Finally – the longed-for junior is here and needs a lot of sleep at first. However, a sleep cycle lasts an average of 50 minutes in the first three months, then up to five hours from the fourth to the ninth month – if the parents are lucky! In order not to constantly have to take care of the baby bed, a baby monitor is now the standard initial supply of new parents. Meanwhile, these are already available at very good prices.

 

Best Baby Monitors in 2019

 

A baby monitor consists of two parts, a transmitter and a corresponding receiver. The transmitter is placed in the bedroom of the baby, preferably at a distance of one to two meters to the baby. The recipient is with the parents. The transmitter transmits all sounds from the baby room via a sensitive microphone.

 

An essential decision criterion when buying a baby monitor is the technology of transmission. It offers digital baby monitors that have a high-quality voice quality as well as the second type, namely analogue devices that have few functions and are easy to use.

Digital Baby Monitors

Range and transmission quality: Digital devices enable secure communication that can not be interrupted by other radios. They offer a wider range than analog baby phones. Due to the so-called “DECT technology”, the quality of the transmission is also correspondingly high.

Radiation intensity: This is clearly higher with digital devices than with analog devices. If lower radiation is a criterion, you should opt for a digital baby monitor with a low-emission Eco mode. Eco mode devices do not constantly transmit, they are often just standby, which means they emit significantly less radio signals.

Analog Baby Monitors

Range and transmission quality: Analog baby phones convince with easy handling and a good price / performance ratio. Devices with a built-in so-called “pilot tone” ensure a good transmission. Otherwise it would have to be ensured that the corresponding radio channel is not disturbed.

Radiation intensity: This is reduced to a minimum with analog devices. They work without continuous transmission and the radio intensity is low. The analog products are a good alternative because they convince with their good transmission, useful range and easy handling.

 

Is the radiation dangerous to the child?

For a long time there has been more and more uncertainty about electrosmog. These are high-frequency microwaves that arise during the operation of electronic devices. Basically, it can be said that analog baby phones produce far less radiation than their digital counterparts.

Digital baby monitors work according to the DECT standard, the “Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications Standard” and generate high-frequency microwaves. In a normal household, many devices use DECT technology. For example, wireless phones, Wi-Fi boxes and smartphones.

You can do that against the radiation:

Always make sure that the transmitter unit of the baby monitor is set up at a minimum distance of one meter to the baby. Also important is a turn-off range control to minimize electrosmog. By switching off, there is no continuous signal exchange between the units and the electromagnetic radio load is significantly reduced.

Many baby phones also have some additional methods to minimize radiation. The most effective is the Eco mode. While the maximum range is minimized, only sounds above a threshold are transmitted to the receiver.

 

Useful features

Breath monitoring

In infancy breathing is not uncommon and usually harmless: During sleep there is often breathing pauses, but lasting no longer than 15 seconds. If the baby stops breathing for a long period of time, great care should be taken. Because respiratory arrest is a possible cause of the “Sudden Infant Death” (SID).

Baby monitors register the baby’s breathing movements with highly sensitive sensor mats that are placed under the mattress in the cot. The breathing movements of the baby can thus be monitored and transmitted to the parents. If the baby monitor motion detector registers the absence of breathing for more than 15 to 20 seconds, it immediately alerts.

Camera for monitoring

A camera in the baby monitor transmits not only the sounds of the baby, but also a live image of the child. A proven infrared technology is used, with the aid of which video image monitoring is possible even in almost complete darkness. By means of digital transmission (such as by means of FHSS wireless technology), the images are sent from the transmitting unit to the receiving unit.

The mobile parent (receiver) is equipped with a state-of-the-art LCD color display. The live video sent from the baby unit will be displayed on this screen. In the dark, the baby monitor camera automatically switches on the infrared LEDs. Because infrared light is invisible to the human eye, the baby is not disturbed in its sleep.

Intercom function

Frequently, the familiar sound of the parental voice helps to calm the baby. Some devices are equipped with an intercom function for the purpose of mutual communication. This is started by pressing a TALK button. Afterwards one speaks into the microphone integrated into the parent unit and the voice is transferred to the stationary baby unit.

