Post # 1
Does anyone have any recommendations for a baby monitor? We pretty much have all of the big stuff we need for the baby with the exception of the monitor. There are so many options that I find it very overwhelming to choose one. I think it would be nice to have a video monitor but I’m not sure if they’re worth the extra money. Any thoughts/suggestions?
Post # 3
I highly suggest a video monitor. I didn’t think I would want one, and probably would not have bought one for myself since they are pretty expensive, but I LOVE it. My daughter is pretty active and vocal in her sleep, and having a video monitor means I don’t have to get up until I know she’s actually awake, and sometimes that’s about 45 minutes to an hour after I hear her for the first time!
Post # 4
@As_You_Wish: We have the angel care monitor which has pads that lie under the baby’s mattress while sleeping, and goes off if the baby stops breathing. I have found this VERY reassuring and it helps me sleep without worryiing. It also has walkie talkie type things that you can transport through the house.
Our friends also had this when their newborn had sleep apnea.
Congrats on your baby!!
Post # 5
Commenting to follow. I am confused on what to get as well. The most popular on Amazon is the Motorola, which I was considering but it would be nice to have something that tells me if the baby stops breathing.
Post # 6
I hadn’t really thought much about the monitor until my parents bought us one a while back. They purchased this one http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=16052596′ defer=’defer. We have set it up and tried it out and it seems like it will do the trick nicely! Size wise, the larger monitor is about the size of an iPad mini, and the smaller one the size of a closed flip phone.
Post # 7
@calgarymommy2b: Yeah…I definitely think it would be nice to have a video option.
@Sunshine09: That’s good to know about the Angelcare monitor. That’s actually the exact monitor that I put on my registry but it turns out that no one really used the registry. Oh well!
@rachiebabie: Wow, that one is really nice! I’m not sure if Darling Husband will let me spend that much though lol.
I’m hoping to keep an eye out for black friday/cyber monday sales to see if any of these monitors go on sale! If anyone (in Canada) knows of any coming on sale, please let me know!!!
Post # 8
@As_You_Wish: I have seen them go on sale for as low as $184.99 at Costco (I’m in Canada!) and also, brand new and sealed on kijiji for $125-$150!
Post # 9
@rachiebabie: Oooh, that’s good to know…thank you! I don’t have a Costco membership anymore but my mom does so I’ll get her to keep an eye out for me. I’ll watch Kijiji too. I’ve already got about half of my baby items from there lol.
Post # 10
Any one have any reviews on the Motorola video monitor? I found it on a Black Friday sale and am debating if we should get this one.
Post # 11
We have the Angel care monitor too although we have the pad set up under the mattress we have never actually used it. My daughter is pretty active in her sleep and it would keep going off because she moves off of it all the time.
I like the angel care. it has a nightlight on it too. You can adjust the sensitivity and volume too. Our base unit has played up a few times, switching itself off when you put the receiver part in to charge, but we seem to have resolved this now.
I do however wish i bought a video monitor. Not for the newborn stage really but once they start rolling over and getting more vocal.
Post # 12
@megz06: I have the motorola and I love it – it is so high tech! For a breathing monitor, we used the Snuza. I liked that because it is a clip on, we could use it when baby slept in places other than the crib (bassinet, on our bed, bouncy chair). Those 2 items are probably my favorite baby items and are worth every penny.
Post # 13
We bought the summer infant complete coverage or something like that but at Costco.ca for 100$ off but ended up returning it because the larger monitor is not rechargeable, it needs to be plugged it all the time and that seems really inconvenient. We ended up buying the Motorola on sale from best buy. It was on sale plus they had an open box which was an extra 10% off. So far we use it with the dog and it’s great. Good size screen, 2 way communication and excellent pan ability that they don’t all have l. The one with the smaller screen is still on sale at best buy.ca for 50$ off although we bought the bigger one
Post # 14
I have the AngelCare monitor and I love it. My baby won’t sleep on her back so it puts me at ease to know that even if I lay her to sleep on her side or stomach, an alarm will go off if she stops breathing.. Also, she grunts a lot while she sleeps, so I don’t really want to hear all the sounds in her room, just to be alerted if something’s wrong (I mean, if she cries, I can hear it anywhere in the house!).
Post # 15
I night nannied/babysat before getting pregnant, and ALL of the wealthy people I worked for SWORE by their Motorola video monitors!
And one family had a SIDS monitor (well, they had two for their twins).
The Motorola one is very cool! Though we just got a super basic $30 one.
Post # 16
I have the motorola video monitor and LOVE IT. I can hear her better now that she’s in her own room, than when she was next to us on her cosleeper. The night vision is great, and its color during daylight. I also like that it has a thermometer, and that I can talk to the baby from my side of the monitor. It also holds a charge all night, and goes a good while without needing to be plugged in. I decided against the Angelcare bc I have a friend who had issues with false alarms going off regarding the breathing monitor. Personally, after the first week home I felt so much better about her sleeping and breathing (and this was after a week in nicu for a respiratiry infection). Whatever makes you feel the most secure – both monitors are great options!