Ways to monitor your baby’s growth and health through baby monitors and baby scales

Every parent dreams of their kids growing up healthy and happy.  If you are a parent who wants to be sure that your kid or child is thriving, well there are gadgets out there that you can use.  Among these are baby monitors and baby scales.
Baby monitors
Baby monitors are the best gadget to have to monitor your baby’s growth and health during the infancy stage. A baby monitor will help you to know if you kid is crying a lot or if he/she coughs a lot during the night.
These days, you can even include video feeds to your baby monitors. Unlike before, when you could only hear your baby’s voice, today we have baby monitors that can also show a video of how your baby is sleeping. Some babies don’t sleep so well, that they need to have change their sleeping position changed every so often.  In this case, a video monitor comes in real handy.  What’s more, wireless technology now allows you to get the visual feed direct to your cellphone.   Now that’s truly remarkable.
When you go out to buy your own baby monitors, you should make sure that you have tested the following:
1.       Sound quality: sound quality should be your top priority. Make sure that when you are using it, you can hear even the faintest of sounds. This will help give you a visual of what is happening inside your baby’s room even when you are not there.
2.       Its range inside: the second thing you should test is the range inside the house. Make sure that you can get a clear reception wherever you are.
3.       Its range outside: Remember to test the range reception outside your house. Take note of where the range ends. Usually, these gadgets have a range reception of up to 100 meters away from the source.
4.       Ease of use: your comfort is also another factor that you should consider. Is it fairly easy to use? Can you move it around or is it permanently fixed to the wall?
5.       Design: the design of it is also another factor to think about. How an item looks is just as important as how it works.
Baby scales
Every parent knows that if a baby is not gaining weight or growing taller, there must be something wrong. For you to be able to monitor your baby’s health, you must consider getting baby scales. The best baby scale should be able to provide you with both technical information and accurate measurements. Some scales can be used to measure breast milk as well as the weight of the baby. All you have to do is select the best scale that can do everything for you.
Clearly,  both baby monitors and baby scales help you know if your baby is healthy.  If you have these at home, you’ll be more assured that you’ll be able to closely monitor your baby’s health and growth.


My Battery-Operated Friend

If I lived back in the day when people lived in caves and hairy-chested men walked around with clubs, I probably would be a nervous wreck- not because the mere sight of their leaf-covered genitals would send shivers down my spine, but because the absence of baby-monitoring devices in that era would simply not put my mind at ease.

After the initial euphoria of learning that I was pregnant fizzled out, I started feeling a wave of nervousness, as if I were a hopeful 16-year old at an American Idol audition.  I spent a lot of time reading up on baby care, and came across the topic of SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  It’s when a baby under one year of age suddenly dies in his sleep.

When well-wishers asked me about what I wanted as a baby shower gift, I didn’t think twice about asking for a baby monitor.  I sure didn’t want to stay up all night to watch my baby as she slept, so I decided to take advantage of whatever technology was out there.  My aunt from the US sent me the angelcare ac401, and I must say, it stayed true to its name and did its job of being a heaven-sent angel to my baby girl.

What the angelcare monitor does is it detects the slightest movement from your baby- even while she’s asleep.  If it doesn’t detect any movement for 20 seconds, it will set off an alarm for you to check on your baby.

At first, I was intimidated by the monitor, but after my hubby and I carefully read the manual, operating it was a piece of cake.  We put the sensor pad under the mattress, right in the center.  Since the crib had wooden slats underneath, we put a stiff board under the pad, because it works best on a solid surface.

What I especially liked about the angelcare monitor is it allows you to set it to detect sound only, movement only, or both.  You can even choose whether to have the “tic” sound on or not.  I noticed that it detects even the slightest movement under a thick mattress, but it’s not overly sensitive to non-baby movements.

There are baby monitors, and then there are baby monitors, but there is just nothing quite like angelcare.  It gave both my baby and me a peaceful and restful sleep.