There are a lot of things that you need to worry about when it comes to raising a baby. The first thing is the safety of your baby and ensuring that he or she is kept away from harmful substances and germs. This is where baby monitors come into play. They are used to keep an eye on your child at all times, even when you are not there with them.
However, there are also some mistakes that you may be making while using a baby monitor. If you are unaware, these can cause problems for you, your baby, and the monitor itself. Here are seven such mistakes that you don’t know you’re making:
Using The Wrong Type Of Monitor
It’s important to use the right type of monitor when caring for your child. This means that there are several different types available on the market today. Including ones that can connect to smartphones and tablets, as well as ones with camera functionality so that you can see what’s going on around your child while they’re asleep or awake in their crib or playpen (or wherever they happen to be).
Not Checking The Sound Level Of Your Baby Monitor
This might sound obvious, but it's easy to think that the volume is too loud because you're used to hearing it in your own home. But the volume could be too high for your child's comfort level when you're out and about. If you're worried about this, check the manual to ensure it's set at the right level for your baby's comfort.
Turning It Too High
A baby monitor needs to be placed at about 2 feet from the crib for it to pick up sound well and not distort sounds coming from far away. If you place it too high or at an angle, then it won't pick up all the sounds from your baby's room and will make it harder for you to hear them as well.
Using A Bad Speaker
The speakers in most baby monitors are pretty basic, but they still play an important role in allowing you to hear your little one clearly when he or she cries out for help or comfort. If you notice that the volume isn't as loud as you'd expect, then there may be something wrong with your speaker; try another one until you find one that works properly!
Not Changing Batteries Often Enough
Batteries lose their charge over time, especially when stored in a charger. If you don't change the battery often enough, it may not be able to hold a charge for long enough. This can lead to poor performance and even damage to your baby monitor.
Using The Wrong Charger Or Cable
If you use an improper charger for your baby monitor, it can harm its functionality. The most common problem is using one that isn't designed for your device. You might also damage your device if you use an incorrect charging cable or cord. Always use the correct cables and cords when charging your device so that it works as intended and doesn't damage itself or other devices connected to it.
Not Checking If There Are Any Obstructions Nearby
You should check that there are no other devices nearby before starting to use your monitor. This is because these devices may interfere with the signals sent from your phone or tablet to the monitor. For example, cords and cables can cause interference that will affect the quality of sound you get from the monitor. You should also make sure that nothing else is blocking the signal from reaching your devices, such as walls or furniture.
The key takeaway from these common mistakes is to set expectations with everyone in the house about how you plan to use the baby monitor. Talk with your significant other, parents, and roommates beforehand (and maybe even discuss it with other sets of parents that made the same mistake). That way, when a baby monitor purchase is on the horizon, you'll know exactly what you'll need from a monitor and how to avoid any common pitfalls that might come up.