Thursday, October 06, 2011

What To Consider When You Are Purchasing A Baby Monitor

By Elena Cabral

You are a parent looking to buy a baby monitor, but it turned out to not be as not as easy as it looks! Since we have so many technological advances in our world today, we now have so many options available to us to choose from, such as the size, functions, features, and even style! More specifically, there are many varieties, which can be wired into your home, or plugged into outlets, and even some which will offer you full video and audio surveillance! But, before you run out and grab the first item off the shelf you can find, use these tips to help assess what kind of baby monitor you need.

The price is an obvious factor for most families, when it comes to choosing. It is ok to have a budget; however you should not make your decision based solely on how much it will cost you. The only factor that the price should have in your decision, should be how much value (how many features) you are actually getting for that price. It's important to recognize that the "cheapest" system may not always be the best, because if it were to malfunction ever, you may end up in a troublesome situation when it comes to your baby. Therefore, it's best to rather weigh out all of the options and features you will be getting for the price, so that you get the most for your investment.

Many of the budget-friendly monitors operate at 49 megahertz, so be careful about that. This is the frequency that has the most interference (which might be why the monitors are so cheap). You'll also find out that these monitors will pick-up phone calls from cell phones, conversations from people using their phones in passing cars, and more. Monitors with higher operating frequencies won't have these annoying problems and they're less difficult to use. The best sound and frequency for a monitor is 2.4 gigahertz.

An alarm for low batteries is not only convenient, but it's a good safety measure for your baby. You won't like the feeling if you discover the unit lost power overnight, so you'll just need a reminder to recharge or change batteries. One less thing to worry about!

The size, strength and extensiveness of the system are all factors that need to be taken into consideration. You should also assess the lifetime expectancy of the system, in case you want to have more children in the near future as well, and also so that you know it will last for the entire time you need it to monitor your baby. Your final decision should be one that reflects the needs of your entire household, so that you can choose a monitor which will do exactly what you need it to do.

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