To watch a video monitor

There's nothing quite like the thrill of watching your baby on her monitor. You know for sure when she's asleep and awake. You watch as she's practicing words like Mama, Dadda, Up and Down. You also know when she is just not going to sleep anymore because she's screaming at the top of her lungs for you to come get her.

Some parents prefer to get just an audio monitor. This way, they contend, they know when baby is up or sleeping but they don't need to see into baby's room. The Angelcare monitor, for instance, can even alert you if baby stops breathing, no video necessary.

After being able to peer into the crib from across the house, I, for one, can never go back. In fact, I think I want to watch my daughter sleep every night for the rest of my life. There is something so calming about watching her little bum up in the air as she lies there so peacefully dreaming about milk. Obviously, that won't last forever. But I'm going to enjoy it for now.

When baby #2 comes along, I'll likely have two monitors by my head. Hopefully the signals won't cross completely.

So when I'm watching one monitor, I'll likely be breastfeeding the baby while wearing one of my stylish nursing tops that also work as a pumping shirt. 

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