3 Best Baby Monitoring system reviews

The purpose of a baby monitor.

Baby monitors come with two parts: a transmitter which is placed in the area the baby is, and a receiver unit that stays with you and lets you hear the audio. It acts as a second set of ears within your home. The transmitter that stays within your babies room can pick up on all sorts of different noises which can assure you that your baby is okay, or whether they need your immediate attention ASAP. Monitors are not to be used as a way to substitute adult supervision. Remember; Adult supervision is the best supervision when it comes to your babies safety!


Digital. Analog. What’s the difference?

Baby monitors can send signals from the transmitter to the receiver in a couple different ways. Depending on what type you choose could affect your over all baby monitor experience.

Digital: A digital monitor has a more secure signal providing you with extra security and protecting your privacy within your home by not allowing other signals to interfere.

  • Signal is encrypted and secure. (No one can hear what’s going on inside your house)
  • Quality of sound is much better
  • Longer Range
  • Less likely to cause interference with other wireless devices around
  • slightly more expensive

Analog: An analog monitor is sort of like a “walkie-talkie” in way; if you are on a channel and someone else is near you on the same channel, there is more of a chance that they can hear your conversation within your home and vise versa.

  • Shorter range
  • Less expensive
  • Multiple channels to choose from to get a good signal.
  • May have static in background (hissing sound)
  • Possible interference with other neighbors around you if they have similar model that uses the same signal.
  • Wireless devices in your home can also interfere with the quality of sound.
  • Signal is not encrypted.

Audio-Only Vs. Audio-Video

Purchasing a baby monitor is crucial when it comes to keeping track of your little one and completing the nursery. Having one in the home with give you peace of mind while your baby is sleeping and you can get at those house-hold tasks done that you have meant to get to, but before you go and purchasing a baby monitor, you need to decide whether you want an audio-only or video-audio. While all monitors come with audio built in, it’s up to you to decide if you would be okay knowing that you can only hear them or would you feel reassured knowing that you can see your baby at all times as well as hear them?

Pros of Audio-only:

  • Cost Effective
  • Some models allow communication on both ends
  • Won’t feel the need to look at the monitor every 5 seconds to see them.

Pros of Video-Audio:

  • Night-vision – Allowing you to see your baby if there is no light on
  • Doesn’t require you to make multiple trips to the babies room to assure they are okay.
  • Can see if they are awake or sleeping
  • Some models have a multiple camera option; allowing you to have up to 4 cameras placed within your home to keep an eye on your baby.
  • Zoom feature
  • Detect room temperature

**Although video-audio can be more costly than the basic audio monitor, with the features it provides parents, I would have to say it is well worth the money!**


Best Audio-Only Baby Monitor:

V-tech communications safe and sound digital monitor

Need something simple and easy to use? Something that can cancel out background noise and can pick up the slightest noise that comes from your baby? but don’t need one with all those fancy bells and whistles? Then the V-tech communications safe and sound digital monitor is what you need.

This monitor has DECT 6.0 Digital technology behind it; meaning it will cancel out any background noise that is in the same room as your little one, such as if you play white noise for your baby to help them fall asleep. It also ensures that you are listening your baby, and your baby only by preventing any sort of interference from neighbors around you who may also be using a similar model.

Has a built-in LED 5 level sound indicator that will light up on the receiver letting you know that your baby is up or stirring around; even if you have the monitor on mute for whatever reason. Which in my books is a HUGE plus!

It also comes with a belt clip that clips on to you, allowing you to do other things around the house while they sleep and still have both your hands free! The V-Tech digital monitor is battery operated and allows you to go anywhere up to 1000ft and will alert you when you have gone out of range.

After reading up on the reviews for this product, the one thing that everyone has said about this product is how amazed they were with the quality of the sound that was transmitted to their end. A few parents said they had fans in the background for white noise, and it completely blocked that noise out, allowing them to hear the baby more clear.


The Best Baby Video Monitoring System:

Summer Infant Panorama Digital Video Monitor

Some parents feel better knowing that they can see there baby without having to go in and disturbing their babies sleep. The Summer Infant Panorama 2.0 Digital Video Monitor not only lets you see your baby, it also has a remote control 180 degrees pan/tilt camera allowing you to have total access inside your babies entire room!

Are you looking for a monitor that has a bigger screen to see your baby on? The summer infant baby monitor has a 5″ hi-res color LCD video display flat screen with a 2x zoom feature letting you get up close and personal while they are in the other room sleeping or playing

100% digital technology; protecting you and your babies privacy within the home.

