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Summer Infant Best View Video Monitor
Parents have long considered a baby monitor a must-have baby accessory. If you are used to the traditional audio baby monitors you have to check into a video monitor. Having used a standard monitor with our first child, I was a little hesitant to cough up money for a new baby monitor. But, after reading review after review, we decided that spending the extra money for a video monitor was a wise choice. Looking back, it was one of the best baby gear purchases we made. If you have been considering a video monitor, the Summer Infant Best View Monitor is the best video monitor for the cost.
But, how to do you know to look for in a video baby monitor? When we were searching for a video monitor, interference was a huge concern for us. That's why quickly settled on the Summer Infant Best View video monitor.
Digital or Analog Baby Monitor? There are digital and analog models on the market, but digital is definitely a better option. The Summer Infant Best View Monitor uses 100% digital technology for a secure and private connection. We read about a lot of monitors where there were so few channels available that you were likely to pick up your neighbor’s kids on your video monitor. That’s not an issue with the Best View video monitor. With privacy being a major concern for us, our choices were instantly limited and the Summer Best View monitor quickly made the short list.
Night Vision: The night vision on the Best View monitor is a sanity-saver and it really works. When the little one is fussing at night, we can tell, without going in, if he is just getting settled or if he’s actually awake. When trying to get your child to sleep longer at night, this really helps. The alternative would be going in and checking on the baby, in which case he would likely wake up and want to be fed.
I also love being able to pan, scan and zoom with the camera. If baby is napping in his swing, I can check on him without going into the room to move the monitor, I can just pan over from the crib to the swing. I was a little curious if the monitor would be noisy when panning across the room. While you can hear it, it's extremely quiet. But, if my husband and baby are in the room and I want to see how baby is doing, daddy can tell I am "looking" with the video monitor. You can also purchase additional cameras for others rooms in the house, such as a siblings room or the play room. This is also a great idea if you have a bassinet in mom and dad's room and a crib in baby's room.
The screen size was a big selling feature for us. At 2.5 inches, the color screen is bigger than most of the competing models. The monitor is also very lightweight and portable.
The only downside to the monitor is the battery life. Video mode seems to quickly suck down the battery. Luckily, it’s easy to switch between video and audio, which helps conserve battery. Perhaps future models with utilize lithium ion technology to maximize battery life.
If you are considering a video monitor and are concerned about baby monitor interference, look no further. The Summer Infant Best View Monitor is the best on the market. No baby nursery is complete without it.