Buying a Video Baby Monitor: A Helpful Guide

To help you select the right video baby monitor for you, I’ve put together a short guide on what apps and functions to expect, so you can shop the correct one in trust. click here now!!

Transmission style

Video baby monitors are essentially a radio transmitter between the device and the parent machine. These days, most baby video displays have either analog or wireless transmission and operate at different frequencies, typically about 49MHz, 900MHz and 2,4GHz. Analog displays (usually 900MHz) are cheaper to purchase but are more vulnerable to attack and the range is narrower, up to around 300 feet. On the other side, Analog provides a more reliable and interference-free transmission, and a longer range of signals, however appears to be more expensive.

Once you buy a video baby monitor, something to think about is checking around at certain electronic devices you have at home, such as cordless phones, microwave ovens, Bluetooth or blue tooth watches, and attempting to find a model that operates on a different frequency range. It is because they can cause confusion with equipment on the same level as your baby monitor. Notice also that transmission of the signal depends on whether you reside in a densely populated area or in a more suburban or rural setting. If you are close to neighbours with a video baby monitor or other wireless devices, this may also conflict with your signal. If you are after a completely safe and secure video baby monitor, then you should consider buying one that has the capability of frequency hopping and data encryption.

Parent System

The bulk of parent video baby monitor systems come with an LCD screen in colour. Screen size ranges from a small screen of about 1.8 “to a large screen of 7″ It really all depends on how clearly you want to see your baby, but I think a 3.5” screen is perfectly adequate.  The Parent unit comes with easy to use buttons to allow you access to the features menu. If you really want the newest technology you can take a look at the Summer Infant Baby Touch video monitor which is the first monitor that has touch screen technology. Of course, being hi-tec means that it’s a top of the range price.

Portability

Most video baby monitors are extremely portable and are designed to be handheld. Many come with a built-in kick out stand so you can place it on a flat surface or with a belt clip so you can attach it to your belt or waistband to be hands free. Some even look like cellphones that you can carry around in your hand or pocket or place in the charging station.

Night Vision

A great feature that most video baby monitors have is automatic black and white night vision capability. From low light to complete darkness, the in-built infrared LED lights on the camera allow you to see your baby up to a certain range. Some monitors allow you to see up to 10ft, but others more than 20ft from camera to crib.

Two-Way Talk Back

Having two-way communication is a really neat feature that parents really love. The two-way audio between the parent unit and camera in your child’s room allows you to talk to your little one without you even being there and you can hear them gurgle back to you.  Expandability When you buy a video baby monitors most come with one camera, but with some models you can buy two, offering a saving. Many models can support up to four cameras, allowing multiple use throughout your house. Picking a monitor that allows expandability is helpful if you think you will need to cover more areas of your house, e.g. if you have or are planning more than one child or have or are having twins.

Motion and Sound Sensors

Another cool feature is motion or sound alert sensors. Most cameras have very sensitive built-in microphones so when your baby starts making noises you will be immediately alerted. This is great at night when your video monitor is turned off and only turns on if voice activated.

Sound Lights

This feature is commonly found in video baby monitors. When your baby makes a sound the parent unit sound lights will turn on. The louder the baby’s sound is the brighter or more lights will come on, depending on the model. This is particularly useful if you are in a noisy room and can’t hear the audio.

Temperature sensor

 Some models offer a temperature sensor that can monitor the temperature in your baby’s room. Ideally, the temperature should be between 68 to 72 degrees F. Again this is a useful feature, but be aware that some customers have complained the temperature is not accurate on some models.

Volume control

Most models come with the ability to control the volume. With some models you have to scroll through the menu to access the volume control which can be a bit of a chore, whilst others have volume control on the side of the monitor which is easier.

Lullabies

Some video baby monitors come with preloaded lullabies. Some parents really love this feature whilst others reported that the sound quality was tinny and annoying. I would probably not recommended buying a model specifically for the lullabies as you may be disappointed, but if it happens to have this feature then well and good.  In the end, the most important consideration is to buy a model that offers good picture and audio quality, is interference free and secure. Of course it’s always nice to have an all singing and dancing model, but the more features you have, the more expensive the unit. I hope this has been a helpful guide.