Choosing a baby monitor can be a daunting task for many people, especially for new parents who don’t have experience buying this type of device. However, there are certain steps you can take to make the process of finding one much simpler.
One of the first things you need to think about is what exactly you want out of a baby monitor. What would you like it to do? Would you be happy just being able to hear baby’s sounds, or would you feel better peace of mind being able to see your baby as well as hear them? Or perhaps you would like to monitor your baby’s breathing? Please see my short descriptions below of each type:
Audio baby monitor: This type allows you to listen to your baby’s sounds. It usually comes with a transmitter (baby unit), and a receiver (parent unit).
Video baby monitor: This type of monitor allows you to see your baby as well as hear them. It usually comes with a transmitter which is a small camera (baby unit), and a receiver which is a handheld screen (parent unit).
Baby breathing monitor: A breathing/movement monitor detects even the smallest movements made by breathing. There are a couple of types you can opt for; one which comes with a sensor mat and alarm, or one which consists of a small device which clips on to baby’s nappy. With the sensor pad type, the mat is placed under baby’s mattress in order to detect baby’s breathing. Some breathing monitors also have audio monitoring combined, so that you can also use it to listen in on your baby.
Baby monitors either come with an analogue signal or a digital signal, although most of the more modern models are digital. Generally, a digital monitor will provide a better sound quality, and won’t have any interference with other in house electronics such as mobile phones.
Once you have decided which type you want to go for, you should make yourself familiar with the different features the modern baby monitors come with. You can do this by searching through the online stores and looking at the product descriptions. You may also find it useful to speak with a customer advisor at one of the baby stores. This will help you to realise which features you will require. You may also find it useful to speak with other moms and dads on the parenting forums, but only ask for recommendations from members who have recently purchased a baby monitor. Technology is always changing, so it wouldn’t be much use taking recommendations from someone who purchased a monitor a year ago.
If you have more than one child that you would like to monitor, or you are pregnant with your first baby and you may have more children in the future, you may want to consider purchasing a video baby monitor that can connect to more than one camera. These are called multi-camera baby monitors (or multiple camera baby monitors), and some models can even connect with up to 4 cameras. This feature is excellent for parents who want to monitor more than one child, with just one baby monitor.
Below I have listed some other tips which you should take on board when choosing a baby monitor:
- Always choose a model made by a well-known reliable brand, such as Tomy, or Samsung.
- Always check the manufacturers guarantee period before making your purchase. If the device were to break, you want to be able to have it replaced or repaired.
- Always read product reviews for the models you are interested in. This way you will be able to see other parents’ opinions on these devices, but remember that there will always usually be a bad review or two in there somewhere. If you are worried about what was mentioned in the bad reviews, you could always phone the manufacturer to discuss these issues with them before deciding to buy.
Author bio: Kerri Bullock is the founder of www.babymonitorsonline.co.uk, an online baby store selling a range of baby safety products.