baby monitor buying guide:
how to choose the right one
When you're expecting, it can feel like the list of new stuff you have to buy is practically never-ending. And the more parents you speak to, the longer the list is likely to grow. There's one item, however, that most parents (new and experienced) will agree is a must-have: the baby monitor.
You can’t be with baby every second of every day, and a baby monitor gives you peace of mind while they’re taking a nap so you can rest assured they’re okay while you finally sit down to enjoy a quiet cup of tea (for at least five minutes… hopefully).
do I need a baby monitor?
Not all parents use baby monitors – for example, if your home is small enough that you can hear your child from every room, you may not feel you need one. There are lots of pros to using a monitor though. There are even models with whizzy technology that, as well as keeping you alert to any sounds, have extras that allow you to see and soothe your baby and monitor their temperature and movements.
how to choose the best baby monitor for you?
Before you settle on your baby monitor, have a think about your day-to-day routine and what you need your monitor to help with:
- do you want to monitor baby while you’re at work?
- will you be using it in one room? Or roaming around the house?
- do you need to be able to soothe baby without stepping foot in the room?
- what about extra features like temperature and motion?
other safety features
Thanks to modern technology, it's possible to choose from baby monitors with all sorts of clever little features:
- temperature: some baby monitors now monitor temperature and alert you when something isn’t right
- sensors: new monitors can also pick up on movement. A sensor pad is placed under baby and alerts you if they haven’t moved in a period of time
- night lights: monitors with night lights are multi-tasking wonders, helping baby to sleep peacefully
- talk-back: models with talk-back functions allow you to chat to baby from another room in the house. This is great if you’re helping them learn how to self-soothe
- lullabies: some monitors now play lullabies that you can set off when your baby is restless (giving you a little extra break)
- sound-activated lights: while baby sleeps and you get about your daily business, a sound-activated light will let you know if baby's made a sound that you might have missed if you've been doing something noisy like vacuuming or settling another child (or ticking something else off your list)
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