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#1 Ragdoll01

Posted 24 August 2019 - 08:00 PM

FTM & baby will be born with a complete cleft lip and palate so I'm now looking for recommendations/reviews for newborn breathing or those movement pads.

We're currently looking at the owlet or the oricom one but open to anything really. Also I'm alright with false alarms if that's the only issue with a specific product!

#2 Mrs Claus

Posted 24 August 2019 - 08:20 PM

We were given this one from my SIL and have had no issues (think maybe 3 false alarms when he moved way up/down the cot)

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#3 Mollyksy

Posted 24 August 2019 - 08:22 PM

I had the oricom one, 6 years ago so I'm sure it's a different model now! I just wanted to mention I had an issue with the ceiling fan on low that was enough to make the monitor think it was breathing. I discovered by accident after I took baby out of the cot and forgot to turn it off. I'd done that before, and it definitely is a piercing alarm sound! But this time no alarm. I solved it by moving the cot slightly. So just a warning, test it with any fan on in summer!

#4 Ragdoll01

Posted 24 August 2019 - 08:38 PM

Excuse me if this is a stupid question but will both those also work with bassinets?? I'm not thinking of buying a cot till she outgrows the bassinet!

#5 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 24 August 2019 - 08:47 PM

I had the one Mrs Claus mentions and it was excellent and reliable.  No false alarms until DS was quite big and capable of rolling/crawling right into the corner of a big cot.

The range is really good too - I took it camping a few times and it worked perfectly.  

But as you mention a diagnosis, if there is a specific concern you can be prescribed a medical one which fastens on under the baby’s nappy.

#6 Reno-chic

Posted 24 August 2019 - 09:08 PM

Yes they work in bassinets. Just pop them under the mattress.

#7 Mollyksy

Posted 24 August 2019 - 09:10 PM

Back in the day, the oricom had two pads so when it was used in a bassinet, you used one pad under the mattress. For the cot, you used two. So mine did work in the bassinet.

I just did a quick Google, the oricom ones now seem to have two sensor pads. Seems very similar to mine but the sensors now are round, mine were rectangle.

#8 Future-self

Posted 24 August 2019 - 10:33 PM

We used the Oricom for both kids and really have peace of mind. At the time it was the only one that had gone through testing and proved it worked with the TGA so was a medical device. Not sure any other brands do this?

I do second the ceiling fan too - We has to move the basinett to ensure that the downward motion of the air from the fan wasn’t tricking it into thinking baby’s was in there and breathing. And I forgot to turn it off when getting DS out to feed overnight a couple of times too . Whoops, poor sleeping DH got woken by the shrieking alarm

#9 rosie28

Posted 24 August 2019 - 10:45 PM

We have the angel care one and it’s been great- will use it for baby number 3 too. It works in a bassinet.

#10 Mumsyto2

Posted 24 August 2019 - 10:46 PM

View PostRagdoll01, on 24 August 2019 - 08:00 PM, said:

FTM & baby will be born with a complete cleft lip and palate so I'm now looking for recommendations/reviews for newborn breathing or those movement pads.

Touch base with your ob or paed to be put in touch with the appropriate person at the hospital your baby will go through. Mine did not have this issue (other physical disabilities) but while in the tertiary children’s hospital NICU, they were next to a baby who did have this issue and we were together for roughly 6 weeks before that baby left hospital.

The OT team at the hospital worked with that family in regards to feeding, positioning, sleeping etc and they left with special feeding equipment, crib and monitor that was all determined as being best suited by the OT team. This was all hired through the hospital at a greatly reduced rate. Obviously consumables are required but they were also purchased through hospital equipment dept at cost price. I recall they also had one of the plastic transparent newborn sleeping cribs hired but can’t remember the reason.

We experienced this also, all equipment deemed necessary was organised by hospital team and hired through equipment dept with any consumables at bulk cost price. I remember I had a hospital grade breast pump (double) and only had to pay $5/month as it was considered medically necessary as mine couldn’t breastfeed due to the nature of their disability but that was 15 years ago so no doubt would be a bit extra now.

#11 Kafkaesque

Posted 25 August 2019 - 10:49 AM

These devices can be so angst inducing. And false alarms can cause absolute trauma. A vast majority of my clients stop using them very quickly.

If your baby is likely to need one medically then the hospital will advise you and provide it.

You are going to have a far more complex ride with a baby with a cleft so please try not to make it harder for yourself.

Good luck with the birth.

#12 Caribou

Posted 25 August 2019 - 11:32 AM

We had an angelcare one. With video monitor. I loved it. However battery for parent monitor was bad, lasted 2 hours outside it’s cradle. I had it plugged in bedroom and had to get an extra cord to keep cradle in living/kitchen space.

#13 Daffy2016

Posted 25 August 2019 - 11:47 AM

We have the oricom one but we couldn’t use it in the basinette we had - the wires have to go from under the mattress to the button panel so couldn’t go through the mesh sides on the basinette.

We have the same problem with the travel cot too.

But we just have ours because I’m a worrier, so echoing PPS that your OB may be able to advise.

#14 Future-self

Posted 26 August 2019 - 12:25 PM

View PostDaffy2016, on 25 August 2019 - 11:47 AM, said:

We have the oricom one but we couldn’t use it in the basinette we had - the wires have to go from under the mattress to the button panel so couldn’t go through the mesh sides on the basinette.

We have the same problem with the travel cot too.


I used our Oricom with
both our mesh bassinet and the travel cot.
Baby placed down the bottom of the bassinet, wires run at the top end and taped to the side as an added precaution. Baby was swaddled until 5 months so wasn’t able to pull on anything anyway .

Edited by Future-self, 26 August 2019 - 12:26 PM.





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