Here are Betty's answers to the most popular questions about baby monitors.
What are baby monitors used for?
A baby monitor allows for you to listen or watch your baby from a distant location. There is typically a transmission device like a microphone or a camera and a playback device like a handheld monitor or smartphone app.
Do you need a baby monitor for a newborn?
The newborn period might be when you want to monitor your baby the most. As a new parent, you might be nervous to step away from your little one. A monitor can give you extra peace of mind and confidence to take a break while they're napping or sleeping in another room.
What age should you stop using a baby monitor?
You might not like this answer, but it depends on you. Some parents feel comfortable retiring the baby monitor when their little one starts sleeping through the night. Other parents keep using monitors into the toddler years so they can always keep an eye on their little ones.
Do you need WiFi for baby monitors?
Not always. It depends on the type of transmission your baby monitor has. As described above, if your monitor has analog, digital or DECT transmission, it does not require a WiFi connection.
Are baby monitors worth it?
Baby monitors are great tools to help you keep an eye on your little one. There are a wide range of options at every price point, so the right one for you depends on how much peace of mind you need. If you're comfortable listening for a sound, then an audio monitor (often less than $50) should be enough. If you want to track vitals, then you'll have to make a relatively large investment (as high as $300-400).