Monitoring your baby

When families were larger, one of the eight or so children could be assigned to baby watch most of the time and generally the newborns were not really left alone much at all. Today though, Mums are often as busy a couple of months after giving birth as they were before hand. Obviously the intention is never to neglect one’s baby at any time, but the availability of such effective and well thought out baby monitors, has given parents a huge amount of freedom and peace of mind.

Baby can now be alone in a room and parents can be alerted to cries or lack of movement; probably just as the candles are lit, or as you push play on ‘that’ DVD everybody has been saying you just have to watch.

What to look for

Units include a baby station placed next to sleeping baby and a receiver to keep with you - so you need a decent range. Volume control is important so you can adapt to your situation. Clarity of sound so you can distinguish between harmless gurgles you are familiar with, to those that need a more energetic reaction. Good battery life and a rechargeable option. Temperature alarms are useful and light signals too. Movement alarms are also brilliant for the unsavoury thought, but reality of baby snatching. We interviewed Mums with monitor experience and looked at the units available to give you more insight on what’s out there.

We take a look at a few monitors on the market:

Angelcare AC 420 sound monitor

Chicco  Baby Control Video Digital  Monitor 

Angelcare AC401 – Movement and sound

TOMY Digital Plus

Phillips AVENT DECT SCD530

Lindam Baby Talk

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