Big Brother is keeping you awake

I don’t know if I have mentioned this on this blog before, but I have suffered on and off from sleep issues since high school. Becoming a mother has not helped with those sleep issues. Between night sweats, hormonal highs that caused my mind to chatter incessantly even while I was asleep, and sleeping in the same room with my husband and son (Sorry, I love you both, but you are both loud sleepers at times.) there were about three months there when I really never shut down completely at night.

Luckily, I can handle a certain amount of sleep deprivation due to my years as an obsessive-compulsive, night owl student. However, three months is a little much, even for me. “Just wait until he is back in his own room”, I thought, “That will fix everything.” (Meaning my son, not my husband.)

Boy, was I wrong. I have decided that baby monitors are a huge scam, unless you have a huge house. Our son’s room is right next to ours. We hear him if he really needs us. In fact, you can hear a baby when they really need you in practically any size house. The child is not going to let up until you hear them, believe me.

Still, I spent that first night on alert, listening to every sound he made, believing that I was keeping him alive by staying awake and monitoring his every breath. Finally (Actually, later that same night.), I came to my senses and turned the monitor way down. I reasoned that I needed to sleep at least a little in order to properly care for my son. My guilt over turning down the monitor kept me awake. Sheesh.

So, I am tentatively and conditionally adding baby monitors to my list of scams in the baby merchandise world, along with changing pad covers. They do serve a purpose at times, but they sometimes make it seem like you’re never off duty. Of course, as parents, we never really are, but sleep is the closest thing we get to a break. Embrace it as much as you can.


  1. Dennis said,

    January 20, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    They are a scam…I have a co-worker that has a video baby monitor…now she and her husband watch it instead of TV….

    and I agree with your assessment that little people have big lungs.

  2. Tiffany said,

    January 27, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I disagree with this but mostly because my hearing is so poor sometimes. Josh has never really been loud when he needed something so I would often need help to hear him over the TV/fan/whatever else. Now that he’s older I use it much more because I can hear him cough when he’s sick and also I can hear him when he calls for Mommy because I’m not sure he realizes yet that he would need to raise his voice for me to hear him. I’m actually wondering if I will need to get a second one if we have another kid so that I can hear them both.

    • kittymomma said,

      January 27, 2010 at 10:16 pm

      I know there are some instances in which baby monitors are useful. That’s why I said I was “conditionally” putting them on my list of baby product scams. People consider them a necessity for everyone all the time and I don’t think that’s the case. It just makes you crazy and you never get a break.

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