I know many parents choose not to use monitors after a year and some even refrain from using them at all. I'm was and still am, so NOT that parent...
You see, I was THAT mom that spent way too much money on the Angelcare baby monitor systems. You know the one that sets off an alarm if the baby stops breathing or moving? The one the sets off another alarm if it gets too cold or too hot because it also monitors room temperature? Ya! THAT mother. I also, shamefully (ok, not really but I think I should pretend to be in light of the discussion at hand) used those monitors until Ave & Bryce were almost two years old. I was forced to stop using them because it just became way too stressful having the "not moving/breathing" alarm go off continuously because they had the audacity to move out of range of the sensor pad located under their mattress. Kids...so inconsiderate sometimes dontcha think? LOL!
(if you are THAT mom)!
The transition from alarms to silence was not an easy one for me. I liked the comfort that my Angelcare monitors gave me. I didn't need to "see" them or even "hear" them because I knew that if there was a problem a big 'ole alarm would sound. So to go from that to "just" being able to see them and talk to them left me
However, my heart does skip a beat when they sleep 10 minutes past their usual wake-up times in the morning and/or at nap time and I admit, I poke them awake from time to time just to put my mind at ease. Poor Bryce gets poked more than Ave as she snores like a drunken sailor and Bryce sleeps so soundly I think YOU'D be tempted to poke him awake too. LMAO!
If I am still poking them awake when they are teenagers, I'll seek some professional help...maybe.