Six Baby Monitor Buying Tips

Advances in technology means that baby monitors now come packed with a range of features and options. Knowing what baby monitor is right for you and your baby takes some time and research. You don’t want to buy a baby monitor that has too many features and costs a packet. You also don’t want a baby monitor that doesn’t meet your requirements.

six baby monitor buying tips

Baby monitors are used by millions of parents. They help you listen out when your baby needs your attention. The basic models send audio only signals. Then there are video baby monitors. These send audio and video signals. There are movement monitor models as well. These will alert you if no movement is detected within a short time span.

Understanding what baby monitor is right for you and your baby can be a daunting task. There is a big range of monitors available to buy. Where do you start? What type of baby monitor do you need? What features are available in your price range? Below are six pointers when considering what baby monitor to buy.

Baby Monitor Buying Tips

  1. Digital or analogue baby monitor? If your budget allows, buy a digital baby monitor. Digital signals are stronger, less prone to interference or snoopers and signal drop out. Analogue baby monitors are less expensive (not by much), and generally work fine. But, you will experience less problems with a digital baby monitor.
  2. Signal range – most baby monitors have a signal range of up to 50 metres (indoors) and up to 300 metres (outdoors). This is dependent on you home. If you live in a three floor house with thick concrete floors, you may experience signal drop. If you live on a one floor apartment, you will have less signal problems.
  3. Reliability – the Internet provides you with a wealth of feedback and reviews. Parents leave reviews on the major online retailers website praising or criticizing baby monitor purchases. Also make sure you speak to family or friends who have children and ask them for their views.
  4. Portability – a baby monitor has two units. A nursery unit (that sends audio and/or video signals) and a parent unit. The parent unit should have re-chargeable batteries. This allows you to take the parent unit with you around your home or garden. If the parent unit does not use batteries, I’d suggest not buying it.
  5. Signal interference – digital baby monitors are less prone to interference than analogue versions. However, digital monitors are not exempt from interference. Cordless phones, microwaves and broadband routers can cause interference problems. Make sure you position your baby monitor away from other electronic devices.
  6. Channel selection – to combat interference issues, good quality digital baby monitors will have a channel selection option. There’s 14 different channels to choose to avoid signal interference. Some digital baby monitors have an automatic channel selection option. Most will have a manual selection option. Avoid digital baby monitors where there is no channel selection feature.

Summary

Buying a baby monitor doesn’t have to be difficult. By following the six points above, doing some research and speaking to family and friends, you will be much more informed. I hope the information above is useful and you buy the right baby monitor for you and your baby. For more information about buying a baby monitor visit: http//thesafebabyhub.com

Five tips to fix baby monitor and Wi-fi interference

Some electronic devices in your home can cause interference problems for your baby monitor. Gadgets such as cordless phones, microwave ovens and broadband routers are the main culprits. It is not an option to throw away electronic devices if they are causing interference problems.

The type of baby monitor interference that normally occurs is buzzing, static or annoying clicking sounds. If you have a video baby monitor the picture can also be affected. Interference can produce fuzzy or out of focus pictures. Other interference would be picking up other people’s conversations on your baby monitor. This could be from your neighbour’s baby monitor device, cordless phone or even local min-cabs.

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How to fix Wi-Fi interference

Baby monitor interference is a pain. Please note that eliminating Wi-Fi interference 100 per cent is not possible. However, there the six steps below will help you reduce this nuisance.

1 – Keep wireless devices apart

This is the easiest and cheapest option to try first. If your baby monitor is suffering from interference, move it away from other devices that may be causing the interference. You may have to switch on and off other devices to confirm if they are causing interference problems. Keep your baby monitor away from thick walls, metal doors or shelves and near to door openings as possible.

2 – Is your phone causing interference?

The majority of baby monitors use the 2.4 GHZ frequency signal band. Cordless phones also use the 2.4 GHZ frequency. If your cordless phone is using the same channel as your baby monitor, it could be the main cause of your interference problems. You will need to change the channel on your cordless phone or baby monitor.

3 – Change the channel

Most electronic gadgets, including baby monitors that send and receive a wireless signal will have a channel selection option. For the 2.4 GHZ frequency band there are 14 channels. You should be able to change the channel to a higher or lower choice if you are suffering interference. Baby monitors that are manufactured these days should have an automatic channel selection if it experiences interference.

