Video Baby Monitors

Video Baby Monitors

Some baby monitors will allow you to watch your baby as well as listen to your baby. These video baby monitors, or baby cams, are systems that use a camera and video screen for capturing and viewing images. If you want to be able to see what your baby is doing without going into the room and disturbing sleep or play, then you should consider a video baby monitor.

Performance Specifications to Consider

Levana Babyview

When choosing a video baby monitor, there are certain performance specifications you need to consider as they will affect the signal privacy, signal quality, range, and mobility.

  • Analog or digital technology - Determine whether the transmissions are sent in analog or digital format. Analog signals can be intercepted by anyone in the area, while digital transmissions are secure and private. To prevent eavesdropping and protect your privacy, you will want to choose a digital video baby monitor.
  • Radio Frequency - Find out if the baby monitor operates on the same radio frequency as other wireless devices in the home. As interference may occur if other electronics use the same radio frequency for transmitting information, you will want to choose a baby monitor that operates on a different frequency band to minimize the possibility of static and signal conflict. For example, many cordless telephones use the 2.4GHz frequency band, which will conflict with a 2.4GHz baby monitor.
  • Signal range - Check the signal range and choose a model with the appropriate distance for your home.
  • Power supply - Do the parent and child units plug into the wall, use batteries, or both?

Product Features to Consider

Baby monitor systems include a variety of features, some that you may find useful and others that may seem unnecessary to you. When comparing various baby monitor systems, take into account your lifestyle and then choose the options that will provide ease of use and increase the usefulness of the baby monitor, based on your family situation.

  • Night vision - The night vision feature allows you to view your baby clearly, even in a dark room, using infrared lights that are attached to the camera.
  • Camera options - Some systems have remote pan, scan and zoom camera capabilities.
  • Size of parent unit - Some parent units are designed for stationary placement with AC power supply and a large screen; some parent units are designed for portability with battery power, belt clip, and a small, lightweight size.
  • Extra parent unit - An extra parent unit can be useful; one can stay in the parents room, while a portable unit can be carried about the house and yard.
  • Microphone - A camera with a built-in microphone so you can hear baby’s sounds.
  • Sound lights - Lights that alert you to baby’s sounds even when the monitor screen is turned off.
  • Low-battery indicator - Lets you know when the batteries need to be recharged or changed.
  • Rechargeable batteries - Are rechargeable batteries and/or charger/docking station included?
  • Expandability - Some systems will allow you to add a second camera, a useful feature for two-child families.
  • Volume-control - to adjust sound level
  • Brightness-control - to adjust picture brightness
  • Power saver feature - to save energy and battery power
Best Baby Monitor Picks
Levana BABYVIEW20

Levana BABYVIEW20

Digital video monitor with color monitor offers enhanced security and greater audio/video signal quality.

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Infant Optics DXR-5 Digital Video Baby Monitor

Infant Optics DXR5

Digital technology, static-free, privacy encryption, portable and rechargeable color video monitor with 2.4" screen.

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Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Baby Monitor

Motorola MBP36

Digital wireless technology provides excellent image quality and clarity with a secure signal for complete privacy.

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Is a video monitor a necessary feature?

A good baby monitor will help you keep watch over your child as you move about the house or yard and alert you to the times when your baby needs your attention. For some parents, an audio monitor is sufficient. For other parents, a video feature is a useful option. Only you can decide which level of surveillance best meets your needs.

Safe Sleep Practices

Sleeping Baby

Do not place pillows, toys, fluffy blankets or stuffed animals in the crib as these items can suffocate a baby if they cover the face.

Parent Talk Back

Philips Avent Basic Dect

Some baby monitors have an intercom feature with bi-directional transceivers that allow the parent to talk back to the child at the touch of a button.