So you’re going through the very standard lists of what you need to buy when you are due to have a baby. You’ve got the cot, the car seat and the pushchair, but you’re unsure as to weather you really need to have a baby monitor. Here are some things to consider that may help you decide if it is going to be a worthwhile purchase, or a total waste of money.
If, like many of us, you have a small house or you live in an apartment then the chances are you will hear your baby crying regardless of where you are in your home. If this is the case for you, then you do not need to bother buying a baby monitor, it would be a total waste of money.
If you are lucky enough to have someone in the house who helps you with your baby, for example a nanny or a member of family / friend, then you do not need a baby monitor as the person looking after them will hear them crying.
If your baby sleeps in a moses basket next to the bed then it would be a waste of money to buy a baby monitor as the main time you would be using one would be at night to check on the baby. If they’re at arms reach then you do not need a gadget to tell you that your baby is sleeping soundly.
We would however, recommend you buying a baby monitor and using it if you are moving your baby into their own room, in order to keep a closer eye on them.
If you wanted to monitor the babies breathing without being in the same room as them then a baby monitor would also be a worthwhile investment for you.
Of course there is the obvious answer to this too, you are more than welcome to get a baby monitor if you simply want to check in on your baby while they sleep, without the fear of your footsteps or the door opening disrupting their nap.
A baby monitor is also a handy tool for those of you with slightly older children who like to play in another room. You can use the baby monitor to keep an ear out for what they’re up to and if they need any help.
Now that you have decided based on your own individual situation weather you really need a baby monitor, the next step would be to choose which kind best suits your needs. Baby monitors in this modern day come with all sort of features that can really make your life easier, for example you can get monitors with screens that can be used to view the child as they sleep. You can also get monitors that can be used to talk back to the child through the monitor, this is handy as many babies find their parents voice extremely soothing, aiding their sleep.