Buying a Baby Monitor
Baby Monitors 101: How to buy a baby monitor
Types of Baby Monitors
Audio Baby Monitors
Audio/Video Baby Monitors
Wireless Network Baby Monitors
Analog Baby Monitors
Digital Baby Monitors
Baby Monitor Tips:
- Baby monitors are not a substitute for parental supervision — be sure to check in on your baby often, even with a baby monitor
- If you have children in 2 or more rooms, consider buying a baby monitor with multiple transmitters
- If you have a large house, consider buying multiple parent monitors so you can hear baby from several locations
- Houses with finicky heating will benefit from the temperature sensor found on some baby monitors
- Great for working parents, baby monitors with night vision, remote-controlled lullabies and a night light can help you soothe your baby back to sleep
Baby Monitor Features
The transmitter picks up the sounds and/or video of your baby and sends them to the receiver (parent monitor). Often the transmitter can be mounted to the nursery wall — either to save space or capture video from a better angle. Some parent monitors are compatible with two or more transmitters, which is helpful if you have more than one baby in the house. Transmitters can also come with useful extra features, such as temperature monitoring or a night light.
Parent Monitor (the receiver) +
Your parent monitor receives the audio and video signal from the transmitter in baby’s room. Usually wireless, you can either carry the parent monitor with you or place it within listening distance. If you’re always on-the-go throughout the house, a lightweight clip-on monitor is a good option. Alternatively, you can also buy two or more parent monitors to place in different rooms.
Signal Strength +
The signal strength between the transmitter and the parent monitor can vary from model to model. You should measure the longest potential distance in your home, then check to ensure the monitor will perform within that range before making a purchase.
Night Vision +
Some cameras have a night vision feature. This lets you see your baby in the dark without the need of a night light, which may disturb your baby’s sleep.
Some baby monitors have an intercom, so you can talk through your monitor to soothe and calm baby without entering the room.
Volume Control +
Whether it’s a manual dial or digital control, a volume control lets you adjust the level of sound that your monitor receives. This raises or lowers the volume to match the noise-level in the room.
Vibration or Lights +
Some parent monitors will vibrate or emit lights when your baby cries, so you can see or feel your baby when you’re engaged in noisy activities, such as vacuuming or watching a movie.
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Baby Monitor Maintenance Tips
- Keep food and all liquids away from your baby monitor
- Consider investing in rechargeable batteries for your battery-operated parent monitor
- Wipe the LCD screen of the parent monitor with a soft cloth when it’s smudged or dirty
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