New parents seem to have this fear of their new baby being alone in the other room, far away from them, where they can’t see them, where they can’t hear every coo and gurgle. We start to worry that our baby will stop breathing (or die from SIDS) or will cry and we won’t hear them, so we use baby monitors so that we can always hear them anytime they make a sound. My husband and I use baby monitors until we work on getting baby to sleep through the night, then we turn it off. So, we haven’t used one in months. However, we were recently sent a Levana Stella video baby monitor to review and it has been an awesome, extremely fun, and useful device to have with our toddler and preschoolers! Who knew?
We’ve never had a video baby monitor, as the price is usually pretty steep (this Levana Stella two camera model retails for $229.99 though it’s $50 off until October 31, 2014). But, I greatly enjoy seeing my friend’s pictures on Facebook and Instagram where they show their children on their video monitors sleeping in obscure positions, running around and not sleeping, or just sleeping adorably. A video baby monitor has always seemed pretty cool.
What makes this video monitor awesome though is that you can talk through it! We now have the ability to communicate with our children as they play in the toy room or as they lie down for sleep in their bedroom. We can remind them to get a pair of socks when they are in their bedroom, oh, and ask them if they would please grab a pair for their brother too. We can tell them to stop standing on the kiddy table as they pretend away in the toy room. We can also have fun with them as we play a little game of Simon Says via video monitor. Or, we can play one of the three little nursery rhyme tunes as they hopefully nod off to sleep, and thanks to the invisible LED night light, we can use the video monitors even in the dark.With all the bedrooms upstairs, and my “office” downstairs, it’s pretty cool to be able to check in on them as needed without having to climb the stairs (laziness at its finest, huh?). But, it’s also nice if I am busy cleaning up downstairs or taking care of one of the three kids, that I can peek in on the others upstairs and see what they are up to (because sometimes it’s something naughty). I do want to make sure they are safe and not climbing up our shelving unit in the playroom. I also want to make sure they aren’t climbing into Michael’s crib, and that Michael isn’t removing his diaper while in the crib. A video monitor is like parents really do have eyes in the back of their head!
With a video monitor I can also see the second my son gets up instead of just when I first hear that he’s up. This is especially helpful for the times that I am trying to let him sleep, but want or need to get out as soon as he gets up.
Since we know our kids, we know that they will play with these cameras, so are glad they have the ability to be hung up. Since our kids also think these cameras are pretty awesome, wanting us to see them on the screen, and to talk with us, they also love touching it, moving it around, etc. With it off their dresser, we don’t have to worry about the camera being dropped or something. Unfortunately, the cameras need to stay plugged in, so it doesn’t really make for the most visually appealing thing to have in a bedroom with cords and potentially extension cords, hanging about. But, with them hung up, you also won’t run into the issue of having a tabletop getting in the way of checking on your kid.
If you want to check out this video baby monitor from Levana for yourself, you can enter to win one from their Facebook page! To enter post a picture of your kiddos in their Halloween costumes on the Levana Facebook Timeline, your Twitter account, or your Instagram with the hashtag #Levanaween. The winner will receive a Levana Stella 2 Camera video monitor, just like the one I reviewed for you! Watching 2+ kids at once has never been so easy.
Have you ever used a video baby monitor? What’s your favorite thing about them?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine.
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