When do you get rid of the baby monitor?

Ashley - posted on 02/27/2009 ( 28 moms have responded )

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My little girl will be 2 next month, and I still turn the baby monitor on every night. I'm a heavy sleeper, so I turn it up pretty loud so I will hear her when she wakes up. My husband is a light sleeper, and he hears her every time she rolls over. He thinks it's time to get rid of it, but I"m scared I won't hear her if she needs me. She's a good sleeper and rarely ever wakes up and calls out for me, but occasionally it happens. What do I do?

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April - posted on 03/08/2009

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Oh wow. I'm with Claudia on this one. My son is 2 and 3 months and I have never really thought of getting rid of the monitor. After reading the replies, I was like "I'm supposed to get rid of the monitor, really? ooops" haha. Our bedroom is on the other side of the house, and both of our doors are closed (we have a kitty cat). We'll probably keep the monitor until he's like 4 or 5 and I don't see anything wrong with that :)

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Quoting Tanya:

Ashley, ashley,, ashley,,, u definatley neeed to get rid of it,,,yes u may feel a bit insecure about it and feel like u wont hear her,,,trust me one of u will and ur daughter may even get out of her bed and wake u up ,,,for ur hubby sake get rid of it,,,she is a bit old now to be listened to on a speaker dont u think?



What about mommy's sake? And unless they are 15 they aren't to old for a monitor in my opinion and even then it's questionable. lol What about if you sleep with the bedroom doors closed and have white noise? There is no way I'd hear her, mommy instincts or not.

Claudia - posted on 03/07/2009

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LOL  This has got me rolling on the floor ladies!  My son is 3 1/2 and I STILL have the monitor on.  Sometimes I forget to turn it on and truthfully it's probably got to go, I mean he can honestly get outta his toddler bed and come get me if he needs me.  However,  I did like it when he gets a cough or something so I can go in and give him his cough syrup etc.  Hilarious though, I hadn't even given it a second thought -- in fact if I hadn't read this post I would've probably kept it in there til he was 10... well maybe 18??   lol 

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Coree - posted on 04/22/2014

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What is your opinion about still keeping a baby monitor for one's teenage twin boys?

Domenique - posted on 03/11/2009

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I took away my son's at two when he moved into a big boy bed (and gave it to the new baby). If he has a problem, he just comes to get me or Daddy. The baby is 14 months now and I won't remove it for awhile yet. I like to listen when he's sick. But most of the time its turned off or really low and I use it as a alarm clock. When he wakes up so do I. (laughs) But I can hear him anywhere in the house even without it.

Christa - posted on 03/10/2009

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Im a monitor mommy!.. lol.. Ive gotta have the monitor or I can't sleep... My sons room is on the other side of the house.. and it would kill me if he woke up in the middle of the night because he doesn't feel good or for whatever reason.. and I don't hear him! :( I plan on keeping it for awhile...

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My little boy turned two in november and I still use a baby monitor. He still sometimes gets up at night and I dont want to miss that. I would suggust using it until she is in routine of when and if she gets up to come to your room and get you. Then its a matter of are you comfortable not having it. My sons room is downstairs and I would not be comfortable not knowing if he was up or not because there are still many days that he gets up.

Ashley - posted on 03/09/2009

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Wow!  I can't believe I got such a response on this topic.  Thank all of you for your input.  I went with Michelle on this one.  The baby monitor is off now, but if I wake up, I turn it on just to check on her, and she's normally sleeping.  The hubby is happy!

Cheryl - posted on 03/08/2009

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My son is 2.5 and I still use the monitor but that's mostly because I can't a hear a thing coming out of his room. Once he's in a toddler bed instead of a crib I plan to take it away. He can just come get me if he needs me.

Jesica - posted on 03/08/2009

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We still use ours and my daughter is 25 mos old. I still like to be able to hear if she is up or not. I'll probably continue to use it for a while since I sleep at the other end of our apartment and I'm not sure if I'd wake up to her crying or playing otherwise.

I agree with Brandi and say you should maybe turn it down low so you only hear her when she really needs you instead of every single movement during the night.

I leave ours pretty low. When it's higher I've found myself waking up and going in to get her only to find that she was just whining in her sleep for a second. Then OF COURSE I wake her up by going in to look. haha

Jane - posted on 02/28/2009

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My little boy is 15 months and I still use our monitor, Im sure I would hear him if he woke in the night, but I like to hear the constant beeping with every breath that he takes! I have turned the sensor off that sounds the alarm though as he doesnt stay in one place and it was too stressful everytime he rolled off the pad! My boyfriend wears ear plugs in bed so that he cannot hear it! lol On the odd occasion he wakes up and cries I have it in stereo as I refuse to have the doors closed too! lol

