Parenthood is a challenge no one prepares you for, and one where you will have to learn as you go.
This can be a difficult endeavor, as we are terrified of making a mistake that can endanger our children.
But fret not… in the era of the Internet, you have plenty of resources and parental experiences that can help you guide your way.
Likewise, we want to make it easier for you, and today we want to talk about baby monitors.
When to Start Using A Baby Monitor
If you don’t sleep next to your baby’s crib, it can be really complicated to hear them cry while you sleep… especially after a full day of caring for them!
That is why baby monitors were invented: they help you keep an eye on how the baby is doing. And make sure nothing is wrong (such as the baby puking or it is trying to climb out of the crib).
Most parents say the right age to start using a baby monitor is “as soon as possible”. This is because newborns and babies up to 6 months old will wake up in the middle of the night scared and afraid.
And will most times need nightly feedings that you might forget about if you are sleeping?
When to Stop Using the Baby Monitor
The consensus is less clear when it comes to the right age to stop using a baby monitor.
Some parents say you should stop when your baby starts to talk as they will be able to call for you when they need help.
However, other parents are much more conservative and say that you shouldn’t remove the baby monitor until the child is a toddler… and can not only talk but also walk on their own.
If you need an exact point in time, most doctors recommend keeping it until the 3 years mark.
As that’s where toddlers have enough maturity to sleep through the night… and only call for you if they need help in the middle of the night.
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