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A baby monitor is an important part of baby equipment for many parents. Baby monitors are especially useful when the baby is sleeping in a stroller or in a separate room, because you notice immediately when the baby cries or awakens and you can react quickly. In addition to traditional baby phones that transmit only audio / noise, you also get baby monitors with camera or can use his smartphone with a baby monitor app to monitor the baby. What you should look out for when buying a baby monitor and what is there for features and differences in baby monitors, you’ll find below on this page.
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Philips Avent SCD506
- Audio Digital DECT 30-70 EUR *
Chicco Always With You Digital Audio
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NUK Baby Monitor Smart Control Multi 310
- Audio, V >WLAN from 150 EUR *
Philips Avent SCD620
- Audio, V >Digital 100-150 EUR *
Philips Avent SCD570 / 00
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Philips Avent SCD501 / 00
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Audio baby monitors
The audio baby monitor is the best known and most used baby monitor variant. It is a device that transmits only the sounds from the nursery. As soon as the baby begins to be noticeable, the baby monitor is activated and transmits the sounds from the nursery to the parent unit. Often audio baby monitors have in addition to the noise transmission a visual display, which is designed either as an LED display or as a display.
Some models offer a variety of additional features. For example, some baby monitors have e.g. an intercom function to speak directly to the baby. A particularly useful additional feature is the vibration alarm. By vibrating the device, you can get even with loud ambient noise, e.g. when vacuuming, with that the baby monitor has been activated. You can find more information on this topic in our encyclopedia.
There are different types of data transfer from the baby part to the parent. Most baby monitors wirelessly transmit sounds directly from the parent to the baby part. This happens either analog or digital. However, there are also some models in which the data is transmitted via WLAN or cable. Devices with WLAN transmission are usually models that transmit the sounds from the nursery to a smartphone app.
Video Baby Phones – Baby Monitor with Camera
The baby monitor with camera works like an audio baby monitor, only with the difference that the baby unit contains a camera. In this way you can see in addition to the noise transmission, what happens in the nursery. Usually, the screen automatically turns on when the baby monitor is activated by a sound. In addition, a continuous data transfer is usually possible. However, this mode leads to a significantly shorter battery life.
The advantage of a video baby monitor is that the parents can watch the child throughout. Many new-season parents, who are still a bit unsure, appreciate this extra opportunity as it gives them an extra sense of security. In addition, it is easier to distinguish on the basis of the image, whether the baby really needs one, or whether the offspring once again just turned around or made sounds in their sleep.
Baby monitors with breath monitoring
Breath monitoring is a device with attached sensor mats placed under the mattress in the cot. The device registers the regular breaths of the child. If the baby has a respiratory failure, an alarm sounds, which is to move the parents to intervene.
A baby monitor with breath monitoring is available either as a pure monitor or in combination with a full-fledged baby monitor, which also provides the usual sound and possibly video transmission. Breath monitoring gives the parents an extra sense of security, as they can respond quickly by being constantly monitored in the event of a respiratory failure. However, at this point it must also be made clear that the devices are susceptible to false alarms, e.g. when the child turns around and rolls off the sensor mat. These false alarms can in turn lead to unnecessary stressful situations for both parents and the child.
Analog, Digital or WLAN? The pros and cons
Baby monitors use different modes of transmission to transmit baby sounds between baby and parent. With digital baby monitors, automatic channel selection takes place so that interference and interference with other devices can be reliably prevented. The most common digital transmission types are DECT and FHSS.
For analogue baby phones, channel selection is manual and there is a limited choice of frequencies to choose from, so that third parties may be able to overhear what is being transmitted between the baby and parent when they happen to be using another device on the same frequency. Especially in densely populated residential areas, it may well happen that others use an identical device and thus monitor their own baby on the same frequency.
Other devices transmit the sounds via WLAN transmitter to the smartphone. Here it is important to know that the device can only transmit if there is a continuous connection to the Internet and the receiver or the smartphone is connected to the Internet. The advantage here is that the range of the transmission is unlimited, as long as you are in a mobile Internet area.
There are also a few devices that have wired data transmission. The advantage is that the data transmission is 100% radiation-free and that compared to the usual wireless techniques, a radiation exposure of the child can be excluded. An Internet connection box located in the next room, which receives the signal of the baby unit via cable, then forwards the data via WLAN to the parent or to a smartphone.
The wireless transmission of data always leads to some exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Therefore, in conventional baby monitors must always be expected from radiation exposure. However, there is much that can be done to reduce radiation exposure to a minimum. For example, analogue baby phones are less radiant than digital devices. However, the quality of data transmission with analog devices is lower than with digital baby monitors. In addition, the functionality of analog devices is slightly smaller.
Digital baby monitors often have a lot of extra features that may be useful, but not essential. Therefore, you have to weigh whether you prefer a certain range of functions to a low-radiation device. Many digital devices, however, have a VOX mode. This so-called noise-activated transmission mode ensures that the baby unit sends to the parent only if a noise in the nursery activates the baby unit. Since the device does not transmit continuously in this mode, the average radiation exposure is significantly reduced. Other devices also have an ECO mode, which further reduces the radiation load. Here is e.g. the range control is turned off and it is transmitted, similar to the VOX mode, only in the case of a noise activation.
