Everyday helpers for safety
The first baby monitors appeared in the USA in the 1970s, but they have little in common with today's baby monitors. Back then, you simply soldered together a VHF receiver and transmitter and the baby monitor was ready. In this country, the first devices were not used until the mid-1980s.
Today, there is a wide range of different baby phone models, because they are part of the basic safety equipment for babies. With their help, the offspring can be monitored at all times. The baby phone usually consists of a transmitter with a microphone and possibly a camera, which are placed in the child's room, as well as a receiver part that transmits the sounds the child makes accordingly. This is done in a similar way to a walkie-talkie.
Baby monitor with camera for safe monitoring of your child
To keep an eye on thelittle ones while they sleep, there are more and more models with a camera . These video baby monitors transmit the images directly to the screen of the receiver. The advantage is that in the event of an "alarm", you can immediately see what is happening in the nursery on the basis of the display with camera .
You can select different modes for this. If the eco mode is switched on, the device is in stand-by mode, so to speak, and only begins to transmit sounds as soon as they occur. Even the smallest sound is transmitted as soon as the baby moves.
In addition to the Eco mode, there is also the Vox mode. This only starts transmitting as soon as there is a certain noise level.
Buying a baby monitor: Which is the best baby monitor for your child?
Young parents who want to buy a baby monitor are often a little confused, because there is a large selection of different models. In the end, of course, it's the price-performance ratio that counts. But how can you recognise a very good baby monitor?
When choosing a baby monitor, the range plays a significant role. Especially if the baby monitor should not only work at home, but also in the garden or at the neighbours', a correspondingly large range is important. You should make sure that the baby monitor automatically emits a sound as soon as the maximum range is reached.
Furthermore, it is important that the volume can be adjusted manually so that parents can be sure that they can easily hear the baby phone even in a noisier environment. If you choose a model that is not quite as up-to-date, you must bear in mind that there can often be overlaps with these devices. It can happen, for example, that the neighbour's child can also be heard over your own baby phone. If you want to avoid such false alarms, you should definitely choose an up-to-date and modern baby phone.
Last but not least, baby phones also differ in terms of additional functions and features. For example, there are devices available that only transmit sounds, as well as models with a video function, which can also be used to observe the baby on a monitor for safety. If necessary, the video function of a baby phone with camera can usually be switched off separately.
Even if acoustic devices are sufficient in most cases, the safety of a baby phone with camera is increased many times over. You can see your baby on the display of the baby phone at all times. Of course, a baby phone with a camera is not a must, but it does offer additional safety. The video is transmitted via an LCD display and replaces the view into the nursery. Models with a night vision function are particularly recommended here, so that you as a parent can also enjoy a peaceful night's sleep.
Digital or analogue - Which baby monitor is better?
Parents have the choice between analogue and digital baby monitors. While an analogue, classic baby phone is usually equipped with a maximum of 8 channels, the digital ones can have up to 100 channels. Analogue models are much more susceptible to interference due to the low number of channels. This means that you may not only hear your own baby, but also that of your neighbours. The newer, digital baby phones work with the so-called DECT or FHSS radio technology, with which a smartphone also works. This means that, in contrast to analogue devices, they transmit completely interference-free, encrypted and therefore also tap-proof.
In addition, a digital baby phone offers further functions that an analogue one does not have. There are digital baby phone variants with a camera that allows you to see what is happening in the nursery directly on the screen. Meanwhile, there are also baby phones with vibration alarms (this function is indispensable for deaf or hard-of-hearing parents) or baby phones that can play a lullaby.
It doesn't matter whether you choose a device with or without a camera. Another point you should pay attention to when buying is the battery life. There are now devices that promise a runtime of up to 24 hours without having to charge them first.
Baby safety: What else is important?
To make the environment as safe as possible for your offspring, there are numerous safety-related aids available in the shops. While door gates and matching door gate accessories protect the little ones from bad falls, special bed guards help to ensure that toddlers can also sleep safely in their first big bed. Cupboards, drawers, doors and sockets should also be childproofed to prevent unforeseen accidents.