The best baby monitors these days by far are of the video variety. They have come a long way since when they first came on the market several years ago. Back then, many parents complained of poor picture quality and they even said that sometimes they would intercept another family’s baby on the screen and it would creep them out! Nowadays you rarely hear of that happening since the technology has gotten so much better. There are lots of different models to choose from now and they are simple to use. The best part about them is that they save you the hassle of running up and down the stairs all the time to check on your child. And they can be fun to use too – it’s entertaining to see what your little one is up to once you put them to sleep at night!
When our son was born we used a regular baby monitor at first – the kind with just the sounds and lights. It met our needs just fine, but we were always a little envious of our friends with kids who had bought the video type versus the traditional kind. At one dinner party we went to the parents put their son down for bed and then showed us what he was doing in his crib on the screen of their handheld receiver. It was neat to see how he soothed himself to sleep and we wondered what our little man did once we turned out the lights in his room each night. We ended up buying one when we moved him into his new room since it had a toddler bed and not a crib. This way, we would be able to see when he got out of bed and what exactly he was doing in his room. It allowed us to check on him in the middle of the night without us having to get out of bed ourselves which was very convenient.
The great thing about baby monitors is that when you buy a video one, you can usually add additional cameras to it. So if you have more than one child you want to keep an eye on, you simply buy another camera and mount it in the room. Then the screen shows the two rooms and you can watch two kids at the same time from the comfort of another room. That was enough to sell me!