While baby-care seems to be quickly gaining momentum in the 21st century, it is surprising to note that only a few people know how to choose the best baby monitors among other essential baby-care gear. Moreover, only a few really know how to use these baby-care gadgets efficiently further complicating the whole business of caring for newborn babies. Take for instance the use of monitoring units that employ the use of wireless signals. While a significant number of these monitors come with fortifications to prevent them from malicious hack attacks, it is usually up to the user to ensure that such fortifications−for example network passwords−are strong and changed regularly.
Advances in technology continue to provide immense assistance in baby-care equipment but without accurate information, such technology is as good as obsolete. In fact, some of the best baby monitors in the market today can−and will provide inaccurate information−when used incorrectly or under stress. In choosing efficient baby monitors, there are a number of considerations to observe. Some of these considerations include;
Type of Monitor
Currently, baby monitors are broadly categorized according to the type of signals they transmit. In this case, a significant number of them can either be sound, video or movement-based monitors−with sound monitors being the prevalent ones. Sound monitors are one of the earliest baby monitors and they transmit radio signals from a transmitter placed in the baby’s room to a receiver which is kept by the caretaker. As technology advances, so does the modification on these monitors. Most of them now come accessorized with video and motion sensors. In essence, this means that a caretaker can monitor all aspects of a baby from a remote location. In other words, a caretaker can see, hear and feel the baby.
In this regard, when looking for the next best baby monitor it is important to keep these three considerations in mind. Choosing one baby monitor over the other is a matter of taste and preference. Likewise, it is also important to note that simple monitors such as sound monitors alone cost less as compared to ones with multiple features.
When talking about precision appliances or the best baby monitors, three things come into the limelight: security, signal range and clarity. For a long time baby monitors remained unnoticed by computer hackers until when they realized that some of them actually employ the same systems and protocols as the ones used by computers. In this case, baby monitors are increasingly being targeted by hackers who among other things are capable of kidnappings. Likewise, it is largely agreeable that watching the baby from afar is as risky as leaving the baby alone. In fact, since a significant number of monitors on sale today employ the same technology that is used in computers they are equally exposed to the same vulnerabilities as computers. Take for instance the use of wireless and the internet networks which are synonymous with a good number of monitors. While using these platforms offers a simple and efficient way of monitoring the baby, they also open up the monitors to cyber-attacks as in the case of remote monitoring.
In addition, most of these monitors have the capability to broadcast live feeds over the internet to remote mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets which further augments the reality of such devices being hacked. It is therefore very important for parents and caretakers alike to take great care when using any baby monitor.
When it comes to range, quite a number of manufacturers will brag about the ability of their devices to broadcast over long ranges. While some monitors may have the ability to broadcast over longer distances−usually over 1200 feet−it is normally advisable to stay within the cradle’s proximity. Likewise, a significant number of monitors start to experience signal dilution over long distances leading to loss of voice and image clarity which further exposes the communication between the transmitter and receiver. It is therefore important to fully understand the practical abilities and drawbacks of these devices before purchasing one.
Lastly, it is also important to mention battery life. This is perhaps one of the most overlooked feature when it comes to choosing a baby monitor. Moreover, since some of the best baby monitors out there come with rechargeable batteries, long battery life is not usually an issue. Nonetheless, a good monitor should be capable of staying operational for at least 24 hours before recharging.