The Snuza Go Baby Movement Monitor is designed specifically as an alarm that alerts caregivers when a baby has stopped breathing or moving, or if their breathing becomes slower than recommended. Unlike standard audio/video monitors, this movement monitor is a small device that clips onto baby’s diaper and operates independently. Though it may be used for babies with various medical concerns, the overarching purpose of a movement monitor is to help prevent SIDS and ease caregiver anxiety while a baby sleeps.
Though not a household name, Snuza has been developing baby monitors since 2007, and has become a popular choice among caregivers with high reviews on shopping sites. Snuza offers three different monitors that measure baby movement — the Snuza Go is the most basic of these monitors, strictly serving as an alarm that sounds when there is no indication of baby breathing or if abdominal movements are very weak. The Snuza Go retails for $90.
There are other movement monitors on the market which also monitor sleep patterns, oxygen levels, and more, at an increased cost. Other movement monitors on the market may also do a better job of staying on baby’s body, thus limiting false alarms and high anxiety for caregivers.
Snuza Go is a straight-from-the-box, right onto your baby product. Because the battery is not reusable, there is no need to charge it before getting started. Just take a few minutes to read the insert and you’ll be ready to go. The stand-alone device slides right onto your baby’s diaper, and with the push of a power button, it’s ready to monitor your baby’s breathing movements. Users can choose to leave the default 20-second alarm, or switch it to an 18- or 15-second alarm with a simple press and hold of the mode button.
Any new parent will soon discover that a large portion of their days with their new baby are spent watching them to make sure they are breathing. It can become a bit over the top sometimes, but that’s just the way it goes. I’ve accidentally touched my nose to a video monitor in the past trying to zoom in to see if my son’s belly was rising and falling. Thankfully, baby wearables can help to decrease that anxiety some, and the Snuza Go helps to give caregivers some peace of mind.
The biggest hurdle to get over with using the Snuza is user error. The first night I put the device on my son, the alarm alerted twice within 30 minutes. I am not quite sure what I was doing wrong, as the placement was as instructed. Luckily this was a testing session, so I was right next to him and adjusted the monitor. The alarm was not so loud that it woke my son, which was great in that moment, but made me worry a bit that it’s not loud enough to wake caregivers if something were to go wrong. After the first time trying it out, I no longer had any trouble with false alarms.
The alarm on the monitor is your only alert when baby’s breathing slows or stops — there is no other device paired with it to create an alarm system. I used a decibel reading app to find out that the alarm registered between 70 and 80 decibels when going off right next to the meter — the meter equated that range to “loud singing.” Because of this, Snuza is most effective when the caregiver’s room is near the child’s. Another option for caregivers in far away rooms or those who sleep heavily is to pair with an audio or audio/video monitor to ensure that the alarm can be heard.
Though Snuza’s instructed wearing location is in the middle of the diaper, for newborns whose belly buttons are still healing or who have umbilical hernias or similar issues, the monitor tested well when moved over slightly.
The Snuza Go uses a CR14250 or CR2 battery, depending on the model on the label (or what your battery says). The battery door is behind the clip on the unit and is very easy to access and open with a fingernail or butterknife — no need to go dig out your tiny screwdriver. It’s probably a good idea to grab a backup battery or two when you order the device.
Though not indicated on the website and rarely mentioned in other user reviews, this monitor is likely best suited for users who are monitoring a baby younger than six months old for a couple of reasons. First, once babies have that raking grasp down around six months, if they aren’t already conditioned to wearing Snuza, it just becomes an expensive, loud toy for them. During one testing session my 10-month-old son was taking a long time going to sleep. I placed the Snuza on him when I changed his diaper, but he didn’t go to sleep right away — before I knew it he had the device in his hand, examining its flashing lights and banging it all around.
Second, once kids are older, this sort of monitor becomes less necessary. By definition, SIDS is no longer a worry after one year of age, and the chances of dying from SIDS drops dramatically after six months of age, as BabyCenter notes. With older babies who are free from any medical issues that would warrant the extra monitoring, you’re better off with a video monitor.
Who It Might Be A Good Fit For
- Users with infants
- Users with children who have any sort of medical or ability issues that cause caregivers to need an extra layer of monitoring protection
- Users who sleep near their child
Who It Might Not Be A Good Fit For
- Users with children who are 6 months and older
- Users who are heavy sleepers or sleep far away from their children
- Users looking to monitor more vitals than just breathing
- Users with babies who bed share — the insert warns against using the device when bed sharing and in strollers because it can pick up on external movements and create a false read
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. That said, other movement monitors on the market may do a better job of staying on a baby’s body, giving caregivers much less anxiety regarding false alarms. Since movement monitors are largely helpful to help reduce parent anxieties, this could cause the Snuza to work against itself by creating more fear of false alarms.
Parents also have to judge whether the $90 is worth it for a product that may not be used all the time, and probably won’t be used more than six months or so, at most. Ultimately, the best way to utilize this simple movement monitor is to pair it with an audio/video monitor or use it while co-sleeping (not bed sharing) so that if the alarm does sound, caregivers can check on baby quickly.