Baby video monitors are great so you can see your baby if you wake up at night and you can know they are alright without having to leave the comfort of your bed. Nowadays, you have a choice of two options for the best baby video monitor.
Wi Fi Video Camera Vs Traditional Baby Video Monitor
The main decision to make when choosing the best baby monitor is do you want a wifi video camera or a traditional baby video monitor? A wifi video camera connects to your laptop / phone / tablet, so once the camera is installed you can watch your baby on the screen of the device of your choosing. A traditional video monitor comes with a camera and its own monitor.
Advantages of a WiFi Video Camera to Monitor Your Baby
At the moment WiFi video cameras tend to be slightly more expensive but they do also allow you to monitor your house when you’re away from home. This means they could also be used as a security device or to see your baby (with the nanny / your partner) while you’re still at work. In fact they are very versatile so have lots of other uses. They also still offer some of the features of a traditional video baby monitor such as being able to talk and hear your baby.
Advantages of a Traditional Video Baby Monitor
A baby video monitor with a camera and monitor tends to be cheaper than a wi fi camera. Most also offer lots of extra features including the ability to check the temperature in your baby’s room and playing sounds and lullabies to help your baby sleep. Some wi fi cameras also offer these extra features but these ones tend to be quite a bit more expensive.
What to Consider When Buying A Traditional Baby Video Monitor
Screen size – the screens of the traditional video baby monitors range from around 1.5 inches to around 3.5 inches. Of course, a bigger screen is nicer and easier to look at but is more expensive.
Battery LIfe – The battery life on video monitors can be shorter than on other monitors so you may want to set it up so it’s plugged into the mains or check that the monitor you are buying has a decent battery life.
Infrared night vision – so you can see the baby without any lights to disturb him/her. It does come with most baby monitors
Taking photos – Some video monitors can take photos with the camera
Wall Mount – Does it come with a wall mount to attach the camera to the wall?
Distance of reception – How far does the range of the video monitor reach?
Out of range alarm – Does an alarm sound when the video monitor goes outside the range.
Two way communication – Can you talk to your baby through your monitor / video camera
Temperature – Some video monitors give a temperature reading in the baby’s room.
Touch Screen – You can get a baby monitor with touch screen controls
Lullabies and sounds – Some monitors include the facility to play lullabies and other sounds to help soothe baby.
Visual noise alerts – Some monitors have lights which show the level of noise in the room, so you can see the noise level visually as well as audibly. This may be good if you need to turn the volume on the baby monitor down for any reason.