Choosing a Baby Monitor
Baby monitors are systems help you make sure your baby is doing fine without having to be in the same room all the time. Today's systems come with a wide variety of features and prices so here are some things to consider when purchasing a system:
  • Baby monitors offer the ability to monitor sound only, monitor sound plus movement, provide a video picture, or a combination of these. The more capability, the higher the cost, so pick the type of monitoring you really need.
  • One way or 2-way communication - if you want to talk with the baby or older children in the room you are monitoring, 2-way communication capabilities are invaluable.
  • Multiple channels - this feature will allow you to change channels to reduce interference or improve reception.
  • Source of power - plug in never run out of power but require wires that pose a hazard or have to plug into wall outlets in undesirable locations. Batteries are the other choice, but they run down. If you choose batteries, you may be able to save by getting rechargeable batteries.
  • Portable or stationary parent receivers - all systems come with one receiver but if the receiver is not portable, you may want one in several different rooms to allow you to move around the house. For portable receivers, you need to decide if the receiver will clip comfortably on your belt and will operate in all the areas you might be in.
  • Power on, low battery, and out of range warning

    alarms that alert you when the unit is not working.
  • Other features to consider: volume/sensitivity control, a night light on the monitoring unit, room temperature sensors and the operating range of the monitoring system.

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