Parenting is definitely not the easiest job out there, especially in the beginning, when you have a new born, who requires all your care and attention. Your list of responsibilities as a mom/dad is long enough as it is and a baby monitor can shorten that list considerably.
A baby monitor is like your private, 24/7 nanny, only it requires a single investment, not a constant paycheck. But not just every baby monitor out there is reliable. Not to mention that there are so many models to choose from, that it can get confusing. That’s why we’re here, to give you some useful guidelines. Here are some tips to consider when buying a baby monitor:
- Go for a monitor with a frequency of at least 900 MHz. The higher the frequency, the lower the possible interferences from other devices such as cordless phones, etc.
- Video monitors are always better than just audio ones. Being able to hear your baby from the other room is important, but being able to also see him clearly, is really reassuring. Make sure you choose a baby monitor with a good picture quality, at least HD. Also, pay attention to all the video-related capabilities such as zooming, panning, night vision and more. Video baby monitors are of course more expensive than simple, audio ones, but it is a small price to pay for that extra peace of mind
- Wireless network baby monitors are a good option to consider. They are useful because they connect to your WiFi and you can use your own smartphone/tablet/etc. as a receiver. You also get a lot of customizable options and notifications with these types of systems
- Clear and visible low battery indicator. You want to be able to rely on your baby monitor whenever you consider it necessary. That is why you have to make sure your monitor doesn’t die on you when you need it most. To make sure it never runs out of battery completely, make sure you buy a system with a low battery indicator. It could be an alarm/alert, be it visual or/and audio, as long as it is noticeable
- One important feature to look for is the sound activated light. What this does is it wakes up the unit when it detects any noise. This way, you can interrupt what you’re doing and take a peek at your little one, to make sure everything is okay
- Depending on the system type you buy, some baby monitors include 2 receivers and the possibility to buy additional ones, should you need them. This may come in handy to you if both you and your husband want to be able to check on the baby, or if you want to place the receivers in different parts of the house, where you know you’re going to spend more time
- Digital monitors are safer. Yes, they also cost more than analog ones, but they can encrypt the transmission so that others in range can’t listen/see what’s going on in your household. Also, if you want your monitor to interfere as little as possible with other devices, you should go for a DECT (digital enhanced cordless technology) model.