To Buy, Or Not to Buy: Do I Need a Baby Monitor?

If you are a first time parent, or an expecting mom, you may be wondering whether or not you really need a baby monitor. Probably your parents managed just fine without one when you were a baby. However, you must have also heard people saying that a baby monitor completely changed their life as a parent.

It is time to make a decision for yourself.

To help you decide if you need a baby monitor, we compiled a list of advice from seasoned parents.

You DO NOT need a baby monitor, if:
• You have a small house or apartment. If your baby is always close to you, you probably will not miss her crying.
• Your baby is sleeping in a bedside bassinet or you are co-sleeping and your primary reason for having a baby monitor is to be able to observe your baby at night.
• You have someone in the house who is helping you with the baby (your family or a nanny).
• You already have a security system installed that you can use for baby monitoring.
You DO need a baby monitor, if:
• You are switching from a bedside bassinet to a separate crib or you are moving the baby to her own room.
• You are worried about your baby and want to check in on her from time to time without disturbing her and risking waking her up.
• You want to monitor her breathing without being in the same room.
• You have family members who live far away, in a different time zone, or often travel on business. You can simply allow them to log into the app and view the monitor feed at the time that suits them the best.
• You want to keep tabs on the baby while you are running errands during her sleep. With a baby monitor, you can take your dog out for a walk, make yourself a cup of coffee or work in the garden knowing you won’t miss your baby’s cry.
• You want to monitor your older kids playing in another room while you are doing something else.

Modern day baby monitors come with a lot of great features that you might not even be aware of. You should take some time to research what modern monitors offer and decide what functions you are primarily interested in before buying one. You can read more about modern baby monitor features here. If you are worried your baby monitor will become useless once the baby grows up, check out this post on how to use the device with an older baby.
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