How to Buy a Baby Monitor
It can be as scary as the car ride home from the hospital the first time the baby is put to sleep. It can give you some peace of mind to know that your baby is being monitored via audio and/or visual.
What is the most important thing to look at when choosing a baby monitor for your child? Follow the return policy of the store to the letter. You can’t know if a monitor is right for you until you try it. The functionality of the monitor depends on the wireless equipment in both your home and those of your neighbors. Although it is frustrating to have to visit multiple stores, it is nothing compared to the frustration of having to deal with static on an old monitor.
A baby monitor’s purpose is to let you keep an eye on your infant while they sleep without having to wake them up. You can watch your favorite Netflix show without worrying about your baby. For safety reasons, babies should be kept in their parents’ bedrooms for six months. However, many new parents use a baby monitor to take naps during the day and night after their infant is no longer sleeping with them. Now you can easily track your child’s movements.
What is a baby monitor?
This vital piece of equipment ensures that your child wakes up every time. It includes a transmitter that can be placed in his bedroom and a portable monitor you can carry around the house. There are many baby monitors available, and each one has a different price. It is important to research the features and prices before you buy. Place the cords of the baby monitor away from your child’s reach by securing them in a safe place.
The most popular formats are audio and video with sound. They can be analogue or digital. All baby monitors transmit audio within a narrow radio frequency band from the nursery to a separate area. A nursery or baby monitor consists of a transmitter and a receiver. An audio monitor costs between $25 and $150. A combined audio/video monitor will cost you anywhere from $80 up to $300.
You can “feel” your baby’s cry by purchasing high-definition colour monitors or ones that have vibration features. However, they are usually more expensive.
Safety 1st True View colour monitors can be used in dark environments. They can be powered by either an electrical outlet or batteries. There is also a power-saving switch that turns off the video.
You might find it more attractive to have one with both sound and lights. All of the audio displays tested had this function. The Philips Avent DECT SCD510 parent monitor, which retails for around $120, has a row LED lights. You can see your baby’s crying even if the volume is turned down. The lights in the room will respond to an increase in volume and illuminate accordingly. Audio monitors are more cost-effective than their video/audio counterparts in most cases.
They don’t encrypt or decrypt the signal, but rather transmit it in an unbroken link from the monitor to receiver.
These devices encrypt the signal from the monitor to receiver and make it virtually impossible for anyone else to hear any discernible sounds. You can search the label for “digital” to find one.
A small camera that is mounted on the wall or on the tabletop transmits images to a bigger monitor. A belt clip could be attached to the receiver for added convenience.
Wireless Network Monitors
Dropcam Echo is a digital video camera system that uses your existing wireless network to send images. This is an alternative monitor that we have not tried. Parents can create an account on Dropcam’s website to get their child’s Dropcam setup by connecting it to their home network’s Ethernet port. Once the connection is established, you don’t need to connect the cable. Your Dropcam will start streaming encrypted video to your Android, iOS or computer after it has discovered your Wi-Fi network. The camera is connected to the power and installed in the nursery.
Dropcam Echo works in a similar way to other systems, allowing you to install multiple cameras simultaneously to monitor multiple areas. The Dropcam Echo is capable of detecting motion and sound automatically. It will notify you via push notifications on your iPad or smartphone whenever there’s a change in the baby’s room. Dropcam can store your video stream for a weekly and monthly fee.
What to Watch Out For
Parents are happy with an audio-only baby monitor, which allows them to hear their children’s cries and gurgles. Parents who love technology today have a wealth of options for additional functions and creative features.
- Video: Baby monitors are not required. However, they can be convenient as they allow you to check in on your child via infrared while they sleep. A wifi baby monitor allows you to remotely access your child’s information from anywhere, including the office.
- TemperatureSome monitors show the temperature in the room and sound an alarm if the temperature drops. These monitors are designed to help you maintain a safe environment and lower the risk of sudden infant deaths syndrome.
- Night lights: These night lights allow your baby to sleep in safety while you change or feed him/her during the night, without disturbing the rest of his/her family.
- Talk back: These models have two-way communication capabilities that allow parents to comfort their infants from another room, by talking with them and answering any questions.
- Lullabies and music: Tired of the baby-singing? Some baby monitors can play soothing music such as lullabies and familiar nursery songs when the baby is engaged.
- Light display: This monitor projects an animated light show onto the wall of your baby, which many children find relaxing.
- Lights that are activated by sound: These lights can be used to alert you to the baby’s crying, regardless of whether you’re in another room, doing housework or watching TV.
- Motion sensor: This function is found on higher-end models. It is connected to a pad you place under your baby’s mattress. If motion is not detected within a set time, an alarm will sound.
- Remote control You can adjust the music or turn off the nightlight from your home to avoid disturbing your baby.