Friday, July 30, 2010

Video Monitor -- A MUST!

If you happen to be debating on whether to invest in a video monitor or not, let me be the one to push you over the edge.....GET ONE! Seriously, they are one of the best investments ever! Even after your baby is no longer a baby, you can put it in the playroom, the TV room, the game room, etc. They are definitely worth it, in my opinion anyway.

Wes and I didn't get one initially. I was determined to have one, but Wes was convinced that we didn't need one, that a regular monitor would be sufficient. He suggested we buy a top of the line regular one versus a middle of the line video monitor. He was adamant that we just didn't need a video monitor, so I went with it. If you've been a follower of this blog, you know that transferring Tucker from the bassinet in our room to his crib in the nursery was a H-U-G-E step for me. No big deal for Tucker when the time finally came (at 4 months old!), but huge for me. EVERY single little noise that came over that monitor and I was up and checking on him. And let me tell you, since we did invest in a good monitor, it picked up EVERYTHING! So, needless to say, I was up several times a night just to tiptoe into the nursery to see my Tuckerbug sleeping peacefully away. I think that lasted a few nights before Wes was on board that we needed a video monitor.

While that may not be the case for you, here is another reason to get a video monitor.... You get to "spy" on your little one. I love watching what Tucker does when he wakes up in the mornings or from a nap, or before he falls asleep. He loves his crib. He goes down pretty easy for both his bed time and naps. I used to rock him until he was asleep, but a while back I switched to putting him down while he was still awake (mainly because I know this will be easier for the sitter when I go back to work, not at all because I mind rocking him until he falls asleep....I actually LOVE rocking him and have a very hard time stopping before he's completely asleep....).

Anyway, he has a mobile above his crib. Before I put him down for bed/nap, I turn it on and then read him a story, and rock and sing to him for a few minutes. The mobile plays about 15 minutes or so before the music stops on it. If Tucker is still awake when the music stops, he has started to get up and push the buttons on it to turn the music on again, then he'll lay down with his "silky" (the blanket he sleeps with) and listen to the music and watch the mobile. He sometimes does the same thing when he wakes up. I wouldn't know this if I didn't have a video monitor! And, I even was able to snap a few pictures of him doing this. (Now mind you, the quality of the pictures of the screen on the video monitor isn't very good.)
This is Tucker a little bit ago, before falling asleep for his nap. The music had already cut off, so he reached up and starts it back up:

Then he lays down with his silky and watches his friends circle above and listens to the music :)

(Please also notice that he has untied the bumper....that is something else that he enjoys doing!)


Stover's site said...

We love ours too - our picture isn't in color though... I love it though! It is especially great when the little rugrats try to climb out of the crib. Not that I would know anything about that though. BUT, if I did, I would know that one nught for 3 hours, billy stayed downstairs staring at the monitor and snapping his fingers every time Jonathan tried to get out, so I could go in and stop it before he ended up at the bedroom door. :-) Fun times. But, I'm happy to report, we did some crib training and he's been in it every night since then. Love you!

Rachie (Walker's Mom) said...

I will third, fourth, fifth, SIXTH that motion!!!! I don't know what I would do without the ability to see Walker when he sleeps. We are so spoined - wonder what our great grandmothers would think:). They would probably be jealous:).