The set up of this monitor took about an hour of reading the instructions, and putting it in place, and doing trial and errors. My crib just had bars supporting the mattress, all I needed was a piece of plywood to set the pad on, but I got one that fit the entire bottom of the crib just incase. Set the pad right in the middle according to the diagram, plug it in, set the mattress down ontop of it, wind the cord around the bottom of the crib leg, and its all set up. Now this part confused me: The lower the number, the less sensitive. Which means, if it is on 5, it could pick up a fan, washer or dryer, or any vibrations depending on how your home is set up. So setting it at 5 will give you less false alarms, where as setting it at 1 will give you more false alarms, like if your baby scooches to the corner of the crib it most likely will sound an alarm. I have mine set at 1, and the crib sits on top of a furnace vent but still goes off when I lift him out of the crib. I do get one false alarm a few nights a week. I'd rather have false alarms than no alarms, and it's only for a year. It still works even if you have the head part of the crib raised for babies with reflux. It is a great purchase, not a nessesity, but it's nice knowing you're child is only a beep away if anything would happen.
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