With your little bundle of joy on the way – or perhaps here already – it’s time to start using the latest technology to your advantage. Baby monitors have been around for some time already, but the most recent models are more advanced than ever before and there are now a multitude of different baby monitors to choose from to help you keep an eye – or ear – on your little one as they sleep.
The health and wellbeing of your baby is your main priority and you should never take any chances, and that’s why we only supply the very best baby monitors in our online store.
In this guide we’ll talk through the different types of baby monitors available, along with the ideal place to put them so that you can monitor your little one at all times, and include vital information for new parents as you take your first steps into the world of parenthood.
What types of baby monitors are available?
Audio baby monitors
The more traditional style that many of us will have been brought up with, audio baby monitors, alert you to any noises coming from your baby’s bedroom so that you can hear them the moment they start to stir or cry.
In the case of the latest BT audio baby monitors, you can even utilise a built-in night light to help them drift off to sleep or even create a display on the ceiling accompanied by soothing lullabies. That’s not all, either, as the BT Audio Baby Monitor 450 Lightshow even includes a room temperature control to help you keep your little one as comfortable as possible.
Video baby monitors
If you prefer to (literally) keep an eye on your baby as they sleep, or to save you risking waking them up as you check in on them, our range of video baby monitors help you to watch over them from anywhere in the house.
Simply place the baby monitor with its built-in camera in your baby’s bedroom or nursery and you’ll be able to see exactly what they’re up to on the screen.
You don’t have to worry about it being dark, either, as the BT Video Baby Monitor 600 has a handy night vision function. You’ll be able to sit in bed and see if they’re asleep on the 5-inch screen which you can take up to bed when you go.
If you still can’t decide on which baby monitor to choose, we’ve pulled together all of the key details for you here.
Where should I position a baby monitor?
It’s important to place your baby monitor out of reach of your little one, especially as they start to wriggle! Whether it’s an audio or video baby monitor, put it at least 6 feet (approximately 2 metres) away from your baby – but ensure that you have an unobstructed view if you’re using a video monitor.
The viewing angle may be obstructed by parts of your cot, but with many of the BT baby monitors you can tilt the camera to ensure that you have a clear view of your baby. You can always keep testing the position using the screen until you get it right.
When should I stop using a baby monitor?
There is no definitive age when you should stop using a baby monitor, but it’s important for them to develop a natural sleeping pattern as they grow. Some parents will say that you can stop using the video monitor at around 6 months, still utilising the audio function; while others are more comfortable waiting until they reach their first birthday.
6 months is a fairly rough – but good age – to start reducing your usage of the baby monitor as it has been proven that babies can start to sleep through the night from this point as their body clocks have started to work out how much sleep they need.
Like most things with parenting, however, it’s all about trial and error and there is certainly no textbook!
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