I’m going to share a story that you won’t want to hear, but it’s so common in American households, that we can’t afford to ignore it!
I had to go to a meeting and had a reliable babysitter, my office’s assistant. She worked for me at my school part time, she was over 20, had undergone a background check and was a family friend … so I thought I was safe with her!
I came home and my toddler had minor bruises, she said she didn’t know how he fell. If you know me, you know I only had one baby, I over protected my son’s every step.
I couldn’t have any more children, so there was no room to get it wrong anyway; my son was sheltered and yes, I was overzealous! So, to come home and see him with bruises, I was furious.
Luckily, I had a camera in his room and checking the footage, I found out that she left him playing in his room upstairs for over 30 mins and he left the room, when I’m assuming he fell down.
That lesson left me with no trust in babysitters and made me a huge believer of safe proofing my child’s well being!
Today I’m going to share the measures I put in place to ensure, anybody who would be watching him from now on, would be silently supervised, even more than before.
Baby Surveillance Camera
Plan Your Child’s Room knowing you will need a shelf or higher surface which will give you a wider angle of the room to place a surveillance camera.
I had three different surfaces to place the camera and baby monitor.
But my ultimate goal was that at all times I could see and protect the most precious thing in my life!
The only reason why I could pinpoint what happened to my son was because of the steps I took to ensure we knew what was going on at all times.
No, it didn’t prevent him from getting minor booboos but it did allow me to dismiss the baby sitter, knowing she was not a good choice for my son and that was not just an accident – she neglected him.
Hiding Your Camera
I recommend you hide the camera in between stuffed animals, just leaving the lens open, so you can have a clear image. Like in the photo below:
Yes, it looks like a bunny in between the toys, but it’s a camera! I left just enough to give a good room view.
Giving Precise Instructions
From that point on, I left precise instructions of where the baby should play and how I expected the babysitter to conduct herself while watching my child. There were notes even for bathroom breaks.
More Is Less,When It Comes to Safety
Checking on my camera remotely became a necessity for me and it was the tool I had to have peace of mind. I actually purchased three cameras placing them in areas where I instructed the sitter to have my child at all times. So you might want to consider that.
Peace of Mind
I’m not going to say that what happened turned me into a paranoid mom – no, I left my son with other suitable sitters and nothing ever happened again. But I took precautions to ensure I would have peace of mind next time I had to leave my son without my husband’s supervision.
After all, that smile is what you live for…..
I wish we’d had access to a camera like Arlo™ Baby, which offers you the latest technology to protect your little one.
Arlo™ Baby – 1080p HD Monitoring Camera is an all-in-one smart baby monitoring camera. It offers:
- Live monitoring and smart alerts on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
- Key features include high definition video, night vision, motion & sounds alerts, 2-way talk, music player, air sensor, rechargeable battery and multi-colored night light.
I gifted it to my stepson, (he recently had a new baby boy!) so he too, can have peace of mind and can enjoy all the great features, because Arlo™ Baby benefits go way beyond the surveillance aspect!
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