There are very many baby products on the market today, and it seems like they keep getting more and more advanced and costly every year. Sometimes, parents, especially the first time ones, may find it hard to differentiate between necessity and extravagance. For instance, is it really necessary to have a pacifier with an in-built thermometer? How effective is it? But baby monitors raise a different kind of debate.

Decisions, decisions...

Video monitors, like the BT Video Baby Monitor 1000, have a real, tangible benefit, though they are also quite pricey. With an abundance of low-cost monitors on the market, first-time parents may be tempted to go for such options, since they are not sure of the features to look for, or even what pitfalls to avoid. However, there is a big difference between higher-end monitors and low-cost ones, in terms of their ability to avoid interference from other wireless devices, sound sensitivity, and the ability to convey a clear signal through obstacles.

So, which type of baby monitor should one go for?

The basic idea of having a baby monitor is to allow you to have peace of mind and sleep better, by gaining the confidence that your monitor will awaken you if your little one needs attention. In this regard, the most essential factors are sound, video, and motion monitoring.

Audio

Whether you have a traditional or video baby monitor, it is its sound capability that you will rely on the most. A new born typically needs a diaper change every 2-3 hours, and he/she will probably cry to alert you of their discomfort. This time interval will increase as the baby grows, but what will help you sleep better and focus on other things before the baby cries is the ability of your baby monitor to awaken or get your attention satisfactorily, when your baby needs nursing. Many monitors allow you to adjust the sensitivity level to hear every breath murmur and gurgle.

Video

The video feed cannot inform you that your baby is crying, but having a 2.8-inch colour screen, like the one on the BT Video Baby monitor 1000 gives you a live image of your sleeping or crying infant. Many parents find it hard to live without the clear night and day picture provided by a video monitor. The monitor allows you to check on your baby without waking him/her, and you don’t have to get out of bed unless your little one really needs you.

Basically, the video complements the audio, and it even comes with a button to turn off the screen if the light bothers you. Some video monitors can be used with multiple cameras to view your baby from different angles, and automatically switch to night vision when it is dark.

In Conclusion

Besides the audio and video quality of a video baby monitor, you may also want to check for its wireless range; night vision capability; pan, tilt and zoom function; ability to use multiple cameras; and perhaps the availability of other baby monitors, like a temperature sensor.