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Why Do You Need a Baby Monitor? Or Do You Really?

by Fabian Ortiz
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If you’re getting ready for a new baby and trying to figure out what you’ll need, you may be wondering, “Do I need a baby camera, Wi-Fi and monitor?” A baby monitor has both advantages and disadvantages.

We had no idea what we needed when I was pregnant with my first kid. I’d read books on breastfeeding, sleep hygiene, and other basics, but I wasn’t sure which devices or gear to purchase.

According to what I read, a baby monitor was not essential in a home with bedrooms that were quite close together. But, on the other hand, I heard that they may help you regain your sanity. Well, let’s keep all that aside.

I found out that it depends entirely on you and your lifestyle. You can ask yourself these four questions to make a choice.

So, let’s go through the writing before you look for “baby monitor and camera”.

1. From the moment the infant is born, where will he/she sleep?

You won’t need a monitor even if your baby sleeps in the same room as you for a few months. You’ll be able to hear their every move and moan if their crib is next to you.

However, it will come in useful if you have a two-story house and intend on letting the infant slumber upstairs. I didn’t use a monitor with any of my children until they were old enough to sleep in their own rooms.

2. Do you get a good night’s sleep?

I once heard that once you have children, you will always sleep with one ear open. Isn’t that the case?

If you are a deep sleeper, you’ll most likely need a monitor. It will guarantee that you hear all of your baby’s sounds and will provide you with peace of mind.

It may not seem required if you are a light sleeper and the infant is close by. However, I’m a light sleeper. Even without a monitor, I wake up for every tiny gurgle while the baby is in the same room.

3. Will you use the baby monitor for anything else?

Baby monitors may also be used for the following purposes:

  • Looking ours for teens (when the kids are older).
  • Monitoring how long it takes to sleep.
  • It allows you to get things done during those few moments when you don’t have to worry about missing your baby’s scream.

4. Should I buy a simple monitor or a smart monitor?

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with so many options! I’ve used the lowest, medium-quality, and very costly version throughout the years. Each has advantages and disadvantages. It all depends on your living space and how you want to utilize it.

A simple bottom-of-the-line monitor can suffice in a smaller home where the bedrooms are close together. Don’t worry about getting too fancy; hearing your child will provide you with “peace of mind.”

If you reside in a bigger or two-story home, you may wish to invest in a higher-quality monitor for unrestrictive connection. The reason for this is due to the distance involved. The same is true if you want to work outdoors during your child’s naptime.

So, ultimately “IT DEPENDS!”

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