There’s heaps of choice out there. You can spend as little as £20 on a basic model or over £150 on 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. Sound monitors alert you to stirring or crying and most have a visual display so you can see if baby’s awake even with the volume turned down low. The Motorola Digital Wall Plug Audio Monitor (MBP8) is a good entry level model.
ii. Video monitors leave you in no doubt whether little one’s sparko or absolutely very wide awake thanks mum! Look for ones with Mission Impossible style infrared night vision.
iii. Movement monitors like the Angelcare Deluxe Sound & Movement Monitor have an under-the-mattress 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 thick walls or if you have a big garden you’ll need a monitor with a good transmission range, say 300 metres or more like the BT Digital Baby Monitor. This model has a handy rechargeable parent unit so it’s portable rather than a static mains charged unit. Doing lots of visiting or holidaying? A portable unit gives you greater flexibility. If you live in a small terraced house choose a model with different frequency settings so you don’t end up sharing your day to day with the neighbours!
3. Any additional features to look out for?
Yes, lots! Everything from MP3 player 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.
If little one’s fretful the talk back feature on the Motorola Digital Portable Audio Monitor comes in handy with two way communication to soothe baby to sleep.
A medley of pretty lullabies and a soothing nightlight to help little one drift off? Take a look at the Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor.
And if you want the reassurance of an alert when the battery runs low or when you’re out of range, The First Years Digital Baby Monitor gets our vote.
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