Whether you’re a Mom or a Dad for the first time, or a second or third-time parent, a baby monitor can help put your mind at ease. A baby monitor is usually a listening device that enables you to hear your little one while you’re in a different room from where they are. Some models even have video capabilities so you can see what’s going on as well. It can allow you to go about your household chores while you keep an “ear”, and maybe even an “eye”, on your baby. Before you go shopping for one of these helpful devices, find out some tips how to choose the best monitor for you and your baby!
There are many models and types of baby monitors on the market today, and some of the most popular are Fisher-Price, Sony, Evenflo and Graco. It’s best to choose a baby monitor made by a company that’s known for their quality products. With that in mind, you’ll next need to decide what other kinds of features you want:
1. Audio, Video or Both?
The first consideration to make is whether you want to simply hear your son or daughter, or will you feel more comfortable seeing them as well? Obviously, if you want to purchase a video baby monitor, you’re going to pay more for it versus an audio one. But, how much is your baby’s health and your peace of mind worth to you? Don’t go by price alone when you choose a baby monitor. Compare features and base your decision on what you want and need. Baby monitors normally cost in the range of $30 – $150.
2. How Long Should the Range Be?
Basically a baby monitor consists of a transmitter for the baby’s room or location, and one or two receivers for the parent(s). Some receivers are made to be set on a stationary surface. While others are mobile and can be attached to a pocket or belt. If you choose the stationary model as the best monitor for you and your baby, then range shouldn’t be much of a problem since they’ll be installed and not moved. But, there’s still the consideration of the construction of your home and its location. Some construction materials can interfere with the range of your baby monitor. So, choose a model that has a longer range than you think you need to allow for this possible interference. That way too, if you choose a mobile unit, you’ll be free to move around your house without losing contact with your son or daughter. Some baby monitors have a range of 400 feet or more.
Note: Choose a baby monitor that has two mobile receivers, and you’ll be able to set one in a main room and carry the other with you.
3. Electric, Rechargeable or Battery Operated?
Stay away from baby monitors that run on batteries only. If you choose a monitor that uses batteries, make sure it has an AC adapter that can be plugged into the wall so it has an alternative power source. Rechargeable baby monitors are handy too, saving the need to buy batteries all the time.
4. Don’t Rely On Using Only One Frequency
Since our homes are filled with a variety of electronic devices nowadays, the best baby monitor for you and your baby will allow you to change frequencies. Otherwise, if the unit you buy has only one frequency, it could easily pick up
static and noise from microwave ovens, cordless phones, et cetera, and there would be nothing you could do about it.
Baby monitors have many different features. To choose the best one, you’ll need to carefully compare each brand and model. Don’t assume each model has basic features like volume control, for example. Some baby monitors don’t have this basic feature. Before you buy, ask if you can try the unit in the store. That way, you can actually see it out of the box and get a demonstration of how it works.