Baby Greyson slept in his own room for the first time 😭 I’m not sure who it was a bigger deal for, him or us (obviously us….. okay, me) but he did great. We recently upgraded our baby camera to the Nanit Plus, so we are able to connect to his camera even at work! It runs over the Wifi and I know there have been some concerns in recent years with baby cameras that connect to Wifi, but we absolutely love the Nanit and have had no issues with it.
Wall Mount vs Floor Mount: You can choose to buy a wall mount camera or one with a floor mount. We got a wall mount camera because it’s cheaper and I like the look of it better. I read somewhere that if you are thinking of buying a floor mount, you should decide when you are first purchasing the camera because you can’t buy a floor mount separately later if you decide that you want one. I can see the floor mount being very useful if you are planning to travel with your camera frequently.
Nanit App and Notifications: Once you set up the camera, you need to download the Nanit app. With the app, you are able to use the camera as you would any other baby monitor; however, the unique things about the camera that sets it apart from the traditional baby monitor is that it tracks a baby’s sleep through a program called Nanit Insights. Nanit Insights will provide you with a night and day summary of your little one’s sleep. It also records when there is sound detected, motion detected, and if a caregiver is helping the baby. You are able to replay these notifications and see what your baby was doing in that moment. A really cool feature is you are able to see a time lapse of your baby falling asleep. At first, I thought there was something wrong with the sleep analytics because it wasn’t notifying me when Greyson woke up or if he made noise, but then I realized it is tracking that information, but seeing if the baby falls back asleep first before it notifies you. The noise that it detects also has to be significant, so it won’t notify you of every coo, but you will be able to hear your baby like you would on a traditional monitor.
Nanit Insights: The Nanit will let you know how long the baby has been asleep for and awake for too, so if you forget, it’s all right there in the app! Nanit Plus gives a one year subscription for Nanit Insights (the sleep analytics) with the purchase of their camera. Currently, the basic Nanit Insights plan keeps your data for a week, but there are options to upgrade to keep the data for a month or even an unlimited amount of time. I haven’t found myself needing to look back past a week to see sleep trends (yet), but I can see it being more valuable in the beginning of a baby’s life if they are already sleeping in their crib and you are trying to figure out sleep patterns. We didn’t start using it until after Greyson was six months old because he was still sleeping in our room, so we didn’t need a fancy camera. We had a traditional two way baby monitor, but it got the job done. We upgraded the Nanit camera for the awesome sleep features. The Nanit app has a dashboard which looks like this:
I thought there might be an issue with multiple users being logged in to the app all at the same time, but there aren’t! I am able to view the camera from work, as is my husband, at the same time my mom or mother in law is viewing it at home! Depending on the Nanit Insights subscription plan you have, you can add more users that have their own account, so for example, multiple babysitters.
Sleep Efficiency and Sleep Tips: I love the sleep analytics because they tell you how long the baby was awake, asleep, their sleep efficiency, etc. I know it all sounds a little silly, but once your baby is not sleeping through the night and you don’t know why, you’ll want this camera. Each night, it gives you a time lapse of the night before and what happened when. It was cool to see what Greyson did each night and how he was able to self soothe back to sleep.
Each Monday, Nanit will send you sleep tips and recommendations based on the data for the past week. The sleep tips are backed by scientific research and sleep studies of babies the same age as your little one and they link their sources! The sleep tips are sent in an email or the app if you have it enabled. By this point, Greyson is not triggering a tip because he is sleeping well (FINALLY), but early on we would receive tips such as making sure his sleeping environment is optimal, giving him time to self soothe, etc. Nanit will also send you age related tips and what to do about them such as teething, baby illness, etc.
Nanit Breathing Wear: Nanit is supposed to come out with Nanit Breathing Wear in the spring, which is a special swaddle or band that you can put on the baby that has a unique pattern the camera reads and can track the baby’s breathing. I really like the breathing wear because it is merely just a band or swaddle that you can place on a baby’s PJs instead of something that you connect to the baby’s foot or belly. Much safer in my opinion! My husband and I love this camera and can’t wait to use this for the next babies!
My favorite things about the Nanit Plus are:
- Nanit Insights – sleep analytics program
- ease of install (to be fair, my husband installed it, but it was super quick)
- being able to see G when I am at work and I miss snuggling him
- sleep patterns and trends
- notifications that sync with Apple Watch, so if my phone is in a different room, I’ll still get notified if Greyson moves or makes a sound
My not so favorite things about the Nanit Plus are:
- the plug to plug into the wall is rather large, so it’s difficult to get the crib flush against the wall – you need to get the crib close to the wall to make sure that the Nanit can see the whole crib and give proper sleep analytics
- price – at just under $300, it’s definitely a splurge, but you can use it all of your babies!
In combination with the Nanit Plus camera and my other blog post on improving my baby’s sleep, Greyson is FINALLY sleeping through the night. If he wakes up, he is self-soothing and that’s all a tired mama can ask for.
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