Room Sharing: Knowing Our Littles Are Safe

I have a friend who told me that she would never have her children share a bedroom. I’m not sure why she felt that way although she did share that she had concerns about lack of privacy and always having to share. For better or for worse, and I’d like to think for better, our Little Boys, the Peanut and Monkey are sharing a room. As an only child, I like to imagine the two little boys whispering and telling secrets to one another in the years to come. Right now, I fret a great deal about the room sharing. I worry that my toddler will hurt my infant, not out of malice, but rather out of the desire to “help.” Luckily, we’ve found a way to keep the boys safe— the Levana Ovia Baby Video Monitor.

My Mom Made That: Room Sharing and Knowing your Child is Safe (Sponsored by

In our house, the nursery is on a different floor from the master bedroom.  What’s more the helpful and enthusiastic Monkey is sleeping near the Peanut.  His presence in the room with the Peanut has increased my level of concerns.  Stuffed, cuddly toys end up in the Peanut’s crib because the Monkey is convinced that the Peanut would like them.  What would happen if the Monkey tossed a heavy blanket– would the Peanut be able to move out from under it?  When the Peanut was a lot smaller, that was a huge worry.  I am a firm believer in following the room sharing recommendation of the American Academic of Pediatricians.  However, at some point in time, Mommy and Daddy are ready for a good night’s sleep.  After the Peanut got his ear tubes in place a few weeks ago, we decided that it was time for that transition

We’ve worried about that transition, well, honestly, I’ve worried, and been fearful of potentially awakening to find that the Peanut had been smothered by love, blankets and toys left by the Monkey during the night.  Luckily, the Ovia Video Baby Monitor by Levana has provided some relief.  It’s amazing how much technology has changed since the Big One was an infant. When he was small, we had a little audio monitor that filled my room with the white noise of static to alert me when he cried in his room. It actually bugged me enough that I didn’t use it.  With this new monitor, there is no static feedback– when the Peanut cries, or the Monkey calls for me, all I hear are their little voices.My Mom Made That: Image of Ovia 2 Camera Video MonitorPlus, with two cameras, I can keep one next to the Monkey’s spot in the Master Bedroom, so that if he is sleeping the room with us, I can still keep an eye on him in his cradle.  The video monitor that is in the nursery give me a clear view of both the Monkey’s Toddler Bed, and the Peanut’s crib, and the monitor in the Master Bedroom lets me look right into the Peanut’s cradle.  What’s even better is that I can see the both, day or night.  The night vision on the Video monitor allows the camera to see up to 15 feet away, which is across the room in the nursery.

Room Sharing and Child Safety Post (Levana Ovia Video Baby Monitor)

I didn’t mount our monitor because I want the ability to move them when needed.  I can take them with me when we go to visit my Mother In Law in Florida, but one is able to wall mount a video monitor above the baby’s crib if one so chooses.   This gives a clear shot directly into the crib, which I think could be really useful, particularly if you are not room sharing during the first few months of life.

My Mom Made That: Image of Ovia 2 Camera Video Monitor

There are some other advantages I’ve learned about this new technology.  For example, sometimes the Monkey goes to his room when he is tired, but refusing to nap– we are at that stage where most days he doesn’t need a nap, but he can still be really tired.  Sometimes he get really upset about this and tantrums, as young three-year-olds are want to do.  The 4.3 inch LCD Video monitor allows me to keep an eye on him while he tantrums to make sure that he is not getting too out of control.  What more, there is even an intercom button that allows me to talk directly to him if needed.  I can also talk to the Peanut if he’s crying or too upset without having to go directly to him.  This increases the likelihood that he will fall asleep without me having to hold him.  I have learned that seeing me only increases the Peanut’s Desire to be held until he goes back to sleep.

If the white noise machine isn’t working for the two boys– no problem! Directly from the monitor, I can select several different lullabies to play. (I don’t really need this for my Littles, as they have been listening to their sound machines since birth and associate them with sleep, but this might be something that is very valuable to other families.)

My Mom Made That: Room Sharing and Knowing your Child is Safe (Sponsored by Levana Ovia Video Monitor)

If you are interested in getting a Levana Ovia Video Monitor for yourself, you can check out the deals that Levana has right here or stop by their Facebook Page. What’s more, right now there is an awesome giveaway going on where you could win one of three Levana Ovia 2 Video Monitors!

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        Can’t wait until the Giveaway is Over? 70001c80-19de-11e5-adfc-22000af93a2d   Do you think this kind of technology would help make you relax about room sharing with two Littles? Being a mom keeps us busy! What do you wish you could do more of? Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Levana. The opinions and text are all mine.

To see how the monitor looks in our nursery, here’s a little YouTube video of its placement:

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We are finally getting into the fall season, and the weather around here is finally beginning to turn.  The other morning I even noticed the smell of fall air when I walked outside to get into my Mommy Van.  Guess what?  That means that it is the perfect season for wonderful fall crafts and recipes!  This week we are beginning to decorate for halloween, and today I want to share a Halloween snack craft that is a perfect way spice up your Hershey’s Ready-to-Eat Pudding Cups and make it extra spooky for halloween!

My Mom Made That: Witches' Hat Pudding Cups #ReadySetSnack

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We Interrupt This Blog Post for… Illness

I have had this vision of life as a mother, particularly a SAHM.  Life running as a well oiled machine.  Daily tasks getting accomplished.  My household checklists getting marked off, day after day.  No big laundry piles.  Trying one new dinner recipe each week, and finding the time to bake weekly.  When I started staying home with the Little Monkey in the fall, I imagined all of these opportunities.  Things that I thought I wouldn’t ever had the time to do as a working mom.  Things that I wanted to have the chance to experience at least once in my life.  Plus, I should have all of this free time, lots of free time, right?  I can complete lots of crafts, write clever blog posts, and even take up a few new ventures and hobbies.  Just so you know—that didn’t happen.  Instead, a lot of life happened.  Now it’s April 1, and I feel like I’ve been steam rolled since Thanksgiving.  Has that ever happened to you?  Thank goodness Spring is here!

My Mom Made This: Blogging and Illness
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It’s Snow Atlanta 2014!

Well, I meant to finish up a project and take lots of pictures yesterday.  It didn’t happen.  Instead, the Greater Atlanta area got our first taste of snow in slightly over three years.  Snow Atlanta 2014 finally arrived!  Now I know that you people above the Mason-Dixon line that are suffering from the Polar Vortex laugh at us, but snow is a big deal around.  For children it causes dances of joy because of a snow day.  For our city, it is an emergency.  Yes, in fact, our governor has declare that Georgia is a state of emergency.  I have friends who spent hours trying to get to their children home from school or drive home from work.  Some of them still aren’t home (for example, check out Rhoda’s Southern Hospitality Facebook page). Some children were stuck at school, spending the night with their teachers instead of their parents.  We Southerners don’t know how to handle this weather, and our lack of experience and adequate equipment has caused lots of problems.

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Hello Angus! Adopting a Bahamian Potcake

In case you missed my pictures on Instagram, we recently adopted another dog. He’s about four and a half months old, and his name is Angus. He came to Atlanta from a Haitian village in the Bahamas, and he’s a “breed” known as Royal Bahamian Potcake. Isn’t he adorable?

My Mom Made That: Welcome Angus Potcake
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