The Nitty Gritty of the Digital Baby Monitor
According to PowerWatch, a wireless digital baby monitor a 1 meter (~3 feet) away from the baby’s crib was roughly equivalent to the microwaves experienced from a cell phone tower only 150 meters (~450 feet) away.
Most parents would agree that installing a cell phone tower next to a schoolwould definitely not be a good idea. The battle is being fought around the U.S. and largely has been won in Europe apparently due to more independent studies and less suppression of truth.
‘Talk Back’, Camera-Based, and Mat Digital Baby Monitors
Health Studies on the Digital Baby Monitor and Infants:SIDS Largely Eradicated In Sweden & Japan by Doing This 1 Thing
One scientific paper proposed: A possible association between fetal/neonatal exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic radiation and the increased incidence of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). (source)
The study above links the introduction of wireless RF (Radio Frequency) communication technologies such as digital baby monitors to the rise autism in the public. It found:
- For several decades prior to 1980, autism incidence remained essentially stable; reportedly at about one diagnosed case per 2000 children
- RF radiation sources have become commonplace in the personal human environment from approximately 1980 to the present
- Operation of an RF radiation source such as a two-way radio, portable telephone, or a cell phone exposes the operator to levels of RF radiation shown to be biologically active
- Passive operation, such as from an RF emitting baby monitor, is a widespread postnatal exposure
- cognitive impairment
- memory deficit
- EEG modifications
- DNA damage
- chromosome aberrations
- micronucleus formation
- fetal malformation
- increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier
- altered cellular calcium efflux
- and altered cell proliferation
Help Baby (and you) Get More Sleep
Though it is beyond the scope of this post, this tip may help you and your baby get more sleep:
Nearing four months, babies are beginning to cycle between light and deep sleep and may start sleeping through the night…hoorah! Each night, a four-month old will go through two or three complete sleep cycles. Every 90 minutes, babies cycle to a state of light sleep called REM. Every three to four hours, they cycle to a more active, almost awake state. Each time they move into that light sleep, they will usually make noise, move about, cry out, and may even wake themselves. We adults do it, too, minus the crying, of course.
At these intervals when we hear these sounds (often around 11PM, 2AM, and 5AM), we often want to go to our babies, pick them up to comfort them, feed them, or hold them so they don’t wake the household. But by going in to check our babies when we hear movement or cries during the night, we risk two things:
- Really waking your baby by going to him when she’s just in a light sleep cycle and isn’t really awake
- Conditioning your baby to need you to settle her down between sleep cycles. It prevents her from practicing techniques to fall back asleep againearly on when she does awaken
GuiltBecause many of us hold ourselves to higher standards when it comes to parenting than perhaps any other endeavor, I need to address the area of guilt.
The moment our new babies comes into our arms, a whole new set of emotions rushes in – joy, wonderment, pride, fear, and, yes, guilt. I’ve totally been there and still feel terrible about so many things I’ve done or failed to do!
But we live in an extremely confusing world today, and we cannot know everything, so my thinking is this: Just having accurate information is empowering (that is why I write) and it need not make us feel guilty or fearful. Mamas, please know I am on your side, and silly as it sounds since I don’t know you all individually and personally, I care very much for you and your family…I guess it’s just the way I’m wired. Please stop the guilt.
Considering the fact that I could be wrong on radiation, my go-to place is prayer…for wisdom, insight, strength, understanding, good instincts as a Mom, courage, and so much more, and I pray these things for you, too. We have a loving Lord who will give us these things when we ask:
Read the product information on monitors carefully, as they can be confusing.
Low Emissions MonitorsSafety 1st Sure Glow Audio Monitor (2 RX) – it operates on 49 MHz) that offers a range of over 600 feet.
The First Years Crisp and Clear Audio Monitor (Amazon) – gauge your baby’s activity level through the sound level lights on the monitor (which is helpful when you are in a noisy area yourself)
Crystal Clear Audio Monitor
Angelcare Baby Sound Monitor, White– operating on 927 MHz and 2.4 GHz frequencies, the Angelcare Baby Sound Monitor is sound-activated, so it only turns on when your baby makes noise. This brings you the best of both worlds – less static and interference and lower emissions.
Ask/borrow from friends whose children have outgrown them (older models are more likely to be analog). Also shop Amazonor look for them at garage sales.