Too Much Trust Into A Baby Monitor??

I’m part of a mother’s group on Facebook and while I don’t always have time to contribute to the group by way of writing in, I often just glance at the recent posts that have been shared. One post the other day generated over 100 comments within a matter of an hour, and I noticed that the comments were piling up quickly so I scanned the post.


Here’s what the posting read: “Can I run to the neighbors for a few minutes around the block, leaving the baby while sleeping, but still take along my portable video monitor and watch the baby while he’s sleeping? “


At first glance, I was kind of horrified by the question thinking “NO WAY” but then I thought about it in greater detail. Knowing what I know about the latest video baby monitors out there, I could see why this person had to ask the question. For instance, there’s a video baby monitor out there that detects all movements and breathing (or lack of movement from the baby), sounds, temperature changes, and live streaming video, and is wirelessly connected to a portable parent monitor (that kind of looks like a walkie talkie clipped to your belt) with a range that would allow you to walk a couple of houses down. It truly is a deluxe monitor (can you believe such a product exists?) with all of the safety bells and whistles.


If you’re a mom, I’m sure you’ve been stuck before, needing to run to the neighbors for a moment while the baby is sleeping. And this mom that was “brave” enough or just crazy enough to post the question on facebook? Well, let’s just say the comments sure were flying back and forth with lots of fighting words.


Technology has made our lives much easier and more convenient. As a mom, I am all for taking advantage of those conveniences. But leaving the baby home alone even with a secure baby monitor? I’m not so sure about that. It kind of reminds me of the time I had read a story about a mother that needed to drive around the block for something while the kids were sleeping. Not a crazy mother, just a busy mother. She felt like it would be okay to do that since she had alarmed the house. Well sure enough, one of the kids woke up and managed to open the door, sounding the house alarm. You can imagine all that resulted from that decision she made.


I think the consensus is that it’s better to be safe than sorry and not depend entirely on technology even when the technology promises and actually can perform like another adult’s eyes and ears.


Rivka Slatkin is a stay at home mom of 3. She enjoys writing her blog during her baby’s naptime all while listening to him on her favorite baby monitor.

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  1. I do not think it is a good idea to leave your child alone with a monitor, no matter how advanced technology will become. I would feel guilty.