Baby monitors allow parents to keep tabs on their babies while they aren’t in the same room as the babies. The cheapest and simplest monitors feature audio only while the priciest and complex ones feature video, talk back intercoms and remote control among other features.
There are some advanced monitors that also track the baby’s heart rate, movements, body temperature, oxygen level and position. Monitors are expressly useful for parents as they update the parents on the real-time developments in the baby’s room.
Here are some of the important things you should consider when buying baby monitors:
Analog vs. digital
In the current times when technological advancement is at its best, it is necessary that you prefer a digital monitor to an analog one. This is because despite analog monitors being quite cheap and affordable, their features are lacking and may not be reliable as digital monitors.
Digital monitors are superiorly designed and come with digital locks for encrypting audio and videos. In addition to this, digital monitors come with digital enhanced-cordless technology (DECT) for eliminating interference from other devices.
It goes without saying that digital monitors have better audio and video transmissions than analog monitors.
Size and portability
Are you looking for a portable baby monitor or do you want one that is permanent and is not easy to move around?
Ideally, it is advisable that you buy portable monitor as such monitors are easy to carry around when moving from one point to the other with your baby. Size is mostly a personal consideration but medium sized monitors are a great choice over small or large monitors.
This is because medium size monitors have fairly large display screens and are portable. Small size monitors have small screens while large monitors are inconveniencing to carry around.
Number of receivers
How many receivers does the monitor of choice come with?
Monitors with multiple receivers are the best choice as such monitors come in handy when you want to leave one of the receivers in your room and carry the other along with you.
There are certain monitors that allow uses to add extra receivers while other monitors can be connected to smart devices thereby allowing you to receive transmissions in more than one device.
Number of transmitters
How many babies or rooms do you want to monitor?
If you are planning on monitoring more than one baby/room at the same time, then you should purchase monitors with multiple transmitters.
Multi-room transmitters allow you to monitor separate rooms at once and receive transmissions on the same receiver. Most of these monitors use systems that are compatible with smart devices for easy and reliable monitoring.
Frequency band/working range
The frequency band of a monitor is a very important consideration when shopping for baby monitors.
This is because the band determines the quality of audio and video you will receive on your monitor. If the frequency band of your monitor is close to that of any other cordless device like a phone, then you most likely hear cross talk or static on your receiver.
Monitors that use DECT and/or high frequency bands have no interference at all. On the other hand, it is also important to check the working range of the monitor of choice.
Monitors with long working ranges transmit audio and video within long ranges and distances.
For purposes of detailed and complex monitoring, it is necessary to settle for monitors with advanced monitoring features such as breathing sensors and other features.
These features include temperature monitoring, heart rate & oxygen level tracking, motion sensors, and position monitoring. For temperature monitoring, it is advisable that you opt for a monitor with an adjustable sensor.
This sensor will enable you to remotely adjust the temperature in your baby’s room.
At times, you can mistakenly put the receiver unit on silent mode without your consent. When such is the case, it will be hard for you to receive notifications unless the receiver has sound-activated LEDs.
These lights flash on when noise or motion is detected in the baby’s room thereby prompting you to attend to the baby. The best thing about the lights is that they also flash on when no motion is detected in 20 seconds.
This goes a long way in making it possible for you to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)- a leading killer among infants.
Once you have identified the features you are looking for in the monitor of choice, it is necessary that you also consider the best brand to purchase.
This is because there are some brands that are poorly designed and developed thereby being very unreliable in monitoring the baby.
Always opt for brands whose monitors come with polyphonic lullabies for calming down the baby when you can’t reach his/her room.