Suit That Monitors Baby's Breathing Takes Parenting Too Far

cute sleeping babyIf you are/were anything like me, when your baby was first born, you checked to see if he or she was breathing 900 times a day. In fact, even though my daughter is 8 months old, I still do it. Yup, I brave the risk of waking her up just so I can get a clear glimpse of that little back or belly rising up and down. My husband thinks I'm insane. And maybe I am. But, I don't know, I'm a fan of peace of mind. In spite of my craziness, though, I'm still not convinced I need to dress my daughter in a "smart suit" that monitors her breathing. Seems a little ... sci-fci-y.

The purpose of the suits is to, obviously, prevent sudden infant death syndrome, which 4,500 babies die from in the U.S. each year. The way it works is rompers -- or baby suits -- are outfitted with a printed circuit board and sensors that keep track of baby. Nothing is attached directly to the baby. It's all in the smart suit. 

Theoretically, this is a great idea. And it would save me plenty of battles against creaky floor boards and squeaky doors when I go to peek in on my girl. But it just seems weird.

One thing I've learned since becoming a mom is you have to choose your battles. And being that my daughter is still technically an infant, I'm not talking about "behavior" battles here. I'm talking about choosing what you're going to do and what you're not. And being okay with it.

Here's my example:

Months ago I learned that baby monitors emit low-levels of radiation (think that of a TV). And I freaked out. Because I use a monitor. And as it turned out, at the same time, my daughter started rolling around in her crib, getting her legs and arms stuck. After days of losing sleep over what to do -- and my husband telling me I was overreacting -- I decided to keep the monitor (though it's way over on the other side of the room now). I came to the conclusion that it's more important that I see that my child is okay, and can hear her, etc., than the radiation issue. (I know, it sounds insane saying anything is more important than "the radiation issue." But if you have a computer, TV, microwave, cellphone, etc. in your home, there's low levels of radiation.) And I'm okay with my decision. I'm not questioning it anymore. 

Same thing goes for one of these suits, I guess. You can get one, and I'm sure it'll be a great comfort. Or, you can not. And you can trust that your baby is okay, like most babies are okay (and, of course, constantly check on them). I'm all for protecting our kids as much as we can (almost to a fault, at times), but there needs to be a line. And that line can only be decided by you. And when you decide it, stick to it. 

Would you get this suit?

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whate... whatever82

It might seem weird to you, but if I had any personal experience with SIDS, I'd be open to anything that might keep my baby alive.

Elise48 Elise48

Nope, I definitely wouldn't get this suit. I don't know why, but this was never a fear I had. I never checked on my son just to see if he was breathing. I didn't freak out if he slept longer than normal. I would have never risked waking him up "just in case." For whatever reason the thought literally never crossed my mind.

nonmember avatar Frank

My coworker just lost his THREE month old. She stopped breathing in her sleep. If something were around that might have saved her, it would be worth the cost.

Nobody should be planning a babys funeral at Christmas.

Blues... Blueshark77

I don't know. I am getting the sensor mats that go underneath the mattress that detect if the baby stops breathing. I know a couple who lost their 4 month old to SIDS and I can tell you they would use this suit in a heartbeat. Yes, most babies will be fine, but how do you know that yours won't be one of the rare ones who isn't?

momof... momof030404

When they sent me home with my preemie it was with a machine and bekt that wrapped around her chest. If she stopped breathing or her heart stopped beating for X amount of seconds it went off. and it was LOUD! I know this because it also went off if she shifted in her sleep! You have never seen a woman cout of a dead sleep and across a room as fast as I did when that monitor went off! I was VERY greatful to have it. All I see is help here....what could it hurt?

Beth3721 Beth3721

I think it's a good idea, especially if an infant is at a high risk for health complications.  I would be a little concerned about something going wrong with it though. 

nonmember avatar chillibean

My son stopped breathing when he was 3 months old. We had one of those sensors under the mattress that went blaring through the house one night. Turns out he had apnea (a HUGE cause of SIDS) and he was then put on a breathing/heart monitor for several months until he could go 30 days with no apnea incidents. Sure the sensor is somewhat expensive, but if he had died, I doubt I would have been relieved that at least I saved a few bucks.

early... earlybird11

I was a huge crazy when it came to checking breathing. I worried to what I thought wa a crazy degree... I would use one, expect I read many times that once a motion or monitor sensor went off, the baby could not be revived.. at least with sids. I don't know if its true. Moat sids informational website say so.. but that would be my only hesistation on getting it.

Auror... Aurora-Dove

I would have used this. I am a very paranoid mom, I only have one and lost 4 to miscarriage before I had him. I will not be having anymore because of so many issues, and he's all I've got. He is almost 2 now and I still check on him sometimes to make sure all is well. There is also a history of "SIDS" in my family. Having something like this to alert me if the baby stopped breathing could have saved me many many many restless nights the first year because I was so afraid of loosing him.

Kittynip Kittynip

My son died from SIDS, this might have saved his life.

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