Pros and Cons of Baby Monitors
A baby monitor, sometimes called a baby security alarm, is an electronic device used to remotely hear unheard sounds made by an unswerving baby. These devices come in two basic types, and these are either wired or wireless. A wireless baby monitor is generally smaller than a wired model, and both have several advantages. However, a wireless model has several disadvantages, especially where battery life is an issue. This article briefly discusses wired and wireless baby monitors, and the potential pros and cons of each.
Wired baby monitors are popular with many home and professional parents, since they require no wires to be attached to the baby, making installation much easier. Additionally, some models allow you to control volume remotely, as well as pause, skip and rewind live television shows, so they can be enjoyed even when the baby is not present. Generally, an all-wire baby monitors system consists of a receiver unit, with a built-in microphone, either placed directly on the child's bed or attached to a clothing hook or other location.
While most baby monitors today run on batteries, the older versions of these devices were operated by 'daisy cord' technology, using power supplied by the parent's car battery. In addition to being extremely inconvenient, daisy cord technology was problematic because the range was quite short. The newer wireless monitors are able to operate from any range, but these models also use rechargeable batteries in the event that the battery life is low. While it is possible to buy wireless monitors with rechargeable batteries, most consumers prefer to purchase models with lipless plugs, to eliminate the hassle of having to remember to recharge the battery each time the baby gets out of bed.
Another pro for these types of baby monitors is that they are completely safe to use on infants of any age. The monitor is connected wirelessly to the receiver, so there are no wires involved, and the baby can be moved around easily without the need to concern oneself with entangled wires. In addition, there are no sharp edges that could accidentally cut the child, as is sometimes the case with some traditional infant monitoring systems. The safety of these devices is one of the leading reasons why many pediatricians and nurses encourage their use.
Perhaps the most significant advantage of one of these types of baby monitors is that they provide true auditory input and feedback. Traditional baby monitors, while often working fine, fail to record live footage of the child, resulting in the possibility that the parent's attention is diverted for short amounts of time while the infant sleeps. This can result in a disturbed sleep pattern, which is often counterproductive. By providing real-time audio input, baby monitors to help parents ensure that their infant is getting the adequate amount of sleep that he or she needs. In fact, some experts advise that parents use an audio monitor while the baby is sleeping only when absolutely necessary.
Another advantage is that baby monitors are relatively inexpensive compared to specialized crib monitors. One popular model is the Graco Simpletone Premium Infant Monitor, which has received good reviews from both parents and specialists. It has a built-in, swiveling motion that allows it to be operated quickly and easily, even when the parent is holding the infant at an unusual angle. Some models also allow the parent to view the child through the monitor's eyepiece.
The best baby monitors are those that use wireless technology, though this option can prove cumbersome and expensive. Most systems require the use of a separate transmitter and receiver, meaning that the owner must carry a separate transmitter and receiver along with the monitor. Some models, such as the Graco Simpletone Premium, have a built-in feature that allows them to communicate with base stations, which is useful if the child will spend significant amounts of time in or near the nursery. If a monitoring system uses traditional wire models, it is important that the monitor itself can withstand long-term wear and tear.
Parents may also want to consider using a smartphone to monitor their children. Some baby monitors use a smartphone application that functions just like an app on a smartphone. This means that parents can use their smartphone to access a child's feed, view their activities, and check the temperature. Some phones, such as the Google Nexus S, have a feature called "Finder" that allows parents to enter the baby shower and birth announcements, so that they don't miss any details.