Choosing a Video Monitor for Baby
Monitoring your child at all times is vital, but not always possible. When they go down for a nap you cannot sit in their bedroom and watch them for that time, and you may also need to work in the kitchen or office while your infant is in a playpen. A baby monitor that only alerts you to sound is not always sufficient, as a baby can be in distress but not crying. It’s also good to monitor toddlers and their activity when they’re in a crib or in their room, so you can ensure their safety. A video monitor for baby can be a perfect choice for keeping track of your child at all times.
A baby video monitor usually comes in two pieces; there is a camera that you place on a dresser or flat surface or that you install in a wall corner, and the monitor itself which is a screen you watch. These two pieces are simple in their function and design; they aren’t used to browse the internet and rarely do they record, so you’re simply monitoring your child’s room in real time. They don’t need to be hooked up to a computer and often run on batteries, so there are no additional pieces to buy.
To choose the right monitor for you, first note the distance at which they work. Most have a 400’ reception area, meaning the signal sent by the camera can be viewed up to 400’ away. If you have a large house, this may not be sufficient and you may need to invest in a more versatile model which may also mean a more expensive one. For most homes, 400’ is enough distance between about a third of the home or two floors so it can be sufficient.
The size of display should also be considered. Most will offer around 2.8” but this can be very small. If you only need to occasionally check on the baby such as when napping it can be enough for you to work with every day, but for toddlers or for when you need to monitor baby constantly, you may want to pay for a larger screen, such as 3.5”.
A video monitor with talkback feature that allows you to hear and talk to those in the next room may be good especially for toddlers and older children. You can reassure them that you’re nearby or give them a warning when you see them getting into trouble. Most monitoring systems start at around $175, and Motorola, Summer Infant, and Babies R Us are the best brands from which to choose.