For anybody who is looking after a baby, a baby monitor is a required asset. With a baby you will want a monitor no matter where you go, be it in your own home or when you are visiting friends; with this in mind it can become annoying to have to carry your baby monitor around with you everywhere. There is, however, an answer to this annoyance. With the iPhone you can get a baby monitor app, which is entirely portable in the sense that it goes everywhere with you anyway.
When your baby sleeps you can simply activate the app and leave your phone next to your child. When it picks up sounds it dials a number you have input yourself and warns you that your baby has awoken. Although I doubt anybody will be using it when they are across town, this app is perfect for when you are in the same house as your child. Thanks to the fact it can work no matter where you are it can be a handy tool to use in conjunction with an actual baby monitor if you find yourself out of monitor range.
It comes equipped with numerous options that can come in handy. You can choose how long your child has to make a sound before it contacts you. This is great because babies will often make some noise while they sleep that are nothing to worry about.
You can even choose to make the phone play soothing music when noise is detected, to help your child fall back to sleep. Then once your child makes noise for a specific amount of time you will be contacted. It can even record everything that goes on in the room so you can play it back at a later date and find out what your baby was up to in their sleep.
There is one issue with the application, however, in the fact that it works straight away, which means you have to wait for your child to be fully asleep before you leave it beside them, otherwise you will get a call as soon as you leave the room. When you are using it as a baby monitor, be certain to have call forwarding on and the ringer muted so you do not disturb your child by getting phone calls or messages.
It is important to note that you should not become reliant on this app; you should still have a normal baby monitor in your home and you cannot use it to replace being observant of your child or anybody else’s child who you may be looking after. However, it is certainly worth the small fee it costs just for the extra peace of mind it offers when you need to use it.