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Baby Cry Monitors

Baby Cry Monitors alert adults in another room when Baby needs attention. Parents with good hearing can feel assured that their child&8217;s cries will be answered, even if they are doing something noisy in another room. Parents who are deaf or hard of hearing are even more reliant on cry monitors to awaken them when the baby cries in the night or to alert them to sounds they cannot here. Devices for people with hearing loss incorporate a flashing light system or a vibrating alert.

Determining the best device for you depends on a number of factors:

Existing system: If the family already has an alert system installed in the home (such as the Silent Call, Sonic Alert or Alertmaster systems) a cry monitor is available that will be compatible with the existing system.

Portability: An alerting device connected to a large table lamp may not be effective when Mom is moving around the house or garden. Either multiple&8211;receivers will need to be stationed around the house or pager&8211;like vibrators can be worn close to the body to alert the parent anywhere within range of the signal.

Sensitivity: Some systems allow for sensitivity adjustment. If your baby tends to sigh and coo while sleeping, the monitor with this feature can be adjusted to ignore those quieter sounds. On the other hand, if you want to be alerted to whispers and quiet whimpers, the device can be set for higher sensitivity.

Channels and Frequency: Families living in apartment buildings may experience interference from other monitors in the area. In general, a higher frequency model (900 Mhz &8211;2.4Ghz) will have less interference and will work over a larger distance. Channels may help to eliminate interference from other wireless devices in the home (TV channel changers, cordless telephones, etc.)

Extra Parent Units: It may be handy to have more than one parent unit, in case you want to share the care.

Where to Purchase:
Click here to see a list of vendors for hearing assistive technology. Most of these vendors carry baby monitors and can help you choose the best system for your family.

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