Baby Monitor Buying Guide
Baby monitors are a useful tool to check-up on your baby in the night or while you are at work or around the house.
What to consider
House size and range needed
If there are many walls or a great distance between you and your baby, opting for a longer range monitor is necessary.
Video vs. Audio
Video monitors are becoming increasingly prevalent as you are able to visibly see any signs of distress. However, audio monitors are typically more affordable. Some monitors have two way audio and allow you to soothe your baby through the monitor.
Some monitors come with built in sensors (temperature, motion, humidity). If anything is wrong, an alarm is triggered. Motion sensors work either through video or through the placement of a motion pad under the baby's mattress. If your baby was born prematurely or suffers from any respiratory issues, motion sensors might be useful.
Remote connectivity & mobility
Some recent models allow you to view and operate (zoom, tilt, pan) the monitor remotely
|Popular brands||Philips Avent||Motorola||iBaby||Infant Optics||Angelcare Movement & Sound||V-tech||Philips Avent|
|Model||SCD620/05||MBP835 connect||M6S monitor||DXR-8||AC401||Digital Audio Baby Monitor||DECT SCD560-01|
|not specified||300||360||270. Customizable with interchangable lenses.||audio only||audio only||audio only|
|Video Resolution||2.7" color screen||3.5" color screen||1080p||3.5 inch color display||audio only||audio only||audio only|
|Video mobility||night vision||night vision, pan, tilt, zoom||night vision, zoom, pan, tilt||night vision, zoom, pan, tilt||audio only||audio only||audio only|
|Recording||none||Optional at additional cost||Yes||none||none||none||none|
|Sensors||none||Temperature and movement||Humidity, temperature, air quality||Temperature||Temperature. Motion via motion detection pad placed under baby's bed.||none||Temperature|
|Range||300 meters||Anywhere with wifi connection||Anywhere with wifi connection||210 meters||330 meters||300 meters||330 meters|
|Battery life||12 hours||7 hours||Plug in||12 hours||Plug in with back up battery pack||18 hours||18 hours|
|Features||Storable lullabies||none||Storable lullabies & voice recording||none||Will deliver notification if baby has been motionless for 20 seconds||Nightlight||none|
|Type of Monitor (handheld unit vs. mobile app or laptop etc.)||Handheld unit||Handheld unit, mobile app||None. Connect to phone or tablet via mobile app||Handheld unit||Handheld unit||Handheld unit||Handheld unit|
|where to buy||Lazada||Lazada||Lazada||Qoo10||Lazada||Lazada||Mothercare|
- If you have more than one monitoring unit set up, they might interfere with each other. Make sure to check your new unit is compatible before you buy it.
- Even with video monitoring, it is important to periodically check up on your baby.
- If your WiFi is unreliable, go with a more low-tech monitor so your connection is not interrupted.
- Make sure to check that your baby monitor operates on a frequency different from 2.4GHz, which is used by other household products (microwaves, phones, speakers).
- Baby monitors encode signals if they are digital while analog monitors can be intercepted. Make sure to buy a digital baby monitor to prevent people from listening in.
- Make sure the handheld unit is versatile enough for you to be able to carry it with you throughout the house
- Check to see if your monitor comes with a warranty. This often depends on where you buy it from, video monitors typically come with a one year warranty.
- Putting a phone in your baby's crib, while on a Facetime or Skype call, can serve as a quick easy to use the baby monitor as well.
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