Updated on April 6, 2017
Five Reasons a Baby Monitor Is Essential for Toddlers #AventMoms
I received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.
It’s probably pretty obvious that a baby monitor is an important item you’re going to want to have when you welcome your bundle of joy into the family. The peace of mind a baby monitor offers while your little one is sleeping is priceless. But what about when your baby becomes a toddler? Does toddlerhood mean it’s time to ditch the baby monitor? Absolutely not! In fact, I would argue that a baby monitor becomes even more important as your little one moves into toddlerhood! A baby monitor for toddlers? How can that be? Oh so many reasons. Here are my five reasons to keep using a baby monitor well into toddlerhood.
1. Toddlers don’t necessarily sleep any more/better than babies.
If you’re patiently waiting for baby to get through the latest sleep regression and slip seamlessly into the magical territory of sleeping from 7pm to 7am once they’re one year old, you’re in for a surprise. Yes, some toddlers are wonderful sleepers, but many toddlers are not. Petit Prince is one of the many toddlers who aren’t sleeping through the night at 18 months old. In fact, he’s up once and sometimes twice each night. Being able to see and hear him when he wakes up is helping me maximize my sleep time. I use the ECO mode of the Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor when I go to bed. That means the screen only turns on when Petit Prince makes some noise so I don’t have to worry that the bright screen will keep me awake. When he starts to stir, I can see what he’s doing so I know if he’s just shifting position or if he actually needs me to come in and help him fall back to sleep.
2. Toddlers like to climb.
The Heir wasn’t much of the climbing type, but Petit Prince is a total climber. Despite his crib mattress being as low as it can go, I’m convinced that one of these days he’s going to get himself up and out of it on his own. Enter the Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor. He may be quiet as a mouse, but I can see the mischief he’s up to when he’s being all too quiet. If it looks like he’s making a break for it, I can get to his room before he tumbles to the floor.
3. Sleeping toddlers are adorable and also creepy.
We didn’t have a video monitor with The Heir, but a lot of our friends with babies the same age had them. I remember them sharing the sweetest photos of their toddlers sleeping, and was a little envious that I had no way to see what The Heir did in his sleep. Well, I suppose I could have attempted to sneak into his room to watch him, but we all know how easy it is to sneak into the room of a sleeping toddler without waking him up. With the Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor, I don’t miss any of the sweet things Petit Prince does in his sleep. The 3.5″ high-res colour screen gives me a great picture, and I can even use the 2x digital zoom to get even closer! I love seeing the way he always shimmies himself right up to the top of the crib and how he still likes to sleep with his bum up in the air sometimes. It’s totally adorbs. Sometimes Petit Prince does some downright creepy things in his sleep, and I get to see those moments too! Just last night he was sound asleep and then all of a sudden was sitting straight up in the middle of his crib. It was a little Paranormal Activity-esque, but he quickly flopped right back down to sleep. I’m not even sure he was awake when he sat up… Creepy.
4. Some toddlers think stripping down in their crib is fun.
Yup, I’m going there. Petit Prince has not reached this point yet, but judging from the way he likes to grip onto the tabs of his diaper when he can get his hands on it, I think it’s coming. There are toddlers out there who like to remove their clothing and their diaper while they’re hanging out in the crib. Guess what happens if your toddler manages to remove their diaper in the crib without your knowledge… Wouldn’t that be a messy surprise? Indeed. With the Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor set up, you can see it happening before it gets out of hand. I’ve also heard that putting sleepers on backwards can prevent your toddler from getting their hands on or into their diaper.
5. No one can be in two rooms at once!
Once Petit Prince is through the latest sleep regression (can I call it a sleep regression if it’s lasted more than a year?), I plan to move the Philips Avent Digital Baby Monitor into the playroom. I love that Petit Prince is reaching that age where he likes to play independently with his older brother. The two of them seem to thoroughly enjoy each other’s company and The Heir likes showing Petit Prince how to use his toys. However, sometimes the wrestling gets a little out of hand or Petit Prince starts climbing on things he shouldn’t (did I mention that he’s a climber?). I’d love to always be able to be in the same room with my kids, but the reality is that sometimes I have to get things done around the house! Having the monitor set up in the baby-proofed playroom while I’m cooking dinner keeps the little guys out of the kitchen and allows me to still keep a close eye on what’s going on. The parent unit of the monitor can be plugged in, but it also runs on batteries so I can have it with me no matter where I am in the house. Best of all, the Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor lets me talk to the boys through the monitor. That’s right. No more yelling up the stairs or running up and down constantly. If it looks like they’re getting too rough, I can tell them to take it down a notch through the monitor! Brilliant.
Of course the Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor is great for keeping an eye on your newborn too! This monitor won the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Seal of Approval, so you know it’s full of features parents love. The built in nightlight is perfect for late night feeding sessions, and the soothing lullabies allow you to play a little music for baby at bedtime. There’s a temperature sensor in the monitor as well, so you know exactly how warm or cool it is in baby’s room and can dress them for bed accordingly. The parent unit lasts for up to 10 hours before you need to plug it back in, so you don’t need to be moving the plug-in all over the house as you go about your day. It has a great range at 150 ft, so you can be virtually anywhere in the house and still keep an eye on your little one. Something I LOVE about the Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor is that it runs interference free! I can’t tell you how many monitors I’ve tried that have “white noise” or a fuzzy static sound whenever they were on. The Philips Avent Digital Video Monitor is totally silent, private, and secure! Love that!
How would you like the chance to WIN one of two Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitors? The giveaway is open to Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) and closes on February 5th, 2017.
Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.