Baby monitors are two way radio systems created to maintain contact with your infant when in another room. Frequently named baby alarms, these units come in no end of forms but nowadays they are normally digital and wireless.
The monitor usually has 2 pieces; the parent element, which is often often portable, is where the controls are located and the baby element that is positioned close to the child’s cot or crib. The baby element picks up the sounds of the child and depending on the receptivity of the monitor, can recognize the quietest snuffle and the noisiest yell. The sounds are received on the parent unit and the volume is usually alterable so that as the child grows older just the loud sounds can be noticed whereas when newborn most parents prefer the assurance of hearing each whisper.
Nearly all baby monitors are wireless nowadays and initially this could either interfere with additional systems such as cordless phones and computers, or else those could bring about interference on the baby monitor, consequently sound was distorted and there would be a lot of buzzing and static sound. DECT Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications has eliminated this interference and given a range of around 300m allowing parents to walk round the home whilst still maintaining contact with the infant.
Video monitors are becoming more and more favored. These baby cams transfer video images of the baby to the parent unit so that you can not only hear that baby is ok but also really see that he is sleeping or playing happily. Some of these video monitors can be hooked up to a PC or to the television so that larger images can be looked at. As yet the caliber of these larger pictures is not really so good.
There’s a host of additional features available on baby monitors but it is still possible to acquire a simple monitor without all the added features! Extras include talk back where a 2 way conversation can be had using the parent and baby units. While being useful to speak to baby, it frequently frightens them to hear a sudden voice! Nonetheless it is valuable to tell your partner you want something whilst you are dealing with baby!
Lullabies are a further popular feature on some monitors. Whilst some are included in the system others can be connected to an MP3 player to afford a broad range of music. Light shows have additionally been included in some monitors and show lights and patterns on the ceiling or walls and can keep the child pleasantly occupied while falling asleep. Nightlights are frequently a feature of the baby element and often the parent unit might have a torch so that the main light does not have to be used in baby’s room.
Room temperature systems are often a feature and these indicate if the baby’s room is too hot or cold. Sensor mats, which slip under baby’s mattress and identify motion, are also a feature of some baby monitors.
Most systems have alarms for low battery or for if the parent element is out of range and this can be particularly convenient particularly in larger houses or if you’re out in the garden. Additionally many have an indicator light which registers when child cries, in addition to the sound system, so that the volume maybe muted or possibly turned off yet you are still warned if the child wakes up.