Multiple camera hook-up; you can add up to 4 cameras and gives you the option switch between each camera screen every few seconds if your hand-held device is set up to do so.

You will no longer have to wonder if your babies room is too cold, or too hot with its built-in temperature display — ensuring you that your baby is sleeping at a comfortable temperature.

2-way communication feature letting you soothe/talk to your baby with ease by pressing down the button on your end.

1000ft range and will indicate when you have gone too far. You can adjust the brightness and volume to your liking. It also comes with sound activating LED lights that will light up when your little one is up and making noise if the volume is on mute or not.

This monitor is great for bedtime with its automatic night vision and it’s built-in 2-color soft-glow (red/blue) that acts like a nightlight if your baby gets fussy when their room is completely dark.

From what I have read from people that have bought this product was they were impressed with how easy setting it up was and how great the quality of sound and picture it gives off; the picture during the day is clear, and at night if the room is completely dark, you can still see your baby with the night-time vision, which is a neat feature to have. Another thing that they loved about this product was the ability to look around your little ones room with the remote control camera, as there is no spot that you cannot see, and has the option to hook up to 4 cameras if you need.


Affordable Video Baby Monitor:

FLOUREON 2.0 Inch WIFI Baby Monitor

You don’t always need to pay high end prices for good quality products. If you are looking for a baby monitor that won’t cost you an arm and leg, then i’d recommend choosing the FLOUREON 2.0 Inch WIFI Baby Monitor.

The FLOUREON 2.0 Inch WIFI Baby Monitor has a mini hand-held monitor with a 2.0″ LCD display that is light making it easy to carry around with you while doing house-hold tasks.

This monitor is equipped with 2.4 Gigahertz FHSS technology that will enhance the quality of the sound by preventing signals to cross paths that may cause interference. The FLOUREN 2.0 Inch baby monitor comes with many of the features that those high-priced ones come with. The only thing that is not included in this product is the zoom feature option, and some parents are perfectly okay with that because of the affordable price.

Easily allows you to see the environment your babies in with the Pan-Tilt function that is provided with this monitor. It pans up to 360 degrees horizontally and tilts vertically up to 120 degrees ensuring that you don’t miss a thing! Also, allows you to talk to your baby through the monitor with the 2-way communication feature that is clear on both ends.

It comes with 8 different built-in lullabies that will soothe your baby to sleep and has an automatic HD night vision feature that gives you a clear view of your baby up to 15FT while it’s night-time. Displays the temperature on the hand-held monitor (Celsius and Fahrenheit) and will alert parents when the room becomes either too hot or too cold, so you know your baby is comfortable at all times !

Reviewers express how much they love this product! They state the monitor will cancel out any background noise, such as white noise or nature sounds, but will detect the slightest movement or sound the baby will make. The sound is clear and so is the picture quality, and the temperature display is a huge bonus! For the price of this monitor, you cannot go wrong!


I hope this helped you decide on what type of monitor will suit you and your home best! Remember that monitors are to be used as an extra set of eyes and ears to keep your baby safe at all times and should not be substitute for parental supervision !

Please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom; as I would love to hear from you, and see what you think about these products !

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Gate Reviews 2018

Stop them in their tracks !!

Keeping your home safe for your baby is every parents main priority, especially when your little one is just starting to motor around the house; whether they are crawling or walking. Babies are naturally curious creatures and want to get into anything and everything that their little fingers can reach, thats why finding the perfect one is a MUST!

Choosing the right gate that suits your home can become overwhelming since there are many types of gates.

The two main ones are:

  • Pressure mounted gates
  • hard wood mounted gates

Hardware mounted gates are used when it comes to blocking off a more high-risk environment for your child, such as the stairs or kitchen. When it comes to installing hardware mounted gates make sure you screw it into a stud or a solid wall to ensure that the gate is secure and safe.

Pressure mounted gates are very simple to install and doesn’t leave any holes or marks in the wall when finished with it. Pressure mounted gates are NOT to be used for the top of the stairs since they cannot withstand as much weight on them whereas hardware mounted gates do. These types of gates are great to use on same level floors.

