Baby Monitor for Twins

Joe Rawlinson by Joe Rawlinson - January 18, 2013

Jonathan asked this question: “I’ve been looking for a good baby monitor for our twins. I haven’t found any that are really set up for twins. Do you have a suggestion on what would be the best route to go for this? Would you go with two completely different systems?”

Baby Monitor

Monitor for Your Sleeping Twins

With monitors, it depends on how your twins are sleeping. Our girls shared a crib for several months and then, when they graduated to two separate cribs, we still had them in the same room.

If your twins will likewise share a room, they’ll be fine with a single baby monitor in the room that will pick up any and all of the noises that are happening in that room.

Having just a baby monitor that picks up sounds might be good enough to keep track of your kiddos. You’ll find that your twins each make distinct and different types of cries and sounds that you’ll learn over time and you’ll be able to recognize which baby needs your attention just from a sound.

Now, I can see monitors being helpful if you have twins in separate rooms in a separate part of the house. For example, maybe they’re upstairs and your master suite is downstairs or they’re in the other side of the house.

Otherwise, I feel that less is probably going to be more for you. You can generally hear a baby crying when the house is quiet. This is particularly true late at night when they’re hungry and they really want to get your attention.

Video Monitor for Twins

Now, several baby monitors are on the market with a video, so they’ll have a camera in your child’s room. I personally feel that video is a little overrated because you have to take the time to actually look at the monitor, whatever you’re doing or wherever you are in the house, to see what’s going on.

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Audio is a much more efficient alert that lets you carry on with whatever you’re doing in the house and will let you know. It will interrupt you when something is happening. You’ll hear your baby or babies crying.

This question was originally addressed on the Dad’s Guide to Twins Podcast episode 25: Organizing for Different Size Twins, Guilt Leaving Mom Alone, Twin Baby Monitors.

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4 thoughts on “Baby Monitor for Twins”

  1. We had 2 sets of relatively cheap video monitors (since 1 wasn’t wide-angle enough to capture 2 cribs). I had originally wanted the ones that hook up to wifi and you can view on your phone, etc and I am so glad we didn’t waste money on those! Honestly, we ended up just listening to one set of them. It was enough to just be able to hear what was going on. You do definitely get to know what their cries mean and who’s who. My house is pretty small. But even if I ran outside while they were napping to pull a few weeds or something, I always took the monitor with me and I was able to know if they needed me.

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  2. I actually love the video monitor we got from motoroloa. It has 2 cameras and switches between the 2. One of our girls is very quiet when she cries so it is nice to be able to hear it through the monitor but also see how awake she is. If she is just stirring and whimpering (which is all the louder her cry is) I can let her go and she will fall back asleep. If she is moving and “awake” then I know its time to get her up and try a bottle or rocking to get her back to sleep. It is mostly just piece of mind. During the day if they are napping in their cribs I generally rely on the audio through the monitor. However it is nice sometimes to just be able to watch them sleep without waking them up.

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