Introduction: over the years the baby monitor just like every piece of technology developed in recent years, has been dramatically improved to the extent where it can be used even when you’re not in the house with your baby. The baby monitors produced in the past five years have a very good signal range and a screen resolution so high you can see clear visuals of your baby.
The baby monitor has come a long way from when it just had audio or video qualities now it has both qualities and even offers Wi-Fi connection for when you’re not in the house or when your baby’s room is far away from yours.
Benefits of baby monitor to the child and the parent.
The main benefit of the baby monitor is safety because as we have seen on numerous occasions from the internet and other parents experiences the little ones can get into all sort of shenanigans while they are supposed to be asleep at night.
So a baby monitor will help you to prevent your little ones from doing dangerous things like trying to climb the furniture in their rooms, playing with their curtains, trying to swallow clothes and so on. It also helps you ensure that your baby is sleeping in a safe position.
Another benefit of the baby monitor is that it helps to reduce anxiety especially for first time parents as they can keep an eye on their babies even when they are out running an errand or two or when they are at work or out relaxing or when the baby is with a sitter rather than worrying about what your little one is doing all the time.
Increased freedom is also a benefit of the baby monitor because you can do all other things that may not necessarily be done in the same room as your baby and still be assured that your baby is safe without rushing into the room every 5 minutes.
The video baby monitor can also help you to sleep train your baby because you’ll know when your baby needs you to intervene or when she’s just making noises. With a baby monitor you’ll be able to tell when your baby becomes fully awake or when they just wake for a minute and go to sleep on their own rather going in there and disturbing her sleep or hindering the sleep training progress.
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When To Stop Using Baby Monitors
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There is no definite answer to this question but the popular opinion from fellow parents is that it depends on what you think is best for you family after carefully considering the situation.
When to quit using a baby monitor is a question most parents need an answer to but the answer may not be that simple.
There is no fast or straight answer but it is safe to say that when to stop using a baby monitor depends on the parent and the child; although it’s advised by most experts that parents stop using a baby monitor when their child is aged 3-4 years and has established a strong sleeping habit, but you can continue to use it if you have a younger child in the same room with an older child
Admittedly the baby monitor is very helpful for keeping babies and toddlers safe and even help to sleep train your babies but it may be time to stop using It when it starts to affect your sleep. Here are some reasons or situations that can indicate that it’s time to stop using a baby monitor;
You can stop using a baby monitor when your baby has established a strong sleeping habit and is totally comfortable in his or her own bed. You may want to stop using a baby monitor if you seem to wake up at every sound your baby makes or even when your child so much as cough.
You can stop using a baby monitor when it starts to cause you anxiety and cuts into your own rest. You can stop using a baby monitor when your child is old or mature enough to leave his or her room to ask for assistance when or if they need it.
You should also stop using a baby monitor if it seems to be doing more harm than good and makes you worried and paranoid all the time rather that help to calm you or make you feel that your baby is safe.
You should stop using a baby monitor when it start to interfere with you child’s idea of privacy. toddlers start to become aware of being watched when they get to age 2½ years and cam start to alter their behaviors because they do not want to be seen doing some things.
This is where privacy comes in and as parents the amount of privacy you should give your child is always hard to decide and will trouble you into their teenage years. When it comes to privacy there are no strong rules to play by but it’s very important that you give your child some room to find herself rather that over crowding her.
Why is age 3-4 a good time to stop using a baby monitor.
First off it’s the time when most parents stop using baby monitors and although everyone is not the same and doesn’t necessarily have to follow the same rules it’s also a fact that experience is the best teacher and since the parents who gave this information has passed through this situation, it’s safe to say that they are right if only to some extent.
Secondly it’s been proven that children become aware of their own body by age 4-8 and may start to ask for privacy especially when they want to change their clothes so it’s time to let them have a little privacy which you’ll gradually increase as they grow older and progress into their Teenage years.
Thirdly it gives your child freedom and space apart from you and some time in which to make their own decisions and choices on what to do, what to play with and to play safely. It can also help your kids to become confident and decisive.
What to know about baby monitors
There are different models and types of baby monitors available today but it may be difficult to choose or decide on which model to use. Some baby monitors have just audio or video qualities while others have both with varying signal range strengths and screen resolutions.
Although the audio and video monitor is the most common type there are more developed baby monitors that can even help you keep track of your baby’s breathing and heart rate but they can sometimes cause parents unnecessary stress and anxiety; and this type of baby monitor can not help to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Some baby monitors have 2 way radio installed in them and can help parents to speak to their babies without going into the room.
Baby monitors can become harmful to the relationship between the parents and the toddlers when it is over used because parents unintentionally add to their anxiety and at the same time begin to fall into a pattern of helicopter parenting which can eventually hinder the formation of healthy relationship where the child and parent is concerned.
Overuse of baby monitors also lead to stress and inadequate sleep for the parent, it can also hinder sleep training for the baby.
It is also important for parents to know that a little bit it shenanigans at night is to be expected and absolutely normal. It should not really be a cause for concern when your little one gets out of bed to play with her toys provided you make up for it by giving him or her an earlier bedtime or more naps during the day.
Disclaimer: all information and suggestions discussed and provided on this article are provided for the sake of information purposes only and therefore can not be substituted for the counsel of qualified and/or registered medical personnel, pediatrician, attorney or health care provider.