(Closed) Baby Monitors, do I need video?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 32
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We bought a regular audio monitor AND a wireless security camera.  I love having the video if we want it and it was cheap and I am able to see my son when I am not even home which is nice for work trips or girls nights away.  Mostly we use the audio though.

Post # 33
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

peegee :  We are getting the v tech safe and sound video monitor (baby not here yet so I can’t comment on use) but it was on the lower end of costs for video and had great reviews on babies r us. Levana brands also seem to have great reviews and are less pricey than Samsung/Motorola (which I was surprised had so many bad reviews, given their repuation as company).   

Post # 34
2377 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

This is a good question that I wondered about buying for ages until baby arrived and I’m glad I didn’t. I don’t really even use the one we have cos I hear him in the night (bedrooms are next to each other with door open- he has never sleot in our room he’s 3 weeks old) and during the day he is in the lounge in a Moses basket so I’m in the room with him. I think if I had a video one id just watch it constantly so it’s good I don’t haha!!! 

Post # 35
899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I plan on getting audio only and then a clip on breathing monitor. I was going to get an audio monitor with breathing pads but the clip on breather seems to have better reviews. The nursery is only a few feet from our room and I plan on not putting baby in it to nap (following my mothers advice she never let us sleep in our room during the day she swears it helped us learn to sleep through noise and sleep better at night) so I think video is pointless for me. However if you have a bigish house and/or plan on putting baby to nap in another room I can definitely see the appeal of video. I haven’t noticed a massive price difference between a good audio and a semi good video so probably worth the little bit extra if you want it. 

Post # 36
2442 posts
Buzzing bee

I love my Infant Optics Dxr8. It’s on the pricier side but worth it.

Post # 37
892 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

peegee :  We have a video monitor and I loooove it. It saves me from getting up out of bed at night when DS stirs in his crib, but isn’t up and awake. I turn the screen off when I don’t need it on (when he’s quietly sleeping) and just turn it when I hear him moving around.

It was reasonably affordable at around $160 Canadian (but I got it on sale for $135) 

Heres the link to the one we have: http://www.toysrus.ca/product/index.jsp?productId=50113066′ defer=’defer

Post # 38
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I don’t have kids but I babysat my cousins a lot I was basically their nanny and I loved the video monitor. It gave me peace of mind. 

Post # 40
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m pregnant with my first due Nov 23rd (so close to you!). We were looking at this stuff last night as my mom wanted us to set up a registry for a shower she is throwing for me. We went with audio only. I just couldn’t wrap my head around the cost of a video. My husband immediately said audio only. But I have no experience so we’ll see. Good call on the Canada Black Friday or even Cyber Monday sales though! Totally forgot about those! The costs are really adding up. 

Post # 41
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Currently watching my daughter pull the string on her musical box which is attached to the wall, shes tall enough to reach it now- she pulls it, the sound plays and she runs off to the other side of the bed. If i didnt have the monitor id think i have ghosts… I love my monitor!! Plus- shes super cute whilst sleeping.

Post # 42
2529 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We started off with just a sound one but I hardly left her/she wouldn’t leave me! Now she’s older (nearly 1) we find it useful having a video monitor as it helps us to see if she’s gotten up (she sleeps on the floor so can easily crawl around and might end up sitting behind the door. Also useful to check for good sleep position and not trying to face plant the mattress!

Post # 43
2166 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We don’t have a video monitor and I’m glad that we don’t. I think I would just sit there and watch it. I don’t think very many girls I know have them either. I’ve kind of picked up on what’s an awake and I need mommy cry vs. I’m making noise in my sleep. However, we live in a one story house and both my living room and bedroom are right next to her room so I can hear here everywhere in my home. If you have a larger home or split level, I could see video being a good thing to have. 

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