There are many types of baby monitors available in the market. When choosing which is the best baby monitor to buy, you will want to consider the size of your home, the type of neighborhood in which you live, the budget you have and your lifestyle in general. You have to search some information to find the best one for you and your family before the purchase. Below are some guidelines for you to make the right decision.
How to choose your baby monitor?
If you have a newborn baby, a Sensory Baby Monitor will alert you if your baby’s breathing becomes irregularly slow or even stops. It consists of 3 parts: a transmitter placed at baby’s room, a pad placed underneath baby’s mattress to detect movement and breathing, and a receiver. This type of monitor is designed to help parents alleviate the concern about S.I.D.S.
When budget is a concern, an Analog Audio Monitor is the most affordable one. The audio monitor works through radio frequency to transmit the sound, which allows you to hear your baby’s sound such as crying or giggling. It consists of a transmitter, which is set in your baby’s room and the receiver carried by you. It works best in a wide space but it is of least privacy and greater interference because of the high tendency of other receivers picking up the same radio signal that your monitor transmits. You should check the frequency of your fixed line or wireless network so as to reduce the tendency of interference to your monitor at home.
If you want to hear and also see your baby, A Video Baby Monitor is a good choice. A digital video monitor is even less prone to interference at home. The transmission signals become stronger and thus deliver clearer images and sounds. It consists of transmitter with a small camera that placed on a table near the crib and a handheld television as a receiver. When you want to be able to see a baby in a dark room, choose a video monitor with night vision.
If you are working parent and not able to be with your baby all the time, think of a Web-based Baby Monitor to keep tabs on your sleeping baby while you are away. This model integrates with your smartphone, tablet or desktop computer as the monitor screen and so no carrying of a receiver is needed. A new hi-tech model has emerged which work in 3G / Wi-Fi network and is compatible with an iPhone / iPad. It not only monitors baby’s movement & sound, but also the humidity and temperature of the baby’s room. It also allows you to play music and talk with your baby remotely. Monitoring your baby in this way certainly has many advantages, however the price might probably be higher than other models.
Safety tips for using a baby monitor:
- Do not attempt to leave your baby along even though you use the monitor while he/she is at play. Parental supervision is very important and irreplaceable.
- The common disadvantage of baby monitors is short battery life. Try to find a monitor with rechargeable batteries or can be plugged into the wall.
- Keep all cord, adaptors and transmitters away from your baby.
- Never use the monitor in area near water such as kitchen, bathroom.
- Protect monitor from direct sunlight or away from heat.
- Always follow manufacturer’s instructions on installation and usage.