We know: All About Baby Monitors

What's a baby monitor?

A baby monitor is a device to check on the sounds or movements of your baby in a remote location. The can also be used for help monitoring other children, seniors, people with an illness or pets.

What types of baby monitors are there?

  • Audio monitors are the most common. They provide a microphone device in the baby's room and a speaker in the rooms where parents want to monitor.
  • Audio/video monitors include a video image from a camera, as well as sound from the microphone.
  • Audio/sensor monitors not only provide sound, but information about the child's movements, which comes from a sensing device placed under the mattress.

What are some of the features that are available?

Features include:

  • Battery power. Most units are plug in, but some will also use batteries. Also, look for a low battery light option, and rechargeable batteries.
  • Extra monitoring units. In case you want them in more than one room.
  • Belt clip-on monitor. This attaches to the parentís body so it moves with the adult throughout the house.
  • Easy portability. Check to see if you can move both the babyís unit and the parentís units from one place to another easily.
  • Frequency and range. Check to be sure the range of the unit works for your house, and that its frequency doesnít interfere with other devices in your house like a cordless phone.
  • Intercom. Allows you to talk to the baby or other children or adults you are monitoring from your remote location in the house.

What is the price range of baby monitors?

Baby monitors range in price from $25 to $100.

Remember, these monitors are not sleep apnea monitors, and should not be used to monitor for breathing or SIDs issues.

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