Infant Optics Baby Monitors
These things, what life savers they are ! Both literally, and figuratively. With these devices we can monitor our babies while we work in our home offices, kitchens or anywhere around the house and yes even the yard too. Also they allow us to have our nights sleep fully knowing that if there is any activity in the nursery room, we will be able to hear it, and now thanks to modern technology....see it too.
Amazon Baby Monitor - One out of several choices.
History of The Baby Monitor
Norman Emerick of Fisher-Price helped invent one of the first electronic baby monitors back in the late 1930's. His invention was the result of the famous Charles Lindbergh's 20 month old baby, Charles Jr.'s kidnapping. However those first monitors were very hard to find, and quite expensive. They were also very bulky, went through batteries a lot, or were hooked up directly to wires, which made them not very portable.
Also Eugene F. McDonald Jr., president of Zenith, enlisted the help of Isamu Noguchi, a Japanese-American engineer,sculptor and designer, to design for the Zenith Radio Corporation the Radio Nurse in 1937. The problem though is these never really took off because aside from the price and bulk, they also picked up radio stations broadcasts and made them not so popular.
The picture to the right is The Radio Nurse.
Baby Video Monitor
Yeah, we've come a long way haven't we ? Now a days we have Sound Monitors, Video Monitors, and even Motion Sensor Monitors that use motion sensing pads under the crib's mattress. So while we have many to choose from, you gotta make sure you get one that fits your needs.
Sound Monitors are the most portable, and can clip on your belt as you move around. These of course will pick up the babies sounds only. Designed to alert you when crying, moving around in the crib, coughing of just plain quiet sleeping.
Video Monitors actually let you see baby in real time. These usually come wireless so they are safe for the crib. Also most models have night vision so you can watch your baby even at night. Some also are capable of 24 hour recording so you may go back and review what baby did, how baby slept and how your babysitter was with your baby.
Motion Detector Monitors can be more advanced than traditional monitors as they will detect movement like the others, but can go as far as alerting you to your babies breathing, and will alarm if your baby hasn't let out a breath after about 15 seconds.
Most older monitors use Analog technology which works well but might occasionally pick up telephone conversations or other baby monitors. Newer monitors use Digital technology, which converts sound into data, making it hard for others to pick up it's connection between you and your baby making these far more secure.