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So, you’ve just brought home your new bundle of joy, and you’re filled with so much love and happiness – not to mention a healthy dose of anxiety about keeping them safe. You buy every safety device on the market – from baby monitors to oven mitts that clip onto chairs. But when is it time to stop using the baby monitor?

How do you know when it’s time to give up those extra safety measures and trust that your little one is old enough to be out of sight but close in mind? Here are helpful tips for knowing when it’s time to take down the baby monitor.

You can stop when your child is mobile

You may want to stop using the baby monitor when your child becomes mobile. For example, when they start walking or crawling, you can probably put down the monitor and trust them not to go too far.

Sure, if you have multiple children you’ll still need it when they play together when they nag each other when you’re not in the same room. But when it’s just one child, when they are old enough to understand instructions and keep out of danger while you run downstairs to get a forgotten item…that’s when you can drop that monitor!

Can I stop using a baby monitor for a one-year-old?

You can stop when your child is mobile and most 1-year-olds are not mobile yet.

To answer the question – No you shouldn’t stop using a baby monitor if you have an infant. When it comes to baby monitors you shouldn’t feel like you have to stop using them when the baby turns one because every age has different milestones and skills to learn; something that may be dangerous for a toddler or even an older child might be okay for a younger one. Babies and children all develop at different rates. You may want to stop when your child becomes mobile (when they start walking or crawling).

What age to stop using a baby monitor? 4 Years is Best

You can stop when your baby has learned to sleep on his/her own and can sleep in their own bed which is around the 4th year.

If your baby does not need to be supervised during sleep you may not need to watch over them using the video baby monitor. Babies usually learn to sleep on their own in their 3rd or 4th year. This is when you may consider stopping the use of a baby monitor. Experts in these NY Times and Huff Post articles make the case of the 4th year as the best period to stop using it.

You should stop when your baby develops sense of modesty about their own self/bodies

If your baby has gotten the sense that the monitor enables you to watch them even when they are in their room, consider ceasing the use of a baby monitor. It is very uncomfortable to know that there is a constant eye and when your kid has that feeling with a baby monitor, it is a good time to stop using it.

A child psychologist and author Dawn Huebner of Healthline says “somewhere between ages 4 and 8, most children begin to develop a sense of modesty about their own bodies.” If your baby would feel ashamed if you looked at them when they are nude, it is equally embarrassing and shameful to use a video baby monitor to watch them.

When to continue using a baby monitor?

  1. When you have other young siblings in the same room/house or when your child is a cry-baby when left alone.
  2. When your child is especially sensitive and cries when left alone even for a few moments.
  3. When your child is not very mobile yet and when you have another young children/infants in the house.
  4. When your child is not yet ready to sleep on their own and when you do not want them to cry when left alone.
  5. Parenting is a personal choice. Just because someone says when you should stop the baby monitor does not mean when it’s time for you to do so. You need to trust yourself and when you think it is time for you to stop using a baby monitor when there are other children in the house when your child can’t sleep when they don’t know how to play when they are still a cry-baby when they need supervision when it feels uncomfortable when you want them to.

Conclusion

You should note that baby monitors can be a cause of anxiety when you have multiple notifications – some of them notifying of the baby’s yawning. Consider getting a basic monitor that will not get you anxious with false alarms as this NYTimes article explains.

I highly recommend those basic video monitors without wifi with limited smart features, yet having basic ones such as temperature monitoring, voice-activation, and 2-way talk.

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