perfectly portable
movement monitor
tactile stimulation"


Respisense can be saftely used in a wide variety of situations:
All the possible uses




Who needs Respisense monitors?
Because many risky situations that can befall infants are totally unpredictable, Respisense™ is recommended as a parenting aid for all babies under age one and especially during their most vulnerable first eight months

What do Respisense monitors do?
Respisense™ monitors all tummy movements of a baby, including breathing efforts. If movements cease, slow down too much or become too shallow the built-in tactile stimulator (on the Buzz model) will act as baby's "wake-up call", and if movement does not resume a loud alarm will alert the nearest caregiver.

Why Respisense?
Respisense pioneered a completely new approach to baby monitoring, eliminating all the hazards of older designs and making monitoring easy and perfectly portable. It is the world's first cable-less movement monitor and can be used from cot to créche to grandmother's lap. Respisense monitors are particularly suitable for all babies, be they at home or elsewhere, because trouble doesn't just happen in cots and no other monitor allows the freedom of movement, safety in design and proven track record that Respisense does.

Is the Respisense reliable in a moving car or moving pram? Or will the Respisense confuse the movement of the car/pram and the baby's breathing?
Because Respisense, like other movement monitors, measures movement of the infant’s tummy, periodic  external movements may be sensed and may under certain (rare) circumstances confuse the monitor. Our design team has taken numerous precautions against such interferences:

  1. Because the sensor is placed between baby’s tummy and the diaper’s waistband it measures pressure changes between the two. As external impulses will tend to move both baby’s tummy and the diaper, this placement reduces undesirable effects of external impulses.

  2. The monitor is made to filter through expected movements in the frequency band associated with normal baby tummy movements. A quick impulse for example, as can be expected from riding a stroller over a stone, will in most cases be disregarded.

  3. To enable parents to see whether any external movements are detected by the monitor, a Respisense monitor differentiates (and indicates the difference) between normal awake behaviour and sleeping behaviour. When asleep babies’ tummies will tend to move rhythmically, and irregularly at other times. When rhythmic movements are detected a Respisense will flash a green “asleep” light in unison. When irregular movements are detected, expected of an awake baby, the yellow “awake” light will flash instead. Therefore, should baby be asleep in a vehicle one would expect the green light to flash. If not, the monitor is could be picking up external movements. It will therefore be noticeable if external movements are interfering with the monitor’s detection, so that precautions can be taken.

Although a Respisense is by design able to reject external interference, it is possible that certain circumstances will override this process, and it is difficult to pre-empt all possible scenario’s.  The monitor has been well designed to exclude signals that typically confuse other monitors, such as air currents from ceiling fans and energy waves in wooden floors, with a high degree of reliability. But how well it will be able to reject large external signals depends to a degree on the type and amplitude of such movements.

As such it will usually operate very well on a passenger jet or a well-damped car travelling on a hard tarmac surface for example, with perhaps the odd (and usually rare) confusion caused by infrequent sharp bumps. However, if travelling over uneven surfaces with a small car, or pushing baby in a stroller over a bumpy sidewalk, some confusion may occur. In such cases however the different lights still allow intelligent feedback to the caregiver, who would expect to see the green light flashing while baby is asleep. It does mean that some additional vigilance is needed, as one cannot rely on the alarm alone under such exceptional circumstances. This exception is mentioned in the user instructions.

Do I need a sound monitor too?
Sound and video monitors are most suitable to know when baby becomes restless or cries for attention, i.e. when baby becomes too excited. The Respisense™ monitor provides helpful assistance on the other, arguably more important end of baby's activity scale - when baby becomes silent and motionless.

By monitoring tummy movements directly it provides the comfort of knowing you'll be alerted should baby become dangerously inactive, and in addition the Respisense Buzz models will provide proactive, gentle tactile stimulation even before human intervention. Designed as a highly specialised, intelligent and feature-rich movement monitoring instrument that is exceptionally easy to use, Respisense leaves parents free to choose the best sound monitor available to complement the nursery should they wish.

