The nursery monitor or baby monitor has become one of the most popular gadgets in a nursery and for good reason — it adds an important element of safety. In addition, it is simply reassuring to know that when your child is in bed at night or at naptime you can still hear what is going on.
A nursery monitor provides radio contact with your youngster from any room in the house and many of the better models will even work out in the yard. They are a real help if you have more than one level or a larger home. Also, bring them with you on vacation. They are a great way to keep an ear out for your little one in unfamiliar surroundings.
How They Work
There are two types: portable and plug in. What is truly amazing about these products is that most are so sensitive that you can actually hear your child breathing!
Portable: A radio transmitter (WI-FI/BT) wireless baby monitor or Bluetooth baby monitor is set up in your child’s room and the receiver travels with you.
Plug In: These operate through your house’s wiring and are more like traditional intercoms. They must be plugged in to work.
Best Baby Monitors in UK online price range start from £30 to £60 and come with a variety of different features. Most portable models have a belt clip for the receiver and operate off of AC current or batteries. Look for portable receivers that plug in as well as operate on batteries. Most of the time you’ll be able to plug it in to save batteries.
Before you buy, check with your neighbours to see what type of portable baby monitor they have. If you live close enough and each have the same monitor, they may not work well. In addition, it can provide some embarrassing moments if your neighbour inadvertently tunes in on you! To avoid this problem, buy a portable monitor that has multiple channels and coordinate use with your neighbour, or buy a different brand.
While a baby monitor is a very popular item used by many families, installing a TV monitor should only be used in unusual circumstances. There are a number of companies offering products that allow you, literally, to keep an eye on your child as he sleeps. Unless you have some special health reasons for such close contact, such surveillance is not healthy for either of you.
Remember When Buying
Check to see that it has a UL (Underwriters Laboratories) mark. This means that UL has tested and evaluated representative samples of the nursery monitor and determined that they meet UL’s safety requirements. Baby monitors are tested solely as intercoms, or one-way, wireless transmitters/receivers, for fire and shock risks only. They are not tested for reliability, sensitivity or other characteristics that may be specific or suited for “listening” to infants. In other words, they may not pick up sounds of deep breathing, choking or other sounds associated with crib conditions, sickness or injury. Look for portable receivers that plug in as well as operate on batteries. This will allow you to move about more freely and still be able to hear what is going on.
Check with your neighbours to see if they have a portable nursery/baby monitor and if they do either buy a baby monitor that has multiple channels or buy a different brand to ensure that you will be listening to your child.