We bought all the gear when our first baby was born. We didn’t know what we’d need so we just figured we’d get it all. First on my husband’s list was a baby monitor, and not just any baby monitor – he wanted one with all the extra little tricks. To him, it was just another electronic toy.
We ended up buying a baby monitor that had all kinds of extra buttons. To this day, I’m not sure what they did. We didn’t pay much attention to sound quality because it just didn’t occur to us that it was a big deal.
Our oldest came home at just over 4 pounds so for the first few months I spent a lot of time watching him sleep just to make sure he was still breathing. When he was a few months old, I finally got the courage to move him into his crib for the night on a trial basis.
That first night, I just lay in bed listening for any little crackle on the baby monitor. Exhaustion finally won over my anxiety and I fell asleep late into the night.
I will never forget the sound that woke me up.
At first I thought I was dreaming but then I realized that I was hearing a man’s voice on my baby’s monitor.
“Hello . . . Hello?” I heard.
I freaked out and slapped my husband awake in a panic.
“There’s someone in the baby’s room.” I whispered, as I kicked him out of bed to go check.
Meanwhile, the baby monitor was still talking in a deep, raspy voice. I jumped out of bed and followed my husband into the nursery, pushing him in front of me as I went.
It was empty.
Relieved, I snatched up my sleeping baby and switched off the baby monitor. After making my husband check the entire house we went back to bed, with baby back in our room.
The next morning it dawned on us that our baby monitor was running on the same frequency as our neighbor’s cordless phone. We took that thing back to the store as quickly as we could and bought a baby monitor that was better known for it’s quality than the gadgets it had on it.
Fortunately our first scare turned out to be nothing. What was the biggest fright you had as a new parent?