Warning! - Watching is Addicting
While the ability to check on baby visually (without disrupting a sleeping infant) is the main reason parents opt for a video monitor verses sound monitor, it also happens to be highly addictive for new parents who won't be able to stop looking at the little person they created. Sure peace of mind during naps and the long night time hours is a huge asset, and can often prevent the need for parents to get out of bed, but just being able to spy on a little one cooing and breathing can be habit forming. You might just find yourself watching baby so often you get little else accomplished in the day or even sleep at night. Don't say we didn't warn you.
A Visual Monitor Can Mean More Sleep for Everyone
You might be asking yourself why should I get a video monitor? Probably one of the hardest parts of being a new parent is the inevitable sleep deprivation that comes with it. In addition to the paranoia of possible night time dangers and wondering if baby's room is the right temperature, there is the wake up in the middle of the night, not sure if you heard the baby cry out or not moments you can't shake without getting up to check on your baby in person. Between feeding and diaper changes, worried midnight visual checks of a moving rib cage to indicate breathing, is not an uncommon event for parents of newborns. Rest assured you are not alone in your fears, or your lack of slumber. When it comes to bringing home a new little person, one of the few things most parents actually agree on is the terminal lack of sleep they endure over time.
A video transmitting monitor can help alleviate some fears by giving parents the opportunity to "lay eyes" on their baby without actually getting out of bed and losing valuable sleep time. Often the noises that baby makes in the middle of the night don't indicate any kind of problem or necessitate an in-person visit by an adult. Having a handy visual monitor by your bed can allow you to make an informed decision on whether or not baby really needs assistance, or if she can self-soothe and go back to sleep without you.
While an audio only monitor can alert you to noise in baby's room, you may not be able to quickly assess whether baby really needs you. However, with a live video feed you can make a better decision about whether to get up and go help baby, or roll over and go back to bed. Without video, you need to get up immediately and check in-person to avoid baby becoming more agitated, or you can sit and listen for further crying and risk that baby will be distraught before you get there. If you get up and go to baby, there is a greater chance you both will lose valuable sleep that possibly wasn't necessary. Having a monitor that provides instant visual contact might be worth all the money in the world if it means you both get a few more minutes or hours of shut eye. Luckily, monitor prices have come down and the quality has gone up, making it more affordable than ever to invest in a monitor that can last even through toddler time, and potentially act as a nanny cam later in life.