How first-time mom Amanda uses Nanit camera and Sound + Light together

How first-time mom Amanda uses Nanit camera and Sound + Light together

Meet Pro Parent Amanda Rivera
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Welcome to Nanit’s Community Spotlight series! Hear from our community members and ambassadors about their parenting journey and how Nanit has helped them find a little more ease and a lot more rest. Share your story here.

Meet Pro Parent Amanda Rivera

I am a first-time mom and SAHM to our sweet baby Noémie Isabel who is 9 months. My husband and I are still in awe that we get to be her parents. Noémie's nickname is Nomi and boy is she sweet, sassy and very curious. Our family resides in Chicago and we also have a 7 year old dog named Bella who is the best big sister. 

We are huge Nanit fans and look forward to adding a camera when we have another baby. Very happy with our purchase!

What does your bedtime routine usually look like? 

I like to turn on the night light and sound machine as I am putting my daughter's pjs on and changing her diaper so she becomes familiar with bedtime. Once she is comfortable in her pjs and has a clean diaper on, I turn off the night light and rock her in the rocking chair as she drinks milk. Once she is done eating, I rock her until she falls asleep and then slowly transition her into her crib. I usually leave the Nanit camera app open on my phone even when I go to sleep. 

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Nomi and her Sound + Light

Why Nanit? 

Honestly, my husband did all the search on all baby gear, especially the large purchases and anything related to technology gear for the baby. There was no other monitor that came close to Nanit with all that it has to offer! 

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Favorite Nanit products and features?

My favorite products are the Nanit Pro Camera, Sound + Light machine, and Breathing Band

I love a few things about the Nanit camera app: the clarity of the camera stream, the temperature read, and the breathing motion tracking. I also love the memories tab and the ability to see when Nomi hits different milestones

It’s also great that the sound + light machine controls are now integrated in the Nanit camera app to make it easier to adjust quickly. We also use the camera’s built in white noise and nightlight when we travel or want to move the camera around different parts of the house.  

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Sound + Light Controls in the Nanit App

What tips or advice would you share with first-time parents?

Having a reliable monitor/app is critical and although it can be an investment it is 100% worth it. You have peace of mind while your child is asleep and you can travel with it around your house or while on vacation. 

How does Nanit support you as a parent? 

As first time parents, we honestly have so much peace knowing we can rely on our Nanit camera. When our daughter was in the infant stage, we used the camera and travel stand to watch her while she napped or was in the bassinet. Once she transitioned into her crib we moved the camera on the wall mount. 

Prior to getting the Sound + Light machine, we used the white noise on the camera daily! Now we use the camera to watch her on any of our devices (iPhone/iPad) during her naps and at night. The Sound + Light machine is also a MUST for us as we now use the light and sound machine for her naps, bedtime, and when she wakes up. 

We love all the features the apps have and love that the camera and accessories grow with her. When our daughter was an infant we used the breathing band which was HUGE for us because not only could we see her in the camera but we could monitor her breathing. We have never had any issues with our devices and even referred a friend to purchase the monitor after sharing our experience and feedback. 

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Natalie Barnett, PhD serves as VP of Clinical Research at Nanit. Natalie initiated sleep research collaborations at Nanit and in her current role, Natalie oversees collaborations with researchers at hospitals and universities around the world who use the Nanit camera to better understand pediatric sleep and leads the internal sleep and development research programs at Nanit. Natalie holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of New England in Australia and a Postgraduate Certificate in Pediatric Sleep Science from the University of Western Australia. Natalie was an Assistant Professor in the Neurogenetics Unit at NYU School of Medicine prior to joining Nanit. Natalie is also the voice of Nanit's science-backed, personalized sleep tips delivered to users throughout their baby's first few years.

Kristy Ojala is Nanit’s Digital Content Director. She spends way too much time looking at maps and weather forecasts and pictures of Devon Rex cats and no-cook dinners. A former sleep champion, she strives to share trustworthy somnabulism tips with other parents—praying for that one fine day when no tiny humans wake her up while it’s still dark out. Her kids highly recommend 3 books, approximately 600 stuffies, Chopin’s “Nocturnes,” and the Nanit Sound + Light for bedtime success.

Mackenzie Sangster is on the Brand and Community team at Nanit. She supports content development and editing for Nanit’s Parent Confidently blog as well as other marketing initiatives. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her friends, cooking, being active, and using the Pro + Flex Duo to keep an eye on her fur-baby, Poppy!

Holly Hays is a contributor and writer for Nanit, channeling her years as a mama and former magazine editor to create fun, useful content for fellow busy, trying-to-do-their-best parents and caregivers. Holly has written for a wide range of brands and media outlets (Ergobaby, HGTV, Manhattan Toy Company, OXO), loves to cook and read mystery novels, and leans heavily on her two daughters to keep her up to date on all the latest slang.