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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

DobbysLeftSock Wed 10-Apr-19 12:18:26

With dd1 I had just a cheap audio one. It got lost in a house move and I replaced it with a video one for dd2. Like the video much better!

belindawaters Wed 10-Apr-19 14:40:28

Ok, I'm convinced!!

Now my next question... which one? 😥

Farmerswifey12 Wed 10-Apr-19 14:43:17

I find it creepy too but only when my DS sits up and stares straight into it 🤣

I agree it's totally worth it and wish I'd spent the extra for my first child but didn't get it till the 2nd came along.

We have a Motorola one

Farmerswifey12 Wed 10-Apr-19 14:43:44

Intact no, it's BT not motorola! Would recommend it

mynamechangemyrules Wed 10-Apr-19 14:49:45

They are super weird and I can't stand it when parents have it on in the corner and keep looking at it throughout the evening. I really don't understand the posts saying they can tell whether or not to go in... Same as with the audio ones!
Tbf I think I've been pushed over the edge when I went to a kids party recently and some visiting parents had brought their laptop to stream the video while their baby slept in the next door room. They didn't finish one conversation, just stared at the screen.

BillywigSting Wed 10-Apr-19 14:53:02

Definitely worth it, we had one with two way sound so we could press a button and bollock talk to dc.

It's worth it for the entertainment value of them doing baby gymnastics at bedtime though if nothing else.

And yes, being able to see if noises require intervention or not.

belindawaters Wed 10-Apr-19 14:54:12

@mynamechangemyrules but surely you only check it occasionally or when you hear noise to see what they're up to? Not constantly watch it? Sounds like the people you've seen using them are a bit anxious!

StarTheGirl Wed 10-Apr-19 14:54:42

Never had one, but based on this thread I really wish I did now!

Yorkshirepudding1987 Wed 10-Apr-19 14:59:44

We have a BT one, cant remember which model. Our son has a lovely habit of screaming in his sleep, it's the same noise when hes awake so we find it useful to have a look and decide whether we are going in or not.
We put it on as soon as he goes to bed, on ours you can have the screen blank and itll flick back on if a noise is made.
I have it on all night so when I wake during the night I have a quick look at the monitor to see if hes kicked his duvet off (he hasn't worked out putting it back over him). I wouldn't say I watch it constantly though.

PCohle Wed 10-Apr-19 15:04:10

I also think they're a bit creepy grin

I quite liked my DC getting used to being "disturbed" by me popping into their room etc. It might be fluke but they're all deep sleepers which was very handy when traveling, sharing rooms etc.

BirthdayKake Wed 10-Apr-19 15:08:31

Totally worth it. Also get one with a talk-back function!

Giddyuppp Wed 10-Apr-19 15:13:01

Totally worth it IMO. Sometimes my son kind of talks to himself in his sleep but he can stay in his cot for a little longer. I wouldn't know this judged purely on a noise monitor.

I also like just seeing him sleeping and being generally cute

ScreamScreamIceCream Wed 10-Apr-19 15:15:32

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

You may actually be check your security settings of any device and make sure they aren't using the manufacturers default.

ThePants999 Wed 10-Apr-19 15:23:32

Parents keeping an eye on their children... sooooooo creepy. hmm

CheshireChat Wed 10-Apr-19 15:26:41

I loved ours, particularly as DS was a very light sleeper so disturbing him at the wrong time could easily mean two hours of settling afterwards hmmconfused.

DS is 4 yo now and I still use it as the layout of the house means I can't hear him at all unless he's really screaming which isn't ideal.

Pretty sure we have a Motorola as well.

PCohle Wed 10-Apr-19 15:27:34

I meant more waking up and glancing at a baby monitor to see your child gazing at you like Damion is a bit creepy, not that I think it's pervy on the part of parents...

SummerInSun Wed 10-Apr-19 15:40:19

Worth every penny as everyone else has said, for all the reasons we've given. We have a Motorola one that automatically switches back and for the between the two camera in out two DCs' rooms every few seconds. If you are planning kore than one child, worth getting one where you could add a second camera later if you wanted to.

