3 Tips & 1 Lifesaver for buying a baby monitor
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No matter which type of baby monitors you are looking to purchase, there are a few basic features that are absolutely necessary to be clear about. These features can make or break your experience with baby monitors especially for new parents who have so many other things to deal with. Having to replace or exchange a baby monitor is definitely one of the last thing that you’d want to be concerned with at this stage.
- Range of the monitor – if the range of the monitor doesn’t suit the needs of your house, the monitor is basically useless. Manufacturer typically quote “open field” range which means that the range is calculated when there is no obstruction between the transmitter and receiver unit. However in reality, you need to consider range from room to room, from upstairs to downstairs or from indoors to outdoors.
- Sound quality of monitor – the first thing that will alert you when your baby cries will be the sound that he/she transmits to your monitor. Hence, the ability of the monitor to pick up only your baby’s sound and produce clear sound quality is a critical factor that outweighs the quality of the video monitor. In addition, if the monitor is not able to filter background noise, not only will it alert you repeatedly without any cause, it will also disturb your sleep with this noise.
- Battery life of monitor – this is one of the most vexing point for a lot of parents about their baby monitor purchase. Very often we hear about monitors which do not charge after 6 months of use. For a new parent, your baby will be merely 6 months old when your monitor fails to charge. Can you imagine the disappointment that you’ll have at this point, having to deal with your baby and getting a new monitor sorted out.
When buying baby monitors, very often you’ll find yourself trying out a few different brands before you eventually find 1 set that works for you. The reason is that every house is different and everyone has different needs. This is why shopping at a retailer like Amazon.com that allows either returns or exchanges is very important.
1 Lifesaver when buying baby monitor
This one lifesaver when buying baby monitors cannot be overstated. If practiced, this can save you not only from future heartaches but also pennies in your pocket!
Rule #1: Keep your receipt
Always remember to keep the receipt of your purchase and take a photo of it as well as receipt inks degrades over time.
Rule #2: Keep the original packaging box
Also, keep the original packaging box as most manufacturers would want you to return the set in its original state.
Rule #3: Mark the return dates on your calendar
If you are buying from Amazon.com, mark on your calendar, the 30th, 60th and 90th day from your date of purchase. Date of purchase is the day that you make payment for the item online. All baby items bought on Amazon.com can be returned within 90 days of receipt of shipment (except for baby clothing). Note that this is only applicable for items fulfilled by Amazon.
On each of the 30th day, inspect and check your baby monitor to ensure that it is working and that you are satisfied by it. For example, by the 60th date, you find that the battery life is not optimal, you may want to consider returning the unit instead of waiting for the battery life to recover. From experiences of many, you will know that usually battery life deteriorates and almost never recovers. By tracking the 90 days that you are entitled to return the item free of charge, you can monitor your item and return it if necessary.
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