Travel hack: baby monitor

Travel hack: baby monitor

We have always traveled with our son - we didn’t set out to make a point of it, and we haven’t left the country since we had him, but whether it’s a weekend trip to the mountains or a flight to see friends or family, it seems like we are packing our car on a Friday evening as often as not.

With enough at bats, I’ve forgotten each key piece of baby gear at least once. More than once, I’ve forgotten our baby monitor, and eventually I started leaving it off my list altogether.

Part of that is because depending on the set-up we are often in close quarters, so we can hear everything. Also, as our son has gotten older it has felt less urgent to see and hear every move and sound. A loud yell from the next room will suffice. But as he’s gotten older we’ve also gotten a bit braver- going downstairs or out on a patio rather than staying close as he is sleeping if we are in an airbnb or a small inn. Especially if we can still keep an eye and an ear on him through technology

The first time I left my monitor behind, he was still in the super small scary phase, waking up regularly and we were sharing a small Airbnb with friends. It was a non-negotiable. So like any parent in 2016, I turned to google. I downloaded at least 5 apps. And I found the one.

I pay for very few apps, but I’m telling you this one is worth it. I’m a raving fan of Baby Monitor 3G (no, not being paid to say that). It can be downloaded on an iPhone, a Mac, an iPad or Apple Watch. One device is the parent device - the listening and watching one, and the other is the baby device - which is streaming video and audio back to your phone.

We either use my husbands phone for the baby side and mine for the parent side or leave one of our work computers in the room as the baby side. It’s dead simple, it doesn’t do anything other than what it needs to, but it’s super reliable.

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