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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).

SET UP THE CAM­ERA IN JUST A FEW BABY STEPS Plug cam­era into AC out­let Charge the par­ent unit Power on cam­era Power on par­ent unit

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