I mean, when do (or did) you start to use one, and when did you stop using one? I'm sure it's a personal thing with confidence levels, specific health problems being a factor etc, but in general, what kind of age?
also, and additional question, what sound only monitors (will not be able to afford a video one) give a good, bright flashing light when they go off? I'm deaf in my left ear and have a tendency to sleep on my "good ear" so am a little worried I may not always hear. My 1st is due in July, so plenty if time to work it all out
I can't comment about your hearing issues, but I found a monitor really useful in the first few months. I slept in the same room as my DCs for the first 4 months, but in that time it was useful to have one if we were in a different room during nap time, early in the evening etc. After 4 months, I started sleeping in a different room and I found it very reassuring to have the monitor for when they woke up in the night. I probably used it for about a year with each child. After that I found that they were loud enough to wake me without the help. It's a very personal thing though and I'm sure everyone is different. It especially depends on where in the house you all sleep and how sound-proof your walls are.
sorry op. Did mean to answer. Ds napped downstairs near me when he first born. From about 4 months he napped in his cot in our bedroom and that's when we started to use the monitor. No point me saying which one as its 6 yrs ago now!
I stopped using it during night time at the age of 2. Since I still use a monitor with my 1,5 years old daughter now, I sometimes position this bm and use it to see what he is up to during day time, when suspiciously quiet while playing.