In the Summer we started the process of adding a new family member to our family – a Turkish Angora kitten, who we named Charlie Pickles. We drove to a town 4 hours away, stayed in a hotel over night as a family and the next morning picked up Charlie to bring home. Continue Reading →
We have a new addition to the Stephenson family. My Mom has a new puppy at her house, an Italian Spinone pup named Fergus. Ugh. He’s so cute. And also trouble. But so cute. While Mom has been training him to sleep in his crate, I realized that the same worries she was having – was he getting into mischief, was he crying because he was in distress, she could find assurances in, if only she only had a baby monitor. She was worried about checking on him, for fear of rusing him if he was fine, and almost asleep (do you recall doing the ninja moves to get in and out of the nursery?)
Oscar and I were staying over one night, to babysit Fergus while Mom was out for an evening, and I realized that a baby monitor would be most helpful. So that night, on my app I went onto Amazon and searched a ton of monitor options. I’ve come to realize that baby monitors are the easy term to search for on Amazon, but some sellers have clued into the fact that people, like myself, are buying them for pets so if you type in “puppy monitor” you get some good options too. I’ve also come to realize that the prices on these monitors are WAY better than when Oscar was a babe. Here are some I was interested in buying…
I ended up picking The ATWIN Indoor Surveillance Monitor With Pan/Tilt, Night Vision, Two-Way Audio, Motion Detection. Technology has come such a long way that I felt like I didn’t need to invest in a brand name monitor like I did years ago (especially for a puppy). So how did I decide? Without a brand name to rely upon, I relied a lot on the reviews on Amazon. I liked all of the reviews and the price, at $75 seemed amazing.
It allows my Mom to watch a certain area of the kitchen, where Fergus sleeps (and has gates, protecting him from wandering the house while she’s out).
And unlike my baby monitor while Oscar was a babe, this doesn’t have a baby monitor, but instead, is an app on your phone. So while Mom is out, she can click on the app and instantly see what’s going on. We’ve been at lunch before and she’s pulled out her phone, clicked on the app image and instantly we’re connected to her kitchen watching Fergus sleep, or in this example, Fergis chasing Oscar.
The monitor itself also pans, and tilts, all with you moving your finger on the screen, on your phone. AMAZING. There is a slight delay / lag, but nothing that makes me frustrated. So if you’re looking for a puppy monitor like I was, as a baby shower gift, this one may be right for you. 😉