The importance of having a baby monitor
Baby monitors can put your mind at rest by alerting you if your baby needs you. Some are used to monitor breathing or the heart in babies who have medical issues. Most healthy babies don’t need to be monitored, but you can talk to your doctor or child and family health nurse about whether a monitor is right for you and your baby.
You DO NOT need a baby monitor, if:
You have a small house or apartment. … Your baby is sleeping in a bedside bassinet or you are co-sleeping and your primary reason for having a baby monitor is to be able to observe your baby at night.
A baby monitor would allow you to catch any problems that your baby may be having while you are in another room. … Even if your baby doesn’t end up having any major issues, being able to see your baby on a monitor can offer you peace of mind and help you sleep better.
It is only safe to leave your baby with a monitor if they are sleeping safely. Monitors can be useful if you are in another room when your baby needs you.
Don’t ever rely on a monitor alone – there is no substitute for you watching your baby in person. Remember, the only time it is safe to leave your baby with a monitor is when are in their safe sleeping space. Never leave your baby alone in the house.
Why use a baby monitor?
A baby monitor can help you keep an eye on your baby from a distance. For example, you might choose to use a baby monitor so you can hear your baby cry if you are downstairs or in another room where you can’t easily hear them.
If your baby was born prematurely or has breathing problems, your doctor might recommend a breathing or heart monitor. They might also suggest a monitor if your baby:
- has needed to be resuscitated (for example, if they were found not breathing, blue, white or floppy)
- regularly has prolonged episodes of pauses in their breathing, or a slow heart rate
- has a breathing disorder that affects them while they sleep
- has a rare medical condition or needs oxygen all the time
Some manufacturers claim that using a baby monitor will reduce the risk of Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). However, there is no scientific evidence that using any type of monitor will prevent sudden unexpected infant death.