Jennifer - posted on 02/28/2009

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Unless you really can't hear due to a far proximenty of bedrooms you really will wake up from Mommy instinct alone. My husband is such a heavy sleeper I might as well be a single parent when it comes to night time issues! I am a light sleeper though & when my son was 18 months I gave up the monitor because I was not getting enough sleep (it was becoming a health issue, he wasn't waking, but I wasn't sleeping). He was a preemie & we'd had him on an angel monitor in our room for eleven months before we moved him to his own crib with a regular monitor ( the alarm would sound because he was now rolling off it, which more terrifying!) It was funny I could sleep with the constant beep from that, but not sleep from actual breathing sounds coming through the regular monitor. I went cold turkey & it was awful the first couple of nights, but once I realized I WOULD wake up when he NEEDED me I started getting some sleep! If your husband is indeed a light sleeper try it with no monitor a night or two. Set an agreement with him that if you don't wake up after ___ amount of time he should wake you, because he will wake up anyway. If this happens then maybe you do still need the monitor, because you don't wake after all, but you probably will wake just from instict alone. :-)

Shirley - posted on 02/28/2009

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hiya,Iv have two daughters 3yr and 2yrs,Iv never had a monitor,rely on gut instincts,if you dont hear her the first time,im sure she'l scream loud enough to wake you!!! or climb out of bed and come through,be brave or you'l never give it up.

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Is that a pic of you in a wedding dress?  I'm getting married in April and it looks a LOT like my dress.  Love the red!

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We're supposed to stop using the monitor??? LOL I was planning on leaving mine in my son's room until he hits puberty.....LOL Just kidding!



I have been wondering about this too.  Our son is 16 months old and I still use the monitor at night.  It doesn't bother me or my boyfriend though so it's not really an issue.  The reason we still use it is because our bedroom is on the opposite side of the house from our son's and we all sleep with the doors closed.  I have 4 cats that are not allowed in our bedrooms...I prefer to keep the fur out of my bedrooms....just to make my cleaning life easier.  I don't know when we're gonna stop using the monitor but it probably won't be anytime soon. 

Jessica - posted on 02/28/2009

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I think you should nix it as well. My almost 2 year old is clear on the other side of the house and I definitely could hear her the few times in a couple months that she has woken up. I got rid of the monitor shortly after she began sleeping through then night (14 months). My hubby and I do sleep with the door open because she is in the front of the house and we are in the back and it totally freaks me out! Your mommy instincts will kick in and you will hear her if you need too!

Tanya - posted on 02/27/2009

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Ashley, ashley,, ashley,,, u definatley neeed to get rid of it,,,yes u may feel a bit insecure about it and feel like u wont hear her,,,trust me one of u will and ur daughter may even get out of her bed and wake u up ,,,for ur hubby sake get rid of it,,,she is a bit old now to be listened to on a speaker dont u think?

Jen - posted on 02/27/2009

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I'm also addicted to listening to the baby monitor. Both my husband and I are heavy sleepers and I wake up faster with the monitors. He keeps telling me to get rid of it, but I just tell him that she'll be going into a toddler bed soon (she's 15 months) and we'll want to know when she gets out of bed.

Michelle - posted on 02/27/2009

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When I was weaning myself of the baby montiors I keep the end one in my childs room and my end off, so that if I woke up I could turn it on and take a listen.  I allso keep my children's doors open a bit and mine stays open all the way. 

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Yeah he still complains now and then too and thinks that we don't need it because she wakes up maybe once every couple weeks but since he's not the one that's getting up to soothe her even though she wakes him up he can just deal with it in my opinion. After almost 2 years (he's never thought we needed it) I think he's finally given up that fight. I hope maybe turning it down helps for you guys!! Good luck!

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Yeah my SO is the same way, he wants it gone (it hums sometimes) but I'm just not ready for that, if it wasn't there, there is no way I'd hear her down the hall, and she has to sleep with the door closed (as does he, she's so much like him it's scary) so if she was really terrified there would be no way I'd hear her. So I feel your pain!!

Ashley - posted on 02/27/2009

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We've got a fan and a humidifier going, and that does help, but he's such a light sleeper that any little noise will wake him up.  He wants to pitch it.  I know that he's tired, but it's kindof a security blanket for me to have it there.  Thanks for the advice though, maybe just turning it down will work.

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Oh yeah, I'm just not ready to get rid of it either for fear that she'll need me too!! there have been nights that I've forgotten to turn it on and she's been fine, but I'm just not ok with not using it anymore, at least not yet.

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I still use mine and my daughter will also be 2 in April, I keep my really low though, I'm a heavy sleeper but I still hear her every time she cries, with it being low though I only hear her if she's really upset, sometimes she cries out in her sleep and I don't wake up to that anymore just the heavy duty cries. I'd say try turning it low and see if that helps you and your husband. Another thing that we do is have a fan running in our room, it's on his side of the bed so it totally knocks out the monitor noise for him as well as I've got the monitor right next to the bed and pretty much in my face so with it being low, the fan running and it being so close, I'm the only one that hears it.

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