There are also some devices that only transmit by cable. These devices are completely radiation-free. However, the flexibility suffers because the devices are always tied to a specific location.
Whichever device you choose, the baby unit should always be placed at least one meter from the baby to minimize the impact of electromagnetic radiation.
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What is a parent unit??
A parent unit is the part of a baby monitor the parents carry around with them. It receives the sounds that are sent from the baby unit, which is the part of the baby.
What is a baby unit??
The baby unit is the part of the babyphone that lies with the baby and sends sounds to the parent unit.
The analog baby monitor transmits sounds from the transmitter, also called baby unit, to the receiver, called the parent unit. With the analogue baby monitor, the channel selection is done manually and only a limited number of selectable channels are available. The advantage of an analog Babyphones is the relatively low radiation exposure compared to the digital baby monitor. The disadvantage, however, is that analog baby phones are not as secure as the digital devices. This is because these baby monitors have a limited selection of frequencies available so that others may listen to what is being sent through the baby monitor.
Breath monitoring is performed by sensor mats that monitor the baby’s breathing movements. This is a product that should offer the parents a great deal of security. The sensor mats are placed under the mattress in the cot so that they can register the breathing movements of the baby. If the baby stops breathing, an alarm will sound so parents can intervene immediately. Many parents enjoy this feature, but you have to be aware that the device can have false positives, which of course is stressful for parents. This happens, e.g. when the child rolls down from the sensor mat and therefore the sensor mats are not breathing.
Audio baby monitors
It is a baby monitor which transmits only the sounds from the nursery. As soon as the baby starts making sounds or starts crying, the babyphone will start and play that sound back to the parent unit. Often, the babyphones in addition to the sound transmission have a visual display, either in the form of a display or LED lights.
Many baby phones have a mounting option to attach the baby monitor z.B for example with a belt clip on clothing. A carrying strap around the babyphone around the neck is often included.
This term refers to baby monitors with video surveillance of the baby. This means that the camera transmission is activated not only in case of noise and sends to the parent, but that it also movements of the baby are registered and the video transmission is activated even without noise.
DECT is an abbreviation for “Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication”. This technology and transmission method ensures a trouble-free connection and clear and clear noise transmission. However, DECT works with high-frequency pulsed waves and this usually in continuous transmission, so that the baby is exposed to a high electromagnetic radiation exposure. Therefore, one should make sure that the device also has an ECO or VOX mode with a DECT baby monitor.
The digital baby monitor transmits sounds from the transmitter, also called baby unit, to the receiver, called the parent unit. With the digital baby monitor, in addition to the sound transmission, it is also possible to monitor the baby by camera. With the digital baby monitor the channel selection takes place automatically. This means that interference and interference with other devices can be almost completely avoided as the device always chooses unused channels for transmission. The most common types of digital transmission are DECT and FHSS. The digital devices transmit more reliably than the analog devices, but the radiation load is also higher here than with the analog devices.
The ECO mode is an additional feature that is available on some baby monitors. This is a mode that can reduce the radiation exposure of the baby monitor. In activated ECO mode, the signal strength is reduced or even switched off so that the baby monitor only reacts and switches on when it receives a noise.
FHSS is an abbreviation for “Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum”. FHSS has a very low susceptibility to interference, because in this mode of transmission the units jump between different frequencies within a few seconds. This steady change of frequency ensures trouble-free transmission very well.
Baby phones transmit the baby’s sounds in different ways. With digital baby monitors, automatic channel selection takes place, so interferences and interference with other devices can be almost completely avoided, as the device always selects unused channels for transmission. The most common types of digital transmission are DECT and FHSS. For analogue baby phones, channel selection is done manually and there is a limited choice of frequencies to choose from, so that others may overhear what is being sent through the baby monitor if they happen to be using another device on the same frequency. Especially in large residential areas, it may be that others use the same device and thus monitor their own baby on the same frequency. Other devices transmit via transmitter to the smartphone via the WLAN. Here it is important to know that the device can only transmit if it is permanently connected to the Internet and the receiver or smartphone is connected to an Internet connection. Few devices even transmit by cable. The advantage here is that the device in the baby is 100% radiation-free, because it does not send by radio. An Internet box in the next room, which receives the signal of the baby unit via cable then forwards this via WLAN to the parent or a smartphone.
The intercom function offers the possibility to speak from the parent unit to the baby unit at the push of a button. This can come in handy because with some babies it is enough to hear the voice of the parents so that they calm down again.
In addition to the classic audio baby monitors, there is also the option to monitor the baby via camera. These are the so-called video baby monitors. The camera is placed in the nursery so that the baby is clearly visible. When the device registers noises, the camera starts transmitting so that parents can see if the baby is actually awake or perhaps just dreaming. The camera can also be activated without any noise from the baby if the parents would like to keep an eye on their baby.
