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Baby monitors with video. Gimmick or worth it?

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belindawaters Wed 10-Apr-19 11:20:16

Just that really...?

randomsabreuse Wed 10-Apr-19 11:21:46

For older kids totally - Can see if noises need intervention or they're going back to sleep on their own (so you going in will wake them up)

MindyStClaire Wed 10-Apr-19 11:24:39

Sooo worth it.

1. You can check on them without going in the room and risking disturbing. Particularly useful when you first start leaving them to sleep by themselves and you're paranoid. Easy to see that they're breathing. grin

2. When they stir, it's easier to tell if they're going to go back down by themselves or if they need you. Saves you getting them up (and yourself) unnecessarily.

3. Seeing a still sleeping baby definitely allows me to relax a bit more in the evenings, knowing I'm not about to get called.

Owwlie Wed 10-Apr-19 11:25:30

Worth it, it means that when DD wakes and is a bit whingey in the night I can tell if she's still lying down and settling back to sleep herself or standing/sitting and is not going to settle by herself. I only bought a simple one (by BT), not one that connects to phones or anything.

Chippychipsforme Wed 10-Apr-19 11:27:46

Worth it. One of the best things we brought.

HoustonBess Wed 10-Apr-19 11:32:08

IMHO a bit creepy. Your baby is sleeping with a camera pointed at them...

We've made do with a basic audio one. You'll develop an understanding of the type of noise/length of noise that requires intervention!

I'd be more tempted if your house is big so it takes longer to get to the baby, like with a loft conversion maybe.

Readytogogogo Wed 10-Apr-19 11:32:47

What everyone else has said. I have one for each child, so useful.

AintNobodyHereButUsReindeer Wed 10-Apr-19 11:33:36

Totally worth it! I wish I'd had one with my daughter, it's super handy for checking on the baby without disturbing him.

I have the older version of this one

The only thing is they can give you a fright when you think they're napping, you glance at the monitor to check and you get this grin

Blondebakingmumma Wed 10-Apr-19 11:39:17

Love mine. So easy to see if my DS is still laying down or sitting/standing. I also have a sensor pad which had eased anxiety when my kids have been unwell

TheMoistvonlipwig Wed 10-Apr-19 11:44:42

Not so useful when they are tiny and stay put (unless you are a nervous parent and like to see them), however great when they are older and you can see if the noises are them dropping a book out of a bed whilst settling/flailing about and hitting the wall if they move about a lot in their sleep - no action needed, or if it's due to them being out of bed and up to mischief meaning one of us would have to go up.

We used our for longer than was strictly necessary because we had two in the same room at a similar age who liked to get out of bed and play when they should have been settling. It helps not having to go up for every single noise. It was also cute to see them do things like "read" each other stories before going to sleep.

Ours DDs also worked out that we could see them and used to talk to us over it (better than shouting down the stairs). Obviously we would go up to them if needed but sometimes it was helpful to avoid going up for every little thing and avoiding reinforcing that being disruptive gets extra attention from mummy or daddy.

It never felt creepy for us and our DDs seemed to find it reassuring.

OnlyFoolsnMothers Wed 10-Apr-19 11:45:30

Ive coped fine with just an audio one (child 20months now) i live in a small house, it takes me seconds to pop my head in and check on my LO.

IchibanLipstickForMen Wed 10-Apr-19 11:46:35

Absolutely worth it 100%

As a pp has said it's one of the best things we've bought grin

00100001 Wed 10-Apr-19 11:46:37

Why is it creepy HoustonBess?

It's not like you're live streaming to the internet.

And it's no creepier than you going into check on them in the way up to bed or using the loo. I mean, you're going into a sleeping persons room to watch them sleep essentially.

The benefits are as PPs said !

FudgeBrownie2019 Wed 10-Apr-19 11:47:01

Brilliant. Obviously when they're very small there's not a great deal of use for them, but once they start the crawling/leaping like gazelles about their cots nonsense they're amazing.

needsleepzzz Wed 10-Apr-19 11:47:13

Worth it, it means that when DD wakes and is a bit whingey in the night I can tell if she's still lying down and settling back to sleep herself or standing/sitting and is not going to settle by herself. I only bought a simple one (by BT), not one that connects to phones or anything

This, love mine, very handy, i liked that i could check on her if she made noises without going in and potentially waking her

Countryslices Wed 10-Apr-19 11:49:15

Lols at poster who called it creepy I don't think it's creepy at all!

We love ours, our baby will manage to go back to sleep despite a bit of a whinge if she can put her dummy back in so I can watch to see if that's happened. I rate the tenboo one from amazon.

IchibanLipstickForMen Wed 10-Apr-19 11:49:18

Also as someone else has said mentioned, when my DD makes noises I can tell by looking at her if she's going to go back to sleep by herself. If I went in to check on her I'd probably wake her up more and have to settle her myself.

Slippingcareer Wed 10-Apr-19 11:55:54

I absolutely love mine and I thought it was probably unnecessary. My baby is 7mths and I can check if he’s lost his dummy, I can check if he needs me or he’s close to settling himself. I can also check he’s still breathing and that he hasn’t rolled over etc. I bought one of amazon.

Jebuschristchocolatebar Wed 10-Apr-19 11:57:42

Brilliant . I upgraded when we had my current child aka satan’s representative on earth. We can see what level of messing he is up to without going in. As others have said you can also see if they might settle themselves and not go in making noise. Other big plus for me is the ability to turn the sound down very low so you don’t get that permanent hissing white noise you get from the audio ones. We have a bt one and it can be set to only turn on when there is noise or movement so it’s perfect for our bedroom at night, no glare, no noise.

user1471426142 Wed 10-Apr-19 12:05:21

Love mine- would never just have audio if I had the choice. It’s a lot more reassuring to see what the child is doing: they can be getting up to mischief when quiet.

Cheby Wed 10-Apr-19 12:07:18

100% worth it. We had audio with DC1 and video with DC2. Sooooo much better to have video.

Narya Wed 10-Apr-19 12:12:31

Also as someone else has said mentioned, when my DD makes noises I can tell by looking at her if she's going to go back to sleep by herself. If I went in to check on her I'd probably wake her up more and have to settle her myself

This! I was sceptical but it's very useful for seeing whether the eyes are open or whether they are just rolling around a bit in their sleep.

Also I saw DS start to have a febrile seizure on ours sad - he barely made any noise so we wouldn't have picked up on it nearly as quickly with an audio only monitor.

outpinked Wed 10-Apr-19 12:14:10

Very 1984. I saw one that links to your TV so you can literally sit watching them on there if you so wish- creepy!

Never needed anything like that personally, I go up and check if needs be.

LetsGroove2nite Wed 10-Apr-19 12:17:55

I thought it was unnecessary but very glad we have one now! It looks like those who have one love them, those with audio only are fine too - I think it just depends on what you get used to.

ScruffGin Wed 10-Apr-19 12:18:12

I love our video one, mainly to see if she's lying down and settling back to sleep making noise, or standing up and making noise!

Also when she first went into her own room I liked to see she was still breathing grin

I've got a Motorola one that's really good

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