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Separation Anxiety: Alleviating your worries with a little technology.
You've been connected with your little one since the first moment you knew of his existence. After carrying him with you every hour, of every day, for ten months, it can be difficult to put any distance between you. A great way to ease your mind is to make use of a baby monitor.
The most basic type of baby monitor has a transmitter that stays near the baby, to pick up any noises that she might make, and a receiver – or two – that allows you to listen in. Some models incorporate flashing lights, or battery powered portability, into the design. Other models upgrade to a sensor that fits underneath the crib mattress. This sensor detects movement, and sounds an alarm if movement stops for a specified period of time. Finally, there are video monitors. When there is a noise that could be a gurgle – or was that choking?!? – you can peek in on your baby without disturbing her sleep.
Each type has advantages and disadvantages. Will hearing every noise make you want to run in to check on things all night? If your baby scoots away from the sensor and sets off the alarm, will it wake the entire house? Will you sit for hours, staring at the cute little angel sleeping in the other room? Consider your needs to find the best choice for you.
Things to buy used:
- Plastic toys
These things are often lightly used, and present a steep discount when purchased used. Give them a good cleaning, and make sure that all parts are in working order. Check recall lists for toys before giving them to your baby.
Things to buy new:
- Car seat
- Breast milk storage and pump parts
These items pose a safety issue if used by multiple infants. You can't know the entire history of the items, and events may have taken place that would compromise their safety.