Parents looking to find a baby monitor may be in for a surprise when they find out that it’s not as easy as it used to be to choose.
If you were to look back to even just 10 years ago, you would probably find only a few choices for baby monitors which only offered a few features, but these days baby monitors can practically do just about anything (except changing your baby’s diaper of course)! Maybe you are looking to have all of the latest high-tech gadgets, or you might simply want the most simple baby monitor out there; you really only need to use these tips to help you choose.
You probably have friends and family members who have been parents; what brands do they use and trust?
Someone might tell you, for example, to not even consider a certain type of monitor because of some crucial flaw. Ask anyone you know who has been a parent for their reviews of baby monitors and you can find out a lot. Another advantage to this is that someone may give you one that they no longer use. If you are lucky enough to have this happen, you would be getting just what you need without having to spend a dime! It’s important to get specific comments about monitors from anyone you ask. Sometimes people will give you vague or general answers about something; these won’t help you make the right decision.
Do you live in a noisy environment?
If you always have a lot of people over or have external noises which could interfere with an audio monitoring system, you may also want to opt in for a video monitoring system or even just a motion detection system, so that way you can be alerted of something is happening, during noisy periods.
What this means, is that there will be a receiver or screen which will alert you when the receiver picks up any noise, alongside having the monitor play back any sounds from the room your baby is in. This is also a good feature if either parent is hearing impaired, because it allows you to know what is going on even though you cannot hear it.
How much battery life do you need?
Consider the kind of battery life that is required for your family. You can even find systems which have the option to be plugged into an outlet and charged overnight, so that they do not run out of battery life, while other systems may use a charging station to be recharged, and of course there is the regular self-change battery system, but it all depends on what you need, so consider the battery life carefully.
The size, strength and extensiveness of the system are all factors that need to be taken into consideration. You should also assess the lifetime expectancy of the system, in case you want to have more children in the near future as well, and also so that you know it will last for the entire time you need it to monitor your baby. The best monitor, in the end, is one which will work for your entire household so that everyone can get the best out of it, especially you and your baby!