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Baby’s first night in the crib

Crib as seen by Foscam

Baby’s first night in the crib

A tale of terror and woe

(or not)

Last night was Maggie’s first night in the crib, and I don’t know who is was more stressful for, ITMama, me or the cat. I do know it sure wasn’t stressful for Maggie as she stretched her arms out wider than she could ever reach in her bassinet and proceeded to sleep from about 10:20 until a little before 7am.

As for me, I was plagued with:

Technological terrors

Armed with a Foscam FI8910W, and my Sony Tablet S rigged up as a monitor, we watched as Maggie did pretty much nothing all night. So much nothing that many times I went in to verify that the stream had not locked up from the camera and that we were indeed still broadcasting.

At one point I thought to put the Angelcare Monitor in the shot so I could see the light blinking, but evidently that’s invisible when using a night vision camera.


I was probably up until about 3am on and off looking to make sure the camera was still working as baby lay sound asleep before I finally managed to get some sleep myself.

I woke up to a sniffling cry this morning, the kind that isn’t saying she’s afraid, more like “attention parent people, there needs to be diapers and feeding now, then you may hold me, adore me, and put me back to bed.” By the time I got to her, a very tiny tear had started to form, which means it took me roughly a minute to respond to her pleas, which is in the acceptable response window as per her baby contract.

Diaper changed, brought her up to our bed and laid next to her for a bit until she fell back asleep. All that sleeping sure can wear a baby out.

And all that worry for nothing

Other than that the volume from the Sony Tablet wasn’t quite up to snuff for a baby audio monitor, the first night’s test was a success. I’ll have to figure out if it’s the pickup mic on the Foscam, or the speaker on the Sony Tablet S tonight, as I’d like to catch the first murmurings of discontent from the ITBaby.

She looked really quite rested, although able to go back to sleep pretty quickly, so I think having her in a place where she can sprawl out may have been what she’s needed for a while. We’ll see how night two goes if my nerves can take it after her first night in the crib.

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.