Which type of baby monitor is the best?
For parents of young children, a baby monitor is a vital piece of technology. A baby monitor allows you to see your child at night and gives you more security. There are many baby monitors on market. This can make it difficult to choose the right one for you and your family. This blog will cover the many types of baby monitors available and help you select the one that suits your needs.
There are 4 types of baby monitors
Your budget and what features you want will play a key role in choosing the right baby monitor. There are many types of baby monitors. Each one has its own set of features. There is a basic type of baby monitor:
- Baby Monitor – Audio-Only
- Baby Monitor with Audio and Video Monitoring
- WiFi Audio and video baby monitor
- Wearable Device Baby Monitoring
We test baby monitors for safety and health. A variety of features are also considered. This is a summary list of top features that you should look for, and which features are included in different types of baby monitoring devices:
Baby Monitor – Audio-Only
An audio baby monitor is the most basic type of monitor and typically includes a microphone and speaker. The microphone can be placed next to your baby’s crib. It will transmit their sounds to the speaker that you can take along.
The monitor is very easy to use, and it’s relatively cheap. However, there are some drawbacks. First, it is not very accurate. You need to be within close proximity to your baby to hear them. You may also hear other noises from your home. It can be hard to discern your baby’s cry from these other sounds.
Baby Monitor with Audio and Video Monitoring
Non-WiFi video and audio baby monitors have more features than the audio-only models. A camera transmits a live stream to a receiver. While they often offer a greater range than audio only monitors, they are not as extensive as video baby and Non-WiFi monitors.
Non-WiFi audio/video baby monitors can be set up quickly and include a handheld unit. You don’t need to worry about downloading apps, storage space, security breaches, and internet connection issues like WiFi audio and video monitors.
Non-WiFi video and audio baby monitors may have remote pan and tilt capabilities and night-vision. Video baby monitors may be more costly than audio-only monitors. They also consume more power so make sure to charge the battery regularly or keep it plugged in.
WiFi Audio and video baby monitor
An app can be used to access WiFi audio and video baby monitoring. There is usually no separate parent unit. A WiFi audio or video baby monitor is equipped with many useful features that allow you to easily check in on your baby, even if you are not home. Many WiFi audio and video monitors are also compatible with Google or Alexa.
WiFi monitors require strong signal to work. Because of the potential for hacking, WiFi monitors have higher security risks than non-WiFi monitoring devices. WiFi audio and/or video baby monitors tend to be more expensive and may need a monthly fee in order to have access to all the extra tracking features.
Wearable Device Baby Monitoring
The latest baby monitors have more features than ever. Parents can now monitor their baby’s vitals such as their breathing, heartbeat, and movement. We recommend these monitors to parents with additional concerns.
If you’re looking for a wearable device to monitor your baby’s sleep, make sure it comes with an audiovisual system. While these devices are more difficult to set up and configure they offer a lot of information to help you track and monitor your baby’s progress.
The main types of baby monitors are: Audio-Only Baby Monitors (non-WiFi Audio, Video Baby Monitor), WiFi Audio, Video Baby Monitor, Wearable Device Baby Monitors (wiFi Audio, Video Baby Monitor) and Wireless Audio and Video Baby Monitors (non-WiFi Audio, Video Baby Monitor).
An audio-only baby monitor is the simplest type and usually includes a microphone and speaker. Non-WiFi video and audio baby monitors have more advanced features than the audio-only models. These monitors include additional features such as a camera which transmits a live feed via radio frequency to a receiver. WiFi audio and Video baby monitors include many features, a video feed, and transmit via WiFi from an app on your smart devices. While the most costly, wearable baby monitors offer additional monitoring and tracking of baby’s vitals. This gives you added peace of mind.