When you can’t be home yourself, there’s no better way to keep an eye on your precious child than a wifi baby monitor. You can check in on the baby (and the sitter) from anywhere in the world where your smart phone can get an internet connection – without anyone in the house knowing it. If you see something that isn’t right, you can alert the sitter, call a trusted friend or rush home yourself. It doesn’t get any easier.
But wifi baby monitors work best when they’re used properly. Here are some tips and tricks for good placement and use of your video baby monitor:
Distance is often best. While some people recommend placing baby monitoring systems at least 6 feet from the crib to prevent exposure to electromagnetic radiation, most cameras from major manufacturers are safe and comply with all government regulations. But distance is still a good idea – so you can see more of the room than just the crib. This will allow you to see if the sitter or someone else is in the room, make sure the curtains are closed, the counters are tidy and more.
Angle makes a difference. Of course, you’ll want an unobstructed view of your baby through your wifi baby monitor – even when someone is in the room. The exact angle of placement depends on the viewing angle of the device, whether it can pan and tilt and how the room is arranged. In many cases, a high vantage point near the ceiling or on the top shelf of a bookcase is best. As a child gets older and starts to move around or if the room is rearranged, a change in placement may be required.
Don’t put the camera on any part of the crib. Putting the camera on the crib means there will be a cable hanging down near the crib, and that’s a safety hazard. You’ll be disappointed with the view anyway. Since many wifi baby monitors have a zoom feature, placing the unit a distance away results in a good view of the baby without causing any problems.
Multiple cameras mean more coverage. If you need a clear closeup of your child and want to see the whole room as well, choose a wifi baby camera system that allows you to connect multiple cameras. The MobiCam HDX HD WiFi Pan & Tilt Monitoring System, for example, can be used in conjunction with 15 other cameras, and you can view 4 angles at a time from your phone.
Tell everyone about the camera. If grandparents or friends are visiting, make sure they know about the camera in your baby’s room – and any other cameras in the house. This can prevent potentially embarrassing situations and keep everyone on their best behavior too. Just remember that some people consider cameras an unnecessary precaution or an invasion of privacy, so don’t dwell on the subject with those who oppose cameras in the home.
Make feed security a priority. A wifi baby monitor provides a glimpse inside your home and offers up-close images of your child, so you don’t want its feed in the wrong hands. That’s why feed security is so important. Choose a video monitoring system that sends images in an encrypted format so that only you or those you authorized can see it.
Smart placement and proper use of your wifi baby monitor can make it a valuable parenting tool. In today’s world, it isn’t always possible to be there in person, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave all of your parenting responsibilities in someone else’s hands. You can look in on your child, keep an eye on your home and make sure your babysitter is as upstanding as you believe when you place and use your camera to your best advantage.