With so many video baby monitors on the market today, it might get a bit confusing when you’re trying to find the best video baby monitor for you home – especially if you don’t know what to look for. The table below will highlight some of the top video baby monitors around at the moment followed by a few buying tips and considerations to help you make the right choice.
Top 9 Best Video Baby Monitors
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Though certainly not intended as a substitute for responsible parenting, a video baby monitor can add an extra layer of reassurance, especially for those new to the routines and responsibilities associated with caring for a tiny family addition.
Dedicated baby-monitoring equipment has become commonplace in bedrooms and nurseries, and the advent of reliable and sophisticated digital technologies has now expanded the range of features and functions. Here is an overview of the most important things to consider when looking to purchase a video baby-monitoring system.
Analogue baby monitoring systems suffered from interference issues and have almost been phased out. This means any contemporary digital wireless system will offer good sound quality and be much less likely to suffer interference.
A DECT-compliant (Digital-Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication) monitor is designed to minimize interference by operating via frequency bands carrying little traffic, and sophisticated FHSS (Frequency-hopping spread spectrum) transmission systems can randomly change channels both to minimize interference and to maintain privacy. For maximum security, many systems will encrypt the digital data they carry.
A common option is to use a mains-powered baby unit for audio/visual data capture in the nursery or bedroom, plus a battery-powered parent unit. This allows a parent or carer to remain mobile yet continuously “in touch” with their sleeping child – anywhere in the home, or even in the garden (with a range of 200-300 metres) – and rechargeable batteries are usually the best option for this purpose.
Where monitoring is required just for one fixed location, a totally mains-powered system will suffice, but this can prove fairly inflexible if monitoring is ever necessary beyond the home – for example in holiday accommodation.
Capturing sound detail in the baby’s room is a core feature, and most systems will use a high-quality digital microphone for this purpose, often with adjustable sensitivity. In addition, many baby monitors will offer a ‘talkback’ – two-way communication – feature so that a parent can communicate with a partner whilst in the nursery, and can offer remote soothing vocal reassurance to help a child to settle.
A lullaby feature can help to establish a tranquil atmosphere by playing a range of calming melodies, and the noise level in the nursery can also be set to appear as a visual display on the parent unit as an extra, or alternative, monitoring option.
The quality and range of video monitoring options of modern digital systems can now include vastly superior facilities to those previously available. Common LCD high-resolution monitor screen sizes are usually between 1.8 and 3.5 inches, and such units can display sharp, full colour images.
Camera units are commonly equipped with remotely adjustable pan, tilt and zoom functions, and sophisticated units may incorporate motorized adjustment for easy tracking and a wide-angle lens to increase the field of view. The majority of cameras will also come with an infrared night vision capability so that unobtrusive monitoring can continue uninterrupted overnight, or in low-light conditions.
A remotely adjustable night light can also be a useful extra feature to extend the range of comforts on offer, and though many camera units are free-standing, some can also be wall-mounted.
Some video monitoring systems can be expanded to accommodate extra camera units, either to monitor more children as a family grows, or else to facilitate baby monitoring in a number of separate locations. It is common for systems to handle up to four individual camera feeds, and many parent display units can be time-programmed to cycle through each monitored location in sequence.
For extra peace of mind whenever a child is asleep, some systems incorporate a movement sensor pad that is placed beneath the baby. An alarm will trigger a request to check the child if the monitor pad detects a significant period of inactivity – usually set at around 20 seconds.
The data-capture unit in a child’s room can often include a temperature sensor that relays ambient temperature data back to the parent unit for screen display.
In addition, baby-monitor systems will usually incorporate two useful safety alerts: an out-of-range warning whenever the effective unit’s wireless monitoring range is exceeded, and a low-battery alert to warn when battery-powered mobile monitors are running low.
A few units also have a convenient infrared non-contact thermometer that can be instantly deployed to check an infant’s body temperature.
A video baby monitor gives constant reassurance that your baby is sleeping soundly, alerts you whenever parental attention is actually required, and allows you to continuously access sounds and images of your child, for example, to check all is well during the night (via infrared night vision), or to confirm whether your child is awake and perhaps becoming tearful and restless.
Modern baby monitoring allows many of these everyday childcare procedures to be conducted remotely, with the added benefit that your child’s sleep will never be disturbed or interrupted unnecessarily.