All new parents go though the same emotions when it comes to putting your child to bed at night. You can either stake out the room to make sure all is good, or get your hands on a cheap baby monitor to do the hard work for you. A to make this work even easier you can now get a cheap baby monitor that can connect to your cart phone so it's always with you.
A cheap baby monitor allows you to keep tabs on your baby while you aren’t in the room. The simplest and lowest price are audio only, but most monitors on the market transmit video images as well as sound. Some of the higher end models can even track your baby’s movements, heart rate, oxygen level, body temperature, or position.
Baby monitors generally work by having a transmitter, which stays in the room with your baby, and a portable receiver, which is carried round by you, or the parent or carer of the baby. Some monitors work with smartphones, tablets, or desktop computers so you or the baby sitter, or both can watch their child from anywhere.
Cheap baby monitors are particularly useful for infants who sleep in a room apart from parents and wake up at night for feeding or changing. They’re great for naps also. You can be getting on with other household jobs and still have your babies full attention when needed.
To get the most from your baby monitor it is best placed 3 to 10 feet of your baby's crib so they'll pick up every sigh, gurgle, and wail. You can carry the receiver around the house or leave it plugged in by your bed when you go asleep at night.
Video baby monitors are a little different, they need to be close enough to get a good image of your baby. Trial and error should help you determine the ideal distance. Some monitors use sensors that may go under a mattress or be placed on your baby’s body. When getting this model of baby monitor it's important to follow the manufacturers instructions to the letter. Making sure all cords are at least 3 feet away from the crib.
As great a tool as they are, baby monitors aren't without fault's. Concrete walls can be a bit of an obstacle for them, and cordless phones and wireless systems can interfere with reception. Also, your receiver might be able to pick up audio signals from your neighbours. Video monitors that don't encrypt their signals can also give other people a peek into your baby's room, so you want one with strong security features. Monitors that use Wi-Fi obviously won't work without a home internet connection.
Features to Look for in a Cheap Baby Monitor
Security Analog monitors are less expensive, but anyone in range can listen to the signal. Digital models encrypt the audio transmission, which makes it almost impossible for other people to listen in, and some have a “digital lock” to encrypt video images. This will be a great help in blocking interference from other monitors.
Audio or Video Do you want to watch while your baby sleeps, or just make sure you can hear when he wakes up? Audio-only monitors are less expensive and usually take up less space. Video monitors offer a variety of options, including different screen sizes, cameras that pan and zoom, and even night-vision images. Some of the newest monitors work with your smart devices so you can monitor your baby from work or basically anywhere. There are also ones that track babies’ vital signs, sound an alert if the baby hasn't moved recently, keep track of the temperature in your baby's room, and even make predictions as to when your baby will wake up. These are really handy, but can get fairly expensive so it pays to set budget and make sure you stick to it.
Size The smaller the receiver, the more easily you can carry it around the house. Consider whether you want a monitor with a separate parent receiver or one that works with a smart device you already have. This means less things to carry around with you.
Low-battery Indicator If the batteries run out of power, you might not hear your baby calling out for you. Get a monitor that lets you know when to change the batteries with an alarm or flashing lights. If you can't hear your baby when crying your neighbours will be thankful you got this feature.
Sound-activated light If you're occupied doing a task that makes a bit of noise, you might miss your baby's cries or noises. But a unit that lights up when it detects noise allows you to glance at the monitor and know instantly that your baby is awake
Multiple Receivers Some models have 2 receivers. This may be handy if you want to leave one in your room and carry the other around the house or out back. With certain brands, you can buy additional receivers. Monitors that work with smart devices will often transmit to several devices at once if you elect to share your signal with a relative or a parent at work.
Multiple Transmitters You can find multi-room systems with multiple transmitters that let you monitor 2 rooms, 3 rooms, or many rooms at once; these systems often come with 2 parent units, and some work with your smart device.
A good quality cheap baby monitor should cost around £20. Argos are great for these. You should get all the essential features and this is the most you can afford, you should by no means feel pressured to get the all singing all dancing models.
The higher end video and baby body monitors can start at around £150, but they can get up to £250. Make sure you do some research on them before spending this amount of money.
Now you're fully armed to go out and get the best baby monitor for your budget and in doing so get great value for money on one.