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?”
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.
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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