The sensitivity level on all Angelcare Movement Monitors is preset when you use them for the first time - Level 3. This is suitable for most standard cots, and should only be adjusted if required.
When monitoring baby’s movements you should not use a cot mobile, or toy that plays music in/attached to the cot – these all emit a form of movement or vibration (albeit very small) on the surface of the mattress or the cot itself. Whilst the Sensor Pad is able to detect movement it is unable to distinguish between baby’s movement or something inside or attached to the cot.
If the setting is too high the Sensor Pad can continue to detect movement near to the cot such as walking on floorboards, central heating, even something as light as a desktop fan.
Also, please do not place the cot directly against a wall or skirting board as it can detect movements from piping etc.
If you are using a bedside crib you are unable to use the Sensor Pad when it is attached/touching your bed. When any bedside crib is attached/next to your bed, the Sensor Pad cannot be used as it is sensitive enough to detect your own movements in your bed. The Sensor Pad cannot differentiate between the movements of a baby or you and may not alarm.
The Sensor Pad will detect false movements if you are touching the cot.
To ensure that the sensitivity level of the monitors is correct for your baby's mattress to carry out the following Four Corner Test for your model:
AC527: FOUR CORNER TEST
Your baby must NOT be in the cot during this test
- Always place the Sensor Pad in the centre of the cot underneath the mattress
- Switch ON both Nursery/Camera & Parent Units – check both units are paired (connected)
- Pat your hand lightly and continuously on a corner of the mattress twice for Sensor to detect movement (without touching the cot). When this movement is detected you will hear a TIC sound (if TIC feature is activated - see manual) every 5 seconds and Parent Unit will flash green for a single Sensor Pad
- Step away from the cot
- After 15 seconds you'll hear the single beep from the Nursery/Camera Unit only; this is the Rouse Alarm. Then the main alarm will sound from the Nursery/Camera Unit after a further 5 seconds. If the Alarm does not sound, ensure everything is set up correctly and try again; check battery levels on all units. The sensitivity setting may require lowering by a single level due to other vibrations/movements
- If the alarm sounds, pat your hand lightly on a corner of mattress twice for Sensor to detect movement. It may take up to 8 seconds to recognise movement and for the alarm to stop
- If the alarm continues, even after lightly patting the corner of your mattress twice, adjust the sensitivity higher and repeat this test
Below is a video showing how to adjust the movement sensitivity on your Parent Unit (only if required)
- Test your monitor before first use
- Prior to use and on a regular basis (before placing your child in the cot) always check the Sensor Pad is not detecting any movements or vibrations in its environment
- Test your monitor every time you move the Sensor Pad to a different place