When I was born, (which feels like ages ago), my mom had to check on me every few minutes or so. I was a gassy baby with acid reflux. Not fun. Fast forward 30 and plus years after, we have the technology to help us keep an eye on our babies: Baby Monitors. A baby monitor is a must-have item. These products are designed to give parents peace of mind when they are not in the same room as their baby. And the peace of mind is much needed: between feeding, diapers, and other family members to take care of, new parents can feel overwhelmed, with reason. There are so many baby monitors on the market that it will take forever to evaluate and select the best baby monitor.
How to Choose A Baby Monitor
Types of monitors
There are three types of baby monitors for you to choose from:
- Audio baby monitor: Audio monitors allow you to hear your baby if you are in another room
- Movement baby monitor: Movement monitors have three components: transmitter, pad and receiver. The transmitter is placed in your baby’s room, the pad is placed under the baby’s mattress and you have the receiver with you. The idea is to let you know when your baby moves.
- Video baby monitor. Video monitors allow you to see as well as hear your baby.
What to look for
There are some things to look for when shopping for a baby monitor.
- One thing to look for is the frequency. You don’t want to choose a monitor with a 49 MHz frequency since these can interfere with other devices such as cell phones. You should choose one with at least 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz is even better.
- You also want to choose a baby monitor with a low battery indicator, so you know when it is time to replace the batteries.
- Volume controls are also important features to have, especially when you don’t want to hear every slight sound the baby makes.
- When choosing a baby monitor, consider its power source. You want to choose one that runs on both power and batteries since battery-only monitors will have you constantly replacing batteries.
- You also want to select a monitor that features multiple channels, since this will allow you to locate a channel that doesn’t have much interference.