We didn’t register for a video baby monitor & everyone said we were crazy but truthfully, I was afraid that I’d go crazy if I had one. Staring into it at all hours of the morning, watching my baby swaddled in his crib. His nursery was directly beside our bedroom & he was in his crib the first night we came home. We picked up a typcial voice-only baby monitor & turned it on a whopping two times. We’re just not baby monitor people, we decided.
That worked great in our old home where the bedrooms were separated by a few feet & the entire downstairs echoed what happened upstairs. But then we moved to our new home, which is almost 30% more square footage & a layout that does not carry sound well. Harrison’s room is down a hall & we’ve been having a devil of a time getting him to stay in it. We’ve put a baby gate at the top of the stairs simply because I’m afraid he’ll fall down them in the new house trying to find us & then I worry about him getting out the front door. In our last house where we were so close, I didn’t think twice about flipping his lock around but in this house? No way.
When VTech approached me about National Baby Safety Month, I was like, “Okay, what the heck do I do with a toddler where I can’t see him but I’m asleep?” & they’re like, “Video monitor, brainiac.” (but in a really sweet, gentle way on my over-tired momma heart.) So VTech sent me their Safe&Sound® full color Video & Audio Monitor to test out.
Now I don’t how we lived without one.
I can watch Harrison. I can see the temperature of his room. When we have another kid, I can add another camera & toggle back & forth. The monitor lays quiet until he makes a chirp & then I hear it, which means it doesn’t interfere with my sleep until it’s doing it’s job. The best part is the two-way communication, which means that the moment his little feet hit the floor, I press a button & say, “Get back in bed, Harrison!” & he hops right back in. Which means I don’t have to get out of bed or be interrupted from writing while he naps. After our first run-in with the two-way voice:
Me: “How was your nap, Buddy?”
Harry: “My light said ‘back a’ bed!”
Me: “Your light? Whoa.”
Harry: “Momma ‘back a’ bed me!’ in my light! whoosh!”
I’m all ::fistbumps roger rabbits:: to myself & now when I tuck him in, I make a big show of setting up the monitor so he knows that Momma can “back a’ bed me!” at anytime.
Which basically means that I’m not entirely sure how any toddler parent doesn’t have a video monitor.
Thanks to VTech, I’m giving away one Safe&Sound® full color Video & Audio Monitor ($130 value) to a lucky person, whether you’re expecting or have a teenager that you want to spy on to be sure he’s not sneaking out of his room. (leave a comment by clicking on that orange circle at the top of the post!)