Baby Monitor Technology and Buyers Guide

Written by Sarah Cooke

Baby monitors are a relatively new invention yet they have quickly become an essential part of any parent’s baby equipment.

There are now many types available and this article summarizesrepparttar technology available and what a buyer should look for.

Baby Monitor Buyers Guide

What is a baby monitor & why do I need one?

It might seem like an obvious question these days, but baby monitors are a relatively new innovation. Atrepparttar 144308 most basic

level they giverepparttar 144309 parent freedom from keeping a constant vigil at their baby's bedside (cot-side or Moses basket-side!). A baby monitor normally consists of a transmitter and a receiver unit. The transmitter is placed nearrepparttar 144310 baby andrepparttar 144311

parent keepsrepparttar 144312 receiver unit. This wayrepparttar 144313 parent can hear instantly if their baby needs reassurance while doing other

things aroundrepparttar 144314 house - or maybe catching up on some well needed rest!

Baby Monitor Types

Baby monitors now fall into three main categories. There arerepparttar 144315 traditional audio baby monitors. These alertrepparttar 144316 parent if

the baby starts to cry or seems restless or uncomfortable. Audio/visual baby monitors take this a step further by letting

the parent see and hear their baby. These consist of a camera unit with a microphone and a receiver unit with a TV screen

and speaker.

Lastly, there are sensor baby monitors (also called respiratory baby monitors). These offer peace of mind by immediately

alertingrepparttar 144317 parent if their baby's breathing becomes significantly uneven or even stops completely.

Audio Baby Monitors

Audio baby monitors fall into two further types: analogue and digital. Analogue baby monitors traditionally were subject to

lots of interference from other household items that gave off a wireless signal. While this still can be true of cheaper

analogue monitors, today most have more than one channel enabling you to select one that is interference free and

incorporate technology that lessens outside interferences such asrepparttar 144318 Philips Cordless Babysitter.

To guarantee an interference transmission and reception you will need a digital baby monitor. Remember that a baby monitor

is essentially a radio transmitter and receiver and digital radio (should you have one!) is superior to normal radio

reception. The higher-end digital baby monitors use something called DECT technology. This technology came from digital

walkabout phones and stands for Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology.

DECT monitors will select a channel automatically from 120 channels and often encryptrepparttar 144319 channels to stop any

eavesdropping. Because of this technology these monitors are normally more expensive, but (likerepparttar 144320 Philips Digital Baby

Monitor andrepparttar 144321 BT Digital Monitors) they guarantee interference free transmission and often come with several useful extra


Audio baby monitors - things to look for: •Number of channels •Rechargeable parent unit •Belt clip for portable convenience •Light display onrepparttar 144322 parent that shows noise level even ifrepparttar 144323 sound is turned down. •Low battery indicator •Night light on baby unit •Two-way transmission - so you can talk to your baby fromrepparttar 144324 parent unit. •Temperature gauge - rememberrepparttar 144325 ideal nursery temperature is around 18C (65F) Audio/Visual Baby Monitors

Boating Safety

Written by Jordan Walt

AIC Insurance Agency advises boaters to take necessary precautions to be safe duringrepparttar summer season,repparttar 144236 time of year when boat accident claims increase in frequency by 45 percent, according to a recent analysis of claims incidence at Travelers, a leading provider of boat and yacht insurance. “Substantially more people are onrepparttar 144237 water duringrepparttar 144238 summer, so that isrepparttar 144239 time boaters should be extra careful to protect their family, friends and watercraft from a loss,” said Jordan Walt of AIC Insurance Agency. “It’s also a good time to review your boat and yacht insurance with an independent agent to be sure you have adequate coverage.” AIC Insurance Agency recommendsrepparttar 144240 following boat safety tips: ·Wear a life jacket: 80 percent of drowning victims were not wearing a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) or life jacket. Most states require that children under a certain age wear a life jacket and that every boat be equipped with one life jacket per passenger. ·Take a boating course: Even if your state does not mandaterepparttar 144241 completion of a boating course prior to obtaining your boating license, both you and your passengers will benefit from a formalized course. To learn more about boating safety classes, visit ·Schedule a vessel safety check: The Coast Guard auxiliary offers free safety checks. For more information, visit or call 1-800-368-5647. ·Equip your boat with an emergency kit and be familiar with how to use each ofrepparttar 144242 items. Travelers recommends includingrepparttar 144243 following: fire extinguisher, first aid kit, visual distress signal and/or a Coast Guard-approved throw able PFD, such as a life ring or a horseshoe. Organize an emergency plan and make sure that passengers are familiar with it. Remember to test equipment and be knowledgeable ofrepparttar 144244 suggested guidelines for usage and replacement.

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