Buying A Baby Monitor – What To Look For

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It is a given that you will worry about your newborn at night, when you are out, even if he/she is at home with a baby sitter or another family member. Use a baby monitor! What exactly is a baby monitor?

Basically, a baby monitor is a device that monitors the activities of the baby while you are otherwise occupied. There are audio-visual and audio baby monitors as well as specialized ones that can even sense the body movements of the baby.

Look for the following features before buying the baby monitor:

1) There are two types of baby monitors, wireless and plug-in. It is recommended that you buy the wireless one, as this one ensures mobility and freedom to use outside of the house. You get more flexibility and you are not stuck to only one location if you buy the wireless baby monitor. Also, you can take it out with you in the range specified and monitor the activities of your baby while finishing your other chores.

2) Make sure the size of the baby monitor that you buy is not too large. Size does not factor in much when the goal is to have a clear picture when buying a baby monitor that includes video.

3) Instead of getting an audio-only baby monitor, it is better to go for a baby monitor with a camera, so you can actually visualize your baby’s activities. These come either black & white or color (usually color costs more). Picture quality varies, especially in low-light conditions. Since your baby is probably going to be sleeping in a darkened room, check that the low-light picture quality is sufficient.

4) Make sure that the microphone that is attached to the camera is ultra sensitive so that you can even hear a pin drop. This is of utmost importance, even more so than the quality of the picture display.

5) Check whether the monitor has other accessories like an alarm clock to remind you of the baby’s feeding times.

6) It is important that your baby monitor has a good range so that you will be able to travel a longer distance and yet keep a check on the activities of your baby.

7) Rechargeable batteries are a must. If the baby monitor has a low battery indicator, it’s best.

8) Buy a baby monitor with multiple channels so you can choose an interference-free channel to transmit on. Buy a brand that is different from his to ensure that the signals don’t get mixed up if your neighbor has a baby monitor. Depending on the frequency of other household appliances such as cordless phones and wireless internet routers, you may need to buy a baby monitor that operates in the frequency zone different from your phone or router.

9) Some more expensive models include motion sensors that can detect if the baby has stopped moving for a period of time in order to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). For the ultimate peace of mind, get a baby monitor with this feature.

9) Last but not least, check the UL (Underwriters Labs) mark before buying. This ensures UL evaluation for safety.

Apart from these features, you should also utilize recommendations on the performance of the baby monitor from published reports and user comments. Generally, the baby monitors will start from about 30 to 40 dollars and can go up to 150 dollars or more.

Do yourself a favor and buy the best quality baby monitor you can with the most features.

Basically, a baby monitor is a device that monitors the activities of the baby while you are otherwise occupied. There are audio-visual and audio baby monitors as well as specialized ones that can even sense the body movements of the baby. If you buy the wireless baby monitor, you get more flexibility and you are not stuck to only one location. 3) Instead of getting an audio-only baby monitor, it is better to go for a baby monitor with a camera, so you can actually visualize your baby’s activities. If your neighbor has a baby monitor, buy a brand that is different from his to ensure that the signals don’t get mixed up.

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