Finding a suitablebaby monitorcan be a dreaded task for some parents, mainly because they are not quite sure what to look for. They want to know what the best baby monitor is, but this completely depends on their individual needs.
There are many things to think about when choosing an infant monitor, such as the price, the type of monitor, the features it has, and its quality and reliability. To ensure you take all of these points in to consideration, I have outlined some tips below.
Usually the difference between the cheaper and more expensive monitors is the features they come with. One thing to remember is that the price doesn’t usually reflect the quality of the baby monitor, and the most expensive one isn’t always the best baby monitor. For example, a video monitor is usually more expensive than an audio monitor, because the video baby monitor has more advanced functionality.
There are three main types to choose from. These are audio baby monitors, video baby monitors, and baby breathing monitors. The right type depends on your requirements. Would you be happy being able to just hear your baby? Or would you prefer to also be able to view them on a handheld screen? Or would you feel most comfortable with a monitor which helps you keep a check on baby’s breathing?
There are many useful features to consider. If you decide to go for an audio monitor, some features to consider are night light, temperature display, two-way talkback, and lullabies. If you decide to go for a video monitor, some features to consider are night light, temperature display, two-way talkback, lullabies, night vision, screen size for viewing baby, and the option to connect additional cameras (great feature if you have more than one child). If you choose to go with a baby breathing monitor, you want to make sure it has a sound alert to tell you if baby were to stop breathing. If it has a sensor pad, you will also want to check that it is the right size for baby’s cot/crib. Some baby breathing monitors also have audio monitoring built in.
To ensure that the model you pick is high quality and reliable, you may want to read product reviews online and in parenting magazines. You could also join baby forums and ask if anyone has experience with the baby monitor you are thinking about buying.
If you know anyone else who recently had a baby, you may want to ask them what model they use (they may even show you the monitor they use and show you it in action).