If you’re a parent, you know that the baby monitor is one of your most valuable tools. It gives you peace of mind to know that you can hear your little one breathing, even if you’re in another room. But at some point, every parent has to ask themselves: when is it time to stop using the baby monitor?
There’s no hard and fast rule for when to stop using a baby monitor. It’s different for every family. Some parents feel comfortable transitioning to a “audio only” monitor after a few months, while others find that they need the visual reassurance of a video monitor even when their child is a toddler. There are even some families who continue to use a monitor into the preschool years, just to be on the safe side.
Ultimately, it’s up to you as a parent to decide when you’re ready to stop using a baby monitor.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you make your decision:
- How well does your child sleep? If your child is a good sleeper, chances are you won’t need a monitor to listen for breathing. However, if your child is prone to night waking or nightmares, a monitor can give you peace of mind.
- Do you have other children in the house? If so, how do they feel about sharing a room with a baby monitor? If your older children are comfortable with the idea of sharing their space with a baby monitor, then it might be worth keeping it around for awhile longer. But if they’re not happy about it, it might be time to transition to an audio-only monitor.
- Do you live in a small space? If your home is on the smaller side, chances are you don’t need a baby monitor because you can hear your child crying from anywhere in the house. However, if you live in a larger home or apartment, a baby monitor can help you stay connected to your little one from any room.
There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to deciding when to stop using a baby monitor. It’s different for every family and every child. Ultimately, it’s up to you as a parent to decide what’s best for your family. Use these guidelines as food for thought as you make your decision!