Baby monitors are a fairly new invention. The idea behind a baby monitor is that you can have the ability to move around the house or your yard and still be able to keep tabs on your baby by listening or now viewing your baby.
This can help alert you to a crying baby, a baby who needs your help or just help you watch baby while he or she sleeps.
Baby Monitor’s Quality of Sound
Obviously the most important quality of your monitor will be the quality of reception that you get.
By closely observing the distance guidelines on your monitor, most monitors are very able to handle the average family’s requests.
A few households may have problems with interference of baby monitor. If this will be the case, you will need to buy another model.
Mobility for Baby Monitor:
The baby/nursery monitor that you buy will have different levels of mobility. The base usually plugs into the wall, usually at the nursery or wherever your baby is sleeping.
The receiver can plug in or be mobile. If you intend to use the monitor as you move from room to room, you will want to invest in the mobile kind, versus the stationary variety.
Perhaps mom and dad both want to monitor baby sounds, or even use one as a back up monitor – get a baby monitor with more than one receiver!
This allows you both the have a baby monitor handy or have one charge while you use the other. This also comes in handy if you tend to lose items like remote controls, phones, etc.
Some monitors offer you the ability to actually watch your baby. Now you can catch the baby in the act of removing their own diaper while playing silently in the crib!
Seriously the visual monitors are becoming more popular as they become more accessible and less expensive. Some monitors also offer you the ability to view baby via webcast. This is a nice touch when family members must be away from baby. With this way, you can keep an eye on your baby while your baby sitter is taking care of her / him.
There are other fun attributes to baby monitors these days including
- remote controls,
- rechargeable batteries for the receivers,
- notification if baby stirs or doesn’t stir,
- even musical monitors!
Find one that works for your family!
I believe you -most likely- will need a baby monitor sometime down the road. Either in a couple of days after the birth, or after a couple of months.
After we put our sons to sleep, still we keep an eye on them with our camera (they are 5 and 2 years old now)!
Initially we have used a baby monitor – with no camera option (only voice). At that time, the video ones were really expensive and we didn’t have that much money. We bought just the voice transmitter version.
It worked great for many years (if I buy a new adapter, I think it still works. I burned its original adapter when we were using it in Turkey, forgot the voltage difference… 🙁 shame on me).
Here is an example one, with just audio option.
If your budget is really tight, you can go ahead with one of those ones. But if you have another 40-50 USD for the baby monitor, go for a video one.
After we moved to a house from an apartment, -initially for security reasons- we bought 2 IP cameras. Now we use those IP cameras as baby monitors.
IP cameras work on wifi network and you can view it from any device; phone – tablet – pc – etc and from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection (and they cost MUCH LESS than baby monitors).
The disadvantage of having IP camera as baby monitor is; not being able to carry it outside your home (if you will be going to a vacation, you cannot use this in the hotel).
The other disadvantage is possibility of hacking… If someone accesses your home network or somehow accesses to camera’s IP / username / password, they can view the camera. If you are really concern on this, you can turn it off when you’re not using it…
As an IT expert, I know the risks however still I use it. In our digital world, everything is risky… So, just use complex usernames / passwords and change them randomly…
On the other hand there are many advantages of IP cameras; being able to check it with any device – from anywhere on the world is great. For example, when you leave your baby with babysitter at home, you can still check them with the IP camera.
You can use these cameras as security devices as well (some has motion detectors and when there’s a motion at home, it can send an e-mail to you with a photo attached).
They are also capable of transmitting voice (some has capability to transmit voice on both directions).
Here is the conclusion;
- if you travel a lot; go for a real baby monitor; easy to use – easy to carry.
- But if you are planning to use it only at your home, I think it’s not worth to pay that much for it; just go for a IP camera.
Here are the links for both types:
The Best Baby Monitors:
I have compiled a list for the best baby monitors. Here are my selections:
Wifi Baby 4:
Complete with all the bells and whistles you could want from a monitor, WiFi baby leaves the method of how you keep an eye on baby up to you. Stream on your TV, computer, phone, tablet or Apple watch—with the freedom to keep other apps open at the same time. True to its name, WiFi baby only uses your password-protected wireless network, steering clear of the Cloud for security purposes. And its 30-foot night vision range is the longest we’ve seen yet.
Project Nursery Baby Monitor:
Two-way communication, an intuitive interface, and an additional on-the-go mini monitor are just some of the features that set this video monitor apart. A new addition to Project Nursery’s repertoire, it’s the first baby monitor with a mini-monitor clip, about the size of an iPod shuffle. Because you should be able to go about your day—with both hands—while you keep an eye on baby.
Vtech Safe and Sound Digital Video Monitor
Who’s staying up all night to keep an eye on baby? This adorable VTech owl. Equipped with VTech’s standard 1,000-foot range and talk-back intercom, this nursery-friendly video monitor comes with bonus features like a vibrating sound-alert on the parent unit. Compatible with up to four cameras, you can keep track of kids in different rooms too.
Summer Infant Babble Band
This wearable monitor was built with something important in mind: when baby is sleeping, there’s a good chance you are too. So why force yourself to keep your eyes and ears glued to a standard monitor or phone? Sure, the Babble Band—which only has audio capabilities, not video–lets you hear baby’s every cry if you’d like. But at the press of a button, the audio features can be switched to vibrate mode. If the monitor senses a lot of activity in the nursery, you’ll be alerted by a pulsating at your wrist. When fully charged, it can be used for 8 to 10 hours at a time.
iBaby M6T Monitor
Don’t miss a thing with 360 degree pan and 110 degree tilt, and don’t miss out on details like temperature and humidity levels either. The latest Wi-Fi baby monitor from iBaby Labs, the M6T streams video directly to your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to navigate the room with a swipe of your finger. Two-way audio allows you to talk to baby, and even record messages to play when you’re unavailable.
Infant Optics DXR-5 Digital Video Monitor
Easy to use, energy efficient and interference-free, this little monitor has everything you need for half the price of most others on the market.
Nest Cam Video Monitor:
With an 8x zoom and 130 degrees field of view, the Nest Cam, which works with your computer, tablet or smartphone, isn’t just a baby monitor; it can be used for home security too. Added bonuses include HD streaming, night vision and two-way talk.
Philips Avent Digital Video Monitor
This cool-looking monitor is all about clarity; the high-res screen and sharp sound quality are what set it apart. And there are those additional perks like a backup battery and night vision.