When looking for a baby gate that is suitable for your home; there are a few things to check first:

  • Does it have a secure and stable mount?
  • Are the latches easy to use? – Find one that is easy for adults to open but difficult for babies.
  • Durability? – Can it withstand shaking/pulling.
  • Tall enough? – the length of any baby gates needs to be 22″ MINIMUM
  • Door opening? – Decide if you want a gate that can open both ways or if a 1 way gate is best for you.
  • Safe construction? – Spacing in a baby gate should be no more than 3″ apart to prevent them getting their head stuck. The safest baby gates have a straight top edge that has rigid vertical slats can prevent your little one from trying to climb up and over and it also prevents their fingers getting pinched.

After spending hours searching through baby gates; I have put together what I believe to be the best baby gates in 2018, and i feel 100% confident that it will leave you happy with your purchase knowing that your baby is safe and out of harms way.

Best Pressure Mounted Baby Gate 2018,

The North States Supergate Easy-Close Gate

The North States Supergate Easy-Close Gate Metal is made to keep your child safe and secure. It is built out of steel which makes the gate strong, sturdy and reliable when it comes to keeping your little one out of off-limit areas.

This baby gate opens and closes with one hand making it easier for adults to use. Has a triple-locking system to give you that extra bit of security and peace of mind, and comes with a “Hold-open” feature which is great when you need the gate to stay open for however long you need it to. When its time to close the gate after using the “hold open” feature – just a simple nudge and will automatically close and lock securely.

This gate is 29″ tall and fits openings that are 28 to 31.5 inches wide, but can expand to 38.5 inches with the 2 extensions that are included to ensure you get that perfect fit.

The white powder coated metal makes the gate more durable when it comes to your child banging, shaking or pulling on the gate. This baby gate is designed to keep your baby safe without having to sacrifice your home decor with this simple white look.

This Easy-Close Gate is simple to install. There is no hardware needed, all you need to do is place the gate in the opening of your home, then tighten the tension mounts until it fits securely against the wall. Remember these types of gates are not meant to be for the top of stairs, but can be used for the bottom of the stairs instead.

The Best Hardware Mount For Large openings 2018,

North States Supergate Deluxe Décor Metal Gate, Linen, Hardware Mount

Need a baby gate to fit a larger space within your home? The Norh States Supergate deluxe Decor metal Gate is exactly what you need! This gate can fit openings anywhere between 38 to 72 inches wide and 30 inches high. Having a higher gate has many benefits; like saving your back from having to bend down every time.

This gate is made out of heavy-duty metal and is coated with a nice linen finish that will flatter your home decor. This gate can go straight across or it can configure to any space in your home by using the pivot points that are on the gate panel will allow you to get that perfect fit that is needed.

The Supergate Deluxe Gate was built with busy parents in mind. The gate panel is 25.5 inches wide built with a child proof double-locking feature making it easy for parents to open with one hand, but impossible for babies to figure it out. It also has a hold open feature that is simple to use and convenient when making multiple trips back and forth.

It can be easy removed when not in use. You can simply detach it from the mounting hardware and it will easily fold up and won’t take up much room when in storage.

If you have a space that is wider than 72 inches, ( a 6 bar extension) is available and will increase the width of the gate by 15 inches. ( Extension Sold Separately)

 

The Best Hardware Mounted Safety Gate For Stairs 2018,

Supergate Easy Swing & Lock Gate

Supergate Easy Swing & Lock Gate has been designed perfectly for the tops of stairs, but it can also block off other large areas of your home as well if needed. It can fit openings from 28 to 48 inches and stands 31″ high.

There is no threshold on this gate which may help eliminate any possible tripping hazards to occur.

Easy Swing Gate door panel swings in one direction only to prevent from swinging over top of stairs.

The safety latch on the gate can easily open with one hand making it great for when you have your hands full.

This gate has been constructed out of steel and has a beautiful matte bronze finish and a straight-line detail making this gate not only strong and secure, but it will add a great touch to any home decor with its simple, but yet attractive look.

This gate provides you with all the mounting hardware that is required to install it properly. Place the gate in the opening that needs to be blocked off, then continue to fasten all 4 of the gate hinges into a good foundation whether it be wood or metal.

***This is the gate I use for the top of my stairs and I couldn’t be happier with it!! Its easy to install when following instructions (I recommend following instructions) and I love how there is no threshold to have to step over and how it easily swings closed ***

One minute you see them, the next you don’t!!

You will be surprised how fast babies can get around once they start getting the hang of crawling or walking! That’s why it is essential when you are choosing a baby gate that is strong, sturdy and will stop your baby right in their tracks from getting into mischief. Both pressure-mount and hardware-mount gates have their pros when it comes to keeping your baby safe.

