Technology constantly finds new and innovative ways to facilitate parenting. Just a few years ago, baby monitors were generally expensive, bulky, full of static, and had very basic features. Now, we’ve got everything from networking capability to crystal-clear video monitoring.
Of course, these are just tools. Nothing will ever replace our parental love and devotion, but these tools help us do what we do in a more sophisticated way.
This week we covered many different uses of baby monitors, including being a support to parents with autistic children or those with developmental delays or disabilities. We also covered one of the most advanced, useful, and affordable baby monitors on the market today: The MobiCam Digital DL audio/video baby monitor system (hint: digital is safer!). We hope it was eye-opening but reassuring that there are so many products on the market that support parenting.
The most trusted name in consumer products reviews and reporting, Consumer Reports, offers some great tips on choosing a baby monitor. The latest baby monitoring technology makes use of wireless networking, gives you a choice between digital and analog devices (digital is safer), and brings up concerns such as interference. It also addresses some of the emotional effect that a video monitor can have on a parent. This is a great list of concerns to address before making your purchase.
Obviously, a baby monitor is great for viewing your child while they play, sleep, or work in another room. However, there’s really no reason to toss it out once your child reaches a certain age! It’s a useful video or audio device that can be used in a myriad of ways. Two-way audio can be used as a great communication device between rooms!
Here’s a quick list of other ways you can use your baby monitor.
She calls it the “Rolls Royce of video monitors!” What a super-comprehensive review from a mama of three. She had her first child when baby monitors were not a practical option at all, and now that video monitors like the MobiCam Digital DL are high-quality and affordable, she’s over the moon, especially considering her high-risk pregnancies. She wants to keep her eye on her babies, as all parents do, but found something special in the DL.
Mom of Autistic Child Relies on MobiCam System
An autistic child brings joy and trial to families in ways that are almost incomprehensible to those who are not familiar with it. One of the issues that families must deal with is “stimming” (taken from stimulation or self-stimulation). It is a repetitive behavior that helps autistic children cope with sensory input, and sometimes, it is an expression of the sensory overload that they perceive. Sometimes, it’s best to let it go because it is a coping mechanism, but sometimes it must be redirected because it can cause harm to the child.
This mother found that the best solution to be there for the child – and to make the decision to interfere or not – is through unobtrusive video monitoring.
The Bump, from the same people that brought you The Knot, chose the MobiCam Digital DL as its favorite all-purpose baby monitor! From baby-checking to its use in schools and businesses, the awesome review point outs its versatility and its economy. There’s also mention of MobiCam’s powerful Anywhere option, which lets you keep an eye on your loved one from any computer.
Special note: the price listed is the MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price). KidSafeInc.com has slashed that price!
High-tech, full-featured, and stylish – but is it easy to use?
Mommy blogger Laura reviews the MobiCam Digital DL Monitor System after trying it out on her own “little peanuts.” What we get is a thorough, list-view commentary of every feature you could want to know about. She took the unit through all its paces, from the night vision to voice-activation, to its secure transmission to Skype to all the other “bells and whistles”, as she calls it. For those who prefer humans to product manuals, this may be an important and pleasant read.
Topics covered include:
- Screen and display
- Strength of signal
- Picture vs. audio
- Camera angles
- Infrared night vision
- Multiple cameras
- Installation ease
- TV and DVR connectivity
- USB connectivity for Web sharing: Skype, GoogleTalk, Yahoo, Messenger, etc.
- Customer service
As parents, we need to keep our eyes and ears on our children at all times, or to sure that we choose trustworthy caretakers who will monitor our children for us. This won’t change, of course, but the tools and technology that facilitate our parenting continue to advance. If you’ve ever used baby monitors, can you imagine a time without them?
Technology like baby monitors are taking huge leaps and bounds from those first type that were barely more than always-on walkie talkies, complete with interference and static. These days, you’ve got access to crystal-clear video monitors, software baby monitors, even Web-based access.
This week, we’ll cover one of the best in “mommy tech” (which Daddy can use, too, of course) – the MobiCam Digital DL Audio/Video Baby Monitor! Whether you’re a stay-at-home or part of a two-income household, the tech available today is really starting to hit its stride when it comes to supporting us as parents - and satisfying our love of gadgets!