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You can stop using a baby monitor whenever you'd like. But turning the monitor off at night when your baby's around 6 months old, might actually help you get a better night's sleep — and help your baby develop healthy sleep habits.
Once your baby's old enough to sleep with less frequent night feedings, you may want to stop yourself from rushing to his room whenever he stirs. (Some babies can sleep eight hours without a feeding at 3 months — while others won't do it until their first birthday. Most can sleep around nine or ten hours by 6 months.)
"If you respond to your baby's brief, normal night wakings — when he makes noises that you probably wouldn't hear without a monitor — you might actually reinforce those wakings and make it harder for your baby to learn to sleep through the night," explains Judith Owens, a pediatrician and director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.
Of course, even if you decide to turn the monitor off at night, you might still find it handy when you're outside or in another part of the house at nap time.