The Mystery of the Missing Button

The Mystery of the Missing Button

It was a dark & stormy night. Nancy Drew was in her bed, eyes open, willing herself to sleep. She thought she knew what being tired felt like, but this was a whole new level of tired. In her youth, she’d often stay up late poring over the latest mystery’s clues, piecing together the puzzle until everything became clear. Sure, she was tired then – but it was a different kind of tired. An excited tired. Every minute spent awake, was a minute closer to catching the culprit. But this – this was different. She wasn’t a kid anymore. No, this time she had a kid.

It all started 3 years ago, when she met her husband, Frank. Frank Hardy. Despite herself, she smiled. She couldn’t help it – they were good memories. It was a whirlwind romance, one of those stories you’d only find in the pages of a fiction novel. She and Frank would spend their their summer days exploring, their summer nights talking, and their lazy summer mornings nestled under the covers. They cherished their time together, but they also knew a day would come when they would share their happiness with a family of their own. 3 years later, baby Columbo was born.

Nancy sighed. She loved her little family. Baby Columbo was a sweetheart. That wasn’t the problem. The problem was that she hadn’t had a good night’s sleep in months. Baby Columbo was stirring. Frank was out with his brother, Joe Hardy. Boy, she could write a whole series of books on the shenanigans¬†those two always got into. But tonight – she was on her own. Every time she tried to fall asleep, she’d hear her baby rustling. Oh, she knew Columbo would fall asleep again – he always did this time of night. But as long as she could hear him, she knew she would not be as lucky. If she could just silence the baby monitor for 30 minutes, all would be great. Baby Columbo would drift off, and she could fall asleep knowing she’d hear him again when he truly awoke. Really, all she wanted – needed – was a snooze button. But she couldn’t find a single baby monitor that had that feature. It made no sense. It was a mystery she just couldn’t solve. ¬†The Mystery of the Missing Button.


  1. Rupal
    May 21, 2013 @ 10:01:47

    Not sure about how I feel about a thirty-minute snooze button because god forbid if something really happened in that thirty minutes. I know how often I have hit snooze buttons for my own alarm clock, imagine if I inadvertantly did it for my baby in distress? But I agree that monitor technology could stand for improvement, e.g. if it could sense the harsher pitch of a cry of distress or be less sensitive to ambient noise or rustling. Or if the monitor could cut in and out gently in terms of volume so that it wasn’t such a shock to hear when baby awoke in the other room?


    • Roshan
      May 21, 2013 @ 10:19:14

      Based on the books we’ve read (and our experience) – if your baby really needs you, you’ll hear it (unless your child’s room is upstairs and your room is downstairs). I’m not comfortable turning off the monitor all-together, but I am totally okay with silencing it for a short period of time. I think a well-designed snooze feature would:

      • Require more than a simple button press to snooze – to ensure the parent woke up, looked at the monitor, and explicitly made a decision to snooze.
      • Allow, say, 10 minutes of snooze time to be added for every button press in order to match different parenting styles.


  2. Megan
    Jun 27, 2015 @ 13:28:15

    I have been searching everywhere for this! I see this post is old… Any chance you’ve heard of a monitor with snooze since then?


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