Hopefully this was helpful on making your baby gate decision!

Please feel free to comment below! I would love to hear about what you all think of these products as well!

 

 

 

 

Baby proofing for your home

Time to turn your adult-friendly home into a baby-friendly home!

Trying to make your adult-friendly home into a baby-friendly home can a bit over-whelming and stressful, especially if you are a first-time-mom. It’s always best to start baby-proofing your home before your baby is born or before they turn 6 months of age.

Why? because not only does it give you peace of mind when your baby starts puttering around the house, but it also saves you the hassle of doing it while looking after your busy baby.

Once your baby has mastered the skills of crawling or even walking, it is natural for them to become curious and begin to explore the world surround them. As a parent, it’s our job to protect our babies well-being and prevent any harm that may come his/her way, whether it’s a bump on the head or a cut! Unfortunately we cannot prevent every single boo boo your baby gets, even though we wish we could. That’s why baby proofing your home is incredibly important and essential!

When it comes to baby proofing for your home, you want to make sure the environment that surrounds your child is up to standards.

There are so many things to think about before entering a room; whereas before it may have never crossed your mind.

Such As:

  • Blind cords are ties up
  • Electrical outlets are covered
  • Small objects are picked up off floor
  • Stairs are blocked off
  • Cupboards are locked
  • Pet food out of reach
  • chemicals are locked up

The list goes on and on… but that’s all the fun in being a parent, right? not like we didn’t have enough on our plate to begin with, but there is a secret trick to better understand what may or may not be a hazard to your little one.

Look at the world from their perspective!

What do I mean by that? I mean it’s time to start crawling!!

That best way to see the dangers in your home is by getting down on their level; when getting on all fours you will be able to see things that you wouldn’t have noticed from your own height. You will see potential choking hazards (if it can fit in a toilet roll, remove it from area), and all things that your baby can grab and yank down. Remember our number one priority is keeping our baby safe and out of harms way.

Common Hazards throughout the home:

Bathtub: As fun as bath time can be for you and the little one, it’s also important to understand how dangerous it can be.

  • Never leave your little one unattended even if it is just for a couple seconds to go grab something.
  • Drowning can happen in less than an inch of water
  • Put down a rubber mat to prevent any bumps or bruises
  • Keep away from the faucet                                                                       Photo by Henley Design Studio from Pexels
  • Turn down water heater to 120 degrees to prevent scalding and burns

Electrical outlets and cords: The last thing we what is them chewing/pulling on the electrical cords or putting objects inside the outlets which is extremely dangerous

  • Cover all outlets with plastic covers
  • Keep all electrical cords away/tied up.

Furniture: Once your little one starts grabbing onto things to pull oneself up, it’s always best to make sure nothing can tip over and harm them

  • Secure TV to wall or stand it may sit on. (Fasteners work great for TV stands)
  • Bolt any unstable/tipsy furniture around the house to the wall or floor.

Blind/curtain cords: Little ones are known to get tangled up in these

  • Tie them up and out of reach

Dressers/Drawers: If babies can find a way, they will climb anything.

  • Bolt dresser to the wall to prevent it from toppling over on them
  • Lock all drawers, so they cannot pull them out on top of themselves or use them as stairs to climb up onto dresser.

Cabinets:

  • Lock them up so they don’t get into anything that they shouldn’t be in
  • Prevents their fingers from getting closed in.

Cleaning Chemicals:

  • Use safety locks and keep them out of reach of your child.

Plants: Not only do you not want your baby getting into your plants and making a mess, but also plants are known to be toxic and can harm your baby

  • Put them somewhere where they cannot touch it ( For yours and your babies sake)

Toilets: Toilet can also be a drowning hazard due to the water in them, as well as the lid can come down and pinch their fingers

  • Lock the toilet lid or lock the bathroom door to keep your little one safe

Stairs: Injuries happen more often than you think on the stairs.

  • Always block off the stairs with a safety gate
  • remove any toys or items that are lying around the stairs (tripping hazard)

 

There are many things to take into consideration when it comes to baby proofing your home to protect your baby from harms way. It can seem overwhelming at first, but once you start it isn’t as difficult as it sounds, it’s all about taking those common sense steps to prevent injuries. If you feel like you may have missed something, the best thing to do is to get back on your hands and knees again and scan each room thoroughly, you can even ask a family member or friend to double check for you to make sure nothing was missed.