Go for Digital
Video baby monitors are fast becoming the must have item for any new parents, but when it comes to choosing one it can become a bit confusing. This is because there are so many different models for sale, ranging in price as well as features. So how do you go about choosing the right video baby monitor for you.
The first thing to look at is the type of transmission. Most video baby monitors these days utilize digital technology which offers a much more safe, secure and interference free transmission. Even so, digital transmission can be open to interference, especially if you have other wireless devices that run on the same frequency. This is why choosing a model with digital frequency hop technology is a good idea as the signal is much more difficult to intercept.
Does Size Matter?
Video baby monitors come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and you have to decide which you prefer. Like choosing a television, you need to think about what size screen you prefer. Screen sizes vary from around 1.5″ to 7″. Most of the really popular models have a screen size of around 3.5″ which I think is a really good size. All that really matters is that you have a screen large enough to comfortably view your baby..
Also the larger the screen the less portable the monitor is. Most parents prefer to have a portable parent unit which they can carry around easily in their hand or place on a table top. If you’re always on the move then you should consider a monitor that has a belt clip so that you can attach it to your belt, waistband or pocket. Many have kick out stands so you can easily stand it on a table top or other surface.
I really like the video baby monitors that look like and are about the size of a smart phone. Not only do they look really modern and stylish, but are easy to carry around in your hand.
What Features are Important?
There are a few features that parents really find important and these are night vision and two-way talk back. Nearly all video baby monitors offer automatic black and white night vision. What happens is that as the light in your baby’s room gets low, the in-built infrared LED lights on the camera let you see your baby in its crib. Depending on the monitor, some allow you to see anywhere between 6ft to 20ft.
Having the ability to talk to your baby without having to go into his or hers room is a really neat feature. You can talk to your baby through the microphone on the parent unit and it can be heard through the microphone on the baby camera. This means that you can soothe your baby even when you are out in the yard, doing the laundry or the cleaning.
Another important thing to think about is whether you may need expand your viewing options in the future. If you think you may need to monitor more than one room then you should choose a model that has the ability to support more than one camera. Many do, some even supporting four.
For me these are the most important features to consider, but of course there are monitors with plenty of other features that are useful. These include motion or sound alert sensors, temperature sensor and lullabies. Also some of the newer cutting edge models offer the ability to remotely view your baby through Skype as well as connecting to your TV, iPad, iPhone etc.
Video baby monitors range in price from basic models around $100 to the all singing and dancing models at well over $200. Seriously consider the functions and features you require and go for the best one you can afford.