Narya Wed 10-Apr-19 15:44:39

We've got a BT 6000 one - DP didn't want a wifi one because of security, which limits the options a lot.

Seniorschoolmum Wed 10-Apr-19 15:46:44

If they link wirelessly to your router/hub, make sure you change the default user ID and password or a lot of them are laughably easy to hack.

And then someone can see your routine, hear what is happening in your house and be able to work out when you are out.

KeptTheBeachesShipwreckFree Wed 10-Apr-19 15:49:28

We had one with video. Somehow though we were connected to someone else's and had their baby and toddler on our screen instead shock so we unplugged it and only ever bothered with the audio.

KeptTheBeachesShipwreckFree Wed 10-Apr-19 15:50:00

It wasn't a Wi-Fi one either...

RainbowMum11 Wed 10-Apr-19 16:00:02

Def worth it.

PetuniaPetunia Wed 10-Apr-19 16:05:56

I don "t think they're necessary at all ,but if you get one Just make sure it can't be hacked in to. You don"t want a stranger watching your baby.

LynseyLou1982 Wed 10-Apr-19 17:01:45

We love ours. It's easier to tell if any noises will need you to go in and intervene or if they're just making a noise in their sleep. Also easier to check on them without needing to go in and potentially wake them up.

JustMe81 Wed 10-Apr-19 17:14:36

We have an Angelcare with sleep sensor mat, camera and audio. The sensor mat sets off an alarm if no movement is detected in 20 seconds. Excellent for peace of mind with a small baby who doesn’t move around much. The camera and audio really come in to their own as baby gets bigger to allow you to monitor your child without disturbing them. My son is a light sleeper, if I so much as go near his room I wake him so the monitor allows me to check on him without waking him.

Celebelly Wed 10-Apr-19 17:24:24

We have the BT6000. It's really good. It's on sale on Amazon at the moment I think.

MummBraTheEverLeaking Wed 10-Apr-19 17:35:06

We have a motorola and the app which means if we're out on a rare night and want to coo over baby sleeping like soppy parents saddos we can get a live stream onto our phones too!

BeanTownNancy Wed 10-Apr-19 17:35:50

We actually use a home security camera. We can see the whole room and move it around if DS(2) is banging around, it's HD and when he's outgrown it I could move it and use it as an actual security camera. We can log into it from our phones, so even if we're out for the evening and someone is babysitting, or when I was in hospital several times this month, I could see my son sleeping (I was in for a couple of weeks overnight so I missed him).
Expecting DS2 in the next couple of weeks - we will only use the sound monitor for him until he moves into DS1's room (when he's sleeping enough to not wake DS1 constantly!)

IchibanLipstickForMen Wed 10-Apr-19 17:45:36

I think ours is the BT 6000 one also. Nice big screen with a Talk back function. Can also move the camera around the room from the video monitor if necessary! It was a bit pricey but my OH's Nan chipped in with us. That was nice of her but I'd have paid the whole whack either way.

My friends little boy vomited whilst swaddled and they said if they didn't have the monitor they don't think he'd have been okay... sad

runsmidgeOMG Wed 10-Apr-19 17:51:14

I used mine right until it broke about 4 months ago, even at night DC 3 now blush
I'm managing without it though. DC is loud enough to shout mummy never daddy if if they wake.

I'll be honest and say I was (and still am to a degree) a super anxious parent and liked to have it on whenever they were sleeping.
Having the technology to have them on screen to alert me of any unsettled moments-and it would be on constantly helped me, or fed the anxiety who knows but I felt better for it.

Maybe it took it breaking for me to realise I'd survive without it.

TheCraicDealer Wed 10-Apr-19 18:02:08

Is it really any creepier than co-sleeping with them or going in to check on them during the night? In both those scenarios you're watching them sleep, just not through a screen.

I'd be interested in people's recommendations as I would like one- not so much for the newborn stage but when they're in their own room and capable of pulling themselves up and running their hands along the bars of the cot like Cool Hand Luke it could definitely be useful. DH isn't so keen though, thinks an audio one would be adequate.

belindawaters Wed 10-Apr-19 21:56:58

I bought one. I've set it up. And now I'm scared because it's like something out of a horror film 😅

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