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Baby Monitors Do You Need One

Baby Monitors Do You Need One

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As a mother, you might be concerned about your child’s safety when you are away for work or some domestic chores. However, advanced science and technology can offer a sigh of relief. Baby monitor, a boon, can help keep an eye on your baby when you are away.

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Baby Monitors: A Device which Watches Over Your Child

A baby monitor has two devices. A transmitter equipped with a microphone that can capture noises. This is to be plugged in the baby’s room. The second device is a receiver with speakers that can emit these sounds. The receiver can be carried to other rooms which can help track your baby’s movement. Many baby monitors come with a webcam, talk-back and music features. You can turn on your webcam via computer or smart phone and watch your little one anytime.

Make sure the baby monitor has sufficient coverage range bearing in mind the size of your house and the location of the rooms. Avoid over-sensitive monitors that pick up even the faintest of sounds and set off false alarms.

Advantages of baby monitors

  • Baby monitors can be used for constant supervision of your baby.
  • It can help monitor your baby during illness.
  • You can monitor your baby’s activities and never miss a milestone moment when you are away from home.
  • Instant alert feature of this device notifies you when your child falls asleep or cries or makes noises.
  • You can also talk with your baby or sing a nursery rhyme, etc. and both can enjoy this loving interaction.

Disadvantages of baby monitors

  • Baby monitors may give you a false sense of security.
  • Baby monitors can capture noises other than those of your baby’s and may set off wrong alarms.
  • Baby monitors can also capture conversations happening in the baby’s room which can be audible to people in the other room where the receiver of the
    monitor is placed. So, if you are not careful, it can compromise on privacy of family members.

Whether you need a baby monitor or not depends on your and your baby’s needs. Weigh the pros and cons before you make your decision.

When You may Need a Baby Monitor:

  • If you are living in a big house and are alone at home with the baby for most part of the day.
  • If you are working from home, the baby monitor can alert you so that you do not have to frequently keep checking on your baby.
  • If your baby has breathing problems, asthma, cystic fibrosis or sleep apnoea and needs to be monitored constantly, a cardiorespiratory monitor may be useful.1

When a Baby Monitor is not Really Required:

  • If you are living in a joint family where other family members can help keep an eye on the baby.
  • If you have a full-time help such as a nanny or a live-in maid.
  • If the baby sleeps in the same room as you.

Last but not the least; remember that a baby monitor is not a substitute for your presence. Keep checking on your baby from time to time even if you are using a baby monitor.

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