When Scott and I were looking for baby monitors during my pregnancy with Elle, Scott tried to talk me into the most expensive baby monitor on the market. Of course he did. Frugal me thought we could get by with just a regular non-video sound monitor. Although we didn’t go with the most expensive model, Scott won the fight and we ended up with a video monitoring system.
To this day it is one of the best baby purchases we have made. With Elle (and now Evie) sleeping on a different floor from us, the video has provided peace of mind more times than I can count. And sure, I might be a tad obsessive at checking the monitor to make sure all is ok, but I love love love looking at the monitor and seeing my babes blissfully sleeping.
Besides peace of mind, though, the monitor has provided us with endless amounts of entertainment. We’ve watched Elle singing nursery rhymes while waving her blankie in the air and we’ve laughed about the various sleep positions in the crib (my favorite is when knees are tucked under so the little bobo is raised in the air). Since I usually put my babies down for nap when they are sleepy but still awake, from time to time I’ve watched the monitor with great exasperation while the babes chatted themselves to sleep.
The first video below is Elle. I can’t remember how old she is but not old enough to be pulling up on the crib yet. She had just learned to blow raspberries and on this particular nap day she thought it would be more fun to make noise than sleep. After I took the video I did have to go up and rock her a bit but I remember her taking a great nap that afternoon. The second video is of Evie a few weeks ago (just after 5 months) when we finally stopped swaddling her during naps. Talk talk talk talk–ooooh, toes in my mouth! (apologies for the iphone recording of the monitor–and warning that there is baby screeching in both videos)
I’ll never ever ever forget, though, the first time that Elle discovered the camera sitting on top of her crib. Scott and I were watching as she pulled up her little head so her eyes were right in front of the monitor. She looked at it ever so curiously and then swiped it to the ground. We nearly died of laughter but promptly mounted the camera to the wall the next day.
Almost every night since we’ve had babies, I check the monitor before putting my head on the pillow to go to sleep. Every single time it melts my heart to see my sleeping babes. And every time I pass the monitor over to Scott and ask “Look! don’t you just love them?” There are few things that are sweeter than a sleeping babe.
Do you have any tales from the crib?
I was invited by the folks behind Dropcam to share my tales from the crib. Even though my monitor isn’t dropcam and I have no affiliation with Dropcam, it was fun reminiscing. This is not a paid post. The kind folks a Dropcam invite you to share your own tales from the crib–if you’re interested, let me know and I’ll pass on the contact information.