April 12, 2010
So when I was preggers someone told me that the best investment they made was in a video monitor. I laughed and thought they were nuts. I mean who needs to WATCH their child when they can hear them?
Well--that was before my darling little boy entered my life and before sleep problems became the bane of my existence.
I don't think monitors are for everyone--I think that if you can, you should try going without a monitor. Running into your child's room at every sound isn't good for their sleep or your sleep and the monitor amplifies everything. But monitors are practical (especially if you are going to sit outside or have a large house) and can be reassuring to some moms.
That being said, if you are struggling with sleep training (either you are struggling or your baby is struggling) a VIDEO MONITOR may work for you. The way I am using it is as a tool to keep me from running in at every sound. In fact, I have the baby monitor on mute 95% of the time.
I have written all of this for one purpose: to let you all know about a great deal on a video monitor.
Video monitor technology will probably get better and prices will eventually go down--but right now they are pretty expensive.
So if you feel you need one: either borrow one or buy one on sale. The one that is listed above is good quality but doesn't have all the bells and whistles--it is currently at Babies R Us for twice the price as it is at Dear Born Baby.
The prices of Video Monitors vary greatly. It is important to read the reviews before you purchase because it also appears that the quality also varies greatly.
Let me stress that I don't think that this is a NECESSARY ITEM for all moms however if you are struggling with sleep training and need some reassurance, a video monitor MAY be a good option for you, I know it has really helped me.