Do you need a room monitor?
Use this Baby Monitor Review
Use this baby
monitor review to decide IF you need one. And if
you do, find the one among the best baby monitors to suit your needs.
There are 4 types of baby monitors
with a specific goal:
Hear baby while you are in another
Watch over baby while you are in another
Be alerted when baby has not moved for a while
Listen to baby's heart beat during pregnancy
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How often do you find yourself, quietly at the crib side, bending over,
waiting to hear a breath - just making sure she's alright ...
... and then Snap! she wakes up! She was sleeping so well, and by
checking on her you woke her up :(
Does this sound familiar? Then definitely consult my baby
monitor review for sound
or video monitors
: either one these types will very probably be right for you.
With one of those, you'll be able to check on her without going in straight away.
quality audio monitor allows you to hear regular breathing from your
from a distance, without needing to approach and bend over the crib ... hoping to hear without waking up.
And if she wakes you will know whether she cries,
or just turns over and can go back to sleep ... before needing to go in.
With a video monitor you can actually see what's going on, which can
give you a lot of extra peace of mind as well as quite useful insights in your child's
night time behavior.
is a good assistant
but can never replace
parent supervision. Use it as an aid, but do also go in and check on
your baby regularly.
A SIDS monitor is actually a baby
, often called an angelcare baby monitor too.
Your baby then lies on a special pad. The
pad registers movement, and when it doesn't feel any movement for 20
seconds or more, an alarm will warn you.
Monitors like this are a bit controversial: they may give a false
This has lead parents to be too relaxed about crib
safety rules and can have an inverse effect - parent
supervision is then actually reduced in stead of improved.
But when used correctly and with common sense, baby movement monitors
have brought parents that extra bit of reassurance at night to help
sleep a bit less worried.
And many parents have been awoken by the alarm at
critical moments. That's why I've included them in this baby monitor review.
Sids monitors are also typically recommended by pediatricians, especially
babies who have had longer breathing pauses, severe sleep
apnea, had a
near-SIDS experience or whose siblings have.
pregnancy: a baby heart rate monitor
A baby heart rate monitor, or fetal heart rate monitor, lets you listen
to your baby's heart during pregnancy.
At the doctor's they use specialized Doppler monitors to do this. But
there are home-use versions, like the Graco
Prenatal Heart Listener
These are simply sound amplifiers - not Doppler monitors.
While it sounds nice to be able to hear, and connect with your baby
before birth - especially for dad or siblings this could be quite
... I cannot personally recommend these heartbeat listeners. I've never
used one myself and I do not know anyone who was happy with its quality.
My preference still goes to simpler ways of bonding
- while actually preparing for good sleep - and
save the money to get a decent sound or video monitor for when baby