As a new parent, I obsess about what the baby is doing. Is he awake, asleep, sucking his thumb or even still breathing? I mean I want to be quite, just not too quite. Do I try and sneak in commando style just to make sure he’s all good and risk waking a sleeping baby (this is never a good idea!), or do I sit in anticipation waking for the baby monitor to confirm signs of life? I’m sure new parent paranoia is not unique to me but I like to have a little more control over my environment than just wondering what on earth is going on behind that closed door.
Recently I placed a laptop in his room with a webcam then fired up a Skype session and monitored him from the desktop in another room. I actually found it disturbingly addictive watching the actions of another whilst obscured from vision however I assure you my voyeurism begins and ends with him! The potentially creepy aspect of this aside, it was interesting to watch him go through sleep cycles and how he behaved as he woke up. It was also pretty darn amusing to see his reaction when my voice came out of nowhere telling him to “GO BACK TO SLEEP” :)
This setup was enlightening but unsustainable and impractical. It also became pretty useless once it got dark but by now I was excited and a more permanent solution was on the cards. Enter the IP camera.