Why I Used A Baby Monitor Until My Son Was Six

This post about my nighttime motherly anxiety and how a monitor calmed it is brought to you by VTech and Motherhood. 

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Colton, now nine, most likely will someday watch The Truman Show and wonder if his life wasn’t heading in that direction. You would think by my third child that I would use a monitor for a month or two and lose interest assuming, like the two before him, it would somehow all work itself out. 

Not so. 

I subjected Colton to a monitor in his room until he was six. (Please do not tell his friends, he has a reputation to protect.) When he was born, we had recently purchased our second fixer upper. We had searched for months for a one story home but couldn’t find one. Instead we bought a home where my master bedroom was on the top floor on one end of the house and Colton’s nursery was in the walk-out basement on the opposite end of the house. Not ideal for an anxiety ridden, not sleeping, milk leaking mother of three boys. 

Not ideal for a sleeping mother who has a three year old who  has suddenly started getting out of his big boy bed in the middle of the night walking the expanse of the house and climbing the stairs in the dark to find his mom so he can climb into bed with her. 

And?

Not ideal when that same little boy was off to kindergarten and growing up, but was having night terrors and I had to run down those same dark stairs to get to him while my husband “protected” all of us by staring into the monitor until all was well and fell back into a snore filled slumber.

I became very comfortable with the monitor and knowing I could click it several times throughout the night and make sure he was sleeping soundly. It made the house smaller and my nerves calmer. At some point my husband gently asked when it was normal to stop using a baby monitor. The look I gave him let him know he best never ask such a question again. EVER.

It wasn’t until the housekeepers knocked it off the wall when he was six and broke it that I finally stopped using it. (I’m fairly certain my husband asked them to do it.) Don’t think for one second I didn’t contemplate going and buying a new one. 

Baby monitors offer peace of mind. MomSmack wants to help give you some of that peace. We are giving away a Vtech Safe&Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Monitor to one lucky reader.  While this monitor is filled with amazing features, we especially love that you can talk to your baby from your own bed with the Talk-Back Intercom! 

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Bragging Rights:

Pan, Tilt, and Zoom: Watch as your little one moves about. The camera pans up to 270 degrees side-to-side and tilts as many as 124 degrees up and down. Need more detail? The camera zooms up to 2x.

Multiple View Options: System supports viewing of up to 4 total cameras from one parent unit. Viewing modes include single view (one camera only), split view (cycles through cameras on single view before stopping on split view) and patrol mode (single view that transitions to a different camera every 7 seconds).

High-resolution 2.8-inch color LCD: Never miss a smile with the high-resolution, 2.8-inch color LCD.

Full-motion video: With up to 25 frames per second, you can see your child’s every move on clear, dynamic video.

Automatic night vision: Two infrared LEDs and a low-lux camera automatically detect dim light, providing clear video even in dark rooms.

Talk-back intercom: Sometimes all your baby needs is to hear the sound of your voice. Comfort your infant from any room with the built-in intercom on the portable parent unit.

Want to win one of your very own or to giveaway to someone who could use some peace of mind? 

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This post about my nighttime motherly anxiety and how a monitor calmed it is brought to you by VTech and Motherhood. 

 

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