Choosing the right video baby monitor for your family can be a tricky task. There are so many different makes and models that it is hard to decipher which product is the best for you. However, there are a few things to consider, that will make picking the right baby monitor easy and maybe even a little fun!
One major thing to consider is what features you need when it comes to the screen display on your parental receiver. Do you want a color image or is black and white okay? How big of a screen will make you able to clearly see your baby? Is night vision a feature you like that will enable you to see your baby clearly in a dark room? There are many affordable options for all of these features so these choices are up to you! Night vision, which is becoming more of a standard in baby monitors, is highly recommended as many of the times you will be using the monitor will be when the baby’s room is dark (aka naps and bedtime!).
The ability to tilt and zoom the camera is also something to consider. While many monitor cameras are stationary once they are set in the baby’s room, there are quite a few that will allow you to zoom in or pan back and forth right from your handheld receiver! Do you need a better look at your baby? No problem, simply zoom in closer! Did you baby roll out of view of the camera? Scroll side to side from your receiver to readjust the camera position. These features can be great especially for baby’s who move around a lot in their sleep!
It is a very good idea to consider the batteries needed for your baby monitor and the overall battery life. There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night not to a baby crying, but to a dying monitor beeping! Check to see if the monitor you are interested in has rechargeable batteries so that you won’t have to continuously be purchasing new batteries.
Baby monitors are usually a set of at least two devices:
- A transmitter which stays in the room with the baby
- A portable receiver which stays with the parent and broadcasts the activity in the baby’s room
You want to be sure to get a monitor that has a high enough frequency that the transmitter and the monitor are able to communicate. Sounds confusing, I know! However, if your bedroom and the baby’s bedroom are far apart in your house, this is important to consider!
Maybe you need two transmitters for your monitor for children sleeping in different rooms or maybe you want to have a transmitter set up in a playroom as well as the baby’s bedroom. Whatever the reason, having two transmitters can be a great thing. Two receivers can also be beneficial so that both parents can have their own receiver or just in case one gets misplaced! Maybe one set is enough for now but a nice feature of many monitors is the ability to add transmitters or receivers later if you change your mind.
It is crazy to think that someone would want to listen in on your baby crying in the night but, unfortunately, there may be some crazy people out there! Many monitors now come with extra security features to prevent this from happening. Make sure to get a digital baby monitor rather than an analog model. Digital monitors encrypt the audio and video transmission from the transmitter in your baby’s room to your monitor which makes it hard for anyone to hack. While you may not be aware of this feature on a day to day basis, it gives you a nice piece of mind!
Monitors today can come with so many additional features! There are many that now can link to your smartphone so you can watch your baby when you are away from home! Most monitors now offer two-way talk which means not only can you hear your baby on the receiver but you can also talk back to your baby, transmitting your voice into his room like on an intercom.
Some baby monitors have sensors that go in the crib or on the baby (in a slipper for example) that will monitor your baby’s vitals. Looking at the screen of your receiver will tell you the baby’s heartbeat if she has moved recently and even predict when your baby will wake up.
These extra features are great to have but may not be necessary to you. If linking your smartphone and having a baby monitor predict when your baby will wake up sounds like a little too much for you, then save your money and skip these features.
In a market full of so many great monitors, try to focus on the features that are important to you and your family. Keep it simple with black and white screen or splurge on a monitor that will track your baby’s breathing while giving you a crystal clear video display- whichever enables you to give your child the best care!