Thursday, May 12, 2011

Are Baby Monitors a Necessity?

Baby monitors are often one of the first items on a parent's wishlist. But are they necessary? No, they are not.

Baby monitors are designed for reassurance and peace of mind. Some parents find themselves using monitors for a few short months, while others use them well into their child's toddler years.

For me, I use a baby monitor but still find myself checking on my little one throughout her naps. Audio monitors simply pick up sound (and a little bit of movement), but if your child is a deep sleeper, you won't hear much of anything. A video monitor on the other hand, shows your child sleeping, which can have added reassurance for deep sleepers.

Video monitors are much more expensive and are in the $150-$200 price range. If you choose to turn the picture off, you can use the monitor just like an audio monitor that has LED lights that react to the baby's noise. Audio monitors are more economical and cost between $30 and $50. There are some monitors that can be placed underneath your child's mattress, and an alarm will sound if movement or breathing isn't detected for 15 seconds.

Since baby monitors aren't a necessity, many moms depend on their 3rd ear that kicks in, and they know when their baby is up from a nap or having trouble sleeping without the use of a monitor. If you do choose to use a monitor, it's up to you to choose when to stop. There is no right or wrong, although experts do recommend that around 6-12 months is a good time to stop relying on audio and video monitors.

Not only will this help you sleep better, but it may help your baby sleep better if you're not rushing to him or her at every whimper. Once an infant reaches 12 months, the risk for SIDS is gone as well, giving parents more encouragement that their little one will be okay during sleep.

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