Baby monitors are a fairly recent invention. These systems allow you to continue with our daily house or garden chores, while being constantly aware of what is happening with your baby. Thanks to the monitoring system you can immediately know when the baby cries and calls for help. There are several important features that you should keep in mind when buying a baby monitor. Find out more in the article below.
3 important steps in choosing a baby monitor
- Type of home: if you do not need a long-range monitor choose a digital monitor system, to have no surprises.
- Age of the child: for newborns, the first option would be an audio with motion sensor pads that alert you in case the baby is not moving for a certain period of time or a video monitor for bigger children.
- The budget allocated and quality-price ratio: the ideal thing would be to test the product in your home and then purchase it, so you do not end up with a product that is not useful or can not be used.
How baby monitors work
A baby monitor is a radio system that mainly consists of a transmitter unit, that includes a microphone, which is placed near the baby. The sound is transmitted by radio waves to a receiver unit with a speaker.
There are mains-powered monitors or battery-powered baby monitors that are cordless and offer better mobility. The distance the sound is transmitted between units varies between 150 and 330 m in the open.
This transmission distance is always calculated in the open and obviously in the house it is reduced, depending on the structure of the walls (wood, brick, concrete).
Types of baby monitors
- Audio monitors
For those who have already gone through the first months of being a new mommy, it’s normal to experience waking up many times during the night to check if the baby breathes. You can opt for an audio monitor which broadcasts the sound to a receiver so you can hear your baby.
- Digital monitors
The new generation of digital systems have all kinds of special functions, such as standby light, temperature and humidity measurement and display, bidirectional transmission (walkie-talkie type)
- Audio with motion sensor pads
This device is extremely useful for new mothers or mothers with babies born prematurely. These systems have a special sensor that fits under the mattress and detect the movements of the baby’s breathing. If the baby does not breathe for 20 seconds, an alarm sounds and you can intervene in time.
- Video monitors
The latest arrivals on the market are video monitors. Again you have to pay attention to the type of technology used here: analog or digital, a video monitor transmits video and audio in the open at a distance of up to 100 m, and a digital videophone can transmit at distances up to 300 m in open field.
Videophones also have special functions such as infrared-view useful for monitoring the baby during night time and the possibility of simultaneous monitoring several rooms of the house by fitting adjacent cameras.