For digital baby phones, the channel selection is usually automatic. When the baby monitors are switched on for the first time, the units are paired and thus the devices can be found automatically during further operation. Most analog baby monitors have limited channel selection. When operating multiple baby monitors within the same area, the channel may transmit sounds from other devices. In this case, the channel selection must be set again.
Some models have charging stations where you can put the baby phones. This is not a necessary feature, but it is very convenient to have a fixed charging station in which you can put the devices to recharge.
The volume control regulates the transmitted sounds from the baby unit. Thus one can adjust the volume of the respective situation.
Some baby monitors provide a function of monitoring the humidity in the baby room. The optimum humidity in the nursery is between 45 and 65 percent. On the device you can set a value at which the parent unit sounds an alarm. This avoids that e.g. which dry out the mucous membranes of the baby when the humidity is too low.
The microphone sensitivity is usually regulated at the baby unit, because this function is the transmission of the sounds from the baby unit to the parent unit. The more sensitive the microphone is set, the more likely the babyphone will start with a noise transmission. For some babies, it may be necessary to set the sensitivity so that even very quiet sounds are transmitted to prevent a waking up early. For others, it may make sense to set the sensitivity a little lower, so that the baby monitor transmits only with a little louder noise.
Some baby phones have a night light function. This can come in handy if a baby does not feel comfortable in a dark room. By the light they can fall asleep calmly. It is also convenient that parents can turn on the night light when they come into the room to look after the baby.
An optical alarm is an alarm function in which either LED lights or a display with registered noises light up.
The range of a baby monitor indicates within what distance the baby monitors can transmit. If you want to leave the baby outside in the garden you should choose a baby monitor, which has an appropriate range, so that the transmission is guaranteed. The range given by the manufacturers is based on optimal transmission conditions. However, structural constructions such as e.g. Concrete walls in the house, reduce the transmission range.
The range control is an alarm function of the baby monitor. This checks whether the two units are within a range where they can transfer easily. The range controller is therefore very convenient because you always know if the baby monitor can transmit sounds from the baby or not. At the same time, the range control is also one of the functions of which a radiation exposure emanates. The baby unit sparks all the time to make sure the parent unit is within reach. Therefore, you should pay attention to the fact that the range control is switched off if possible, because if you know that you are within reach, a constant control of the range is not necessary and does not expose the baby unnecessarily radiation.
Some baby monitors have the option to play lullabies via the baby unit. These can usually be controlled by the parent unit.
A conventional baby monitor can not perform its function of transmitting sounds without giving off radiation. However, care should be taken to keep the radiation as low as possible. Analog baby phones are less radiation than the digital, but the transmission is not quite as error-free as the digital devices. Also, the analog devices do not quite as many functions as the digital devices. Digital baby phones often have a lot of extra features that are good, but not essential. Man must therefore weigh whether you prefer certain features a radiation-free device. However, many digital devices have a VOX mode, the so-called noise-activated transmission mode, which means that the baby unit sends only to the parent as soon as it detects a noise. Since the device does not transmit continuously, the radiation is reduced considerably. Other devices have an ECO mode in which the radiation is also reduced. Here is e.g. the range check off and it will be transmitted as in VOX mode only with noise. There are also some devices that transmit by cable, so that they are completely radiation-free. However, these devices are not flexible because they are tied to one place. No matter which device is chosen, care should be taken to place the baby unit at least 1 meter from the baby to minimize the radiation.
Sender and receiver
The classic baby monitor consists of a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter, also called baby unit, is placed at the cot so that it can be transmitted from the baby to the receiver, also called parent unit. The transmitter should not be placed too close to the cot to protect the baby as well as possible from radiation. When transmitting via camera, you should also keep a safe distance if possible. For respiratory monitoring via sensor mats, the safety precautions described in the user manual should be observed. If you are traveling a lot, you should also make sure that the units are both mobile and preferably powered by a battery.
The temperature display is a very useful function. Here, the room temperature is displayed in the baby, so that the parents can intervene if the baby is too cold or too warm. Mostly a maximum and minimum temperature can be set so that the parent gives an alarm when one of the temperatures is reached.
The vibration alarm is a supplement to the sound transmission. This feature can usually be switched on or off and it is very convenient. So you get, for example when vacuuming or in loud company by the vibration still with the alarm of the baby monitor.
Video baby monitors
The video baby monitor works like an audio baby monitor. The difference is that the baby unit here consists of a camera, so that in addition to the sound transmission and the baby can monitor by camera.
VOX mode / noise-activated transmission
The VOX mode or the noise-activated transmission means that the unit only transmits when it detects a noise. That is why the device does not permanently light the baby, but only if this really makes a sound. Thus, the VOX mode is considered a radiation-reducing function.
An alternative to the baby monitor is the walkie-talkie. The walkie talkies have a very high range and can sometimes transmit up to several kilometers. Of course, these devices also have an intercom function that allows you to talk to the baby. Due to the long range, these devices also have a fairly high radiation load.
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