Technology is such these days that most parents have a baby homemonitor
installed in the baby's nursery room. And while there isn't a huge spectrum of different types to choose from, there are some significant differences. So let's take a little bit of time and discuss the different types of baby monitors.
What Are Baby Monitors?
Basically, a baby monitor, also known as a baby alarm, is a device that can be used to monitor your children or babies even if they are located in a separate room than yours. It is a simplex transmitter and receiver system that can be used to remotely listen for different noises made by your kids and babies.
A transmitter device with a microphone is placed in the room of your baby (usually near the baby). Another device with a receiver and with speakers can be carried by you, the parents, or the baby sitter, or anyone who is taking care of the babies. With baby monitors, you can keep track of your babys even if you are doing something else in the proximity of your house.
Types of Baby Monitors
Baby Sound Monitors
The most commonly used type of baby monitor purchased by parents is the sound monitor. These are available in analog and digital models. Sound monitors have a transmitter that will pick up any sounds coming from baby’s room and transmit them to the receiver. This allows parents to hear when the baby wakes up from a nap or if the baby is crying in the middle of the night for a feeding. These types of monitors are often portable and may have more than one receiver. Parents can then listen to their babies from all over the home.
Baby Video Monitors
When sound is not enough, parents may want the extra comfort that comes with seeing what baby is doing. Baby video monitors have a camera with a microphone that transmits images and sound to a display on the receiver. The receiver is usually a handheld device with a small black and white or color screen. Some models have portable screens that can be carried around, while others may need to stay in one place. Other models can stream video to the Internet so that parents have the ability to watch their babies from any computer with an internet connection.
Depending on the type of video monitor and the features that come with it, these monitors may have an LCD display, multiple cameras for placement in different parts of the room or house, night vision, and automatic camera scanning. Depending on the family’s needs for the baby video monitor, the picture quality will determine how useful the monitor is. Parents that just need to see movement from baby could do well with a small screen with a lower resolution. Parents that want a crystal clear picture of baby at all times may want to invest in a color screen with night vision and high resolution.
Baby Motion Monitors
Baby motion monitors are different in that they don’t usually transmit the baby’s sound or movement. Instead, these types of Wireless Baby Monitor
have a sensor that is placed under the mattress of the baby’s crib to detect when the baby moves. Babies will move several times while they are asleep, and when the baby does not move for more than 20 seconds an alarm on the receiver will sound. Some motion monitors will also transmit sounds so that parents can listen for breathing and crying. These types of monitors are often used with babies born prematurely or babies that have some health complications.
Having said all that, if you already have a wireless network setup at home, and these days, many people do, then it probably makes sense to go with a wireless model. This way you can use your computer, your tablet, or smart phone as a receiver, depending on the model you purchase.