Are cameras worth the $$$?

Michelle - posted on 08/22/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




I have a 4 yr old son and I'm 4months along with my pregnancy, I registered for the ultra awesome $250 camera so I could keep an eye on the baby. It's not that my son is bad he's just at a rough and tumble stage and I'm worried he'll try to pick the baby up or pull at the baby or put toys and pillows in the crib. Is this a real fear or am I over-worrying?


Caitlin - posted on 08/22/2011




I thought I would need one when I put my second daughter in the rrom with her older sister (they are only 15 months apart, so it's very close). I returned the camera after a few days of having it set up, because I found that any noise I heard from the room made me roll over and check on the camera, which really affected my sleep, I didn't sleep for more than 40 mins at a time. I would suggest simply using a playpen or a baby chair to keep the baby in your sight at all times. I would move the baby around int he rocking chair within my sight to make sure that she wasn't being hassled by her older sister, but the few times I had my back turned, I sure heard about it if they were bugging each other.

The other thing I could suggest since there is a bigger age gap is to make sure that none of the smaller toys (the choking hazards) are in the room that the baby is in, give your son his special toy space" but insist that the toys stay in there, so you wont have to be as worried about him feeding the baby lego or something. For us, we have a room separator for the playroom, and no toys leave the playroom unless I give them permission. We will have a new baby as well soon, so the little people playset will be making a comeback, because the pieces aren't as dangerous for little ones.


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Michelle - posted on 08/22/2011




Sorry, to clear up the confusion I had meant during night time/ nap time. Unfortunately they have to share a room for the first 8 months (after the initial bassinet stage) so I'm worried about my older son "helping" the baby before he goes to sleep.

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It really depends on what you are comfortable with but if you are going to pay attention to a camera it would be cheaper to pay attention to your 4 year old. I don't mean it rudely. I have a 1 month old and a 2 year old and I was worried because my 2 year old is very helpful... At least I her mind but we have done fine with just a cheap baby monitor because I can hear if she gets into the baby's room and also we have been working with her to not give the baby anything unless mommy and daddy are with her and it didn't take long for her to catch onto that. We haven't let our guard down by any means but it has been working so far. But if you are registered for it and someone else buys it for you then you aren't really out the money.

Lissa - posted on 08/22/2011




I'm a little confused, do you mean you are planning for them to share a room or are you concerned about leaving them in a room together if you need to make dinner etc?

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