As with any tech purchase, it is easy to get blinded by the science. Do you need quadraphonic stereo sound and thermal imaging cameras developed for the Apollo 11 moon landing to keep baby safe, or is a simple audio signal just fine?
The truth is, it depends on your preference, your home and your budget. Although some parents are happy with the basic function of just hearing baby breathing (and crying – which may be quite a lot!), many prefer the added comfort that being able to see baby in their Moses basket or cot brings.
On top of this, many baby monitors have a range of handy functions that can: alert parents to changes in temperature in their baby’s room; enable parents to talk to their child from another room; light up the baby's room with a nightlight, sound out of range alarms, play automated lullabies – and detect baby's movement using sensor pads that will monitor the baby’s physical well-being.
But while you’re picking handy extras (and in my opinion they really are handy), don’t forget the basics. How big is your house (so is the range large enough?) and do you intend to move around a lot with the baby monitor (does the receiver take batteries?) Believe me, these are really worth considering.
So, if you’re ready - let’s begin shopping for your perfect baby monitor…