What gives you peace of mind at night knowing that your love bundle is tucked in safely for a good night sleep?
Let’s first start off by recognizing that our children’s safety becomes our number one concern. So for me, having a baby monitor help ease my mind to rest knowing that I can check on my LO anytime throughout the night without interrupting him. Let’s talk about the different types of systems and options available, so that you can decide what the best baby monitor system is for you.
There are three Types of monitors:
- Sound Monitor
- Video Monitor
- Motion Monitor
Choosing the best baby monitor system will vary depending on your preference.
What is a baby monitor?
A baby monitor is a device also known as a baby alarm which is used to monitor activity from your baby/child from a seperate room from which the parent(s) are in. One part of the device is placed into your baby’s room, close to where he/she may be sleeping. This part is a transmitter with a microphone, sometimes a camera and/or a motion sensor.
The other part of the monitor is the receiver which a parent or guardian can hear and/or see their baby making sounds, keep track of their movement or see them on a digital screen. This part of the device is usually wireless so it can be portable throughout the house or in a separate room from where the baby is.
What I love about having a baby monitor.
Well let’s put it this way, as a new parent, you are going to have enough stuff to worry about with your baby. You’re also most likely to be lacking sleep from worrying about your baby throughout the night. I know I slept way less than my babies did, I was worried about what position they might be in, are they still breathing? Is the baby too cold, too hot, is the diaper full? Those are just a few concerns, I won’t go on because you will understand soon enough. Okay so what I loved about having a baby monitor is the fact that at night and during naps I could conveniently check in on my LO without getting out of bed and disturbing anyone. I chose the camera monitor, simply because it personally gave me peace of mind to see the blankets weren’t over my baby’s face, and that my baby was in a good sleeping position, I just had a more secure feeling being able to peek at him if I felt the need. You know those motherly instincts we sometimes get, well the camera gave me that satisfaction when my instincts said “just check one more time that my baby looks okay”. You’ll get that feeling a lot especially in the first year.
Some key features you may want to consider.
There’s a million different baby monitors out there, many of them offer different features, lets take a look at some key features.
- Rechargeable batteries
- Handheld Audio/Video unit
- Night Vision
- Temperature Sensor
- Motion Sensor
- Video Sensor
- Out of Range indicator
- Low Battery indicator
- Extra Reciever
- Volume Control
Feeling overwhelmed yet? Don’t worry not everyone requires or needs all of these options.
My Favourite key Features.
In my opinion, the best baby monitor system has rechargeable batteries, because common, who wants to run out to buy batteries all the time? Also, this means that you charge up your system and can now take it around the house with you as your LO sleeps. I’m actually using mine right now as I’m typing this. As I mentioned earlier, I chose the video monitor because I feel more comfortable seeing my LO as he sleeps, but also because we travel A LOT, so when I put him down and it becomes adult time, I feel more relaxed being able to see him. The camera has night vision so the video is great in a dark room, I can see him pretty darn clearly. I have a two-way radio system in mine so if he does wakes up I can speak or sing to him through the monitor, and even better, if you really suck at singing (like my husband), you can choose one of the many song options for the monitor to play for your baby. Mine also had the option to purchase an extra receiver, although we never did this and only use one, but it is a nice option perhaps for someone who lives in a larger home. Last feature that I feel the need to mention which I love is that my camera could move around 360 degrees so if we are in a new place with an awkward set up for baby monitor, it made things easier.
The Sound Monitor is your very basic monitor, usually available in digital or analog models. This monitor transmits any sounds coming from the baby’s room to the receiver. These monitors are usually portable so that the parents can listen for any sounds coming from the baby’s room while they are in other parts of the house and during the night while they are sleeping.
As a very new parent, this might be the first choice, as sound just might not be good enough. The video monitor has a camera on the transmitter as well as a microphone so that it can transmit a live video and sound to your receiver. If you are like me (I chose this for both my children) and you want to make extra sure that your baby is safe during his nap or at night, than this is going to be the best baby monitor system for you. Oh, and not to mention, some of the bells and whistles that are sometimes included with these systems. Trust me, it’s worth the extra investment for the peace of mind you’ll get out of this.
The motion monitor is a little different from your traditional monitor. These don’t usually transmit the sound nor show the baby’s movement, but rather tracks the movement of your baby as he/she sleeps. This is done by using a sensor pad which is placed under the mattress to detect movement. Usually a baby will move approximately every 20 seconds, if he/she does not than an alarm will sound from your wireless receiver. Some models have the option of sound as well, so you can hear the baby breathing, however these models are generally used with baby’s who are premature or have some type of health complications.
Which monitor will you choose?
So I have covered the basics of the Sound Monitor, the Video Monitor and the Motion Monitor I really hopes this helps you make your choice. There is no right or wrong answer, it’s simply what you believe is good for you and your baby. I have known many parents who all have different preferences. Some are against video monitors, others don’t like the wireless part due to the possibility of static interruption, and some (like me), can’t survive without guarantee that your baby is alive and well and breathing at night. Although a video monitor is not actually necessary to for all my concerns, it gave me peace of mind, and this is something you need to really consider. What will be the best baby monitor system to give you the peace of mind you need.