Friday, April 20, 2012

Dad’s Perspective

A Dad’s Perspective On Why You Should Own A Baby Monitor

Almost 3 years ago, my wife and I were blessed with a beautiful baby girl.  Two years later, our amazing son entered our world as well.  What a life changing event!  But one of the biggest changes I noticed was in regards to my wife’s “parenting instincts”.  She’s a total natural at being a mom.  Caring, compassionate, patient, everything I’m notJ.  However, one thing I can do well is stay calm, and not panic.  My wife has a hard time with this, and worries about the kids constantly.  So you can imagine how worried she was when we moved each kid into their own bedroom.
Having a baby video monitor made a huge difference for many reasons.  In case you’re not aware, a baby video monitor gives you a clear image of your child (even in the dark) so you can ensure that they’re sleeping soundly.

At first, we would be up all night because both of us would check the monitor constantly (I’ll admit, I was nervous too).  After a while, I was able to leave the monitor alone and trust in its effectiveness.  My wife was able to do the same a short while later.  Essentially, you have a clear image of your child, as well as audio so it’s just like being in the room with them.  I loved the fact that I didn’t have to tiptoe through our room to get ready for work each morning, and my wife loved the fact that I wasn’t waking our kids up early as well.

Additionally, you quickly find that there are a lot of precious moments you capture with a baby video monitor.  When my daughter goes to sleep at night, she holds up her bunny and pretends to let it drink out of her water up.  My son likes to roll to the bottom of the crib and play with a toy attached to the crib until he falls asleep.  It’s kind of cool to see how your kids act when you’re not around, and it saves you a lot of sleep when you know you don’t have to check on them every time you hear a noise!  Many video monitors also come with a camera feature, so you can snap a picture anytime from the receiver to capture a cute moment.

And I wouldn’t be a true dad if I didn’t mention this last perk…..they’re affordable!  It used to be quite expensive to purchase a baby monitor with a video feature.  You can now get one for around $100, which is easily worth the cost.

So from the sleep I’ve gained back, to the freedom to roam around my room in the morning, to all the moments my wife and I have witnessed watching our kids on the video monitor, I can assure you from a dad’s perspective owning a baby video monitor is the way to go!

Matt Millensifer is the owner of, a website that sells baby video monitors and accessories.  If you would like to reach him, send him an email at

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