The baby monitor can be a wonderful tool to use during sleep training. It an alert you as to when your baby is waking up in the middle of the night and lets you know when your baby’s nap is over. I’ve been asked by numerous clients if there’s a particular baby monitor that I recommend.
I started off with the basic portable video monitor with my daughter a few years ago. It was great for me to keep an eye on her but as with most parents of newborns, I was very concerned about SIDS. So any noise she made, I would go running over to her crib to see if she needed me. And if I hadn’t heard any noises for a while, I’d get concerned and go check on her. My basic portable monitor also lost battery power pretty quickly and had a very short range, so I couldn’t bring it outside in the backyard with me while she was napping.
After my clients started asking me for recommendations, I decided to do some research to find a better baby monitor for parents that they could use during sleep training and beyond. And that led me to the Cocoon Cam, which is a wireless baby monitor that you can control from your smartphone.
Newborn Breathing Monitor
The feature that I love for parents of newborns is that it has a real-time breathing monitor at the bottom of the screen. Many parents of newborns are concerned about SIDS. Having a video monitor that monitors breathing is a wonderful tool to ease those anxieties.
And it does this in a non-invasive way. Other baby monitors I found with a breathing monitor required some of the technology be inserted in the baby’s mattress or even require the baby to wear it. What I like about the Cocoon Cam is that it is able to detect baby’s breathing from the camera mounted to the wall. It sends instant alerts to parents’ smartphones if baby’s breathing has changed.
My Favorite Feature: The Activity Log
While the breathing monitor feature is great for newborns, what I really like about this baby monitor as a baby sleep consultant, is the activity log feature. It sends notifications to your smartphone when your baby is starting to wake up, has fallen asleep or is crying.
These notifications allow you to track your child’s sleep so you can see how long it takes for him or her to go to sleep, how long night wakings are, and what time your baby wakes up in the morning. This is great to track your progress over the first week or two of sleep training baby. I know that the nights can start blurring together, so it’s great to have a tool that can track this for you.
I especially like the activity log for naps. Usually babies who are struggling with nighttime sleep are also taking short naps. Baby naps should ideally be 1 ½ – 2 hours long, but when I initially speak with parents during our complimentary sleep evaluation, one of the most common complaints I hear about naps is that their child is only sleeping about 30-45 minutes, or just one sleep cycle. By tracking how long your baby’s sleep cycles are, we can use that data to try to prolong your baby’s naps using the Live Love Sleep nap extension methods.
A fun extra feature it also has is what I call the instant replays. When parents get the notification that their baby has fallen asleep or woken up, an option is available to watch a 5 second clip of that activity. I personally enjoy watching the instant replay of my 16 month old falling asleep because they’ve added Z’s floating around his head to indicate he’s asleep, and that always brings a smile to my face.
A Baby Monitor That Helps Parents Sleep Well Too
Once you have completed the Live Love Sleep Program and your baby is sleeping well, a smart monitor like the Cocoon Cam is going to help you as the parent sleep better too. The notifications allow parents to have a more restful sleep. You don’t need to hear every single squeak and squawk that your baby makes through the night. And some babies, like my own, are very noisy sleepers. Every time they squeak and squawk, you’re going to wake up because you’re so in tuned to that. And you can see how that’s going to wreak havoc on your sleep.
If you’ve got a baby who is now successfully sleeping well through the night, I would encourage you to just turn on the notifications. That way you don’t have a loud monitor right by your ear at night, waking you up for no reason.
Always Room for Improvement
There’s only two things about the Cocoon Cam that would make it more convenient and better for baby’s sleep. First, the baby monitor does have the be mounted into the wall and this makes it next to impossible to travel with. It also shines a dim yellow light through the camera. If you’re going to have any light in your child’s room I’d prefer a red light, as it is the most conducive to sleep.
Overall, I think the price of $149.99 is very reasonable for all the great features this baby monitor offers. I’m really enjoying using the Cocoon Cam for my little guy and have found that I am getting a more sound sleep myself too!
To healthy sleep,
Your Certified Baby Sleep Consultant