You’re having a baby!! Excitement! Nervousness! You’ve got a million questions. For many moms, dads and couples, is what kind of baby monitor to purchase? How much are they? Are they complicated? Audio or video? For today, the focus will be on the last question by looking at the benefits of a video baby monitor versus just an audio monitor.
First up for discussion, the audio only monitors.
There are a couple of positives with the audio only monitors: 1) they’re easier to use for non-techies (if Grandma is not tech-savvy, she can figure it out when she’s over babysitting); and 2)
they’re cheaper than video for those on a tight budget. The list of pros is shrinking for the audio only monitors, however, and the list of cons is growing. For example: 1) some sounds may be hard to determine — you can’t always hear that the toddler is trying to get out of the crib; and 2) multiple kids in different rooms (toddlers in one room, infant in another) — knowing what’s going on becomes more challenging with just audio.
As the conversation shifts to video monitors, let’s deal with one fact off the top. Most video monitors also have audio capabilities, so you’re going to get all of the benefits of the audio monitor along with these additional benefits:
You can check on the baby without waking
- If the videos monitor is web enabled, you can watch when not at home (make sure wifi is secure)
- Many people feel that it’s just nicer to see the baby
- You can see a toddler trying to climb out of the crib – you may not be able to hear this clearly until too late
- Many video monitors allow the user to connect multiple cameras — allowing for multiple angles or be able to watch multiple kids who may be in different rooms
Setup and use easier than in the past (phone apps today that do much of the work for you)
Clearly there are number of good reasons to use a video monitor. Admittedly nothing is perfect. While video monitors are superior to audio monitors in a number of ways (the technology is better, plain and simple), but there are some negative arguments raised regarding video monitors. Let’s look at and deal with those.
For some anxious and nervous mothers, having 24/7 video access can become a source of obsession. This is a possibility, but frankly, not having video may still be a source of obsession if the parent can’t figure out what the sounds mean, or if she or he needs to make sure the baby is breathing throughout the night. Yes, video is costlier than audio only, but those costs have come down significantly in recent years. Also, as the video technology has improved, the quality has gone up while the costs are going down.
If this discussion has convinced you to buy a video monitor, a monitor worth considering is the Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Monitor ( view this review ) with Interchangeable Optical Lens. Quality video, great sound, and sound activation.
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