Best Baby Monitors to Purchase
Congratulations on bringing home your new baby. Parenthood can be overwhelming and it is understandable that you want to give your baby the very best. For first time parents, the journey may seem slightly difficult as you do not know what to expect. The baby depends on you for everything and it is but natural to want to monitor the baby every minute of the day and night. While physically, this may not be possible, you could easily achieve this through the use of baby monitors.
A baby monitor takes the aid of a camera to watch over the crib or playpen where your baby is. You can keep a hand-held device with you which lets you know what your baby is doing at any given point in time. This is a blessing as you can monitor your baby closely whether you are in another room or whether you are outside the house. There are also other baby monitors that aid in tracking sleep and breathing by using a sock or a clip. More often than not, video monitors seem hugely popular among parents as compared to audio monitors.
As is the case with every other electronic item, there are a wide variety of baby monitors available in the market. Which one do you choose? Below are a few parameters that can help you choose a good baby monitor. It completely depends on what features are the most important and necessary for you.
Display screen size and quality – The larger the screen and better the resolution, the more clearly you can see your baby. Some monitors come with large screens while some give you small screens. Some rely on an app loaded on to your mobile phones which means the screen size becomes the display size of your phone.
- Range – How far away from the baby’s nursery can you be and yet monitor without any disturbances.
- Portability – Does the camera need to be wall mounted or can it stand alone?
- Two-way communication – this feature is extremely popular as it allows you to speak to your baby instead of just seeing him/her
- Other features like wireless encryption, monitoring your baby's vitals, the nursery's temperature, etc.
Let us look at some of the most popular baby monitors of 2018
Motorola MBP36XL Baby Monitor
This baby monitor is a good buy for big houses. You can remotely adjust the camera view as per your preferences. There is a button that enables it to play soothing lullabies. You can unplug and use it in another room for almost 3 hours at a single charge. It has a range of 1000 feet that allows you to closely monitor your little one and you can also connect up to 4 cameras on this monitor.
Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor
It has a zoom lens allowing you to see your baby up close even if the monitor is kept away from the crib. You can talk to your baby using the monitor. Also, it can function on a sleep mode for up to 10 hours which still provides sound monitoring with the display being off. Particularly useful at night.
Summer Infant in View 2.0 Color Video Monitor
A great pick with all the basic features, especially if you are on a budget. Can fix up to 4 cameras, offers a decent range, the camera can be mounted on a wall or used as a table top and rechargeable batteries for the hand-held. It also comes with sound-activated lights that make the hand-held light up if there is some sound and may come handy if you have kept the volume low.
While choosing a baby monitor system, keep in mind your house, your lifestyle and your schedule. For examples, if you are living in a small apartment in a bus lane, you probably need a baby monitor that is more sound sensitive than one having a long range. Take into account what features will ease out your parenting and make a choice. Happy Parenting!