If you’re currently pregnant and overwhelmed by all of the choices you are having to make – you are not alone! I have been there mama. Registering for baby stuff was surprisingly stressful! There are so many baby monitors out there on the market today. It is easy to get confused or discouraged! You might even think you don’t need a baby monitor at all! Don’t worry, I’m here to help! 🙂
The Baby Monitors Guide for Overwhelmed Moms
As a paranoid new mom, I barely slept thinking I would miss my baby’s cry! Having the baby monitor turned on, even though we were in a small apartment, made me feel a little better. Know yourself, and think about what will give you peace of mind.
Having a video monitor would have driven me crazy, so I decided to stick with just audio. I would have stared at the video screen all night and never slept at all! However, I have many mom friends who could not live without their video baby monitors. Do what is right for you and your family!
Sometimes it’s easy to say “we don’t need it!” when it comes to the endless list of baby gear. Let’s take a deep breath together though and consider a few more scenarios.
Before You Decide You Don’t Need a Baby Monitor
Think About Potential Caregivers
If you feel confident you don’t need to rely on a baby monitor (whatever your reason), you should still consider your potential caregivers. Maybe Grandma doesn’t hear so well anymore. She will be more comfortable with a baby monitor set to it’s highest volume sitting next to her. Teenager babysitters tend to be easily distracted and having a monitor close by will keep him or her more alert.
Your Housing Situation Might Change
You might not need a baby monitor NOW, but would it be good to have one around just in case? Life can be crazy and the only constant is change. When I was pregnant with my second son, and my first born was two years old, we decided to move in with my in-laws to save money for a house. We pretty quickly went from a small apartment to being separated from our son by two flights of stairs! We already owned our baby monitors and didn’t have to worry about running out to get one during such a stressful time.
Do You Travel?
Do you visit family for the holidays and stay in their home? Do you take an annual family vacation or frequent weekend trips? A baby monitor could provide an extra layer of comfort and security while you are away from home base.
Every Baby is Different
It’s fairly common for couple’s to have a baby shower only for their first child. This is the time where they really need the most help, and acquire the most baby gear! Are you pregnant with your first baby and planning to have more children in the future? If you’re not convinced you will need a baby monitor, I’d still recommend registering for one. Every baby is so different! If you don’t use the baby monitor at all with your first child, you might be shocked to find yourself relying heavily on it with your second or third!
Do You Need to Step Outside?
My baby monitor came in handy when we had a big yard sale. The yard sale went all day and I had a baby and a toddler on separate sleep schedules. I luckily had this handy Graco baby monitor that I could clip to my pants. It was a huge relief as I spent most of the day in the front yard!
Think through the above situations before deciding to cross baby monitors off your list. Decided you want one after all? Great! Here are some shopping tips! 🙂
Baby Monitor Shopping Tips
If you do want a baby monitor, you have lot’s of options! Here’s how to help decide which baby monitor is right for you!
Decide What You Need to Know
Do you just want to hear when baby is making some noise? Audio monitors are for you? Do you need to see baby so you know why she is crying before you hike up two flights of stairs to her room? Would you like a monitor that alerts you to movement? Won’t you like a monitor that let’s you talk to your baby (yes that’s a thing!)? Don’t invest in a monitor that has features you won’t really use, but don’t settle for something that doesn’t give you the information you crave either!
Get Solid Recommendations
Once I have an idea of what I want to purchase, I love to ask friends who are experienced parents for their recommendations. It’s most helpful if their kids are only few months or years older than my own. Getting baby gear recommendations from a mom of a fifteen year old isn’t go to be helpful – so much has changed since then!
Do Your Research
I love checking sites like Consumer Reports and BabyGearLab when it comes to baby gear. They both rate products so you can compare your favorites before you buy. You can also read reviews online before buying. Even if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, it pays to take the time to do this.
After determining your needs, doing a little research, and talking to trust friends, you should have no problem picking the perfect baby monitor!
What type of baby monitor is right for you? Audio? Video? Movement? Let me know in the comments below!
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This post is a partnership with Nakturnal
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