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Do I need a wireless baby monitor?

As new parents, you want to be keeping an eye on your baby at all times, even when you’re not in the same room. So, should you be considering investing in a wireless baby monitor set so that you can pay attention to your baby’s every noise?

The objective of having a wireless baby monitor is to alert you to any distress or discomfort your baby may be experiencing so that you can attend to him or her quickly. It is a useful device but may not be necessary for everyone, depending on your needs. Consider some factors when deciding whether to buy a wireless baby monitor.

Size of your home

A wireless baby monitor is very useful if you have a larger home or apartment. It allows you to perform your household chores, or even just relax in another room while your baby is sleeping somewhere else in the crib. Wireless baby monitor sets usually come with a portable handheld monitor that you can carry with you around the house.

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If you live in a small apartment however, you probably don’t need a monitor as you’ll be able to hear your baby wake up and cry from almost anywhere in the home.

Where your baby sleeps

Another factor that determines whether you need a wireless baby monitor is where your baby sleeps. If your baby sleeps at night in your bedroom, then you probably don’t need a monitor. If your baby has his or her own nursery and sleeps there, then yes, a monitor might be a must-have for your peace of mind.

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In the day time, does your baby take naps in the crib or elsewhere? If your baby naps in the crib, then you might want a wireless baby monitor so you know when he or she wakes up. However, many parents like to have their babies nap in bouncers or swings in the same room as them e.g. living room. If your baby is always with you, you won’t need to shell out for a monitor.

Are you returning to work?

This last factor is quite different from the first two in terms of purpose. If you’re returning to work and leaving your child in the care of a nanny or a family member, you might miss your baby and want to have a way to watch him or her sleep.

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In that case, a web-enabled video monitor may be want you’re looking for. These types of internet baby monitors upload a secure internet video feed that you can download to your phone, tablet or PC via WiFi. You can also share the video feed with other members of the family so they can enjoy watching your baby too.

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