The Mobile Revolution in Child-Rearing and Monitoring
Even if you’re a work at home parent just leaving a newborn or child across the house while you’re on a conference call, there’s an application for the latest in mobile baby monitoring technology. For a parent leaving a child home with a nanny or sitter, however, the disconnect can be an emotional struggle.
Fortunately technology has caught up with the busy parent and we are now able to have a constant video link to our child right on our phone, so whether we’re checking in from the office or from the other side of the world, we can rest assured all is well.
Decide how/where you will be using your monitor
Being able to view the baby monitor video on your smartphone can be very convenient, but if you don’t think you’ll ever need to use it outside of your house, you might be better off with a non-app solution. For example, a product like Baby Touch Digital Video Monitor allows you to pan, tilt, and zoom the camera from a touch-screen control pad.
Make sure the camera you’re considering is compatible with your smartphone or tablet
You need to be sure that the product works with your current smartphone (iOS, Android, etc.), and also keep in mind that if you’re planning on changing phones in the future (within the time frame you expect to still be using the camera) the camera will need to be compatible with the new phone as well.
Find the right product for your needs
There are plenty of app-connected baby monitors out there, but here are a few to consider:
- Withings Smart Baby Monitor (Android and iOS)
Withings offering features a number of high-end features including a 3 megapixel camera, pan/tilt/zoom control via your phone’s touchscreen, infrared night mode, and even the ability to play lullabies to your child from your phone.
- iBaby Monitor (iOS and PC)
iBaby’s remote monitor is only compatible with your iOS smartphone, but can also be used with your PC computer. The software allows you to pan and tilt by swiping your finger or moving your mouse, and features a photo capture option to save photos from the camera onto your phone.
- iZON Remote Room Monitor (iOS)
iZON’s remote camera is not strictly a baby monitor but serves that purpose well. In addition to other standard features, the iZON will allow you to set the device to automatically record videos when motion or sound is detected.
Set it up
Installation is the easy part. Most baby monitors have the option of being wall-mounted or being set up on a flat surface such as a shelf or a dresser. Choose a location that gives you a view of as much of the child’s bed as possible, keeping in mind the panning and zooming abilities of your camera. Also, all of these cameras transmit video wirelessly so the only wiring involved in installation plugging in the power cord, and some of them use batteries so there’s not even that step to worry about.
Obviously a baby monitor can’t replace having a person watching your child, but it can give you additional peace of mind knowing you can pull out your phone and see how your child is doing with your own eyes no matter where you are.