While we were on our trip to Arizona, we left our video monitor with my parents who were kind enough to watch Cambridge for the week. I do believe that was the longest time I had ever gone without watching Leighton while he napped and slept. Yes, I know he's now three and a half, but now is the perfect time to have video capabilities because he's stealthy like a cat as he creeps out of bed to indulge in devious toddler-like shenanigans.
There have been times in the past when our video monitors have died, and I've had to rely on the "old fashioned" methods of using a sound only monitor, or *GASP*, even using my own ears for the telltale signs that something is up, but my control freak nature really gets stressed out in times like those.
When I saw my neighbors using a sound only monitor, I asked why they chose to go that route, and they explained to me that they didn't want to become obsessed with every movement of her children, wondering if they were waking up or not. Yes, that is a valid concern because I have done (and still do) that as I watch my video monitor with diligence. However, like I said before, sometimes when children are old enough to be stealthy, a video monitor is necessary... especially one with a 2-way speaker. Without that constant surveillance and "voice from GOD" over the speaker, my three-year-old ran a muck for days: not taking naps, turning his heater up all the way, and being super annoying and whiny from the lack of naps. Not good... for anyone.
Yes, yes, yes, I know "people used to do without baby monitors" a long, LONG, time ago, but just because people used to do things differently doesn't mean that we have to nowadays. I mean seriously, people used to churn their own butter and bathe once a week in shared bath water, but that doesn't mean we have to do those things now, right?! Let's get realistic here people. We live in a modern age with amazing technology. Yes, that technology can create crutches for us to rely on, but it can also be a very helpful parenting tool.
Whether you decide to go video or go "old school" is probably up to your parenting style. We control freaks need the video feed, and the more laid back parents can probably due with sound alone. Regardless of which way you choose to go, just try not to let the technology control you... or you'll become psychotic like I am!
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