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Why a Baby Monitor?

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.


Monitor Types

Audio

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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Video

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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Wireless

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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Movement

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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Monitors and Me






1. Level of connectivity

The first question to consider is how connected you’d like to be to your child? Does being constantly plugged into the sounds and movement, provide reassurance, or in fact accelerate your anxiety. Either way, finding an option that works for your personality and lifestyle is important.



2. Size of home

If your child’s bassinet or cot is close to your bedroom and other living areas, you might consider whether you actually need a monitor at all. In larger homes however, a monitor allows you the convenience of checking on your child without running the stairs each time!

Either way, the monitor enables you to check in without actually going into the room. So, your child gets the reassurance, and you get to continue with what you were doing!



3. Signal strength

Check the strength of your wifi before purchasing a system that requires wireless connection. Ideally, you should be able to hear even the quietest murmurs from every nook and cranny in your house! Also, be aware of how many people are accessing the same wifi; and how much data you have paid for.








4. Picture quality

The quality of the sound and picture is key. The setup of your monitor will depend on the configuration of the nursery. To keep options open, look out for a clamp or wall mount, or the capability for the monitor to stand on a flat surface. Keep in mind too, that cameras with a wide viewing option guarantee that your child will always be seen in the shot.



5. Sound quality

Background noises can be annoying when picked up by the monitor. To filter out this noise and enhance sound quality, look out for a sound activation feature.



6. Remote access

Remote communication is handy for working parents, and for those watching your child grow from afar! It's as easy as downloading an app, connectíng to the network, and off you go. If you're going to view your monitor over the internet, make sure the connection is secure and that the firmware is up-to-date.




Other nice-to-haves

  • SD card slot to record video
  • Password security
  • Mains power & battery option
  • Room temperature monitor
  • Music or white noise feature
  • Multi cam support



Safety Tips

Privacy

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.


Chords

Make sure that any chords are out of the child’s reach, and at least 3 feet from the cot.


SIDS

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.