While choosing a baby monitor, go with what feels right for you and your family. Here’s what you should pick according to tech blogger Adarsh Agarwal, founder of the blog Hear Me Out.
Many monitors work on a 2.4 GHz frequency that's shared with other devices in your home and your neighbours' (cordless phones, for example). Monitors with DECT technology use a separate 1.9 GHz frequency that can mean less background interference. Choose a model with a frequency of 900 MHz or higher. This will reduce possible interference and increase clarity. Find a model with a prominent ‘low-battery’ light. This handy feature alerts you when the monitor has lost its juice. Look for a model with a sound-activated light. It flashes when it detects noise, so you can keep track of your infant while you're vacuuming, talking on the phone, or listening to music. Consider a video monitor. With these models, you can tell at a glance that baby's still sleeping peacefully. Check for sufficient low-light quality of the picture. Go wireless. A wireless receiver gives you the most options for finishing chores inside and outside the house. Look for one with a belt clip to free up your hands. Install and test your baby monitor before the baby comes home. Many monitors experience interference based on background noise, how your home is constructed, or the range of your home wireless network, so give your monitor a good test run before you need it (and before you toss any receipts or packaging).
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