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Baby Monitor (Overview)

Because baby's sleeping in the same room appears to reduce SIDS risk, it seems reasonable that a baby monitor would also decrease risk, especially if the baby is another room. However, research suggests there is little if any benefit for otherwise healthy babies.


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Is it necessary to buy a baby monitor?

Is it necessary to buy a baby monitor?

No: Some parents like the convenience, but it's definitely not necessary. Babies are often sleeping in the same room as their parents for the first few months, so a baby monitor is not needed at night. The monitors are not protective for the baby (we've had healthy babies for a lot longer than we've had baby monitors), they just allow the parent a measure of comfort if they are in a separate room. ...Read more

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Baby Monitor (Overview)

Because baby's sleeping in the same room appears to reduce SIDS risk, it seems reasonable that a baby monitor would also decrease risk, especially if the baby is another room. However, research suggests there is little if any benefit for otherwise healthy babies.


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What kind of baby monitor should I buy?

What kind of baby monitor should I buy?

It depends: It depends what insurance company you have and what monitor your baby need. Talk to your pediatrician. He/she might give you a better advice. ...Read more

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Caring for Your Baby (Checklist)

Vaccinate for hepatitis B prior to hospital discharge
once
Obtain newborn metabolic screen prior to hospital discharge
once
Schedule baby's first doctor exam for two to four days after hospital discharge
once
Schedule baby's well exam and vaccinations for age two months
once
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Which video baby monitor is better: the motorola mbp41 or the mbp43-2? Does the brand matter?

Which video baby monitor is better: the motorola mbp41 or the mbp43-2? Does the brand matter?

Do you really need?: For quality-look it up online. BUT why do you need a monitor? Many young parents get too anxious about their newborn and respond to every noise-training infant to expect parents to appear on notice! Most infants will do just fine the old fashioned way. Sleeping in their crib by themselves. If you have fed and changed baby-it is time for them to sleep-unattended. ...Read more

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When is it safe to stop using the baby monitor?

: For those who are truly anxious, i can imagine that a monitor can prevent one from "checking on" a baby too frequently "just to be sure". To be clear, this problem will need to be dealt with at some point, but in the meantime a monitor may help the baby escape some of the consequences of the anxiety. ...Read more

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Having a Baby Through Surrogacy (Checklist)

Get legal advice and make sure all documentation is complete
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Choose a candidate and do a thorough interview
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Choose a reputable company
once
Participate in prenatal care with the surrogate
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When is it safe stop using the baby monitor at night?

When is it safe stop using the baby monitor at night?

Personal Choice: It is important to know that monitors have not been shown to reduce risk of sids in babies. Turning off your monitor will have no impact on your babies sids risk. Risk reduction for sids includes breastfeeding, back sleeping in a "relatively" cool room ( 68 better than 75 degrees) without a hat. Your baby's sids risk takes a steep dive at 6 months of life. ...Read more

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What to do if my cousins baby monitor picked up me masturbating?

What to do if my cousins baby monitor picked up me masturbating?

Apologize: Apologize if it caused any embarrassment and then keep your masturbation to your own place where you know you have privacy. Don't obsess about this. Chances are they have done this often in their life - just probably not on audio. We all realize it is a natural and totally normal thing to do. And it's certainly better than getting a prostitute or worse. ...Read more

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Do baby monitors keep babies safe?

Do baby monitors keep babies safe?

No: Baby monitors only help you keep your baby safe. It is your care in not leaving your baby unattended that keeps them safe. ...Read more

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How should I place the monitor to listen to my babies heart beat?

How should I place the monitor to listen to my babies heart beat?

Fetal Monitor: For non medical people, the best way is place the monitor below the umbilicus and sweeps on either side of the lower abdomen until you hear heart beat. Whereever you pick up heart keep the monitor there. ...Read more