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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?

Not essential: Unless you live in a huge mansion, you will be able to hear your baby crying. Most new parents sleep in the same room as their newborn for the first few months anyway. A monitor usually just causes you to hear every little normal noise your baby makes and creates much sleep deprivation for the parents. ...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?

When is it safe to stop using the baby monitor?

When you're ready!: The primary initial use of the baby monitor is to keep tabs on your infant when she is mostly helpless. The secondary use, once she is more vigorous, is to monitor for distress or symptomology during times of illness. Once you're ready to stop the monitor, it's time. When it is more of a hassle than a useful tool. Sids is more likely to occur in the first 6 months; extremely rare after a year old. ...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
once
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

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Which are the best baby monitors?

Which are the best baby monitors?

Ones that work!: A good baby monitor is one that works at the appropriate range for you. Try it out. Does it work when baby is asleep in the bedroom and you are working in the kitchen? A monitor is not necessary, but some parents find it comforting and helpful to hear their baby during night and naptimes. Remember babies are noisy sleepers, so not all the noises you hear are them waking up and asking for you! ...Read more

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Can you tell me if baby monitors affect hearing aids?

Can you tell me if baby monitors affect hearing aids?

Hearing Aids: There are many different types of hearing aids. Are you concerned about interference with the monitor's frequency. That is highly unlikely, but if you notice a problem, change baby monitors or talk to your audiologist. ...Read more

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Should i wake my baby to monitor his fever throughout the night?

Should i wake my baby to monitor his fever throughout the night?

Not enough data: In general, i never wake a sick child unless they need timed medication (antibiotics).They need the sleep more than they need their temperature checked. There are tempdots, a strip applied to the forehead that registers the temperature continuously and can be read from a foot or more away.I don't find monitoring temp that helpful.Parents need to monitor fluid intake and pee patterns more. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is doppler babys heart monitor?

Could you explain what is doppler babys heart monitor?

Baby heart monitor: Doppler monitor allows you to hear your unborn baby's heart beat anytime you like, anywhere you wish. ...Read more

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Hi, I have 10 months old baby. How to check and monitor baby's health regularly? Is there any good general health check tools available to use? Thanks

Hi, I have 10 months old baby. How to check and monitor baby's health regularly? Is there any good general health check tools available to use? Thanks

You can monitor....: ...His health every day yourself by noting how well he's eating/drinking/voiding/stooling/sleeping. If he's doing all of that well, he's likely healthy. Knowing this does not take away the need for regular exams by your pediatrician. Doctor's monitor more complex things, like growth, developmental milestones, immunity, and screenings for a variety of problems that may develop. ...Read more

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If I monitor baby at 3 weeks what sound will I hear now??? Would I hear the fetal movement or blood flow now

If I monitor baby at 3 weeks what sound will I hear now??? Would I hear the fetal movement or blood flow now

Patience: At 3 weeks you will not be able to hear heartbeat or have fetal movement, but have patience. ...Read more

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Cholestasis of pregnancy - are there any alternatives to inducing at 37 weeks? Can you wait till proper full term of 39 weeks by monitoring baby often?

Cholestasis of pregnancy - are there any alternatives to inducing at 37 weeks? Can you wait till proper full term of 39 weeks by monitoring baby often?

Balance: There is always a balance to consider in these situations. Not all babies give clear indications on the monitor that something is wrong, and stillbirth, when it happens, happens mostly without warning. You can talk with doctor about your specific situation, as well as the risks of prematurity at 37 weeks. Typically, the balance at 37 weeks lays with inducing labor to prevent stillbirth. ...Read more