Nowadays, many baby monitors offer more than just a simple basic configuration; they also offer several other functions. These are described in more detail below.
The basic functions ensure the reliable supervision of the baby and the reliable notification of the parents or guardians.
Sound level indicator
An optical noise level display visualises the sounds received from the bedroom on the baby monitor. Normally, one or more LEDs light up when a sound is perceived and transmitted. This means that you are also informed if your baby makes a loud noise, if your surroundings are noisy or if the monitoring device is muted. This function is also particularly suitable for carers who suffer from a hearing disability when child sounds cannot be heard well or not at all.
Adjustable microphone sensitivity
With the baby monitor, whose microphone sensitivity can be adjusted by the user, primarily the sounds that actually come from the baby are transmitted. It is also possible to set the sensitivity level. If this level is set very high by the microphone, all baby sounds are constantly transmitted. If the setting is low, only screaming and other loud noises are transmitted. You can also choose between low and very high sensitivity levels. Some of the monitoring devices include a voice activation function. This activates the transmission and reception of signals only when a certain noise level is passed.
To ensure that the baby can be monitored reliably in a noisy environment, it is possible to adjust the volume of the baby monitor flexibly and manually. On the other hand, the baby's noises are not transmitted too loudly. In addition, it makes sense for older people or those with hearing a loss to adjust the volume as desired.
The intercom function makes it possible for the guardian to speak or sing to the baby. Many guardians like this function a lot, because the baby knows the voice of the parent so he or she can comfort their child from near or far.
Some of the devices have a vibration alarm. This function allows the baby monitor to transmit child sounds even when the transmitter is muted or worn in a jacket pocket, for example. In addition, the alarm also sounds when the parent or guardian is in a noisy environment. The necessary devices for the vibration alarm are installed in the transmitter, which transmits a noticeable signal when the child is noisy. This function allows the baby monitor to transmit child sounds even when the transmitter is muted or worn in a jacket pocket, for example. In addition, the alarm also sounds when the parent or guardian is in a noisy environment. The necessary devices for the vibration alarm are installed in the transmitter, which transmits a noticeable signal when the child is noisy. This also benefits people who do not hear well or who no longer hear so well.
A baby monitor with an automatic channel search function can even switch from one radio channel to another. This is necessary if there is frequency interference. This guarantees secure transmission of information between receiver and transmitter.
Night vision function
In the meantime, many video baby phones contain a night vision function. They are normally equipped with an infrared camera, which can also record the bedroom in the dark. This allows the user to receive black and white pictures of the sleeping infant at night or in the darkened room. Since infrared light is not visible to the eye, the baby can still rest undisturbed.
Most baby monitors have a range of control integrated. An acoustic signal or a control lamp alerts the supervisor before the contact between receiver and transmitter is interrupted. This ensures an immediate warning when the transmission range has been exceeded by the monitoring device and the baby can therefore no longer be supervised. This is very important, as otherwise the parent or guardian will not hear any possible sounds from the child.
Some variants provide more comfort and safety in the children's room with additional functions.
Some of the baby monitors have a night light. This creates a comfortable atmosphere in the room so the baby can sleep well. In contrast to the bright light in the room, the night light is much more pleasant for the baby because it does not wake up so easily. As a result, the supervising person can switch on this light so the baby can be looked after. Normally, this function can be activated on the transmitter. In some models, it is also possible to control the night light from a distance using the transmitter.
If you want to check if the humidity is still sufficient for the baby, this can be done by a humidity sensor in the transmitter of the baby monitor. This measures the humidity content of the room air. If it is too low, the mucous membranes of the child dry out more quickly. As a result, the baby is no longer so well protected against pathogens. The value, which is measured with the sensor, is transmitted by the transmitter to the receiver, where it can be read. Usually, it is also possible to configure threshold values. If these values are exceeded or not reached, a warning is triggered and appropriate action can be taken.
In order to ensure good sleep for your baby, the right room temperature is very important in addition to humidity. Because if it is too high, the baby sweats and cannot rest so well. If it is too low, the baby begins to freeze. The perfect room temperature for a baby to recover should be 16 to 20 degrees Celsius. An integrated temperature sensor in the monitoring device makes regulation effortless: The transmitter measures the temperature in the bedroom. This appears on the receiver of the baby monitor. So the parent knows immediately if the room temperature is ideal and can possibly react accordingly. Some of the devices allow you to set minimum and maximum temperature values. If the temperature falls below or exceeds these limits, the supervisor is alerted.
The Eco mode allows the transmission power of the baby monitor to be reduced in order to keep radiation and power consumption as low as possible. Some devices can even turn off the continuous transmission. This deactivates the radio connection. It is only switched on when a sound is heard from the baby. Please note, however, that the baby monitor does not transmit continuously due to the activated Eco mode. This also deactivates the range control.
On the transmitter of the corresponding model, it is possible to play children's songs through the lullaby function, so that the baby can rest and fall asleep. The music can be played via the integrated loudspeakers. It is often possible to select whether only a melody or the entire playlist is to be played.