Baby Monitors

A baby monitor is one of the handiest devices available for new parents designed to provide reassurance, peace of mind and safety while baby is sleeping.  With the advances in wireless and sensor technology there are some amazing new products designed specifically with the safety of your baby in mind. 

A monitor or camera placed near the crib will constantly transmit sound, video or alerts to one or more receivers so you don' have to be there.  You can be productive while keeping a watchful eye or listening ear to what is going on in your baby's room at all times.  When baby wakes up for feeding, diaper changing or just a bit of reassurance you will be alerted right away. 

With ranges exceeding 1000 feet and video displayed on large color LCD screens there is a lot to be desired.  In addition to the basic functions there are valuable features that include movement sensors, room temperature display, zoom lens cameras and split screen monitors.  Digital or analog transmission, multiple cameras for multiple rooms and two-way talk capability are other considerations to keep in mind and could be extremely important for your baby's safety and security. 

It can be a bit confusing but we'll discuss the features below so you can be sure to make an informed decision on purchasing the right baby monitor online for your specific needs. 

Types of Baby Monitors

Wether you are buying a monitor for added safety and peace of mind or just to be able to see your loved one sleeping soundly there is a monitor that is suited for you.  We'll take a look at the different options you will find in the best baby monitors on the market. 

1.  Movement Monitors with Sensory Devices

If your child is at a higher safety risk during sleeping or a parent tends to worry a lot whether because your baby is high risk or has special requirements there are some very high tech options available that will help ensure you are alerted in the event of an emergency.  

A baby movement monitor will detect even the slightest movement or lack of movement if baby stops breathing over a set period of time.  These devices are equipped with a sensing pad that is placed under the crib mattress or in some portable devices there are options to fasten the device directly to your baby in a non-obtrusive way that won't bother your baby. 

2.  Multiple Transmitters and Receivers

If you have more than one child in separate rooms a multi room baby monitor can come in incredibly handy for keeping an eye on your children.  Units are available that will display up to four cameras on one split screen so you will never miss a thing.  Many allow for adding multiple cameras and some devices allow for up to 4 cameras to be displays simultaneously. 

Analog, Digital or DECT Technology

The most technical decision you're going to have to make about purchasing a baby monitor is whether is uses analog, digital or Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) technology.  

  • Analog is less expensive and transmitted using radio waves that can be picked up by anyone within range that wants to listen.
  • Digital is a more complex signal that uses scrambled data to transmit sound which means it's higher quality and very secure. 
  • DECT utilizes encrypted data and is found in most advanced video baby monitors for added security and peace of mind when transmitting video images. 

Transmission Frequency

The frequency that a baby monitor communicates is a concern if you live in a densely populated ares like an apartment or condo.  Cordless phones, cellular phones and wi-fi can cause problems with transmission and cause annoying interference. 

  • 49 MHz (Megahertz) is the most basic, easily interfered with and not commonly found in units manufactured in recent years. 
  • 900 MHz has an increased range but can be susceptible to interference from cordless phones that use that same frequency.
  • 1.9 GHz supports DECT technology and provides the best security and resistance to interference. 
  • 2.4 GHz is the latest in communication technology and offers increased range and quality but can also be affected by interference by newer cordless phones and wi-fi. 

Low Battery and Temperature Indicator

A low battery indicator will alert parents when the power is getting low so you and baby won't be left in the dark if the power runs out.  A temperature display is a handy perk for added peace of mind about your baby's comfort and sleeping environment. 

There are a few power options available including units that plug in directly to a wall outlet, rechargeable units and battery operation that we recommend using rechargeable batteries.  If you are using a monitor with an attached cord keep it safely away from baby's crib to avoid a choking hazard. 

Sound Activated Light Alert

Any parent knows that baby sleep time often means time to get some of life's pressing responsibilities done.  A visual indicator on an audio monitor comes in handy if the sound of the tv, music or vacuum is causing more noise than baby. 

3.  Video Monitors

If you aren't satisfied with hearing your baby through an audio monitor there are numerous video monitors available with exceptional viewing technology.  A video monitor will transmit streaming color video so you won't miss anything that happens while baby is sleeping.  

Options split screen, pan and zoom and automatic IR night vision for dark rooms.  Just about anything you would expect from a tablet or portable viewing device is available in a baby monitor. 

4.  Heart Rate Monitor

Our list of features wouldn't be complete without the very first monitor you are likely to purchase before your baby is even born.  A baby heart rate monitor is a great device that can be used at home to hear baby's heartbeat, kicking and even hiccups.  The same technology found only at hospitals can now be found in a take home device just as accurate and fun!

If you are in the market for a baby monitor there really is something for everyone whether it's to keep an eye on your loved one or if your baby has special requirements and is at a higher risk. 

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