As soon as my daughter was born, my anxiety levels (which were very much in check until that point), suddenly spiked. There it was, my own human baby that I now have responsibility over. A helpless little creature that depended on me for everything and anything.

After 3 months of night feeds and having her crib in our bedroom, my husband and I felt it was time for her to move in to her own room. She was sleeping a long stretch at night and we were disturbing her when we went to bed ourselves.

My little human who had been by my side for much longer than 3 months was suddenly in a room all by herself and although all the doors were left open, I suddenly found myself wondering...

How hot is it in there? Is she still on her back? What was that noise?

Despite living in a flat where the bedrooms are all in close proximity, it was at this point that we opted for a monitor. Here’s why.

More than just seeing the baby.

Glancing over at the baby monitor gives parents more information than just an image of the baby. With NHS recommendations to keep baby in room temperature of approximately 18c, monitors such as the Infant Optics allow you to ensure they are sleeping in a safe environment by having a temperature display.

Know when not to go in.

In the first few weeks as a new parents, I would run to my daughter’s room at any given moment to make sure she’s okay. The truth is that some of those trips to her room were redundant and disruptive to her sleep. With a baby monitor you can literally monitor what is going on in the room and know when to go in.

What’s that sound?

Babies, especially young ones, make a lot of noises in their sleep and my daughter was no different. I would sometimes hear a strange noise from her room and within an instant I could know if it was her, or whether a doll had fallen off a shelf for example.

On the other hand...

Whilst having a baby monitor can indeed calm the nerves of even the most neurotic first time parents, it does bring with it a small likelihood that it could have the opposite effect. If your baby is sleeping happily in their own room but you see them moving, this could be enough to make some parents go in and check on the child. In turn, going in unnecessarily could disrupt the baby and create problematic sleeping patterns and behaviour.

It is also important to remember that although the pros outweigh the cons, a monitor is a piece of technology after all - signals can fail and batteries can run out. Technology can’t replace a parent so if you suspect a strange noise, or have any doubt about the safety of your child, don’t rely solely on the monitor.

Is this a reason not to get a monitor?

I don’t think so. As with most things in life, balance is key and knowledge is power. Doing the research on which monitor to buy is essential. And although a monitor can’t replace the watchful eye and intuition of a parent, it can save you time and put your mind at ease in an instant.