Parents with very little time on their hands have found baby monitors extremely useful. These devices give mothers and fathers some freedom of mobility since they do not have to be with the little one all the time to ensure his or her safety. The trouble is that there are so many monitors of various kinds on the market, that it's hard to choose one which best suits parents, especially new ones.
Some guidelines to help parents pick the ideal baby monitor are given below. These apply to audio and video, analogue and digital monitors.
1. You should ensure that sound is perfectly clear, with minimal static or disturbance. This is the basic factor that will help you keep – well, not an eye, but an ear! – On your child's activities. Reception should be of the best quality.
2. Having a baby monitor that's small and easy to carry is useful when you need to move around, doing your chores. Such monitors often come with really tiny receivers.
3. Another useful feature of a baby monitor is a clip you can attach to your belt, making it easy to carry the monitor around conveniently. If this is your intention, test it properly to make sure the reception is good everywhere in the house and that the device can handle rough usage every day.
4. Some baby monitors also have flashing light alarms which activate when sound is received. These are great for moments when you are distracted by other loud sounds – perhaps your mixer or lawn mower is runner, or maybe the TV is on.
5. This is often overlooked, so do ensure your baby monitor has a feature that indicates when the device's battery is low. Not knowing battery levels, you could be unaware that the device is not working, and possibly compromise your baby's safety.
6. It's also important that you pick the correct range or bandwidth. A large area will need a broad range, whereas a monitor used in an apartment or small house would need less, particularly if the device is going to be near many mobile phones or other devices which transmit and receive signals.
7. Are you considering a wireless monitor? You should know that you might have problems with the signal of such a device. If the people you live next door to own a device like yours, there may be interference – you may even hear what is going on in their baby's room! Your signal may also get disturbed by cordless phones, so go in for a model with anti-disturbance features or extra security during use.
8. Advanced technology has resulted in baby monitors that offer visual options as well. This is good, but you still can not keep your eyes glued to the video screen – you might as well sit with the baby, then! So do not compromise on the quality of sound to get a video monitor that's really not that useful.
As far as baby monitors are concerned, the most expensive one is not necessarily the most useful. Go for a baby monitor that is durable and strong enough for daily use, and, most importantly, the baby monitor should have all the requirements you want to ensure your child's safety.