With parenthood comes nerves, learning, and the continuous efforts to get some rest. A baby monitor is a great way to keep track of what your child is up to in real time. It allows you to continue with what you are doing around the house, with some level of reassurance that your child is safe.
There are many different types of monitors, so it’s not one size fits all. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a device that's right for your family.
The simplest of monitors, this device allows you to hear your child’s voice, without seeing what they are up to. Some audio monitors have a light-up element, so you can see your baby's cues before hearing them.
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Keep an eye on your child by monitoring their sounds; as well as seeing what they’re up to in the bassinet or cot. Encrypted transmissions are specific to the manufacturer; so there’s no chance the signal can be picked up by nearby receivers. With touch screen technology, some monitors have a night time setting; allow you to modify the picture; and some even connect with several rooms at one time!
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The most portable of devices, these use the wifi in your home or mobile network to send a signal to your tablet, smartphone or computer. Some systems send out notifications if there has been a change in the nursery.
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These sensors track the movement of your child, and specifically detect if your bub has not moved for over 20 seconds. The motion sensitive pad is able to detect the difference between bub’s breathing and any physical movement.
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If you're using a Wi-Fi enabled baby monitor, make sure to secure your connection. Set up a secure login password known only to you, and remember to change your camera's login password from the default.
Make sure that any chords are out of the child’s reach, and at least 3 feet from the cot.
Even with the latest and greatest high tech monitors, it is important to note that using a baby monitor does not prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Learn more about SIDS and SIDS Prevention here at healthdirect.
Overall, a baby monitor can be useful for helping to raise your child in a safe and nurturing environment. It gives parents and carers some peace of mind; and enables flexibility to move on with other things around the house. When used in a safe manner, a baby monitor can be a parent or carer’s greatest ally.