With my first, there were many times I thought I heard something resembling baby squeaks coming from her room. I’d stare at the monitor waiting for any little blip or squeak, thinking I heard something, but I could never be sure. There would be times I knew I heard something and so I’d go in only to find her still asleep, or worse yet, she had been asleep, but I had woken her up by checking on her.
Later on I came up with a deviously angled mirror so I could see her in her crib but she couldn’t see me. It worked well enough, but all it took was for a cat to go barging into her room through the crack I left so that I could see the mirror. Then there were other nights where she awoke screaming, I never knew what I was headed in for. I dreamed of being able to see her without actually having to disturb her.
I dreamed of a video monitor.
And when I got pregnant for the second time? The video monitor fast-tracked itself to the very front of my registry.
I received a Summer Infant Best View video monitor as a gift and immediately began using it to spy on Addie playing in Vivi’s (soon-to-be) room. I was always curious what she went in there to do because whenever I peeked in to check on her she abandoned playing and stared at me like a deer in headlights.
Turns out she would take her teddy bear in there, change it, dress it, feed it and put it to sleep in Vivi’s crib. She left a swaddled teddy bear in the crib overnight once and it just about scared Cody half to death when he saw a little bundled up body in the crib when I was still quite pregnant.
We use the video monitor every. single. day. and in 6 short but furiously fast months it has saved us from interrupting a nap at least two dozen times and now that she has become more mobile it has allowed us to check on her sleeping positions without disturbing her.
I will admit that at over $150 it is a complete luxury item in most cases, but I’m willing to forgo luxury in other areas for the convenience of a video monitor.
The only downside?
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