Do You Need Video/Audio Monitor When Using Baby Movement Monitor?
Baby care electronic devices have long been available in the market. These contraptions have been designed with one thing in mind, that is, to help watch over newborn babies to ensure they’re safe and sound. Needless to say, these devices, namely video, audio, and baby movement monitors, have to be used all at the same time to guarantee unfailing monitoring. And when you do so, these are the benefits you’ll get to take advantage of.
A comprehensive monitoring system is made available
Baby monitoring devices have different uses. There are audio monitors and these send out continuous transmission of sounds coming from inside the baby’s room or nursery. This way, all the sounds the baby will make will be heard from a distance through the supplied transceiver, a device that typically looks like a walkie-talkie.
There are baby video monitors as well. These devices, on the other hand, function much like surveillance cameras and transmit real-time video feeds. This way, both the baby’s movements and sounds will be heard and seen from a distance through the supplied screen display.
Of course, there are baby movement monitors and these devices work by keeping track of baby’s breathing movements. These also trigger really audible alarms when no movement is detected within a given time period.
All these contraptions, when used in conjunction with the other, make for a very comprehensive and very efficient monitoring of a baby. This way, we parents don’t have to be constantly beside our babies. We can be in another room performing household chores or working in the home office, confident that we’ll be constantly and timely updated of our baby’s condition.
Each device acts as a backup to the other
Using two or three monitors simultaneously is also a smart thing to do if you really want to make sure of uninterrupted monitoring every time. Such is crucial especially if you live in an area where power outages occur. If you have multiple monitors set up, say, an electricity-powered video-audio monitor and a battery-run baby movement monitor, should the former fail due to a blackout, the latter will still deliver as it does not rely on mains power to function.
Such an extensive monitoring system is necessary when caring for a particularly vulnerable child
Infants below one-year of age require constant video-audio and movement monitoring. But such is even more vital if your baby is specifically susceptible to SIDS. If your child has been born premature, underweight, or perhaps suffering from conditions that increase the risk of breathing problems, then the more reason you should assemble and use all these baby care devices. This way, should your baby suddenly encounter an attack, you’ll be alerted immediately so that you get to perform the necessary intervention to help save your child’s life.
You’ll have peace of mind even if you delegate baby’s care to a childminder
Much as you’d like to stay with your newborn baby, there will come a time when you’ll need to get back to work. If such is the case, then you’ll have more peace of mind knowing that you’ll be leaving baby to the hands of a capable carer who’s supported by a handful of efficient electronic monitoring devices too.
We parents will always be anxious of our children’s safety and wellbeing. The best thing about being a worrier though is that it gives us the opportunity to concretely act on our concerns. And use of these baby care devices, from the video-audio monitors to the baby movement monitors, helps guarantee that the careful watch and utmost attention will be given to our precious children at all times.
Baby monitor features that you should look
Here are the things to look out for when shopping for a baby monitor:
Check what kind of battery the baby monitor uses. Is it rechargeable? Maybe you want to read some reviews to see whether the battery lasts long. You don’t want the battery to run out of juice when you’re in the basement doing laundry.
2) How many receivers?
Some people are ok with just one receiver, but others like one each for daddy and mummy, so that the nearest one can go to baby when he/she wakes up.
Unless you’re getting a video baby monitor, sound is the main function and so you’d want to hear your baby clear and loud. If your house has a lot of background noise like air-conditioning or the tv is always on, make sure the volume in your monitor’s parent unit is loud enough.
4) Light indicators
Ok, so you want to put on headphones and listen to some nice music, or you need a shower but monitors can’t get wet. Get a baby monitor with light indicators that tell you baby is crying even when you can’t hear.
Personally, I find any and all indicators to be really good when using a baby monitor, because I need all the alerting I can get. If you get caught up in something, the best baby monitors have light and sound to alert you so that you’ll drop your task and run to your baby.
5) Interference, Static and Channels
Maybe you’re ok with a little static, or maybe you want to throw your receiver against the wall the minute it begins to make scratchy background noise.
If you don’t mind at all, even a cheaper analog monitor will do for you. If you like clarity and sound quality, go for digital monitors. And if you really want no interference at all, including not receiving signals from neighbors’ houses, it’s time to throw in some cash and get a DECT monitor.
After all, you wouldn’t want to respond to a cry only to find out that it was your neighbor’s baby in the end. Or worse, overhear their private conversations if you’re both using the same channel or the same baby monitor.
More channels will mean less interference. Nowadays models come with a range from a few channels to over hundred channels to ensure the least interference.
This is also a matter of preference. Some people like to hear the white noise in baby’s room as an assurance that the monitor is working well at all times, but some would prefer just to hear baby’s sound.
Some models allow you to control the sensitivity of the microphone so that you can set it to pick up only the noises you want to hear.
7) Walkie-talkie feature
If your baby is already talking little phrases like mine, this could be a nice feature to have! Some toddlers don’t cry when they need mummy, but they like to know that mummy is around the house somewhere.
With this feature you can safely leave your kid in the room keeping an ongoing conversation with him/her while you do your chores around the house!