Your baby is wise beyond her years. She knows what’s good for you. She knows that by waking up at random times during the night she’s keeping you on your toes and setting you up for long-term success. You’ll thank her later.
Here are ten of the many thoughtful reasons why your baby wakes up at night:
1- Because you enjoy being surprised by an ice-cold cup of tea in the microwave.
2- Because you don’t want to be burned by hot bath water: a tepid stew of popped bubbles is safer.
3- Because flat-ironing only one side of your hair is a new trend you’re starting.
4- Because not knowing if Jon Snow is alive or dead is all part of the fun.
5- Because melted ice cream is easier to eat than the frozen stuff.
6- Because waxing only one of your eyebrows gives you a permanent, quizzical expression that makes you look intelligent.
7- Because ending your conversation abruptly with your best friend just gives you more to talk about when your schedules match up again in two months.
8- Because reading only one paragraph at a time makes the latest issue of Vanity Fair last for months.
9 – Because postponing sex just makes it so much better the next time you and your partner are both awake, alone and amorous again.
10- Because you just bragged on Facebook about your baby finally sleeping through the night, and if anything, her goal in life is to keep you humble.
So to return the favour, we parents should probably at least try to avoid waking our bundles of joy unnecessarily. They put a lot of effort into waking up at the precise moment we least want expect it, so stepping on Sophie La Girafe as we sneak in to check on them is something to be avoided at all costs.
Joking aside, I know we all put a lot of energy into making sure our children stay asleep. I’ve personally perfected the baby-carrier-to-bed transfer, the painstaking-removal-of-nipple-from-mouth followed by stealthy roll off the bed and the pretend-to-be-sleeping-without-actually-falling-asleep trick. Since we co-sleep, Little Miss is put to bed in our queen-size bed (with a bed rail). Accidentally waking her as I burst in the bedroom door thinking she’s fallen off the bed (it’s hard to tell where sounds are coming from in our fourplex) is something I like to avoid, which is where the Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor comes in.
I used to think that video baby monitors were overkill—a classic tool of crazy helicopter parents. Alas, I also used to think that co-sleeping was weird. Since I like to conserve my energy, being able to see that the crying baby I hear is actually coming from my husband’s TV show and not my bedroom by glancing at a little monitor on my counter gives me a few more precious moments of alone time. (Until I apply the wax to my second eyebrow … )
The parent unit has a crystal clear 3.5″ screen and 10-hour battery life. I don’t have to worry about plugging it in as I move from room to room. Although I haven’t had cause to use it, there’s also a 2x zoom and pan feature.
The Philips Avent Digital Baby Monitor has received the PTPA (Parent Tested Parent Approved) Seal of Approval thanks to its thoughtful design. Besides providing a secure and private way for you to be close to baby as you tackle the never-ending “While baby’s asleep” to-do list, the monitor also features a night light, five different lullabies (which can be controlled from the parent unit), a talk-back feature (particularly enjoyed by my preschooler) and a temperature sensor. ECO Mode switches off the audio/video connection if baby is sleeping soundly, connecting the units only if baby makes a sound. In case you miss your 90s pager, you can even set the parent unit to vibrate if baby stirs. You can also turn the sound off and be alerted to any disturbances with three sound-level lights.
We all have different sleep routines for our kids, from co-sleeping to crib-sleeping to nobody-is-ever-sleeping … whether you mount the camera on the wall or place it on a shelf or bedside table, the Philips Avent Digital Baby Monitor is a versatile and user-friendly device that (hopefully) gives your baby one less reason to wake up tonight.
Find out more about the Philips Avent Digital Baby Monitor here.
Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Philips Avent and I received Compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.