Levana Oma Sense Review
Pros: Portable, wearable, fewer false alarms
Cons: Price, nursery only alarm, potentially scary for baby
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|Pros||Portable, wearable, fewer false alarms||Portable, affordable, simple, no EMF||Portable, simple, vibration stimulus, no EMF||Alarm and lights, 2 sensor pads, no cords||Wearable, lower EMF than similar options, lots of app info, alert on parent device|
|Cons||Price, nursery only alarm, potentially scary for baby||No parent unit, could be uncomfortable, alarm could be scary||No parent unit, difficult to attach, short battery life||Nursery alarm, no parent unit, no sensitivity adjustment||Somewhat higher price, proximity to connect required|
|Bottom Line||Portable simplicity make it interesting but the higher price and loud alarm should be considered||Affordable monitor that is easy to use and good for travel||Reliable clip-style wearable with a unique vibration stimulus||Straightforward option with two sensor pads but no parent device or adjustable sensor sensitivity||Useful wearable button that provides more information than other wearable monitors|
|Rating Categories||Levana Oma Sense||Snuza Go||Snuza Hero SE||Babysense 7||Sense-U Baby|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Specs||Levana Oma Sense||Snuza Go||Snuza Hero SE||Babysense 7||Sense-U Baby|
|Sensor Type||Wearable||Wearable||Wearable||Sensor Pad||Wearable|
|Monitoring Type||Movement||Movement||Movement||Movement||Movement, Position, Activity|
|EMF (at baby)||0.4 V/m||0.4 V/m||0.4 V/m||0.4 V/m||1.2 V/m|
|Recommended Age||0-6mo||Not Listed||Not Listed||0-12mo||Rollover Alarm: 0-6mo (or until baby can roll over)
Breathing and Temp. Alarm: All ages
Our Analysis and Test Results
The name Levana comes from the Latin word, "levare" which means "to lift" a newborn child. Levana is also the Roman goddess of childbirth. Two reasons the company chose it's name. Levana has been around for almost 20 years designing products to help families.
Wearable monitors are arguably more reliable than the sensor pads that go under a baby's mattress. Because the baby wears the device it is impossible for them to roll out of the field of coverage like the sensor pad models. This device seems to be similar to others like it with fewer false alarms and restless nights of getting up to check on a perfectly fine infant. The problem here is when and if there is a false alarm you now have a very loud alarm going off inside your baby's nursery which is not adjustable and could be upsetting for your little one who might have been in a deep sleep and is now awake and crying. While we can all agree a crying baby is better than one having any kind of breathing issue, it is something you should consider before choosing your wearable monitor. There are others that do not have an alarm in the nursery and one that even vibrates on the baby's belly to help rouse them gently from sleep so the alarm never sounds.
Ease of Use
The Levena couldn't be easier to use. With a simple on/off button and the ability to turn the alarm off it is as easy as it gets. This monitor clips onto your baby's diaper near their tummy in a way similar to phone holsters or old-fashioned beepers. With no other features or functions, this one is great for anyone afraid of technology or worried about setup.
Set up for the Om is super easy. There really is none. There is no pairing as it is standalone and there is nothing to connect to like WiFi, parent unit, or a personal device.
The Om is one of the most portable options out there and it comes with a carry case if you need to take it on travel. This device doesn't require any kind of special mattress or hardboard beneath the mattress like sensor pad monitors need which makes it perfect for nights at Grandma's or on the go. All you need is a baby and something to clip the monitor to and you are good to go.
Electromagnetic Field (EMF)
This monitor has more EMF than similar competitors with a reading of 0.4 V/m in our tests. We measured the EMF from the device right next to since this is where your baby's developing body will be. This is the same as the ambient EMF in the room.
— Wendy Schmitz