Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Never miss a moment




As a veteran mom of 3 (with one more on the way) I guess you could say I've seen my fair share of precious moments with my children. Sure, I've seen all of the "firsts"- first time rolling over, first tooth, first crawl, first word, first step...you name it, I've seen it. But as my kids get older and our family grows, it's a struggle to balance my attention with all of them. I'm constantly pulled in different directions and I only have two eyes- I can't watch them all at the same time and not miss something.

While trying to always be present, I think it's also important to give kids a little independence. Even a child as young as Harper, my 18-month-old daughter, enjoys her solo time more and more every day. Lately, I've been using my video baby monitor to keep a close eye on her and to allow her the freedom to think she's little Miss Independent while also giving me peace of mind knowing she's OK. 


The VTech VM343 video baby monitor has been a game-changer for me. Seriously- how did I survive this long without a video baby monitor? I can scan Harper's room and keep an eye on her with the remote pan and tilt camera, and I can even zoom in on her while she sleeps or plays. It's equipped with automatic night vision, so when the lights go out I can still see her on the large 4.3 inch LCD screen. I love watching her at night! It's so funny to see how much she rolls around and scoots all over her crib before finally succumbing to sleep. I feel so much more relieved being able to see what's going on in there. With 1,000 feet of range, I can watch her from any room in the house, and even take it with me when I'm in the backyard. This is going to be great for when spring and summer roll around! 

I've been using the VTech VM343 video monitor a lot more during the day too. It's really helping me relinquish a little bit of control and let Harper try to have more independent play without disturbing her. Lately, she loves to go in her room and shut the door. Fun for her, but scary for mom. I don't like not knowing what she's doing. Is she pulling all of the clothes out of her dresser? Pinching her fingers in the closet door? Pulling the curtains down on herself? Trying to climb into her crib? It gives me too much anxiety, but she loves having the door shut and will repeatedly shut it every time I prop it open. Now, I can stay at my desk when I hear her door click shut and watch her on the monitor. What I actually saw her doing was pretty adorable. 


No funny business here- she just wanted to play some music and read a book!

A few minutes later, my other daughter, Lily, walked by and opened her door. She saw that Harper was still looking at her book, so she decided to go in and read it to her. This is a precious moment between my two daughters that I probably would have missed if it weren't for the VTech VM343 video baby monitor. It just melted my heart to watch and hear!


I have the VTech VM343 mounted on Harper's wall in her room, and I can pan 270 degrees from side to side and 120 degrees up and down, which means I can see just about every inch of her room while she plays. If she goes over to the dresser and starts opening the drawers or fiddling with the closet door, I can push a button on my screen and talk to her through the monitor. It kind of startles her sometimes, and she looks around, like, "Mommy? Is that you?" It gets her to stop, and I'm able to continue on with what I'm busy doing while also keeping a close eye on her. In the evenings, I can easily take the camera off the wall mount and move it into the living room while I make dinner and still keep an eye on all 3 kiddos as they play and do homework. It's so much easier than constantly popping into the other room to check on them- I can't tell you how many times I've nearly ruined dinner by leaving things on the stove unattended to check on the kids. Now I an observe from afar and monitor how closely the older siblings watch their baby sister when I'm not in the room. They do a pretty good job!

Like I said, this video monitor is a game-changer for me as a parent. I am so happy to feel so secure and connected with my toddler and her new-found independence. I'm also thankful to capture the sweet moments I've seen through the screen of the monitor. This is definitely going to come in handy when baby number four arrives in September! The VTech VM343 monitor can expand up to four cameras, which means I can keep an eye on everyone at the same time if I want to. How did I survive parenting this long without it? 



I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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