Five Tips for Buying the Right Video Monitor
There are many different kinds of monitors—we here at Levana sell nearly a dozen different models of our own—so it can be confusing trying to decide which one makes the most sense for your family. Here are some things to consider when selecting the right one for you.
If you live in a small house or apartment then range may not be an issue. But if you’re operating on different levels, or your baby’s room is a bit far from where you’ll be working or relaxing during nap time, then consider the Ayden or the Keera, both of which boast a maximum range of 750 ft. (Note: When the signal is passing through walls or floors, then the optimum range is 200 ft.)
Most video monitors come with cameras that stay fixed on the baby’s crib or play area, so in order to adjust your vantage point, you’d need to get your hands on them. If you think you’ll occasionally want to take a look around the baby’s room without leaving the couch—maybe the baby’s got an older sibling-roommate you’d like to spy on—then choose a monitor like the Keera or the Astra, which offer remote camera controls that let you pan, tilt and zoom in or out.
A 2.4-inch video display may be more than enough to suit your baby surveillance needs. But you can definitely go bigger. Both our Ovia and Stella models are equipped with LCD screens measuring a whopping 4.3 inches, which puts you in iPhone territory.
If you plan on unplugging a lot, or plan to keep your handset with you out in the garden or some other place where a wall socket isn’t handy, then make battery life a priority. Be sure to check how long on average a monitor’s battery will last if operating continuously vs. when you have it in sleep or power-saving mode. (At Levana we call this PEEP mode.) The Lila, a star performer in this category, can operate for as long as 72 hours in PEEP mode with 10 activations (when noise from the baby wakes the device up), and as many as 10 hours with continuous audio and video use.
Extra Bells and Whistles
There are a few other features to consider while you shop, little extras like being able to monitor the temperature in the baby’s room, play a lullaby, or turn on a nightlight. Some of our models have LED alert lights for when you want to turn the monitor’s volume down and so need a visual cue when the baby starts crying. Another nifty little extra that we provide with some of our monitors is the ability to record stills and video onto an SD card for easy sharing.
To help you shop, the Levana Products page offers a handy comparison tool. Simply click on the “compare” button that appears next to the list prices of up to five models you’re interested in, then hit the final “compare” button at the bottom of the page; a chart will pop up on your screen and you will be able to see how they stack up.