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Video Monitors for Baby

Video Monitors Help Mama Keep Uninterrupted Tabs on Tots

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"DON'T buy a video monitor for your nursery! You'll be addicted to watching it and will never sleep again." These warnings from experienced mothers were ones I wish I ignored. After spending $100 on a regular monitor, it took me a year to realize the error of my ways.

While some mommies find monitors useless or at least expendable, I rely on mine to keep tabs on my snoozing babies. In hindsight, a video monitor would have saved me getting out of bed to check on my wee one's sleeping status or interrupting my tot's quiet downtime. As soon as they see mama peep in the room, that playtime is over! Instead of discovering his toes or chewing on a toy, me wee guy is amped and ready to get out of the crib. Already six months into my second child's life, I'm set on investing in one of the gadgets. Which kind of monitor, if any, do you prefer?

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mstrauss mstrauss 8 years
LOVE my video monitor! Especially with a child who talks and cries sometimes in his sleep, I'm glad I can look in the monitor to see if I need to go in there because he is awake or if I should just let him be. It's also nice in the morning since my son plays in the crib for a while and I can watch him to make sure he is okay, without having to go in there and disturb him. The Safety 1st monitor is pretty freaking expensive but didn't interfere with anything in our apartment like some of the other monitors we tried.
givecoup givecoup 8 years
We don't have any problems in our house with WiFi (one floor), nor did we at my brother's house (2 floors). We also used the monitor as a sound machine when our son was a young baby. I couldn't live without it as it lets me see when exactly our son goes to sleep (as opposed to laying quietly in bed) so I can adjust his sleep schedule accordingly.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
I wish i had gotten one too! i had one on my list but EVERYONE told me not to bother, that with her in our room for a bit, we wouldnt need it, it was just a useless expense, etc.. lol. I ended up paranoid and pyschotic and unable to sleep when she graduated her own room. I spent a good portion of my time peaking through the door to make sure she was all right. Its funny, but the few things we let other people talk us out of were the biggest mistakes!
Moms Moms 8 years
We sprung for one before our daughter was born and set it up only to discover the model didn't have a light so we couldn't see our baby during the night which made it useless! We returned it, but I'd buy a better made version now that I know what to look for!
katedavis katedavis 8 years
I love our video monitor as well. It found it to be a necessity when "sleep training" my son. Sometimes I would worry when he was crying and I would have gone in (and undermined what we were doing), but with the video monitor I could see he was ok.
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 8 years
We were also warned against getting one and are happy we didn't listen. That monitor was one of the best things we received when the baby was born. Not having to get out of bed every time we heard a cough or gurgle was wonderful. We had the Summer Infant one (and live in a large apartment building with our own WiFi system as well as our neighbors') and really didn't have any interference issues. When our monitor started to die after two years, the company offered to replace it at half the price too.
katiekat katiekat 8 years
we have wifi & have never had any trouble with interference. I love having a video monitor, it is so nice to be able to peek in to the nursery w/o getting out of bed! I also have an Angel Care monitor (another item I was advised against) and LOVE the peace of mind it provides :)
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
One problem with the video monitors is that most of them operate on the same band as WiFi. We had a video monitor, but even when we turned off our own WiFi, there was enough interference from our neighbors that the picture and sound were static-y.
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