Baby Monitors

Written by Serena Berger
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Baby monitors are used by many families to make it easier for parents to care for their newborns and toddlers. In essence, a baby monitor is a radio unit that consists of a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter is left in the nursery with your baby and you keep the receiver with you, allowing you to respond to your baby's needs at a moment's notice without being confined to the side of the crib all day long.

Features of Baby Monitors

While the basic idea is simple, some baby monitors have additional features that make them much more effective and easier to use. You should look for a baby monitor that has a low battery light. Once the battery starts to run low in the radio, the monitor becomes ineffective and unreliable, so you will need to replace the batteries to keep the unit functional.

Some baby monitors include lights that go off when your baby makes a sound. Lights can be useful because if you were in the middle of another conversation or if the phone rang, you might not hear the baby monitor right away. A second receiver is another convenient feature of many baby monitors, which allows you to leave one receiver in a particular room and carry the other with you. This is also a good safeguard against batteries failing in a single receiver, as you will have another one working until you replace the batteries.

If you have a lot of wireless equipment in your home, there is the possibility that the signals will interfere with the baby monitor. Some high-end baby monitors have a wide bandwidth that offers high clarity, but is more likely to interfere with equipment such as cordless telephones. While this may not be a problem if you live in the suburbs, you may want to opt for a baby monitor with a lower bandwidth if you live in the city where there is more electronic interference.

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