There are many things that I love about our house. The "split floor plan" isn't one of them.
It seemed like such a great idea when we bought our house pre-baby. We knew we would probably have kids in this house, but we naively thought that it wouldn't be a big deal to walk down the hall to our slumbering baby (after, of course, he/she slept through the night each and every night without stirring). HA!
Fast-forward several years and we now realize a lot of things. One such thing is how scary it is to have a baby/toddler all the way on the other side of the house. Perhaps that partly explains why our daughter slept in our room until about age one. It just seemed calmer that way, more peaceful.
Now, she's 2 and in her own room. But we still use a baby monitor every single night. We like the reassurance of knowing that we'll hear every bump and whimper.
And we like being able to "peek" in on her from time-to-time too, thanks to Safety 1st's High-Def Digital Color Video Monitor. The monitor currently has a 4 out of 5 star ranking on Amazon.com and is loaded with features including a 1.8" high-def color screen, a WiFi Friendly Digital 2.4Ghz frequency, and a Battery Conservation Mode.
This monitor is lightweight, compact, and easy to set-up. The handheld monitor is not bulky and can be easily carried around the house or out in the garage. It truly is wonderful to be able to "see" our daughter rather than just to hear her - it's nice to know if she's sitting up or if she bumped her head, etc. And it's pretty amazing that we can see her at all - since we keep her room pretty dark at night.
Although the monitor boasts that it is high-def, don't expect it to look like your favorite HD television shows. The camera works best when it's up-close and in the light (a crib with a dim light on is probably the ideal scenario). If you want a full-room shot or a shot of your toddler's twin bed, it still works...but the picture is grainy (in low light) and sonogram-quality (the colors are anything but vibrant).
Now that we own a video monitor, I really wouldn't want to go back to just the audio style. It's so convenient to peek in on our daughter from the next room. And I think having a "visual" allows us to avoid walking in and waking her up unnecessarily because we can see if she's just stirring in her sleep...or if she's wide awake.
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