How to Choose the right Baby Monitor
Taking care of a baby or toddler can be a strenuous task, no matter how much you love the little tyke. Most parents’ natural instinct is to spend as much time as close to their child as possible, but sometimes that isn’t possible, and might not even be that healthy if done in excess.
Luckily, technology advances allow parents to “keep an eye” on their children through baby monitors of varying levels of sophistication, leaving them more time to get other stuff done or relax by themselves while still knowing exactly what is going on with the baby in the next room.
Picking out a good baby monitor isn’t that easy since there are so many different products out there, so here are a few guidelines to help you choose a model that you’ll be most comfortable with.
Guidelines to Buying a Baby Monitor
First of all, you’ll need to decide what kind of baby monitor to choose. They can be divided into three broad categories: audio, video and motion monitors. Regardless of other features, it is most important that your monitor has sound capabilities.
The baby’s stirring and crying is the clearest indicator you need to go check on it, so every other kind of detection is just a bonus.
Knowing when the baby is up and seeking attention is especially important in its first weeks since babies tend to wake up ever 2-3 hours, usually with a set of demands that need to be met right away.
The video feed won’t wake you up, but it will provide additional information on why the baby is crying.
It can help you determine whether the baby is just stirring briefly and will go back to sleep in a minute, or if there’s something more serious going on. This can save you an unnecessary trip to the baby’s room and give you those few extra minutes of precious sleep you’ll so desperately need at this time.
Movement monitors are an extra precaution that detects if the baby has stopped moving. It is placed beneath the crib’s mattress and alerts parents if the baby hasn’t moved for a set time period.It might seem like an over the top measure, but babies have been known to stop breathing for no immediately discernible reason, and this added measure could potentially save its life.
You’ll also want to choose between 1 or 2 parent units. Having to units is less of a hassle since you don’t constantly have to take the parent unit around with you. This takes a lesser toll on the batteries as well.
Lastly, you’ll want to make sure your monitor has a good balance of clarity, range and interference resistance. Range is self-explanatory; the longer it is, the better, in principle.
Clarity helps you discern what exactly your baby is up to, and if it is poor either due to the monitor’s low quality or long distance from the main unit, it won’t be as useful.
Interference from other household gadgets as well as from walls can cause a drastic loss of clarity, so make sure you set the monitor up in a way that minimises this, or buy one that takes measures to prevent interference.