I hope this post does not get me reported to child protective services…
My wife and I have started employing a cheap, dependable babysitter when we need to get out for a few minutes. Her name? FaceTime, courtesy of Apple Computer. Best of all, she is available anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. She’s cheap too — just a small charge once in awhile.
In all seriousness, we did start using FaceTime during our last trip to Europe to go downstairs to dinner or for a short walk. It worked like a charm every time. Usually this would be later in the evening after Augustine’s normal bedtime. We were faced with three choices — order room service (the delivery, lights, and eating would keep him up), take him with us out (and then hear him cry all night), or let him sleep in a darkened hotel room while being able to watch and hear him.
The choice was obvious.
We never strayed too far. One time we went down to the hotel restaurant for an 8EUR bottle of water. Another time we used the hotel fitness center. One time we went for a short walk outside. I suppose someone could have walked in on the baby like they walked in on us at 3AM, but we were never more than two minutes away.
One time the connection cut out. No problem — we just went back upstairs.
So there you have it. I post this not because we are the first couple to think of using FaceTime as a babysitter — after all, two-way monitors have been around for 30+ years. I post it because I still get a chuckle that almost all hotel guides have babysitters available. Maybe it’s just me, but after watching The Man Who Knew Too Much, I’d rather take my chances with FaceTime.