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Sense-U Baby Review

Useful wearable button that provides more information than other wearable monitors
Sense-U Baby
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $300 List | $129.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Wearable, lower EMF than similar options, lots of app info, alert on parent device
Cons:  Somewhat higher price, proximity to connect required
Manufacturer:   Sense-U
By Wendy Schmitz ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 25, 2022
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  • Reliability - 40% 4.0
  • Ease of Use - 30% 6.0
  • EMF - 20% 4.0
  • Portability - 10% 8.0

The Skinny

The Sense-U Baby is similar to other buttons style movement monitors that attach to a baby's clothes. This button connects with an app on your phone and gives you various information about your baby and the nursery. From what position your little one is into the room temperature and, of course, movement, you can see much of what is happening from your bed without ever getting up. This button also emits less EMF than similar options, and we like that the app is intuitive and easy to use, especially for tech-savvy users. Overall, we think it is a potential choice good for travel and those who want as much information as possible.

Editor's Note: We conducted an update of the movement monitor review on March 25, 2022, to include more details about our favorite movement options.

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Pros Wearable, lower EMF than similar options, lots of app info, alert on parent devicePortable, wearable, fewer false alarmsPortable, simple, vibration stimulus, no EMFVideo and audio, wireless sensor padAlarm and lights, 2 sensor pads, no cords
Cons Somewhat higher price, proximity to connect requiredPrice, nursery only alarm, potentially scary for babyNo parent unit, difficult to attach, short battery lifeHigher EMF than wired, high price, requires hardboard under the mattressNursery alarm, no parent unit, no sensitivity adjustment
Bottom Line Useful wearable button that provides more information than other wearable monitorsPortable simplicity make it interesting but the higher price and loud alarm should be consideredReliable clip-style wearable with a unique vibration stimulusPotential all-around solution for every monitoring need from movement to sound and videoStraightforward option with two sensor pads but no parent device or adjustable sensor sensitivity
Rating Categories Sense-U Baby Levana Oma Sense Snuza Hero SE Angelcare AC327 Babysense 7
Reliability (40%)
4.0
6.0
5.0
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3.0
Ease of Use (30%)
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EMF (20%)
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Portability (10%)
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Specs Sense-U Baby Levana Oma Sense Snuza Hero SE Angelcare AC327 Babysense 7
Sensor Type Wearable Wearable Wearable Sensor Pad Sensor Pad
Parent Unit Smartphone No No Yes, Dedicated No
Monitoring Type Movement, Position, Activity Movement Movement Movement, Sound, Video Movement
EMF (at baby) 1.2 V/m 0.4 V/m 0.4 V/m .9 V/m 0.4 V/m
Recommended Age Rollover Alarm: 0-6mo (or until baby can roll over)
Breathing and Temp. Alarm: All ages
0-6mo Not Listed Sensor Pad: 0-24mo
Audio & Video: 0mo+
0-12mo
Adjustable Sensitivity No No No Yes No
Wireless Mobility Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

Sense-U is a high-tech startup company out of Silicon Valley in the United States.

Performance Comparison



Sense-U Baby movement monitor - a wearable solution like the sense-u baby might be the answer you're...
A wearable solution like the Sense-U Baby might be the answer you're looking for if you want more information than just movement that indicates breathing.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Reliability


Wearables in our tests were more reliable than the mattress sensor pad style monitors as little ones can't roll out of the monitored zone. This makes for fewer false alarms where the device alerts your child has stopped breathing when they haven't. Plus, even if you do get an alert that your infant has stopped breathing and you run to check on them to find a peacefully sleeping baby breathing just fine, at least the baby wasn't startled by an in-room alarm, and only you were inconvenienced. While we can't say you won't get a false alarm using the Sense-U, we feel more confident that if you do, it will be less disruptive to the family as a whole than those monitors that beep in the nursery. However, there are more reliable wearables than this option, which scored fairly low compared to the competition.

Sense-U Baby movement monitor - the sense-u app is user friendly and has clear alarms for the middle...
The Sense-U app is user friendly and has clear alarms for the middle of the night alerts.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


We didn't have any difficulty using this device, and the app is fairly user-friendly and intuitive. You need to follow directions, download the app, register the device, pair the unit, etc. However, it isn't challenging once you get it set up, and everyday use isn't any more difficult than other apps you probably use regularly. While more features typically translate to harder to use, the app makes it easier than other monitors that require multiple button-pushing of the same button to toggle through features. If you aren't comfortable using a smartphone or tablet, it is likely not the device for you.

The app for the Sense-U can also tell you if your little one is not...
The app for the Sense-U can also tell you if your little one is not sleeping on their back.
The Sense-U app can tell you whether or not your little one is...
The Sense-U app can tell you whether or not your little one is sitting up and wide awake.

This monitor has features that include monitoring your baby's breathing, whether or not they roll over (above left), sitting up position (above right), room temperature, and alerts for lack of breathing, stomach sleeping, overheating, and getting cold.

Sense-U Baby movement monitor - setting up the sense-u has more steps than some of the competition...
Setting up the Sense-U has more steps than some of the competition since you need to connect the device to your smartphone and register it with the app.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Set Up


The Sense-U requires downloading an app and pairing it with your device. It definitely takes more time than those that work straight out of the box, and there is a slight learning curve to the app depending on how tech-savvy you are and how much experience you have with things like this. While not challenging or difficult, we didn't have any problems; it does take more time, effort, and skill to complete than those you unpack and turn on. You'll want to give yourself some time to set up and register this device before you need to use it. In other words, don't think you'll pull it from the box and get it going 5 minutes before bedtime.

Only works on one device
Unlike other app-related devices that allow you to log in from several different devices, this monitor only works with the device it has been paired with as it is connecting directly to your device and not going through the internet. This means dad and mom will have to use the same device for monitoring which could be difficult if one is home alone without the paired device.

Sense-U Baby movement monitor - the sense-u is small and easily portable making it good for travel.
The Sense-U is small and easily portable making it good for travel.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Portability


This monitor is very portable and doesn't require anything special for use. Unlike sensor pad style movement monitors that need a hard surface under the matters, this wearable only requires a baby and clothing or a diaper for use. This makes it versatile and something you can use when away from your little one's regular sleeping area.

Electromagnetic Field (EMF)


This wearable button has less EMF than the other button we tested. With an EMF level of 1.2 V/m in our tests, this option has almost a third less EMF than the other button, which tested at 2.3 V/m. However, we feel less EMF is always better, and there are other wearables with less EMF than this option, though they do not work with an app and have in-nursery alarms. This design means you'll need to weigh the pros and cons of what works best for your family and monitor goals. There are wearables with less EMF, both simple clip-on options and more involved app-enabled products.

Should You Buy the Sense-U?


This button wearable isn't the highest-scoring option and not our favorite. However, if you want a device that offers more information and doesn't alert in the nursery, it could be the option for you. This app-driven wearable is portable and easy enough to use, but it has higher EMF and some false alarms. We prefer this over the other button or sock options, but a more straightforward option could be a better fit for a lower price. If budget or simplicity are your main goals, it isn't the right pick.

What Other Movement Monitor Should You Consider?


We prefer the more straightforward wearables of the Snuza Go and Snuza Hero. Both have in-nursery alarms and clips to the baby's diaper. The Hero will vibrate to rouse little ones before it resorts to an alarm if movement doesn't happen. While the Sense-U provides more information and alerts on the parent device, not in the nursery, we think the Snuza options could be a better choice for those will a smaller budget or who don't need the additional information.

Wendy Schmitz

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