How Much Does a Baby Monitor Cost?
The purpose of a baby monitor is to detect the movement or breathing of your child while he is sleeping. This allows the mother to be sure the baby is safe while not actually being in the room. There are two main types of baby monitors: audio and video.
How much is the typical baby monitor price?
- A basic baby monitor with sound only will cost $15-$50. The Sony Baby Call is a good example of this type of monitor.
- A more complex audio-only baby monitor will cost $40-$130. This type of baby monitor will have more features, such as a temperature gauge, and will have a further range and higher sound quality. An example of this type of monitor is the Angelcare Baby Movement and Sound Deluxe.
- A video monitor will cost between $75-$200. The Mobicam Audio Video Monitor will cost around $80 while the Philips Avent Digital Video Monitor will cost about $175.
- A vibrating monitor that doesn’t create noise, but rather vibrates similar to a cellphone can cost anywhere from $35 to $70. Some vibrating monitors can have a sound option as well. These are ideal for those that don’t want to create loud noises.
- A newer type of baby monitor can rely solely on movement. Anytime movement is detected, the monitor will create a noise. These type of monitors can sell for $65 to $200 depending on the brand.
What is going to be included?
- All baby monitor systems will come with the base unit for the child’s room and the parent unit. In a video system, the base unit will be a camera. Some systems come with two parent units for more convenience.
- Parents units should have the capabilities to run on batteries or be plugged in and charged.
What are the extra costs?
- Some baby monitor systems can be tied into your home security system. Check with your carrier for this added service.
- Baby monitors can commonly run on a backup battery. Because of this, newer batteries will be required down the road since they will be used on a daily basis.
Tips to know:
- Baby monitors are designed to be kept away from a baby’s crib by at least 10 to 15 feet. If the monitor has some sort of cord, it’s best to either tie it up or keep it out of reach. Like a window blind, these cords can become a huge choking hazard.
- Obstacles in the home such as concrete walls and wireless systems can cause disruptions, causing them not to work.
- Some units can have more than one unit. Be sure to know of your setup as well as where you’ll want the monitors. Usually, the more rooms you want, the more monitors you’ll need.
Top brands to consider:
- Fisher Price
- Summer Infant
How can I save money?
- Most parents only use a baby monitor until the child is 1-3 years of age. After this time, the monitor is no longer necessary. In this case, used monitors can become available. Used monitors can be purchased through services such as Amazon, but they can also often be found in garage sales and consignment sales. To see a list of consignment sales in your area, visit mom2momlist.com.
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