Some movement monitors generate audible alarms at dangerously high levels that can damage a baby's hearing. A Respisense alarm is loud and piercing and can be heard quite far, but at a safe level below 86dB. Adding a simple sound monitor to your nursery will enable you to relay the Respisense alarm sound to where you are without potentially damaging baby's hearing.

Parents with a need to relay the alarm sound to other parts or outside areas of their properties can select a sound monitor most suitable to their needs and particular circumstances from the extensive range of baby sound monitors ("baby phones") that are available on the market. You can select from simple sound monitors, sound-and-video monitors or sound- and temperature monitors, using digital or analogue technology, with single, dual or multiple-channels, in rechargeable or mains operated versions and with or without channel hopping. The choice is yours!

Mothers who are concerned about falling asleep while breastfeeding can use a Respisense to keep their babies monitored if they should doze off. Parents with a need to co-sleep can also benefit greatly from the use of these unobtrusive little devices.

Although we concur with leading professionals that babies should ideally sleep on their backs some mothers find that their babies insist on sleeping in other positions. Feedback from actual parents who have used our monitors with babies sleeping on their sides or tummies prove that Respisense can be relied upon even under these circumstances, giving added assurance to parents of adamant tummy-sleepers.

Is Respisense safe?
Respisense™ was designed by a doting father and extensively tested on his own triplets for more than 2 years. By eliminating the hazards inherent in other designs, these unique monitors were designed to be the world's safest: they have no cables that can strangle a baby, no straps that can constrict blood circulation to hands or feet, and no mains connections that could wear and cause electrocution or start fires.

It is made of hypo-allergenic and fracture-resistant materials, doesn't require silicon or latex parts to be in constant contact with your baby's skin and has no soft protrusions that can be chewed off and choked upon. The monitors use no radioactive material and generate no radio or ultra-high frequency emissions. There aren't even batteries to replace that could create choking hazards.

The monitors carry the CE mark of safety, conform to 2001/95/EC and 89/336/EEC requirements as certified by TUV Rheinland Quality Services, and are manufactured to ISO9001:2000 quality management processes.

How often do I need to replace batteries?
The special high-capacity, feather-light batteries used by the Respisense allow about a year's use, and would therefore not even need to be replaced during the first 6 to 8 months that babies are most at risk. The safety of the monitors is further enhanced by sealing the batteries inside the units, protected from inquisitive explorers and preventing babies from chewing or choking on spent batteries. These eco-friendly power sources can be replaced by the manufacturer at a very reasonable fee for parents wishing to pass their monitors on or use them for subsequent children.

What about false alarms?
Most false alarms in traditional movement monitors are caused by loose wires, improper installation or the need for hard bases and specific mattresses. Respisense™ monitors need not be tuned to their installation environment, and there are no wires or plug-connections that could become loose or wear over time. The reasons for most false alarms in traditional monitors have therefore been eliminated in the patented Respisense design.

The comprehensive and informative instructions that accompany each monitor provide useful tips on how to use the monitors, and if used correctly no Respisense user should ever have to endure false alarms, even if baby should roll to the far corners of the cot.

What if the monitor falls off the diaper?
If a Respisense™ monitor should become dislodged, which is unlikely, it will fail to detect baby's movements and alert you to the situation.

What mattress can I use with Respisense™ monitors?
Respisense™ is designed to work anywhere baby may fall asleep - on bedding of any type or thickness, on a picnic blanket or in grandmother's lap. It can be used in Moses baskets, hammock-style sleepers, carry cots, travel cots and slatted cots. Unlike traditional designs Respisense also works perfectly well with specialised bedding systems. Respisense™ was designed to travel and be used practically anywhere, eliminating the problems associated with continuous reinstallation of traditional monitors.

Is a baby monitor like the Respisense necessary?
Just like safety belts make travelling safer, Respisense™ can help to make babies' first year safer by alerting someone when baby becomes dangerously inactive. In addition, the TummyTickle™ vibrating mechanism imitates the tactile stimulation often used by nurses in hospitals' Intensive Care Units on babies who've become motionless.


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