Baby Monitors?

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Baby Monitors?
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Tue, 06-29-2010 - 3:31pm

DH's family has decided that instead of buying us clothes and other littlethings that we'll be getting at our two (maybe three?) showers, they're going to go in together and get us a nice baby monitor.

That said, what types of monitors do you all like, and why? DH is interested in the Angel Monitor, but it has some features that I don't like (such as the pad being too small). Baby will be in our room with us for awhile (at least 6 months if not longer), but will eventually be moved to the nursery which is across the house. Also, our room is on the opposite side of the house than the living room, so we'll need something for naps.

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In reply to: cavenyee
Tue, 06-29-2010 - 4:57pm

I personally don't use a baby monitor, so I probably won't be a huge amount of help. That being said, I'm thinking if you're going to have baby in your room for 6 months, you wouldn't really need the features of the angel care monitor. I would think after 6 months a video monitor would be a lot more useful than one that senses movement. (it's a given that baby will move after 6 months, with a video monitor you can see how they're moving, are they trying to climb out of the crib, etc.)

Again, hopefully other people will comment because I don't use a monitor (tiny apartment) and don't know a whole lot about them, but I've always been under the impression that the angel care monitors are really for when baby is tiny and you're worried about SIDS.

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In reply to: cavenyee
Tue, 06-29-2010 - 5:19pm

We had a basic 2 room digital Graco monitor and it worked well for us. It let me have one receiver in our bedroom where Eloise sleeps and one in Desmond's room so if I was downstairs and they were both asleep and I could hear both rooms. That being said we didn't really need a monitor till Desmond was 18 months or so, and we still don't really need one with Eloise at 15 months. Then again Eloise can go up and down the stairs by herself, so if she is upstairs and wakes up she can come down all alone, though 99% of the time I hear her even without the monitor and go and get her as she wakes up.

Video monitors are not that great from those I know who had them, though I know some other people who loved theirs. If baby isn't in the right position then you can't see them when you have them on. I really have found that a baby monitor is something I can live without. Though it is kind of nice with a 3 year old so I can hear all the trouble he is getting into when he wanders upstairs by himself.












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In reply to: cavenyee
Tue, 06-29-2010 - 10:16pm
I had a Graco basic monitor when we just had Alex, with one parent unit in our bedroom and one in the living room. But with two kids, I went out and got a used digital Graco 2-room monitor (that PP mentioned) from the secondhand store. I still am able to have a parent unit in our bedroom and one in the living room, but it is awesome because I have it set to where it lets you listen to one child's room for 10 seconds, then the other child's room for 10 seconds, back and forth all night long. So you might consider a 2-room one if you plan on having more than one child (in different rooms, anyway)
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In reply to: cavenyee
Wed, 06-30-2010 - 10:16pm
I can't remember the monitor we have as they don't carry it at babies r us anymore. It was digital. I'd have to look it up. We used it in the beginning but we probably didn't need it. We only have one floor in our home and our son's bedroom is next to ours and he's so loud as I hear him clearly. I might have gotten a video now that he's moving around in his crib I wish I could see him that he doesn't get stuck or anything like that. I think when we have our 2nd we will get a video one for sure.
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In reply to: cavenyee
Wed, 06-30-2010 - 11:04pm

http://www.gracobaby.com/Catalog/Pages/ProductListingPage.aspx?catID=10:405||1&subCatID=11:4294958957||1&pID=10434:4294958978||1

We have this one from Graco. We've used it once or twice when he has been napping in his room and we are in the basement. I can hear him from every other point in the house when he's in his room. I dont use it at night even though he's in his own room...I wouldnt sleep at all that way and I can hear him when he wakes up because his room is right next to ours. Its very basic and gets the job done, and because we dont use it that much, I'm glad we didnt spend a ton of money on a monitor. It really depends on your needs or wants.

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In reply to: cavenyee
Thu, 07-01-2010 - 8:23am

Thanks for all the advice, ladies!

I'm leaning toward just finding a basic one. I wouldn't worry about it at all, but we keep the doors shut that separate the two sides of the house, because the cats are only allowed on one side. Well, and the house is so long that if I'm in our bedroom and DH is in the living room, I can't hear him if he yells something.

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In reply to: cavenyee
Fri, 07-02-2010 - 12:39am

We have this one from Graco and so far have been very happy with it.


http://www.gracobaby.com/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=2791VIB1


I use it mainly at nighttime when Selin goes to bed and we are watching tv in our family room on the other side of the house. DH usually has the tv up so loud at night that I can't hear Selin without the monitor. Sometimes I use it during the day