Deciding On Our Baby Monitor

We have spent the last few weeks deciding what baby monitor to get for Baby Beagle. Based on recommendations from various people, including friends, family, and our birthing class instructor, we had narrowed it down to two different types: a video monitor or a movement monitor.

A brief description of each:

  • A video monitor – In addition to offering the typical sound monitoring, you could also mount a small camera and watch your baby. We were at a friend’s house a few months back, and they swore by this.
  • A movement monitor – Our childbirth class instructor recommended a movement monitor. In addition to the sound, there was a device that was placed in the crib that sounded an alarm if there was no movement for 20 seconds. This was designed to warn if the baby stopped breathing. The alarm would alert the parents with the goal to reduce the chance of SIDS.

We picked out our favorite kind of each type. Here’s the one we considered of each type, as well as some pros and cons:

Video Monitor

Summer Infant Deluxe Day & Night Handheld Color Video Monitor with 2.5

Pros: Can see your baby
Cons: Only one monitor, inability to monitor babies movement, requires wall mounting of the camera.

Movement Monitor

BébéSounds Angelcare® Deluxe Movement Sensor with Sound Monitor

Pros: Two monitors (one for each parent), alerts if baby isn’t breathing, cheaper than the video monitor, room temperature monitor, built in night-light for nursery.
Cons: Requires hard surface to be placed at the bottom of the crib, alarm will sound if you forget to turn it off before removing the baby from the crib.

Our decision

We went back and forth a few different times. We loved the idea of watching our baby but also loved the idea of knowing that our baby was breathing.

In the end, we ended up going with the movement monitor.

The reason was the safety issue. While seeing our baby would have been cool, we know that first time parents are constantly getting up and checking that the baby is still breathing. This should hopefully give us some peace of mind so that we don’t have that worry, and can catch a few more winks. And since I have had no less than ten people over the last two days tell me how little sleep we’ll be getting once the baby comes (and no, hearing it NEVER gets old), I figure any little bit we can add to our sleep schedule will be nice.

We purchased it today. I think it was the right choice, but only time and the baby will tell. We’re only a couple of weeks away from the due date, so we will definitely be able to tell soon!