Sleep songs

Some devices even have different sleeping melodies integrated into the baby unit. These can be selected and started via the baby unit or the mobile parent unit. Some baby phones have an MP3 upload feature that lets you play lullabies on the baby monitor that the baby should hear to fall asleep faster.

Range

The range of the baby monitor is certainly an important criterion. Mostly, the manufacturer’s concerns about reach are to be treated with caution. The actual distance in practice is usually much lower.

Batteries

Many devices can also be used with batteries. If there is a power failure, the unit automatically switches to battery operation and continuous monitoring of the baby is ensured.

Night light

An integrated night light in the baby unit, which allows for better orientation at night, is also extremely practical. Mostly, these devices are also equipped with different soothing ceiling projections.

Temperature display

For a quiet and restful sleep of a baby the ideal room temperature between is 16 ° C and 18 ° C . That’s why some baby monitor models offer a built-in temperature gauge as a useful extra feature. A temperature sensor on the baby unit determines the temperature in the nursery and transmits it to the parent unit.

Sound quality

The sound quality ensures that the baby can hear well the parents and vice versa. Decisive in this regard is the microphone sensitivity, which you should pay attention to when buying.

 

What range does a baby monitor offer in everyday life?

The various providers advertise with ranges of up to 330 meters. That this usually does not work, should be clear to most. In order to achieve these ranges, it requires above all a clear view of the transmitter in the open air. That this is not the case in the home, should also be clear.

In apartments, for example, Philips specifies ranges of up to 50 meters for its Avent series . Where also here no blanket statement can be made. The range depends largely on the number of walls that lie between the receiving and transmitting device. There are also differences in the materials of the walls. Thus, the transmission power of solid reinforced concrete walls is lower than that of wood or gypsum.

Conclusion : Basically, the range in apartments up to 150 m² should not be a problem. The whole thing is different when you go to neighbors for a coffee. Here should be tested in advance, whether the reception is sufficient or not.

 

Well-known manufacturers

Philips AVENT

Founded in 1891, the Dutch company Philips offers numerous products for babies and children under the AVENT series. In addition to classic audio and video models, Philips is also increasingly offering smart solutions for the connected home. Many of the models are absolute blockbuster.

NUK

The NUK brand was founded in 1956 by Mapa GmbH. Under the slogan: “Understand children. From birth to kindergarten “, the company also successfully sells baby monitors. NUK’s products are very popular and have already won numerous test wins.

Angelcare

Angelcare was founded in 1997 by Canadian father Maurice Pinsonnault. Today, the brand is distributed in over 50 countries around the world. Angelcare places special emphasis on the ecological aspect. Together with a German electrosmog expert, the products are specially tailored to customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Reer

Reer is a traditional Swabian brand that has existed for 90 years. Under the mission “More Safety for Children”, the company also sells baby monitors and other products related to the wellbeing of children. The portfolio includes classic analogue baby phones as well as digital audio and video devices.

 

Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

Up to what age should a baby monitor be used?

That can not be answered so flatly. Many parents use the devices until the age of 2 to 4 years. Afterwards the children usually come alone to the parents bed, instead of staying in the cot. Even in a slightly older age, if your child is ill, for example, you can confidently use a baby monitor.

How far should the recipient be removed from the baby?

In principle, the transmitter unit should not be placed too close to the child in order to keep the radiation exposure as low as possible. Just test different positions and decide if the volume or the sensitivity of the device is sufficient. If the baby monitor needs to be placed in close proximity to the bed, the unit should be placed at the foot end if possible. The manual of the respective manufacturer is also helpful in most cases.

Interference with the baby monitor – What to do?

This can have many causes. If an analog baby monitor is used, it is often enough if you change the channel. Noise can occur here when neighbors or other devices use the same frequency. But even a technical defect can not be ruled out. If the device makes noise immediately after purchase, an exchange is advisable. Noise may also be generated near TV sets, computers or other electrical equipment. Here is usually enough a different or a better positioning.

Is the baby monitor also usable for seniors?

Naturally. Where and how the baby monitor is used is up to you. In many cases, the classic baby monitor is also suitable for seniors or people in need of care.