Anyhow, this summer has been filled with travel: Baby's first flight to Toronto to visit extended family and to the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association National (CHHA) Conference, plus several camping trips. For the flight, I was particularly concerned that Rachel would suffer from airplane cabin ear pressure, and asked our family physician about this. He recommended that we use Auralgan, which are ear drops in gel form. We applied it about half an hour prior to take off - it seemed to work like a charm as we didn't get any fuss from Rachel. Plus, Auralgan won't cause any hearing loss.
|Auralgan, I swear by it!|
|Baby Monitor App, it does an *ok* job (I'll review it later in this article)|
In addition to the smartphones, we plug in the vibrator (if you don't know what this is, refer to Part 1) to a LightOn system (approx $70). The LightOn holds my husband's iPhone, in a similar fashion to the photo below. My phone will act as the receiver, with the baby monitor app running. When sound is detected, it sends a call my husband's iPhone, and his iPhone will vibrate, causing the LightOn to go off, thereby transmitting a signal to the vibrator to wake us up. Complicated much? Think of it like a relay system, where one cannot happen without the other.
|Check out this video to see how LightOn works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_evZ906ELI&noredirect=1|
1. You get less sleep (you're constantly waking up because you don't trust the system 100%)
2. The LightOn System seems to work better with iPhones than Androids. Somehow I wasn't able to figure out how to get my phone to vibrate when receiving calls.
3. My phone kept receiving emails/text messaging while the baby monitor app was operating , this resulted in the baby monitor app to stop running, and thereby miss her cries (this was the most annoying part... I finally figured out to not sync my emails and have not figured how to temporarily stop text messages from coming through).
4. There is a 30-second delay in using this system, unlike the system we have set up at home, which is instant.
5.The need to have two phones, instead of one - imagine if I had to travel alone with the baby, it would be near impossible!
6. We can't really use this system if we leave Canadian soil, unless we're prepared for some major roaming charges.
7. Did I mention, less sleep?
We had a couple of hiccups on our trip - at one of my relative's homes, they told me the morning after that Rachel had been crying for a little while (not too long, thankfully!!!) and asked me if the alarm ever went off. My answer was "No", and it was at that point that we figured out that I needed to turn off my email notifications. Fortunately, Rachel was a happy traveler, and we even managed to make our way out to Niagara Falls!
|Selfie at Niagara Falls - what a lovely day!|