The Best Baby Monitor for you is a personal choice tied to the needs and desires of your family. When you are blessed with a baby to care for, there is nothing so settling as knowing that your baby is safe in his / her room while you are sleeping in yours. While there are many features and options available on the various monitors on the market, there are three features that come to mind as the most important options out there.
- Audio Baby Monitor or Audio-Video Monitor ? The choice here is simple. Only one is the Best Baby Monitor for you. Are you happy just listening to your baby, or do you need the video capabilities? Why video? One great reason would be to keep an eye on your other children to make sure that they are not about to wake your infant. Or perhaps you have pets, and want to make sure they are not in the crib with the baby. Finally, if you have a special needs child, the video feed may aid you if the child has verbal communication issues.
- Multi-channel capability. One of the most important options on any baby monitor is the ability to change channels. This is especially important when you are in a highly populated area. Most monitors broadcast in a limited range of frequencies. Other parents in the same apartment building may have similar units, broadcasting on a similar frequency. You'll go crazy racing into your baby's room to see why he is crying only to find out that the crying is coming from a baby two doors down the hallway. By switching to another channel you'll be able to focus on only your child.
- Clarity of sound. For most parents, it is important to know if the sound coming from the baby's room is the baby crying, the fan running, the cat meowing, or someone opening the window. Without proper clarity, all these events can sound pretty much the same – like static. When reading reviews of various baby monitors, I can tell that this is one of the biggest issues for parents. There are two options that will help you in your search for better clarity. The first is to buy a digital monitor (many are analog). The other is to buy a unit using DECT baby monitor technology. Digital and DECT technologies reportedly only affect the audio portion of a baby monitor, so if your problem is a poor video output these changes are not likely to help.
Of course there are many other options to consider when buying a baby monitor such as hand held receivers, night vision capability, motion detection, temperature sensors, out-of-range warnings, visual sound (lights), remote control of music and nightlights, low-battery indicators and more. But the three features above will account for 90% of what makes a parent feel safe about have a child – knowing that your baby is safe and sound.