Topic of the Month

August 2012
Three Feet Away Is Where Your Monitor Should Stay

Don’t you love spending time with your new baby? Watching them grow, hearing them coo and even changing diapers all become cherished memories. You love to capture every moment and cherish the time you spend with them. Perhaps the only time that your baby is separated from you is when they sleep.

During these rare moments of separation, parents and caregivers tend to rely on baby monitors which provide an extra set of eyes and ears while their baby sleeps. Monitors allow you to complete other tasks, such as that much-needed load of laundry or a chance to wash the dishes, while still ensuring that you are connected to your baby while she rests.

Choosing the right monitor for you and your baby is important. There is a wide range of baby monitors available on the market today and monitors are sold at a variety of prices. Some of the features range from:

  • temperature monitoring of your baby’s nursery
  • digital zoom to take a closer look
  • video recording to capture a special moment
  • two-way intercom with the ability to talk to your baby through the monitor
  • built-in nightlights to keep your baby comfortable
  • multi-lingual operation so any family member can use it
  • household plug-in or rechargeable batteries that make your monitor portable
  • multiple channel options for decreased interference

It is important to remember that safety comes before using any baby product in your home. Baby monitors are no exception. Since 2002, seven children have strangled due to entanglement in baby monitor cords. The following tips can help you coordinate a safe and sound sleep environment for your baby: 

  • Check the location of all monitors and other products with electric cords, including those mounted on the wall, to make sure cords are out of your child’s reach.
  • Place monitor and other cords at least three feet away from any part of the crib, bassinet, play yard, or other safe sleep environment.
  • Never position a monitor inside or on the edge of a crib.
  • Be aware that what is a safe distance will change as your baby grows.

Be sure that you continuously evaluate your baby’s development and baby proof your home regularly. By incorporating the above tips into your baby’s safe and sound sleep environment, you are taking one more step to protect your little one. Next time you encounter an unusual moment to complete some chores, or even the chance to sit down, be sure that your baby monitor is keeping a helpful eye on your baby. 

Check out this video for more tips

Lear more from the Consumer Product Safety Commission about monitoring your nursery safely.