to make sure that there are no false movement being picked up by the SensorPad by having one adult lying and moveing on the bed with the monitor in ‘on’ mode. Check to see if the SensorPad detects these movements (the green light on the front of the nursery unit will flash). If it does please move the cot a little further from the parent’s bed and check again.

  1. Top tips on how to get the best out of your Angelcare Baby Monitor;

The SensorPad must be placed on rigid board (larger than the pad and only ¼ inch thick maximum). An uneven surface can bow the SensorPad. Too thick board can compress the pad. Please ensure that: The SensorPad cord is kept well out of reach of your baby, wrapped around the leg of your baby’s cot and secured with cable ties. Correct set up information is covered in your instruction manual OR please refer to “How to install the SensorPad correctly” in the FAQ section on our website. 

  • The SensorPad must be placed on rigid board (larger than the pad and only ¼ inch thick maximum). An uneven surface can bow the SensorPad. Too thick board can compress the pad.
  • Mattress takes the shape of SensorPad over time and the SensorPad can will become compressed and therefore will not accurately monitor movements. Rotate the mattress every month.
  • Ensure SensorPad is positioned under the mattress in a position below baby’s shoulder blades (this will give best accuracy but remember that older babies will move off the pad).
  • You may need to increase the Sensitivity of the SensorPad if you have been experiencing ‘false’ alarms. Although in normal use, we do not suggest that you move the setting from its ‘Factory Setting’ of 3, however there are some instances that this may become necessary:

           - A small baby in a large cot ( parents of premature or ‘small for date’ babies may need to consider this)

           - A thick mattress

           - Baby in lots of clothing and lots of bedding

           - Baby’s breathing pattern is very soft and very shallow

  1. How do I change the Sensitivity of my SensorPad on my Angelcare Baby Monitor?  

When following the procedure below please ensure that baby is NOT in the cot;

  • Turn on your monitor. Place your hand in one of the corners of the cot on top of the mattress and gently wiggle your fingers. Check that the green light on the NU is flashing (and the pendulum on the PU is swinging if you have an AC401 Model). This (these) lights show you straight away that the SensorPad is working and picking up movement. By moving your fingers ever so lightly, you will see how much/little pressure that you need to apply for the SensorPad to pick up movements. Remember that a thicker mattress will absorb some of the movement vibrations.
  • The SensorPad’s is set on level 3. The Sensitivity adjustment dial is located on the back of the nursery unit. This is a standard setting and should suit most sleeping conditions. However if you are getting false alarms and wish to adjust the sensitivity turn up the dial, by ½ a notch. Try this new setting over the next couple of nights and monitor the amount of false alarms you have. Re-adjust if necessary by turning the Sensitivity Dial by another ½ a notch. By making the SensorPad over sensitive it will be picking up ‘rogue’ movements in the nursery (such as a fan or a parent walking next to the cot). If you are worried about ‘rogue’ movements please take the baby out of the bed and turn on the monitor to see if the SensorPad is on too sensitive a setting and is monitoring ‘rogue’ movements. If this is the case then turn the Sensitivity Dial down by ½ a notch until it does not pick these unwanted movements.
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