We got this monitor (MIL bought it as a gift for this baby) on the recommendations of many on this board
I never thought we needed a video monitor but we love having it now! I think I would've gone in a lot less when DD was a baby if I could see why she was whining/whimpering/crying and maybe she'd have been a better sleeper (or maybe not - ha).
anyway, we like it for the most part except for the static, it's crazy! It's even woken me up in the middle of the night! is everyone else having the static problem? I keep it away from radio/cell phone.