When we were registering for my baby shower, I tried really hard to keep things reasonable. I registered only for the items I thought were a necessity, and I shopped around to find the cheapest places for those items. We got a very reliable audio baby monitor that has served us well.
But I always WANTED a super fancy video baby monitor (even though I couldn’t justify it at ALL! Who really NEEDS one of those, anyhow?) But still, it just seemed like it would be SO COOL! We started looking into getting one for fun, but they’re SO EXPENSIVE (at least, the ones with good reviews are!) that I’d pretty much given up on the idea.
But then I reaped the benefit of having a computer savvy hubby! He sent me a link to a common web camera with night vision that got GREAT reviews from a lot of people who rigged it up to work as a baby monitor. I could swing $65 for a device I really wanted, so we gave it a try. I wouldn’t call it a necessity, but I sure do love love LOVE having it!
I can see the video feed from my computer, but I can also view it from my phone (which helps me differentiate between, “HELP, MY LEG IS STUCK IN THE CRIB SLATS!” and “WAH, I’m bored and annoyed!” cries in the middle of the night). That means that I don’t need to be wishy washy over my decision to go to him when he’s crying – I can tell at a glance if I should get out of bed, or if I can stay and snooze a while longer. And frankly, anything that lets me continue sleeping guilt free gets my seal of approval!
So if you’re interested in a video baby monitor (but don’t want to spend major bucks!) and you have some computer skills (or are willing to do some research – the information on how to set up your router isn’t included with the camera, but if you can do some Googling and trial and error, you should be okay!) I thought people might want to know that this is an option! We would have done this MUCH sooner if we’d known about it, so maybe I can help spread the word 😉
Does anybody else have any cool (but totally unnecessary) gadgets that they just love? 🙂 Tell me in the comments!
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