Long range baby monitors – always be there for your precious one
Being able to keep connected with your baby no matter how far you move around the house is something that is a priceless gift and responsibility. Before purchasing your baby monitor, try and get one with the longest range—especially when you live in a house or are moving about over long distances. This open field range is the measured range of monitors of which a baby monitor can work with an open area with no obstructions.
Unfortunately, in most cases, however, there are other obstacles in place, like walls, doors, and furniture that might get in the way. Therefore, you’ll need to also pay attention to the “actual range” that is associated with each baby monitor.
For those who might be skeptical about the Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) from WiFi, mobile phones or baby monitors, you don’t have to worry. They have normally been deemed safe for adults and for babies who don’t have vulnerable brain structures. However, it is always best to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and don’t necessarily put these monitors directly close to your baby’s head.
How safe is a long range baby monitor?
As we mentioned before, as long as the baby monitor is working properly, your baby should be safe. It is best to not also heavily rely on the monitor—using it only when you have to slip out of sight for a bit or go around and do chores.
Only viewing and monitoring your baby from a small electric device or running out for more than a moment or two can be dangerous.
Features to consider while buying the best long distance baby monitor
Before you buy, make sure you check the manufacturer’s description of your baby monitor so that it fits your home and your parenting desires. Some features to look out for are size, audio or video capability, range, digital or analog, alarm, battery capacity, safety features, and warranty.
When it comes to size—you’ll want the baby monitor to be big enough to see the baby (if it has visual capabilities), and you’ll also want to be able to view the screen with no problems. The size might also make a difference when it comes to range and being able to transport it with you as you move around the house. The last thing you might want is a huge, bulky device as you’re balancing laundry and dirty dishes.
Audio or video
Just like with any electronic device, you’ll have options of certain technological advances.
An audio signal, although the camera won’t allow you to see your baby, will be able to travel much better than a video feed. Think of your phone being able to play audio music tracks rather than streaming a music video.
However, if you live in an open area with not too many obstructions, you can easily prop up your video monitor from your desk at your home-office. Fort hat you might want to consider the convinient Nanit Smart Baby Monitor.
Especially since most baby monitors are wireless, this increases the range that you can move about the house while still being connected to your baby.
The range will be measured in signal frequency. The sweet spot when it comes to higher distances is at 900 feet or more (the Cocoon Cam Plus, for example, is unlimited). But if you are living in a small space or a small apartment, you will be able to save a little bit of money on shorter range monitors.
Digital or analog
This is also a luxury feature. If you have the money and want to secure a safe connection, digital baby monitors that run on DECT, which stands for digital enhanced cordless telecommunications, are much better than analog. The analog systems are much more likely to be interfered with by neighboring electronics or radios.
As we mentioned before, frequency is the strength of the monitor. The sweet spot, with most baby monitors, like the Babysense Video Baby Monitor, is 2.4 MHz. You should definitely be aware that some other electronics that work on a frequency might actually interfere with the signal.
The alarm isn’t to wake up the baby from nap time. This alarm is designed purposely for you so that when you move out of range, the monitor will alert you immediately.
The baby monitor gives you assurance and freedom as a parent. The Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor, for example, gives you 18 hours of battery life. The whole point of the baby monitor is to be able to move freely about the house while still keeping an eye on your baby, however, if you’re stuck charging every few hours, this might have a reverse effect.
As we mentioned before, although these monitors are safe for people, most manufacturers suggest that the monitor should never be placed in or on the baby’s sleeping place. Instead, it should keep a safe distance from your baby—around 3 feet—to ensure a healthy brain. However, you should also make sure that it is positioned well enough where you can see your baby from its standing point.
If you have the budget, you can possibly splurge for some extra features—after all, your baby is worth it!
Some additional features include night vision, zoom, tilt, pan, multi-room monitoring if you have more than one child or nursery, and even possibly heart and breathing control.
Finally, you’ll want your baby monitor to be able to last those critical beginning developmental stages, well into their toddler years. Make sure you are investing in a baby monitor that has a long product warranty, like the Cocoon Cam Plus, with its 10-year, hard labor limited warranty.