When you were young, you may have used your parents baby monitor to secretly tap into the phone conversations your neighbors were having, and that was pretty much the most advanced thing a baby monitor could do. But these days, baby monitors are definitely more advanced than only being able to simply pick up or transmit sound waves. Some systems even have video monitoring. Thus, the selection of the perfect baby monitor for you and your family can be a confusing and difficult process at first, because you may feel overwhelmed by all of the options. Now there is more to think about than “which kind of walkie talkie-esque contraption will work best with the littlest feedback squeal?” Here are some of the things that you should think about when you go shopping for your family’s next infant monitoring system.
Make sure you find a system that lets you control the volume of your receiver. While you want the monitoring station to pick up even the tiniest sound of discontent, you want to make sure the receiver has a volume knob that lets you choose an appropriate setting. You don’t want to be rocket launched out of your bed during your first full night of sleep because your receiver makes it sound like a bomb has gone off every time your baby rustles his blanket a little bit or sighs. You DO want a system that adequately conveys an alarm without breaking your eardrums.
You’ll find most of the less expensive models work at a frequency of 49 MHZ. That frequency will have a fair amount of intereference in it, so that’s no doubt why they’re so cheap. These models will also receive phone calls from neighbors and passing cars and even the signals from other monitors nearby! Monitors with higher operating frequencies won’t have these annoying problems and they’re less difficult to use. You’ll find the best overall in sound quality with less interference is 2.4 gigs.
How many features are you looking for? If you don’t have that much space, you may not be able to get more extensive systems, and if you live in a small home a single receiver or base station might be better. Multiple receivers are a good option for those who have more space, for those who live in a larger home, or for those who have larger families already. If you are going to choose a multiple receiver system, find one which has both inbound and outbound capabilities, so that more than one person can use it. Having more than one receiver will also allow you to monitor your child in more than one room without having to worry about carrying something around with you-which is handy if you have more than one child!
There is a lot to take in when you want to purchase your baby monitor. However, your final decision really depends on what all you want your system to do for you and your family, and also how much your budget is. Take some time to do your research, because the best decisions are made when you are informed.
Of course my favorite baby monitor is one that is compatible with the iPhone like the Withings Smart Baby Monitor. What do you think?