I’ve just posted a review our new Y-Cam HomeMonitor video monitor and it got me thinking about how reliant I was on a video monitor in the early months when my first baby was born.
I didn’t invest in a video monitor straight away but let me tell you, when I did it made a much bigger impact on my days and nights with Miss M than I thought possible.
I was a fairly anxious first time mum and I liked to be able to see my baby at all times – which meant life was quite difficult sometimes as you can’t possibly be with them all the time.
Here are the 5 benefits of baby video monitors that I loved best:
1. You can have a shower!
All new parents (actually, not just new ones) know how difficult it is to part from your newborn long enough to have a shower in the morning.
I have to start each day with a shower, I just don’t feel right without one. So I used to get up in the morning, feed Miss M and then as she drifted off back to sleep for her morning nap, I’d race into the bathroom and have the quickest shower known to man, all the time terrified that when I turned it off I would be greeted by piercing screams from her demanding to know where I was. That rarely happened of course but it made the whole ‘getting up’ process pretty stressful.
Until I got a baby monitor! Just being able to see her fast asleep was massively reassuring. I could even judge whether or not I had time to wash and condition my hair – it’s the small things that make me happy!
Yes, I could have easily survived without a shower but the video monitor really helped me relax about it. You can read about what else to expect as a new parent here!
2. You can nap!
We moved Miss M into her own room at 4-5 months old, and as she had started napping for a little longer and at more predictable times, I did my best to “sleep when the baby sleeps” and get some shut eye myself.
I didn’t want to risk not hearing her when she woke up if she was upset so again, having the monitor next to me when I had a rest meant that I could see her at all times and relax which meant there was more chance I would actually nap myself. Bonus!
3. You can stay up at night!
By some kind of miracle, Miss M decided fairly early on that she would sleep through the night from 7pm to 7am. Mini M hasn’t got that memo yet but he seems to be on the way to it :)
This was brilliant! We could have a full night’s sleep ourself or, we could really push the boat out and STAY UP! You know, after 7pm. Like grown ups!
At that point we were living in a 2 storey house and when the nursery door was shut, she couldn’t hear any noise we made downstairs but of course we couldn’t hear her either and I didn’t like that.
So every night, after she had gone to sleep, out came the video monitor next to me on the side of the sofa and my second TV show became watching Miss M sleep – very reassuring.
4. No need to wake them to check on them
An obvious one but for those with very light sleeping babies, the last thing you want to do it wake them up unnecessarily.
As an anxious first time parent, I worried when my baby made too much noise and I worried when she didn’t make any noise at all. I lost track of the amount of times I checked on her when she was sleeping just to check she was still breathing.
The video monitor made this so much easier, it just gave me constant peace of mind that I could see her and she was fine.
5. Two way communication
This will depend on the type of monitor you have but with Miss M, we had the Motorola Digital Video Monitor (affiliate link) and Mr M loved singing lullabies or shushing if she stirred during nap or night time.
So as well as us being able to hear her, we could talk to her too – from the comfort of wherever we were and without having to turn her nursery lights on or risk waking her up fully. Perfect!
Do you have a baby monitor or do you manage happily without one? If you do, what benefits have you found from using it?