Baby monitors are considered as a nursery accessory that parents can rely on, in fact, it’s hard to imagine a life without them these days. They can come in handy if your baby’s room is two or three rooms away from your bedroom, but some also have extended reception ranges so they can be used when you’re visiting your neighbours. On top of that, they can be an essential tool if you are staying in a hotel or an unfamiliar environment.
Modern-day baby monitors can do more than just alerting you if your baby is making noise. Some brands and models on the market have features that can check your baby’s temperature, tunes, and night lights, and there you can also find models that allow you to talk to your baby (so called two-way systems) which can be great for soothing them from the comfort of your living room.
Baby monitors with extra features
Some models with extra features come with a hefty price tag. Thus (at least if you’re on a budget), it is important to know whether you really need the extras in order to keep an eye on your baby, because there are thing you can do without. The top-performing models can already offer you the basic things you need, they are easy to use and reasonably priced.
What elements to look for in baby monitors
On the baby’s unit, you will find models that are either operated by attaching it to a power outlet or using a battery. Obviously, battery operation is necessary if you need to use the monitor in areas where power is out, and if you frequently have power outages in your area this should be top of your list as well.
On the parent’s unit you also need mains and battery operation, because in this way you can carry the unit in and around the house. The very least it must have is a volume control, a light display and a belt clip.
Other basic features both units (parent’s and baby’s) must have are battery condition indicator, power-on light, different frequencies, automatic battery back-up and a long cord so it will be easier for you to set the unit up.
Just look for a few baby monitor reviews you can trust, plus of course it is always best to choose a monitor you can afford. This may sound like a ‘duh’ tip, but you’d be surprised to see how much people spend on products just because they have features that sound cool. Really, don’t spend too much and choose a model that can offer you the basics, i.e. to help you monitor your baby while he/she is asleep and you’re in your master’s bedroom or somewhere far away from the nursery room.