We are first-time parents to a 4.5 week baby girl. She sleeps in a bassinet next to our bed overnight and I was using a bouncer for her day-time sleeps downstairs. Until last week she was a very settled baby who would feed-sleep-feed, breastfeeding approx every 4 hrs. Now that she is becoming more alert she tends to take longer to fall asleep after feeds and when in her bouncer she will just look at things in the room - in the afternoons/evenings she then doesn't fall asleep and becomes over-tired/cranky. The midwives/child health nurses have suggested that she has all her sleeps in the same environment (ie in her bassinet), but that would mean that she is upstairs all the time. There are obviously periods during the day that I won't be confined to our bedroom - doing laundry, eating, cooking, showering etc! She seems so little to be left completely alone upstairs. What do other people do in terms of checking that their little one is ok? We don't have any kind of monitor because she always used to sleep in the same room of the house as me (the bouncer was good because it was portable!) and I'm thinking that we will need to get one now but again am not sure whether to get one that monitors breathing or one that is just for noise.