Our family purchased a Summer Infant video baby monitor before our child was born. I thought it would be helpful to see what our son was doing in his crib or to figure out why he might be crying. Truth is, for the first six months, I didn’t need the monitor because our little guy screamed at the top of his lungs when he was hungry. No monitor necessary since our neighbors could hear the hungry cry as well!
We finally set up the monitor in our son’s room when he was about one year old. Since then, it has been a valuable tool to enable me to decide whether to go in to assist him (seeing throw up or his foot stuck in the crib bars) as opposed to a scream for attention in the middle of the night (no parent visit for that one).
Therefore, I was disappointed to learn that nearly 2 million Summer Infant video monitors were recalled after being connected to the strangulation of two infants. Another sad story regarding baby products! The long video monitor cords seem to be the main cause for concern. Here is the complete Consumer Product Safety Commission announcement with all details.