We have actual baby monitors, but we don’t always carry them around so we don’t always have them at hand when they’re needed. What we (and everyone else) do have in hand? Our (smart)phones!
Download this application and your mobile phone will serve as an incredibly smart baby monitor. We got it for H’s phone and assigned the baby monitor to call (or text, if that’s what you prefer) my phone number as soon as the baby wakes up. You can adjust the sensitivity level and add a delay time (so it doesn’t go off right away and gives the baby a moment to fall back asleep). It also archives the baby’s sleeping habits in a sleep diary (by date and time) so you have an overview of how long your baby has slept for. There’s also a speaker-setting that will put the phone that’s next to the kid on speaker so you can talk or sing to your baby to calm him down.
If you’ve got a wicked sense of humor or just want to know what woke the baby up, you can face the phone camera toward the baby and assign the app to take a photo the second the monitor goes off.
Best part? You don’t have to spend a fortune on baby monitors (which aren’t as flexible anyway). 🙂