Buying Guide: Best Baby Monitor Models and Features
As parents, it’s very easy to over worry about our kids. When they are newborns they are at their most vulnerable, and unfortunately that doesn’t seem to change much as they grow into their mischief like ways. If we could, we would never leave their sight(and some parents don’t), but at some point we are going to have to venture off and leave them to their ways. Fortunately, leaving their sight doesn’t necessarily mean they leave our sight, with the invention of the baby monitor.
Baby monitors are pretty awesome, if you’ve ever watched the movie “Neighbors”, how they just ridiculously leave their kid while the venture off time after time, you’ll begin to appreciate just how valuable these can be. It gives an extra set of eyes and ears to keep watch over your baby, despite where you may be. Now obviously you want to be within a safe distance away that if something were to happen, we could quickly get there, but now we can get to our house work, fold the laundry, or simply watch some television without spazzing out. Having said that, there are a few attributes that you need to consider if you want to purchase the best baby monitor for your needs. Here is a list of 5 of the top ones on the market, and a simple guide if you want to do some leg work on your own.
Top 5 Models
Snuza Baby Monitor
Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor and Night Mode
Infant Optics DXR-8 Pan/Tilt/Zoom 3.5″ Video Baby Monitor With Interchangeable Optical Lens
Summer Infant Extra Camera For Baby Touch 02000
Levana Oma Clip-On Portable Baby Movement Monitor with Audible Alarm, White/Orange
Types of Monitors
Audio: A lot of people don’t like these versions, and that is understandable as you really can’t get a good idea on what is going on with your little one if you are simply listening for sounds. Having said that, they are by far the most popular because they are fairly cheap, and you will be able to safely get to the cradle in a timely manner if you hear some cries.
Video: These monitors give parents the most peace of mind by far, as they provide both auditory and visual transmissions of your sleeping newborn. These can be especially important in cases that your child can’t cry, due to suffocation, and you can get to them preemptively if you see something wrong in the room, before it has a chance to hurt your kid. These can come in either black and white, or color, and many different screen sizes and quality. All are very dependent on the price point.
Movement: This type is completely different than the above two versions, as it senses movement inside the crib and will set an alarm if your tike hasn’t moved in a while. This is great if you are worried about suffocation, but you can also experience a few “false alarms”. At night when you are sleeping however, you can never be too careful and it is well worth a few quality of life hindrances.
Features to Look For
There are all kinds of widgets and gizmos that can come with your product, depending on the price. Some of these serve practical purposes, others are just great for interaction with your young one and you will get a lot of enjoyment out of it.
Analog versus Digital: When it comes to the frequency of the monitor, you have these two options to choose from. Analog frequencies are a bit muzzled, and have a limited range. This can be an issue if you have a larger house, or if you want to walk outside, however these are by far the most popular due to their affordable price range. One common problem which can’t be avoided however is interference from other analog sets in the neighborhood. Digital monitors don’t suffer from this issue, and give you a lot less interference and higher quality transmissions.
Indicators: Having indicators on your product is a key to allowing you to multi-task without constant monitoring. Sometimes you may be in an area that is too loud so you won’t be able to hear our child, or you may be out of range or have a low battery. Indicators will let you know via vibration, or through flashy lights. Preferably you want both on a single model, but that may take some shopping around and cost you a bit more.
Interaction: Most of the top end models have awesome luxury features, such as two way communication and web cams. A web cam is fantastic because you can work from your computer(if you work from home) while still keeping an eye out, plus you can set it so that your relatives can get in on the fun and watch a well. Other versions have two-way communication capabilities which allow you to talk back to your newborn, or some versions even allow you to appear on another monitor within the room. These capabilities are insanely helpful, because simple communication and letting your little one know that mommy is only a short distance away can be enough to comfort them back to sleep.