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After the birth of my first baby I can remember not sleeping much if at all in the first 3 months. It was all sort of a blur but she was only a couple of feet away from me in her bassinet during the night. At 3 months I transitioned her to her crib in her own room which should have been a good thing, but for me it brought overwhelming fear and paranoia. Even though I followed all of the guidelines about preventing SIDS: no bumper pads, no loose blankets, no stuffed animals in the crib, etc. , I was still terrified that she would just stop breathing during the night. The thought of it consumed me to the point that even once she would finally fall asleep, I would just lay in bed and stare at the video monitor trying to see if I could see her chest moving up and down. I just couldn’t relax. I had become resigned to the fact that I would spend at least the first year of her life living on minimal sleep to ensure her safety while sleeping. I couldn’t imagine having only an audio monitor. I needed to keep my eye on her at all times. It sounds crazy but I was completely obsessed!
The Second Time Around
With baby number 2 on the way I knew I would probably be a little more relaxed this time but still was worried. I can remember thinking, If we had the money, I’d just hire a nanny to sit and watch my baby while he slept to make sure he was ok. That’s probably what celebrities do, right?! Ryan, for the life of, him could not see from my point of view. “Our parents didn’t even have baby monitors for us and we survived!” he said. He was also quick to point out that we are not celebrities. The nerve. Doesn’t he know you’re not supposed to argue with a very pregnant, very emotional woman?! He didn’t even see the need for a video baby monitor. (*sigh*)
So you can imagine my surprise when Ryan came across something called the MonBaby (affiliate link) and actually wanted to buy it! The MonBaby (affiliate link) is a wearable breathing and roll over monitor that securely snaps onto your baby’s clothing. It tracks your baby’s movements, breathing, and sleep position and sends alerts directly to your smartphone. I was beyond excited about Ryan’s discovery! This little blue button was going to save my sanity and give me the peace of mind I so desperately needed this time! We ordered it at the very end of my pregnancy and it actually arrived the day I went into labour! We were able to put it on our little guy the first night we spent in the hospital. All of the nurses thought it was so cool!
On our first night home from the hospital I was actually able to relax when we went to sleep. I didn’t need to constantly check on him in his bassinet because the MonBaby (affiliate link) was keeping an eye on him for me. It was so nice! Of course I still woke up to check on him but not as frequently as with my first. Once we moved him to his own room, I still used a video monitor but the MonBaby (affiliate link) gave me the extra confidence that he was ok. What a relief!
Truth be told, I’ll always worry about my kids, as most mothers do! I still check to see if Olivia is breathing during the night and she’s almost 6! (The paranoia never left me). If I thought I could convince Ryan to buy a second MonBaby (affiliate link) and video monitor for her, I would! (It comes in Pink too!).
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With Love & Light,