The baby monitor is often considered an essential product to have when you are expecting a baby, but it might surprise you to learn parents never use them. Depending on your personal situation, you might not actually have a necessity for a monitor. Since they can be pricey, it is best that you really analyze whether or not you need one.
Considering Where Your Baby Sleeps
If you aren’t sure if you will need a baby monitor, start by considering where your baby is going to sleep. If you don’t just plan to have your baby in your bedroom next to your sleeping while the baby is a newborn, but through its infant and even toddler stages, you probably don’t need a monitor. In this case, when you ae sleeping, your baby is always right next to you. There may be moments when you are in another room, but for the most part, a monitor isn’t going to be used all that often. Also think about the size of your home. If you have a small apartment or house, you might be able to hear your baby crying from the next room without needing a monitor.
Understand the Risk of Distractions
Having a baby monitor turned on every time your baby is napping or in another room can be the source of constant distractions. You will be tempted to listen to it (or watch a video monitor) almost constantly. This can keep you from resting or getting household chores done during your baby’s naps. It also increases the chances of checking in on your baby every time you hear the tiniest sound, disrupting the baby’s ability to soothe itself back to sleep. This can affect any sleep training methods you wanted to try.
More Things to Think About
Also remember that your baby needs to eventually learn how to soothe themselves to go back to sleep, as mentioned previously. This can be very difficult if you are always there within seconds of him crying to soothe him. This creates a bad habit of crying incessantly until you reach for him, instead of him going back to sleep on his own. On the other hand, you may want a monitor if your baby has his own nursery and it is considerably far from your bedroom, living room, or the laundry room. When your baby wakes up to feed or have his diaper changed, you want to be there as soon as possible.
Types of Baby Monitors
In terms of the types of monitors, the two basic types are a standard monitor and a video monitor. The standard baby monitors allow you to turn it off or on so you don’t hear your baby crying at all times and he or she doesn’t hear you. You will only hear sounds, and not see your baby. With a video monitor, you can turn it on at any time and actually see your baby sleeping.