There’s plenty of choice when it comes to monitors. You can spend as little as £20 on a basic model or over £150 with all the bells and whistles. Let’s make life easy by narrowing it down with three simple questions.
1. What are my options for monitoring my baby? Basically there are three.
i. Audio monitors alert you to stirring or crying.
ii. Video monitors leave you in no doubt whether little one’s fast asleep or absolutely wide awake – look for ones with infrared night vision.
iii. Sensory monitors have a sensor pad which alerts you if no movement is detected for 20 seconds. Some parents find it reassuring, others find it nerve wracking; it’s a completely personal choice.
2. Can I use the monitor everywhere? If you live in a big house with lots of rooms, or if you have thick walls, you’ll need a monitor with a good transmission range – around 300 metres or more. Doing lots of visiting or holidaying? A portable unit will give you greater flexibility.
3. Any additional features to look out for? Yes, lots! Everything from wifi connectivity, to remote access so you can check in when you’re out of range, to dual monitoring capability for twins or your newborn and toddler. Concerned about getting the right temperature? Some models have a temperature control that glows red when it’s too warm, blue when it’s too cold and yellow when it’s just right. There are also models which include a talk back feature with two way communication to soothe your baby to sleep. Another popular feature is for baby monitors to play lullabies to help your little one drift off.
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