Post # 1
My husband and I are on different sides for this one. We are expecting twins and he wants and audio monitor and I think I want a video monitor but have not used either so we are looking for those who have used both or one or the other to provide input! Thank you!
Post # 3
I have and love the Angel Care monitor…
My daughter grunts all the time so I don’t want an audio monitor to hear her all the time. Video could be nice, but not necessary… my monitor has a movement detector which sets off an alarm if baby isn’t breathing. Plus I can have the audio on if I want it, and it detects the room temperature.
I am way more at ease now with this, since for her first 2 months she couldn,t sleep on her back as per recommendation.
Post # 4
@MrsAMac: I am not a mom but a well-seasoned nanny. I voted video monitor HANDS DOWN. It’s like you don’t know what you’re missing until you have one. I promise, you will thank me later.
Post # 5
Video monitor hands down … we love being able to check in on our little guy from another room and know that everything is okay. If we put him down for bed or a nap and he cries for a few mins, I can keep an eye before rushing up to his room or constantly sticking my head in to make sure he’s a-ok.
We have the summer infant video monitor and love it! 🙂
Post # 6
I agree with everyone else. We originally had an audio monitor which did the job – but I’d wake up and want to check on her and couldn’t do that without sneaking into her room. I love love love the video monitor!
Post # 7
Commenting to follow. DH and I are having the same debate – he wants audio only, I wanted video.
Post # 8
Thanks for all the comments so far!
@MrsDD: Haha – does he thinks it’s to intrusive? My DH thinks we don’t need to “stalk” our bebies. I beg to differ. lol.
Post # 9
1000% video. I can’t count the number of times at 3 am DS is grunting away in his crib and I peek at the monitor to assure me that he’s sound asleep and dreaming away. Saves me SO many trips out of bed, priceless on these cold winter nights!
Post # 10
BOTH! Mine has video and audio and can be programmed to play music and/or a light show from the actual camera mounted in her room. I can also communicate with DD by talking into the monitor and the sound comes out of the speaker on the camera as well. It’s so fun. I can’t remember the make or model so I’ll update once I find out.
At first I woke up with every sound so we now turn it way down and can still easily hear DD when she cries. We can also keep sound up high if we are downstairs watching tv. The video is great for checking up on her. Occasionally, she will let out a cry or two in the middle of the night but will go right back to sleep and I can check on her without even getting out of bed. Plus it’s fun to watch her on the monitor, I love watching babies when they think they are alone, so cute! Best of both worlds…add an option to your poll!
EDIT: DUH, friday is dumb day. I guess all or at least most video monitors also have sound don’t they. Ok then my vote is VIDEO, lol
Post # 11
We just have an audio monitor, haven’t used it much yet but I like it so far. When DS is in his room at nighttime, I wouldn’t be turning on a light to look at a screen anyway, so the sound is plenty. The other thing is, you learn your baby’s noises, so you can tell just by sound whether it’s fussing versus really crying. I just think the audio monitor is enough for us. I do understand why people would want to be able to see their babies, but it’s just not a huge priority for us, so the sound is plenty.
I should mention though that he does most sleeping in our room at this point, or the downstairs crib, so we haven’t relied on the monitor all that much. I think that’s common though and won’t change drastically as he gets older, aside from sleeping in his room at night.
Post # 12
Oh my gosh, our video monitor is by far one of the best purchases we made. My son is 16 months old and we still love using the video monitor all the time. Audio wouldn’t help us know if he is asleep or standing up, laying down, etc. He sometimes rolls around a bit before going to sleep but is quiet, so with the video we can tell if he is awake or not. Same thing when he wakes up from his naps….he doesn’t always make noises, so this way I can check to see if he is up. Highly recommend!!
Post # 13
@ZoeyGirl: Just an fyi, our video monitor and I assume most of them use “night vision” technology so although DD’s eyes glow in the dark, there is never a need to turn on a light. They work in complete darkness.
Post # 14
We have the Angelcare monitors that pp we’re talking about, and they’re good–I like the movement sensor peace of mind. For video, we just use the app on our iPads! Free and works great.
Post # 15
I have several friends with babies that swear by the video monitors. I’ve seen them in use and they seem pretty awesome. When I have a baby, I will be using a video one.
Post # 16
Other people do love their videos, but I am very happy with our audio Angelcare. He sleeps in his crib in his own room right beside us, we share a wall. We don’t want to be watching the monitor all of the time… I could get addicted to that thing. When baby’s asleep I keep an ear out for him with the monitor if I am not sleeping in my own room. He’s never woken up by us checking on him when he’s fussing in his sleep, and we don’t get out of bed to get him unless he’s crying, which definitely means he is up.