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Summer Infant Best View Handheld Video Monitor

Summer Infant Best View Handheld Video Monitor

This is how we keep tabs on Mini. Wave to the camera, honey.

This is how we keep tabs on Mini. Wave to the camera, honey.

Before Mini was born I never would have thought I would need a surveillance system for my child. It’s one of those things you think your superior parenting skills will render useless, like leashes or formula. Or safety locks on all the windows and doors. Or whatever.

What I didn’t realize is that once they go to sleep you don’t just turn off your paranoid voice that keeps telling you something is bound to go wrong. Oh no. You keep worrying, and you get tired of using that sound-only monitor, particularly once they start moving around, because then there are all of these unexplained bangs that come from nowhere, and you’re picturing your child lying prostrate on the ground, or dangling by one foot or something. So you really want to go in and make sure he’s OK, but somewhere, way back in the dark recesses of your mind, you worry that everything might actually be OK, and if you go in there, you will wake him up. So you don’t know what to do.

So that’s why you have a video monitor. And you use this one because it has the ability to add separate cameras, so if you have more than one kid, you can put a camera in each of their rooms and toggle back and forth, watching and waiting, just ready to pounce if something goes awry. And also, this one can pan around the room, so if you want to put it in your kid’s playroom, you can follow him around the room, at least until he becomes smart enough to take a picture of the empty room, and tape it up directly in front of the camera, like they might do in a bank heist movie. Which, now that I think of it, what was Mini doing with my inkjet printer earlier? Gotta go–

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