What to Buy When You’re Expecting, Part II

In speaking with a relative-in-law recently, I thought of my earlier post about video monitors. The relative-in-law mentioned the phenomenon that the baby will sense your presence when you go check on him, reminiscent of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. If you open the door to see if the baby is asleep, that action will awaken him when he otherwise would not have been awakened.

I haven’t decided whether to call it the Heisenbaby Uncertainty Principle or the Babyberg Uncertainty Principle. Either way, the principle is that measuring the state of the baby will affect the state of the baby. The benefit of using a video baby monitor, as opposed to an audio baby monitor, is that it minimizes the effect of the Heisenbaby Uncertainty Principle.

On a related note, here is a story. When our oldest was a baby, his crib was within sight of the dining table, through an open doorway. We were remodeling the bedrooms and so his crib was temporarily in the living room. We found that if we were at the table and he was in his crib, he would be content as long as we didn’t make eye contact with him. If we did make eye contact, then he knew that we knew he was there and he would cry to be picked up. Some mealtimes, especially when grandparents were over, were interesting: “Whatever you do, don’t look directly at the baby!”

“For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Or {as} a watch in the night.”
– Psalm 90:4

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