4 – Turn on the baby monitor first

To give your baby monitor the best chance to ‘grab’ the 2.4 GHZ signal in your home, turn it on first. Then you should switch on other devices that use Wi-Fi signals, such as cordless phones and broadband routers. Note that broadband routers should not routinely be switched on and off. However, if your baby monitor is suffering regular interference, then you may have to do this to confirm if the broadband router is causing interference.

5 – Buy a digital baby monitor

If you have an analogue baby monitor, and it suffers from interference, you should consider buying a digital baby monitor. Analogue baby monitors are more prone to interference compared to their digital counterparts. Digital baby monitors are not exempt from interference. However, their digital signal is stronger, and encrypted. This helps digital signals resist interference from outside sources.

Summary

If your baby monitor suffers from interference, the five steps above should help you reduce this problem. Hopefully you should not have to take action on each step. One or two of the steps above should help reduce your interference problem. For more information and buying tips about baby monitors visit The Safe Baby Hub.

Do you need a baby monitor with two cameras?

A baby monitor is a useful device. It helps you know when your baby needs your attention. You can get on with jobs around the house while they sleep. A baby monitor gives you piece of mind. There is a good range of baby monitors available. Some can be bought with an additional camera. This is helpful if you have two or more children in two different rooms.

baby monitor with cameraIf you have two or more children, a monitor with two cameras is highly recommended. Most digital baby monitors come with only one camera. Although, some have the ability to add additional cameras. Some you can buy with two camera units. If you are looking for a baby monitor that can have more than one camera, check it has the capacity with the retailer and/or manufacturer. Not all baby monitors can have additional cameras added.

The low-down on baby monitors

A baby monitor is possibly one of the most important purchases for you and your baby. When you move your baby into their own room, a baby monitor comes into its own. You will know when you need to feed them, change their nappy or to go in and console them. During the day when they nap, a baby monitor allows you to clean up the house, watch TV or rest. You will learn to cherish daytime naps!

Before you buy a baby monitor there are a few things to look for. There are two types, analogue and digital. Digital are more readily available. However, there are still some analogue baby monitors around. The main difference is digital signals are less prone to interference and snooping. The digital signal is encrypted. An analogue baby monitor signal is not encrypted. Digital versions tend to be a little more expensive. But the stronger signal security and additional options are worth the extra expense.

To get the best use out of a baby monitor you should make sure you place the camera unit within two to three feet of your baby’s cot. Please make sure the power lead is safely tucked away. The receiving (parent) unit is normally kept in another room in your home. You should be able to carry it around with you. Most parent units have re-chargeable batteries. Try to avoid ons that have to be plugged in all the time.

What else to look out for

Baby monitors come with a range of optional extras. Some are good to have, some are unnecessary. Below are some you should consider when buying a baby monitor with two cameras.

  • Temperature sensor and display – if your baby’s room is too hot or cold they wont sleep well or at all. Good baby monitors will display the temperature in your baby’s room. This is an extremely helpful feature to have. Personally I wouldn’t look at baby monitor without this.
  • Two way talk facility – this allows you to talk, or sing, to your baby. A useful feature if you don’t need to go and fuss over them, and the sound of your voice will settle them. Again, newer baby monitors seem to have this as standard. Older ones don’t.
  • Out of range warning – if the baby monitor goes out of range (for example if you have a large home or are in the garden) you will be alerted. Also helpful if your baby monitor suffers from signal drop out due to your home layout or outside interference problems.
  • Built in lullabies – some of the higher end baby monitors have a number of lullabies built in. Some even have white noise (such as waves or sounds similar to when they were in the womb). This is a nice to have. However, some babies will fall to sleep better and quicker with some gentle music or white noise. It might seem a nice to have, but don’t under estimate how good some gentle music could be if your baby needs to settle and get to sleep.

Summary

The main benefit of having a baby monitor with two camera units is the additional security it will provide. You can look at each camera’s picture feed in turn. You should also be able to look at pictures from the two cameras on the same screen. This split-screen ability is built into most multi camera baby monitors.

Please also bear in mind the things to look out for when looking to buy a baby monitor. For more information please visit http://thesafebabyhub.com