Baby video monitors are used by millions of families all over the world as a device to help them watch over baby while they are in a different room. A baby monitor is a special radio transmitter device with two parts: a transmitter and a receiver. If you place the transmitter close to your baby's bed and keep the receiver near you, it allows you to keep tabs on your baby if you're wandering from room to room, or even out in the garden. Some people think of baby monitors as an extra pair of eyes and ears watching over your baby, with the added ability to alert you if your baby needs your attention when you're in another room. No matter what your baby's age, the baby monitor will continue to warn you if he/she starts crying or becomes unhappy.
Features to look for when buying a new baby monitor include:
Size - nice and small means you could put the receiver in your pocket or purse as you move around the house, but at the same time, small monitors mean small, harder to view screens. A larger monitor may not fit in a shirt pocket, but certainly offers a more viewable picture and better detail, color and clarity. Also, larger monitors offer more Video Out capabilities so they can be connected to recording devices or external monitors.
Low power light - a warning to let you know when your battery is running down is a handy feature to have, although it's recommended you plug your baby monitor into the provided AC power adapter as often as possible.
Audio Alerts - a sound-activated visual display or audio alert can be a bonus if you're doing a noisy activity that might block the sound made by the baby monitor.
Two receivers - this can be a good idea if both mom and dad want to keep watch on baby at the same time, or if you're worried you might lose a receiver! One can even be designated as a back up if the battery on the other suddenly fails.
2.4GHz Interference - In this world of wireless electronics, there is a lot of give and take. Yes, the 2.4GHz frequency is clearly the very most efficient for the transmission of video, however, a 2.4GHz cordless home phone can create interference with the monitor's reception. This can be easily remedied by upgrading the phone to a 5.8GHz model as the prices have come down a great deal at the larger retailers. Wireless home computer networks also can be gremlins to a 2.4GHz video monitor as they too are on the 2.4GHz frequency. Thankfully, just about every wireless router offers the ability to change channels. By switching from the router's default channel to another, interference can often be minimized or eliminated.
UPDATED: To insure best transmission and reception of a 2.4GHz baby video monitor, turn off ALL 2.4GHz equipment in your home. Turn on the baby video monitor first, then turn on your wireless network router (if you have one) , then turn on your cordless phone base unit. By following this procedure, you allow the baby video monitor to grab the first available signal which will give it the best reception and not affect your other wireless equipment in the process.
With the advance of technology, baby monitors have been finely developed and now include a choice of frequency channels, volume controls, visual movement alerts, and light displays. Choose one which best suits you, the house you live in and your family environment.
Never position your new baby monitor near water because this could risk an electric shock, and avoid carrying baby monitors by their antenna, since although they're flexible, they are relatively fragile.