Continued from part 1, my recommendations for
baby sound monitors in the categories
. And we round up with extra troubleshooting tips
lights, volume) for common issues with these devices.
Hear Baby Breathe
VTech Audio Baby Monitor
monitor has DECT6.0 crystal clear technology and is a good choice: not the cheapest but not
expensive at all for its quality.
Its main quality: it is sensitive and clear sounding enough to hear
your baby breathing, thanks to excellent white noise elimination.
It works with either rechargeable batteries or simple AAA batteries, and has a low battery alert signal.
I like the fact that it has
the '5-level sound indicator': graphic bars so you can
when you baby makes a noise. And there's even the option to use the 'vibrate' alert.
It has a good long range, so you can move quite far away from baby's
room. And it alerts you when it looses signal: when too far away or
when another signal interferes destructively.
You can tune its sensitivity: this way you can opt to hear baby
breathe. But you can also choose to only hear louder
noises (crying, e.g. in an older baby or toddler).
Good feature: It speaks two-ways - Talk Back - which can be helpful
(and fun when
baby gets bigger :)).
You have the option to plug it in, or use the
batteries (and be alerted when they are about to run out).
Most parents are totally happy with this one. One flaw is that the
volume level is not as high as some need, like when using it in a noisy
room or outdoors.
Also the activity light signal, which is good to have, can not be
switched off. So you may need to hide it with a towel or some tape if
you have it near at night.
This baby sound monitor has the good
extra of a
temperature sensor in baby's room, with a display on your receiver. It
also has a few lullabies that you can switch on from your end, and a
soft glowing night light.
Baby Sound Monitors Troubleshooting
What if your
does not work well for you? Before
returning it or buying a different monitor, try the following:
I get too much static
Firstly make sure you have it set up correctly, double check the manual
as it can be a detail. Also try using batteries only, and then try
plugging it in.
Then, as a test, switch off all other appliances near both transmitter
and receiver. If the static goes, switch them on again, one by one, to
find out which cause(s) the static.
The activity lights are too bright
If your monitor does not have the option to keep these lights off, use
dark colored tape to hide the lights. Or hang a dark towel over your
unit, but do make sure you still hear what you need to hear.
The lowest volume is too loud
Super simple but can avoid needing a new purchase: put a towel over your receiver. Or, stick a few layers of tape onto the
holes where the sound comes out.
The highest volume is not high enough
This can happen with cheap monitors, due to static. It can even happen
some expensive ones, when using the
monitor during the day, outside or with a lot of activity/noise going
Sadly there is not much you can do about the volume level, but do look
ways to reduce noise around you.
Many baby sound monitors have activity lights. You can use those lights
as a backup to the volume by putting the receiver in sight near you.
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