A new mom cannot stop worrying about the troubles that the newborn will face even if she is away for a few minutes. There are other regular chores and jobs at home that take them away from the baby! Baby monitors help the mother (parent) to keep an eye on the baby from anywhere in the home. The parent is able to see and hear the infant even when she is physically not present near the child.
A baby monitor is a boon of modern technology. The device operates very easily. A camera is set up directly focusing on the infant in the room. This camera records the baby sleeping or awake, using a standard video recorder or camcorder. This device is connected discreetly to another color receiver or sometimes to a PC (personal computer) which has 'video out' in another room. The unit comes with a built-in speaker for audio monitoring with rechargeable batteries.
In a small home, a simple monitor set is sufficient. Large homes that have rooms on more than one level may require a more sophisticated baby monitor device. Nowadays technologically advanced baby monitors that do more than mere monitoring are available. They sense delicate movements of a newborn baby.
Types of baby monitors
Audio monitors: As the name indicates, these monitors have only audio facility and they can record and receive the sound reception. Some of the audio monitors have light indicators, but they do not allow someone to see the baby.
Audio/Video monitors: These monitors have both audio and video recording facilities. These monitors are equipped with a camera and a small television. While the camera is focused on the baby's crib, the television is placed in another room or if it is portable carried around. Some of the monitors come with an infra-red camera which facilitates nighttime viewing.
Audio and movement monitors: These monitors have the facility to detect and record both movement and sound. The monitor's movement detector is normally placed under/ very near the crib mattress, and thus the baby's sound is picked up through the receiver.
Other than the baby monitors listed above, there are advanced monitors for detecting minute movements that includes even the breathing of the baby.
Movement sensor with sound monitors: An ultra-sensitive sensor is placed on the pad under the crib mattress (or cradle) to detect the baby's slightest movements. The parent unit receives the signal and sound of a 'no movement alarm' if no movement is detected for about 15 -20 seconds. This system can also be used as a traditional sound monitor to pick up the cries of the baby. It normally works within a range of 330 feet.
Baby-breathing monitor: Premature babies require baby-breathing monitors. Parents who have previously lost their child through 'cot death' find this monitor very useful.
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Baby monitor tips
A baby monitor is nothing but a mini radio station. There are many ways in which a baby monitor can be used after the baby grows up. In some homes, baby monitor is opted even on older kids. Children with 'sleep waking problems' tend to roam in his/her room in the middle of the night. A baby monitor immensely helps to keep tab on such children. Baby monitors are also used in children playrooms and bathrooms by those mothers with strong safety concerns.
Cost of baby monitor
A baby monitor can cost anywhere from $ 40 to $ 90 for radio (audio) models. The model with video and audio model will cost up to $ 300. A monitor is no substitute for personal supervision by the parent. An infant waking in the middle of the night cries because he/she needs to be fed or changed. Always make sure that the baby is reached within a few seconds and comforted. Nothing in the world can be more reassuring for a baby than the mother's hug.