What is a baby monitor?
A baby monitor is a device that lets you watch over your child even if you are not present in the same room. The device comes with two parts-a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter is placed in your baby's room, which can either be audio enabled or have video ability as well. The second part of the device is a wireless receiver piece with a specified range that you can carry with you to other parts of the house. This is most useful when your baby is asleep and helps you carry on with your chores during the day, or lets you sleep in another room peacefully at night, because you know you will be alerted with the sound or the video if your baby does cry or move.
What are the advantages of buying a baby monitor?
There are several advantages of buying a baby monitor, chief among them being that you can comfortably leave your baby alone in the room while they are asleep, and carry on with your chores. It can also help you to keep a watch on your child, while they are playing in the room with the domestic help or an older sibling.
Baby monitors can be especially helpful in situations where your child may have a health problem that requires constant monitoring. For example, if a baby has respiratory conditions such as asthma, sleep apnea or cystic fibrosis, you can easily opt for a monitor that alerts you if there is a change in the breathing pattern of your child. It is best to speak to your doctor in such situations, so that you ensure you are getting the right device for your special monitoring needs.
What are the different kinds of monitors available in India?
In the last few years there has been an influx of new products related to baby care. And baby monitors are no different. While earlier, only audio monitors were available, that too only at select stores, now you can opt for the more sophisticated varieties at competitive prices. These monitors have both video and sound output, and can even be connected with your smartphone device for remote monitoring.
You should select a baby monitor based on your individual requirements. For example, if you have a lot of help in your family with your baby, then a basic audio monitor could work just as well. But in a nuclear setup, where you rely on domestic help, a video monitor could give you the peace of mind that your child is being well taken care of.
A typical audio monitor can cost anywhere between ₹5,000 to ₹7,000. A video monitor can cost anywhere between ₹10,000 to ₹15,000. Monitors with the ability to sync up with your smartphone may cost a little more.
Are there any safety issues that I should keep in mind while purchasing a monitor?
The one safety hazard that you must keep in mind is to keep the cord of the transmitter in your baby's room well out of your baby's reach due to the fear of strangulation. Another aspect that you must consider is signal interference, as your monitor may start picking up signals from another house as well as times. Make sure it has a high level of security layers to prevent this from happening.
What are the features that I should look for in a baby monitor?
Features such as talkback facility; night light activation and room temperature reading can be of great help for parents, especially during the night, while your child is asleep. Some monitors also have sensor pads that go under the mattress and sound an alarm if your baby stops moving or breathing. Another feature you must check for is that the monitor has the option to power with batteries and power plugs also. The most important feature however remains the range your monitor can offer you without any signal interference.