How Much Does a Baby Monitor Cost?
The purpose of a baby monitor is to detect the movement or your child’s breathing while they are sleeping. This allows your to be sure the baby is safe while not actually being in the room. On the market today, there are two main types of baby monitors: audio and video.
How much is the typical baby monitor price?
- A basic audio baby monitor with sound only will cost $25 to $50.
- A more complex audio-only baby monitor with more features will cost $40 to $130. This type of baby monitor will have more features such as a temperature gauge, higher sound quality and it will be able to transmit its signal further than a basic version.
- A video monitor-based monitor will cost anywhere between $75 to $300.+ The Mobicam Audio Video Monitor, for example, will cost around $80, while the Philips Avent Digital Video Monitor will cost about $175.
- A vibrating monitor that doesn’t create noise but vibrates similar to acell phonee can cost anywhere from $35 to $70. Some vibrating monitors can have a sound option as well. These are ideal for those who 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.
- The Owlet baby monitor, one of the most popular Wi-Fi baby monitors on the market, retails for about $250.
- Consumer Reports notes an audio monitor will retail for about $25 to $150, while an audio/video monitor will cost $80 to $300.
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 added convenience.
- Parents units should have the capabilities to run on batteries or be plugged into the wall. The main difference is portability. A wired model will have to stay in one place, whereas a wireless model can be taken around the home. A wired monitor may also be limited since the cord can only go so far.
- There are three common types of baby monitors: sound, video and motion. A sound monitor can be available in both digital and analog models. These models will simply transmit a sound anytime any sounds come from a room. A video monitor, as the name states, is designed to allow you to both hear and see the baby in the room. Some may come in a black and white screen, while others may come in color on an LCD screen. Depending on the model, some premium features may include night vision, camera scanning and the option to connect multiple cameras in the home. A motion monitor will be placed under the baby’s crib mattress and will only sound if the baby doesn’t move for more than 20 seconds. Since a baby is moving and breathing while he or she is sleeping, these monitors are used by those who have premature babies or one with a health condition.
- Other popular features found on most models can include a frequency adjuster, volume control, connectivity options to a DVR, extra receiver, temperature sensor, night vision, out-of-range indicator and a low battery indicator.
What are the extra costs?
- Some versions allow you to record your monitor to a cloud service for a few dollars a month.
- 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. For example, your wireless phone system and wireless monitor may cause interference if they are using the same frequency. With this being said, try to purchase a monitor with an adjustable frequency option.
- Some units can have more than one unit. Be sure to know of your setup as well as where you will want the monitors. Usually, the more rooms you want, the more monitors you will need.
- Pay close attention to the range before purchasing, especially if you will be using it more than a few rooms away from the child’s room.
- Try to choose a digital over an analog since digital monitors will encode its signals.
- Always pay close attention to the return policy when purchasing in store or online.
Top brands to consider:
- Fisher Price
- Philips Avent
- Safety 1st
- Summer Infant
- The First Years
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 websites such as Amazon or often in garage and consignment sales.
- Try to find a monitor that uses rechargeable batteries as this will prevent you from purchasing new batteries every six months.