There are tons of different baby monitors on the market, so which one should you choose? You may even be wondering if you need a baby monitor in the first place. While not an absolute necessity, baby monitors are a very useful tool to have in your home. And you can’t forget the baby albums as well. I remember when my girls were babies I was always looking for a good baby book.
As houses are larger in size and our lives become increasingly hectic, a baby monitor offers you peace of mind when your baby is resting in a separate room. It eliminates any guesswork from determining if your little one is up or not. At the very least, this saves you from turning down the volume on the TV while you and your partner enjoy some much-needed relaxation.
When choosing the baby monitor that will best suit your needs and those of your growing family, it is important to consider the different types of baby monitors in addition to their features.
Types of baby monitors
There are two main types of baby monitors: audio monitors and monitors with video capability.
- Audio monitors
Audio monitors transmit the sound in the baby’s room to the receiver in another room through radio frequency. Any noise picked up by the monitor will be transmitted to the receiver, which you can carry around with you.
Most audio monitors also have a light feature that will display when sound is picked up in the baby’s room. This means that is the receiver is in your line of vision, you do not need to have the volume turned up.
- Video monitors
Video monitors are a little more technically advanced than their audio-only counterparts. The setup varies model to model, but typically a clip-on camera device will be installed above your baby’s crib or you can use a video nanny cam. These will capture both image and sound and transmit it to the receiver.
Video capability can be helpful when you need to determine if your child is fully awake. Since they enable you to monitor your infant’s movement, not just their sound, you receive more information.
The more expensive the baby monitor, the more features it will have. These bells and whistles are not necessary, but they can contribute to overall ease of use.
- Night vision
Depending on the quality of video monitor you purchase, you may be able to get one with night vision. This allows you to get a clear image of your baby in their crib. This is not always possible on lower quality monitors, which defeats the purpose of video capability.
- Motion sensors
Both audio and video monitors may be equipped with motion sensors. The motion sensor is a great add-on that can help you to determine how much your baby is moving, without having to keep your eyes on the screen.
- Temperature sensor
There are other things you may want to monitor in your child’s room, like the temperature. Some monitors are equipped with a built-in thermometer. This can help you to maintain an ideal temperature in your baby’s room without having to disturb them.
There are a few other details you should pay attention to when purchasing a baby monitor. These additional features will help ensure that you get optimal use from your device.
- Choose the right frequency
One of the biggest complaints about baby monitors is the noise that occurs when there is interference. This is a factor of the frequency that the baby monitor operates on. 900 MHz or higher is an ideal frequency range to reduce static and other interference.
- Pick a model with prominent low battery lights
Your monitor is useless to you if it dies without you knowing it. Choose a model that lights up to alert you when the battery is low. More sophisticated models will be able to tell you if the monitor in the baby’s room is low on power with an additional light on the receiver.
- Look for out-of-range features
If you own a larger home, it may also be helpful to select a model that will alert you when you are moving out of range. This will make sure that you always receive your baby’s alerts.
There is a lot to choose from when it comes to baby monitors! By focusing on the type that you want, in combination with additional features, you will be sure to select the best model for your new baby.
Joanna is the Senior Editor for InformedMag and is passionate about security and tech. She has been working in the home safety and security field for 5 years. Joanna loves to travel and enjoys going to hot yoga and Barre classes. She is dedicated to creating articles that both educate and help people make an informed purchasing decision.