When it is time for parents to put their children to sleep, the baby monitor serves as a great source of comfort. They help new parents to ease their worried minds and allow parents to place one monitor in their rooms and another in their child's, so that they are fully aware of what is taking place throughout the night. Let's take a closer look at some of the different baby monitor categories, so that you can make the right decision. For more options look at our range of baby equipment.
This is the most commonly purchased baby monitor and there are a number of different models available, including analog and digital. A sound monitor transmits any noises that are taking place in baby's room to the parents, offering unparalleled peace of mind. If the child wakes up from a nap or is ready for a late night feeding, the sound monitor lets parents know immediately. These monitors are usually portable, so that parents can station them in a number of different areas of the home.
For parents who are in search of a monitor that provides a live video feed, in addition to sound, the video monitor offers a great deal of added comfort. The receiver is handheld and parents can choose between a black and white screen or a color transmission. Several models come with portable screens that parents can carry throughout the home. LCD displays, night vision and multiple displays are all available. Parents who only wish to see movements will invest in low resolution screens, while those who require a clearer picture tend to select high resolution models.
These monitors are different from video and sound monitors, since they do not transmit any sound or movement and operate with the use of a sensor that is placed underneath the baby's pillow. Parents who wish to know when their baby has awakened or is no longer moving can set the sensor to sound off if a certain amount of time has passed. There are motion monitors with the ability to transmit sound and video and these monitors are purchased by parents who have recently birthed a child with medical complications.
A wired monitor will remain in one place and parents who use them must keep their activities restricted to one area of the home. Their range of transmission is limited to the length of the wire that they are using.
Conversely, a wireless monitor offer parents far more freedom of movement, as they are equipped with portable receivers that can either be clipped onto the parents' clothing or carried from room to room with ease. While some models require rechargeable batteries or alkaline batteries, there are other models that can be plugged into an A/C adapter.