Hi All, Was planning on buying a sound only baby monitor (BT150 seems to be the best reviewed?) DH suggested a video monitor but I'm concerned that i'll be too distracted by it and constantly obsessively checking rather than just listening out for sounds.
I have a big cat who will be shut out of the nursery but it would be good to be able to check that he's not managed to sneak in but other than that I worry that I won't be able to get on with doing things when the baby is asleep.
Would be good to get thoughts from people who have a video monitor.. Thanks
jilted I don't understand that link. Are they saying that it's safer for your baby to be in a cot in your bedroom than it is for them to be in a nursery, or that it is safer for them to be in a cot than in your bed with you? Or both? Sorry for being a bit thick....
No you aren't being thick, I found the information very confusing when I was pregnant with DC1.
The safest places for your baby to sleep are either in your bed. This is provided you follow the guidelines. Your MW should be able to give you a copy or there is some information on co-sleeping here.
The other safe place for the baby to sleep is in the same room as you. As far as I know there hasn't been enough research to fully understand why this is so. However, many believe it is because hearing you breath helps to regulate the babies breathing. You will also respond more quickly if there is a problem with the baby.
If you want to read a bit more on the best ways to help prevent Sids, Dr Sears has some great information here
Thats probably a good idea Pink. Ask her if she can give you the WHO guidelines on safe co-sleeping. You may not intend to co-sleep but when you are a bit sleep deprived and its the early hours of the morning you might put LO in bed with you. If you do its far safer if you know what the guidelines are.
We have a video monitor and it has been brilliant. It means I can check on him without having to go in and disturb him, as he's got older I can also see what he's up to, so I can see if he's chucked his bunny out of the cot, hence the crying, or if he's whimpering I can see if he's sat up and wide awake, so I would go in, or if he's still lying down, when I would leave him for a few mins and he will normally go back to sleep. It's also hilarious watching what he gets up to when he wakes up in the morning, playing with his bunny etc. DC2 is due in November and I'll be getting another one for then,