Walk into any baby store and I bet you'll be amazed at how many different types of infant monitor systems are available. It's enough to make a first-time parent dizzy!

But before you just pick one out and bring it home, you'll want to compare baby monitors and their features to make sure you get the one best for you.

If you have a really big house or yard to tend to, you might want to pick out a model with an extra long range transmitter. This way you can rake leaves or shovel snow outside and still keep in touch with your little one. And if you are working outside I'd also suggest picking out a monitor that vibrates when it picks up sounds from the baby's room. This feature is especially important if you plan to use power tools or garden equipment such as a lawn mower.

Another thing to consider when you compare baby monitors is whether or not you want video. All monitors offer the ability to hear your baby crying, but some models also let you see him on a small monitor. But be aware that if you go with video you'll pay a lot more for your monitor system. With high-definition and night vision options, you could be paying up to $ 300 for a complete video baby monitor system.

Of course you could also do just fine with a basic audio-only monitor for around $ 20 to $ 30. These less expensive monitors do not come with all the bells and whistles that their more expensive neighbors have, but they will keep your baby just as safe.

Source by Babies & Kiddos