Whether you’re preparing for baby number one or five, the feelings of wanting to protect your little one from any harm is the same. That is why when it comes to shopping for a baby monitor, you’ll want to make sure you have one that will put those worries to rest.
There are a few things to consider when choosing the right monitor, so let’s take a look at the different types, features, and advantages to help you make an informed decision.
Types of monitors
- Audio Only. Audio monitors are the least expensive options available as there are less pieces involved, and they do not include a video monitor. These types typically come with a unit that sits in the room with the baby, and a unit that stays with you that provides audio so that you can hear what is going on in the baby room. This option is great when you only have one child, but if you are monitoring more than one, hearing noise without being able to see what is going on can lead to unnecessary confusion. Additionally, some audio-only monitors are silent until a noise is made in the room causing the parent unit to ‘turn on’ with even the slightest sound from a window creek to the baby moving. The problem with this is that babies often move or make a small noise when they transition sleep cycles, and hearing this without seeing what is happening could cause you to interrupt their sleep cycle and wake the baby unnecessarily.
- Video & Audio. Video monitors provide both audio and visual monitoring of the baby room. This type of monitor often provides the most amount of reassurance for parents because they can see everything that is going on. If the baby is crying, they can check on the monitor first to see if it is something that requires their parental intervention, or if the baby is simply transitioning between sleep cycles. These monitors often include added features like two-way audio (you can hear the baby AND speak to the baby), or video recording that you can playback at a later stage. Video monitors come in Wi-Fi and non-Wi-Fi options.
- Sensor Monitors. A third choice, that comes in either audio-only or video/audio options, includes sensor pads to put beneath the mattress or on little socks to put on baby’s feet. These sensors monitor things like breathing and movement. While being able to monitor these things can give you peace of mind when it
- comes to things like SIDS, these types of monitors are known to give false alarms which can be worse for your worry overall!
Things to consider
- What is the signal range? Will the monitor reach from the nursery to your room?
- Does the monitor have an out-of-range indicator other than static?
- Does the monitor have clear audio?
- Does the monitor have a screen resolution of at least 720p HD?
- Does the monitor have a wall-mount option to avoid the unit from being knocked over?
- Is the monitor easy to navigate? Are settings easy to change?
- Does the monitor have a sound and motion sensor? This feature means you only hear sound when an unusual sound occurs, as discussed above! It will be upt o you on whether this feature will work for you or not.
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find these items close to home.