The Snuza Go is an affordable portable option that is easy to use and good for travel. This option is the least expensive wearable in our review, and it has a simple user interface we like. This monitor attaches directly to your baby's diaper and senses movement through a soft, flexible sensor that touches the infant's abdomen. It has no parent unit and relies on an in-nursery, audible alarm as the only alert system. The Go requires no initial setup or crib modification and is ready to use right out of the box, assuming the battery hasn't died. While this monitor is good for travel and less expensive than other wearables, many users received new monitors with dead batteries. This unit isn't as reliable for older or more mobile babies as it loses contact with the abdomen during sleep, but it seems to work well for younger babies. However, if you want a parent unit or a monitor that doesn't alert inside the nursery, then the Go is not the one for you. Overall, the GO is a great choice for most families thanks to the high-ranking, easy-to-use design that works as it should with fewer false alarms than other wearables.
Snuza Go Review
Pros: Portable, affordable, simple, no EMF
Cons: No parent unit, could be uncomfortable, alarm could be scary
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|Pros||Portable, affordable, simple, no EMF||Portable, wearable, fewer false alarms||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||No parent unit, could be uncomfortable, alarm could be scary||Price, nursery only alarm, potentially scary for baby||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||Affordable monitor that is easy to use and good for travel||Portable simplicity make it interesting but the higher price and loud alarm should be considered||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||Snuza Go||Levana Oma Sense||Snuza Hero SE||Babysense 7||Sense-U Baby|
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|Specs||Snuza Go||Levana Oma Sense||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||Not Listed||0-6mo||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 Snuza Go and the Snuza Hero are small, portable movement detecting monitors, manufactured by Biosentronics cc., out of South Africa. Snuza has been designing and producing baby movement monitors since 2007. Using bio-sensory technology, they alert parents when the baby's movement has stopped indicating breathing may have also stopped. Snuza was the first baby technology company to launch a successful portable baby movement monitor, and they are currently the largest selling portable baby movement monitor in the world.
The Go has impressive analysis results for reliability and did better than the mattress sensor pad monitors and the other wearables. As long as the monitor remained in place on the baby's stomach and the batteries are good, there are fewer false alarms reported with this monitor than the competition. When used on infants that are unable to roll over, generally less than 6 months of age, we had very few false alarms. Once an infant is able to roll, false alarms will become more frequent and use of the monitor should probably end. Attaching the unit directly to the diaper under a one-piece sleeper reduced the incidence of false alarms.
This monitor can be programmed to alert at different time intervals without movement. We like this feature because it allows the user to set their own threshold for a time period with no movement. An optional audio tick feature will sound with each movement, letting you know that the monitor is working and the infant is moving. Some users may like this feature, but the noise might be disturbing and upsetting to the infant trying to sleep.
Ease Of Use
The design of the Go is simple and it is ready to use straight out of the box. It does not require any crib modifications or set up like an under the mattress monitor. This wearable has two buttons including the "on/off" and "function" selections. It has indicator alert lights for status or low battery. The Go requires the user to attach the monitor to the diaper or clothing every time the infant goes down for a nap. This means removing clothing to get to the diaper. The company states that a thin layer of clothing may be between the sensor and the abdomen, but we found that anything between the sensor and the skin increased the incidence of false alarms. The best way to use the Go is to attach it to the diaper and turn it on before the infant falls asleep. If you wait until your child is asleep, you run the risk of awakening them while clipping the monitor to the diaper. If there is clothing over the unit, then you cannot access the on/off button, see the indicator lights, and the alarm will be harder to hear.
This monitor is very pack-able and travel-friendly making it one of the most portable products we considered. The Go comes with a hard plastic case so you can carry it in your pocket or diaper bag, and it only takes up about as much space as a pacifier. Unlike the sensor pad units we tested, you can use it in any stationary napping location (it will not work in a moving car seat or stroller). For parents who travel extensively, or whose children sleep in multiple different places, this is an excellent option.
Electromagnetic Field (EMF)
The Go didn't emit any EMF (Volts/meter) in our tests with readings identical to the ambient EMF. The similar clip-style wearables have the same EMF readings. In our opinion, this makes the Go preferable to the other wearable competition with higher emissions.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team
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