Do you remember the first night you put baby to bed and tip-toed out of the room and stood on the other side of the door listening? Did you go back in after 90 seconds like I did? And then again two minutes later? Ok, be honest how many times did you stare at baby's chest and belly and just watch their breathing? If I had to take a guess, I probably "checked" on the baby a good 30 times a night in the beginning. And we co-sleep so that means that I did all my checking in the few hours between baby's bedtime and mine. Yeah, I was a bit of a nervous first time mom.
Sure, we had a baby monitor but it was a static-y walkie-talkie type model that wasn't much better than the original 1980's model. Looking back I should have just bought the fancy video monitor that my husband talked me out of because it was, in his words, ridiculous. He might have said something like "Dude, c'mon. We are not spending a day's pay for a video monitoring system to watch him sleep just fine". I thought differently but conceded that I might have been guided by my raging hormones and so I didn't wage that battle.
But looking back, it would have been nice. The peace of mind would have taken a bit of stress away from being a new mom. Sure, maybe some see it as frivolous spending but man, if there is a time to do that maybe it's when you are learning how to adjust to and care for a new human being for the first time. Can I get an AMEN?!
So if I had to do it all over again, I would have bought that video monitor. Maybe just maybe I would have had a chance to sit down for more than five minutes at a time in those first few months with a new baby. Heck, I might have even been able to watch a TV show after bedtime. Well, I probably would have just slept through a TV show but you get the point.
What did you use for a baby monitor? What would you recommend to a new mom for her baby registry?
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