Buying A Baby Monitor – What To Look For

There is nothing more important in the world than the safety of your child. 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. But there is no need to worry because there is a simple, affordable solution to your problem. Use a  baby   monitor ! This is a wonder device that comes in many different configurations that will ensure you can keep tabs on all the activities of your baby. So 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 and audio-visual  baby   monitors  as well as specialized ones that can even sense the body movements of the  baby . These  baby   monitors  are available in many brands and models, but it is advisable to buy only the best quality you can afford to ensure accuracy and reliability. There are certain points that you must keep in mind before choosing a  baby   monitor .

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. If you buy the wireless  baby   monitor , you get more flexibility and you are not stuck to only one location. 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. Get a smaller size so that it can be easily clipped or tied to your belt. The portable  baby   monitors  usually come with belt-clips. Size does not factor in much when the goal is to have a clear picture when buying a  baby   monitor  that includes video. These audio-visual  baby   monitors  are usually more bulky.

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. It’s best if the  baby   monitor  has a low battery indicator.

8) Buy a  baby   monitor  with multiple channels so you can choose an interference-free channel to transmit on. 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. 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. This is more important than going by the brand name since some manufacturers produce different models that perform better than others in their product line. Do not focus solely on the cost. Keep in mind the quality. 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.

Source by Babies & Kiddos

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