Monitor shopping can be a real doozy. First off, note that the perfect one doesn’t exist. It just doesn’t. The good news, though, is that they’re getting better by the minute, and today’s models have all sorts of fun features and gadgets attached.
When looking for your ideal pick, pay special attention to the range (how far you can take the parent receiver from the monitor) and frequency (generally listed in MHz or GHz). Frequency is key - it helps determine how clear your connection will be. The best bet is to go for a product that runs on a different radio frequency band than your other electric goodies, especially your cordless phone. In other words, check the specs on your phone’s base, and shy away from monitors that sport the same GHz.
For the best reception and least interference (some monitors have been known to accidentally listen in on phone calls and neighbors’ nurseries), go digital. Digital monitors encode the signals that shoot between baby’s room and your receiver, so you’re not likely to hear someone else’s kid (or have anyone else hear yours!). If you aren’t worried about mixed signals, there are some great analog monitors out there too, and many come with an array of channels to help you find the cleanest sound.
One of the coolest monitor features (potentially, anyway) is video, allowing you to keep visual tabs on your tot. Just keep in mind that the same interference issues come into play - more than one mom has reportedly switched on her monitor and seen a child that’s not her own. A couple of the best video versions made the list, but you might want to hold off until the technology is a bit better.
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