|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
- 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
- Other features to consider: volume/sensitivity
control, a night light on the monitoring
unit, room temperature sensors and
range of the monitoring system.