Do you need a wifi baby monitor? That is the question. Some people say that you do, others say that you don’t. Here is some information to help you make your decision.
First of all, what is a wifi baby monitor? A wifi baby monitor transmits video and audio from your child’s room to a receiver in another location, typically your home office or living room.
This allows you to keep an eye on your child even when you’re not in the same room. Many parents find this feature helpful, as they can work on their laptops or take a break while their child is napping without having to worry about whether or not they are okay.
Non-wifi baby monitors also transmit video and audio, but require that the monitor and the receiver be in the same room for this to happen. Some parents prefer a non-wifi monitor because they feel that wifi monitors emit an excessive amount of radiation, with no way of turning it off.
On the other hand, some people think non-wifi baby monitors are old-fashioned and unnecessary in this day and age when everything is wifi ready.
Wifi baby monitors have an unlimited range while non-wifi baby monitors have a limited range of no more than 1000 ft. (Though some non-wifi baby monitors have a range of up to 1500 ft.).
Wifi baby monitors stream videos and audios to your smartphone while non-wifi baby monitors stream to a dedicated parent unit. It is convenient to check on your child in between tasks with your smartphone, but you need to be in close range.
Another downside is the initial cost of the monitor. wifi baby monitors tend to be more expensive than non-wifi baby monitors.
Wifi baby monitors have more features such as smart sensors that detect motion and comes with cry detection while non-wifi baby monitors do not have such.
Some parents also worry about not being able to see their baby if the monitor is out of range, whereas with a non-wifi baby monitor, they can simply walk into the room and check on their child without having to run back to the receiver.
Doing this with a wifi baby monitor can be very inconvenient if your router is in an inconvenient spot, or if you have multiple floors in your house that you can’t see from one location.
Hi there! I am Christina, a mother of 3 and a recognized baby monitor expert. I started this blog, Baby Monitor Source to provide the most detailed guides and reliable reviews on non-wifi baby monitors. I also write in various reputable blogs including Motherhood HQ and having used most of the brands I write about, you can rely on my guides. You can reach me using my email, christina(at)babymonitorsource.com.