Hearing something strange through a baby monitor can be an experience that ranges from mystifying to terrifying. Sometimes, these strange things are a result of a baby's natural tendency to babble and make noise. But other times, they're the result of something far more sinister: a hacked baby monitor.
To have a stranger spying on your child is almost indescribably creepy, yet baby monitors are fairly easy to hijack. Scary baby monitor stories often involve a person watching, controlling the camera, or even talking back through it.
Here are some stories of parents who heard strange things on their baby monitor, either funny or horrifying.
From Redditor /u/fredthefishhh:
My uncle has a handful of stories, but I'll tell one of the better ones. One night over the baby monitor, they heard whispering and what sounded like my cousin's voice. Strangely though, they heard another voice that sounded like my grandma's (she passed a year before this).
They go into her room and asked her who she was talking to, and she says "I was talking to grandma, she helped me find my doll." The doll WAS on the floor, but when they checked on her it was in her crib.
From Redditor /u/lati4:
My family used to have a baby monitor set up at the top of our stairs. One night I am home alone as my parents are at my brothers hockey game, and I am downstairs on the computer playing Roller Coaster Tycoon.
On this particular night I heard a bang, nothing that was too startling, kinda sounded like a cupboard door shutting. I paused my game and stared at the monitor. I then heard my front door unlock, the door didn't open, I just heard it simply unlock. My heart dropped, it was eerily quiet.
About 10 seconds after the door unlocked I heard a massive loud bang, like someone stomping on the hardwood upstairs, and the baby monitor went to loud static. I immediately start crying and hid under the computer desk for an hour before my parents came home. When my parents got home they asked me if I had let anyone in because the door was unlocked. There was nothing taken, then baby monitor was still plugged in, and there were no signs of anyone else being in the house. To this day thinking about that night gives me chills.
From Redditor /u/metalhead115:
My brother told me a few years ago he woke up in the middle of the night hearing his son crying his eyes out then a low man's voice saying "shhh be quiet" then silence. He ran in to the room and the baby was asleep and no one else around, creeped me the f*ck out.
A Washington state couple was astonished when their three year old's baby monitor was spewing creepy message at their son. The child had previously complained that he couldn't sleep because he was scared of what he was hearing, and when the parents investigated, found that the camera was tracking their movements, and the microphone saying creepy stuff like "wake up, little boy! Daddy's looking for you!"The couple contacted the monitor manufacturer, who advised them to change the WiFi password.