January 5, 2012

Baby Monitor Blues

Let me start this off by saying I don't have a video monitor for Evie. Some people think I am insane, but I never wanted one. I knew I would spend all night staring at the screen, so we elected to get a Sony BabyCall monitor. We love this monitor; it's been great.

Now, I am wondering when do we ditch the monitor? Evie has been sleeping through the night since she was eleven weeks old (hooray Babywise) and is completely happy to play quietly in her crib if she wakes up before her "waketime" which is between 7:45 and 8:00 in the morning depending on if it is a weekday or a weekend. Yes go ahead and hate me now, my child has, for the most part, figured out the whole sleeping later on the weekends thing. She never cries in the middle of the night.

All of this makes me feel like we could ditch the baby monitor. I know Evie sleeps through the night. I know if she wakes up she is capable of putting herself right back to sleep. I know at nine months and twenty-three lbs she is capable of going twelve hours without eating. Still, one thought plagues me, I mean it literally haunts me, "What if she wakes up in the middle of the night and needs me? I'm her mommy, and I promised her I would always be there if she needed me.". It is the big fat what if that keeps me from turning off our trusty monitor and packing it away. All of this makes me feel like I am leaving it on more for my benefit, which is fine, but at some point I'll have to ditch the security blanket of the monitor.

I've looked it up on the interwebz, and I have heard anything from six months to three years. I know I have friends who still use one for their two year old, but I also have friends who stopped using it when their son was about seven months old. I know every situation and comfort level is different, I am just wondering at what point it is time for me to suck it up and turn it off. OR is nine months too early to even be thinking about this? 

It's a conundrum y'all.

{Any thoughts on what the appropriate age is for letting the monitor go?}


~C~ said...

Theo sleeps through the night too. He is 22 months. Around 15 months he started having night terrors and would wake up screaming bloody murder. He also wakes up sometimes when he is sick. We still use a monitor because his bedroom is on the opposite end of the house from the living room and we sometimes fall asleep on the couch. We don't need it 99% of the time, but it is comforting to me to know I will for sure hear him if he does wake up crying and I'm not in my bed across the hall from him.

Corinne said...

We still use one for our 3.5 year old. Granted, it is mostly because her room is up, and ours is down, but still. She sttn great for the longest, then around age 3 started to get scared of the dark, bad wolves, bad guys, monsters, etc, etc, etc. So she started waking up at all hours. You just never know when or why they could wake up in the middle of the night. What if they throw up? Super high fever? Fall out of bed (when they are a little older, obviously!). I don't think it is about sttn, it is just about being able to hear them easily. If the child's room is in close earshot, then a monitor isn't really necessary. All of this is just my opinion!

NKubon said...

I personally wouldn't drop it for a little longer, but that's ME. It's a personal preference and do what feels comfortable for you!

Jamie said...

We have the same monitor!!!!!!!! :-O hee hee. Cupcakes STTN too.. kind of... actually she didn't last night, but she does most nights. Clearly, I won't be giving up the monitor any time soon, lol.

For Love of Cupcakes

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

Haha- don't go by me. Hayley is 3 year, 3 months and we still use a monitor. I would drop it if you are comfortable with it:)