Baby Monitors - What's Most Important For You?

By Elen Walter

At one time, knowing what to get for your baby was not such an overwhelming task. There simply were not so many varieties of playpens, cribs, baby monitors and so forth. There are now a dizzying number of choices for these products. All parents want to choose the best products but trying to figure out exactly which items are best for you, your baby and the rest of your family can be a challenge. It can be stressful to try to sort through all these choices to find the right one for you. In order to make shopping for your baby less complicated, here are a few guidelines to follow.

The price is always going to play a key role in your final decision. However, when you are choosing between each system, you should not make your decision based solely on that criterion. The best thing to do when it comes to the price of a system, is to simply use the price as way to measure out how many features you are getting for that price. Keep in mind that a system chosen solely because it is the "cheapest" may have a higher chance of malfunctioning, which is not a risk you want to be taking with your baby either. Thus, what you need to do is simply make sure that the features add up, and more importantly, that the monitor will actually do what you need it to do.

Many of the budget-friendly monitors operate at 49 megahertz, so be careful about that. That frequency will usually have a great of signal interference and noise, and that's more than likely why they are so inexpensive. These are the systems that will also try to field calls from your neighbors cordless phones, pick up conversations had on cell phones by passing drivers and, potentially even your neighbors' monitoring system. The better quality monitors, which run at higher frequencies, won't give you these problems, though, and they are more user-friendly. The best sound and frequency for a monitor is 2.4 gigahertz.

You'll find most of the less expensive models work at a frequency of 49 MHZ. You'll get a lot of other radio frequency interference at 49 mhz. These monitors will also give you some surprises - incoming phone calls from cell phones, or even brief phone conversations from people around you, or baby monitors from other houses/apts close to you. The better quality monitors, which run at higher frequencies, won't give you these problems, though, and they are more user-friendly. If you want to avoid these interference problems, the way to go is with monitors operating at 2.4 GHZ.

Of course there is a lot to consider when purchasing a baby monitor for your family. However, your final decision really depends on what all you want your system to do for you and your family, and also how much your budget is. Take your time when researching, that way you can really make an informed decision which can keep your family happy and your baby safe!

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