A baby monitor is a great investment for parents who want to ensure that their baby is safe while they are in a different room. They are ideal if you have a house where you need to keep the doors closed due to pets or noise, or if you have a big house and you simply can’t hear. There are audio-only and video baby monitors available, but which one is best? Let’s find out.
All baby monitors have audio; it’s what allows you to hear your baby. But how do video baby monitors work? Video monitors are becoming more popular and they allow you to not only hear your baby, but see them too. It sends signals in three different ways, via analogue signals, digital signals and WiFi hook-ups – it’s up to you to choose which one you would prefer.
Analogue – This sends signals over radio waves, it’s the most common type of signal. One risk of using an analogue baby monitor is that it can encounter cross signalling. Cross-signalling is where sounds from other analogue baby monitors can be picked up.
Digital – There is no risk of cross-signalling with a digital signal baby monitor as the signal is encoded between the transmitter and the receiver.
Wireless – This allows parents to monitor their baby via a computer, smartphone or tablet that’s connected to Wi-Fi.
Features To Consider
There are a variety of features that you might want to consider when buying a video baby monitor in order to get the very best from it.
- Low battery alert
- Mute option
- Temperature display, telling you how hot or cold your baby’s room is
- Talk-back – this allows you to calm your baby without going into their room
Pros Of A Video Monitor
- It can be more reassuring being able to see if your baby is distressed.
- It can be used to monitor multiple children in the house, making it easier to establish which child is in distress without having to interrupt all of them
- Night vision provides round-the-clock reassurance
- Many video monitors also feature lullabies, room temperature monitoring and night lights which can help calm your baby
- Some models allow you to connect up to four cameras, allowing you to keep one in each room
- Zoom features allows you to check they are actually asleep and not still wide awake
Cons Of A Video Monitor
- Video monitors are more expensive than audio monitors
- They often have a shorter battery life than audio monitors so you’ll need to do some research on different models
- They can be technical
So Should I Choose Video Or Audio?
It’s entirely up to you to decide whether or not a video monitor would be more suitable for you than an audio monitor, there are benefits to each. If you’re likely to become more anxious knowing you can see your baby all day and you think you’ll find yourself doing nothing else but checking the monitor to see if they are okay, then an audio monitor may be better for you as you’ll be able to hear if they are distressed.
However if you find yourself going into their nursery to check on them all the time then a video monitor may be more suitable. Video monitors tend to be a little more technical so bear that in mind when choosing a model. Whether you choose a video or audio monitor ensure that it has a good range and a high sound quality to ensure you can always hear your baby.
We offer a wide range of audio and video baby monitors here at BT Shop. Browse the full collection today to see which one is best for you.