In a nutshell

A simple, intuitive mattress monitor

What we tested

  • Ease of use
    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.
  • Sound and/or picture quality
    A star rating of 0.0 out of 5.
  • Signal range
    A star rating of 0.0 out of 5.
  • Design
    A star rating of 3.0 out of 5.
  • Durability
    A star rating of 4.0 out of 5.
  • Worth the money
    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.
Overall Rating
A star rating of 3.8 out of 5.


  • Very easy to set up, large sensor pad (can also link two pads for larger beds), loud alarm


  • Only monitors breathing and movement but not sound, battery operated

The only monitor certified as a medical device, and one of the easiest to use, the Nanny BM-02 Baby Breath Monitor is there to give ultimate peace of mind to new parents.


This is a deceptively simple monitor: just place the pad under the mattress, link it to the alarm unit and switch on. It runs on normal household batteries so doesn’t pose a danger to your baby by being connected to the mains, and there’s a low battery indicator to make sure the unit is always in good working order. The sensor pad can be used under any mattress up to 14cm deep, and once your baby’s progressed to a larger bed you can even attach another pad to give the extra coverage needed.

The sensor pad is highly sensitive so can detect even the slightest movement, and if your baby’s breathing should stop for 20 seconds or drop to less that eight breaths per minute, the alarm will sound. Its medical certification and the fact that it’s been tested in maternity units gives even greater peace of mind.

What we love

The Nanny BM-02 Baby Breath Monitor is clever without being over-complicated, so it would be hard to use incorrectly. The alarm sound is ear-piercingly loud, so would be pretty hard to miss, no matter where in the house you are.

The fact that it monitors breath and movement and will sound the alarm when your baby’s breathing drops below a certain level, rather than when there’s simply no movement at all gives extra reassurance to anxious parents.

It’s widely used in hospitals as well as in the home, which really does give the product some gravity.

What to watch out for

The alarm unit remains in your baby’s room so there’s no parent unit for you to look at and be comforted by while you’re watching the TV. That said, unless you live in a mansion with thick walls and always play your music really loud, you’re unlikely to miss the sound of this alarm!

The alarm unit is attached to the cot or can be wall mounted, and while the instructions tell you to position it out of reach of your baby, this may prove awkward once he’s more mobile and curious. Also, the battery compartment is incredibly hard to open – my fingers were red by the time I’d got in!

It’s worth bearing in mind that the Nanny BM-02 Baby Breath Monitor only monitors breath and movement, it doesn’t monitor sound or nursery temperature, and doesn’t offer any other functions such as a nightlight or lullabies.

Who is the Nanny BM-02 Baby Breath Monitor best for?

Parents in need of reassurance.


MadeForMums verdict

For ease of use and reassurance value, the Nanny BM-02 Baby Breath Monitor is hard to beat, especially as it can also be used with larger mattresses with an added pad. However, this simplicity may leave you feeling as if there should be more functions on offer.

Product Specifications

ModelBM-02 Baby Breath Monitor
Video screenNo
Movement sensor padYes
Sound level indicator lightsNo
Two-way talkbackNo
Night lightNo
Room temperature displayNo
Soothing lullabiesNo
Power supplyBattery
  • Sensor pad
  • Alarm unit and linking cables
  • Low battery indicator
  • Acoustic and visual alarm
Optional extrasExtra sensor mats