Someone asked me recently when I stopped using the baby monitor with my kids. I nearly choked on her question. Why? Because this is a long standing debate between me and my husband. He think I need to finally get rid of the baby monitor.
My youngest is more than 2 years old, and I am ashamed to admit that I still have a monitor in his room.
Maybe it’s a sentimental feeling that I think he needs me during the night, or I'm afraid I won’t hear him if he cries. More likely, however, I’m just not ready for him not to be my baby anymore.
Despite the fact that I complain about the monitor constantly, I can’t make myself turn it off. Even with the volume and sensitivity on the lowest level, it’s a constant noise maker in my bedroom. It makes sounds all night long as it picks up my son moving around, snoring and even noise from the street.
To be quite honest, it keeps me awake and I can’t stand it. But on the rare occasion that my son cries out in because he needs me, I fear I won't hear him without the monitor.
Some experts feel that parents don't need a baby monitor once the child is sleeping through the night, around 6 months old. Some even believe that using a monitor may make a child, who should self-soothe back to sleep, more likely to wake up.
My son is a good sleeper, so it’s very unusual that I go into his room in the middle of the night. So, why can’t I turn the silly thing off? Maybe it's because he still sleeps in a crib and can’t just wander into to my room to wake me up if he’s sick or has had a bad dream. Perhaps this is why I feel compelled to keep the monitor turned on.
But maybe it's time to get rid of the monitor and allow myself a peaceful night's sleep. What do you think?
Please share your parenting advice to help Perry Hall parents—myself included—struggling to cut the cord on the baby monitor. How old was your baby when you removed it from their room? Tell us in the comments.