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How Do You Attach A Baby Monitor To A Crib?

You have your nursery set up and ready to bring your newborn baby home. Although, there are a few things that you figured were fine to postpone, like setting up your baby monitor.

Not a huge deal, as they are pretty straightforward to get set up. What’s more important is figuring out where you will install the monitor, to begin with!

Many new parents don’t realise that there are certain precautions that you must take when setting up your monitor and where it should go to enable you to have the best view of your baby and the nursery.

There are two major factors to consider when setting up your baby monitor: where to put it and how far away it needs to be. It is also important to know and understand all of the risks and safety precautions.

When my husband brought our newborn daughter home from the hospital, we thought we were ready. Had hoarded diapers and had set up the crib. We had the baby monitor all ready to go, too, but then we realised we had no clue where to put it — in her crib or next to the crib or on the nightstand across the room?

It turns out we weren’t as ready as we had thought, but many new parents face this very same question — how close can the baby monitor be to my baby? After all, you want to keep tabs on your little one, but you also want them to be as safe as possible.

Baby monitors can be major sanity savers for new parents, but the monitor’s cord can cause safety issues if placed within your child’s reach. Since 2002, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recorded seven deaths and three near-suffocations from baby monitor cords.

That’s a very scary statistic, but it’s also why organisations like the CPSC and the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) caution parents to keep monitors at least 3 feet away from their baby. In other words, you should never place the monitor in the crib or right next to it — it’s just too risky.

You may want to do another safety check of your baby’s sleeping area for your peace of mind. Not only should you position your baby monitor at least 3 feet away from the crib or bassinet, but the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles also suggested tucking away any loose cords, especially if your kid is getting mobile.

Baby monitors can be a lifesaver, but not knowing where to mount the baby monitor for the best view can be a problem. The key purpose is to allow you to get on with your work and life while knowing your baby is sleeping safely.

It’s all in the details. Owning the best baby monitor will not mean much if you do not place it in a secure position and at the right viewing angle. Let’s get on with how things could be done more efficiently to get the best out of your baby monitor.

Baby Nursery FAQs

The most important thing is to keep the baby monitor at least three feet away from any part of the crib, bassinet, play yard, or other safe sleep environments.

5 Practical Ways to Hide a Baby Monitor Cord

  • Hide the Baby Monitor Cord Behind a Curtain. 
  • Run the Baby Monitor Cord Inside the Wall. 
  • Use Long Cable Covers. 
  • Use a Cable Sleeve. 
  • Get an Electrical Plug Cover.

Often, the recommendation is one year of age, although many parents choose to maintain monitoring until age three. Once you start monitoring, it can be not easy to stop.

Most of these high-tech baby monitors have their own highly reinforced security measures in place. In addition, most broadband suppliers provide high-security, password-protected WiFi, which should safeguard your baby monitor and recorded data against hackers and other unauthorised users.

Safety Tips For Mounting Baby Monitor On The Crib

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Often, parents prefer to mount it directly to the crib because the camera is not easily adjustable. It’s also one of the ways of getting the best view without fiddling with shelves, wall mounts and other mounting methods.

If you decide you want to mount your baby monitor’s camera on the crib, then use the following safety tips to guide you:

  • Make sure the cord is out of reach: For the first few months of your baby’s life, they’re less likely to be able to reach out for any dangling cords. But. It’s not worth taking any chances. Make sure the cord is securely tucked away, out of sight and reach of curious fingers. Cable covers help to “disguise” the cord. Another option is to attach the cord firmly on the outside of the crib, but this will mean either using nails or strong adhesive glue.
  • Keep the monitor out of reach: The baby monitor must be out of reach from your baby. By mounting it securely on top of the crib’s frame, preferably at the bottom end of the crib, your baby will not be able to reach it.
  • Ensure the monitor is secure: Ensure the video monitor is fastened tightly on the crib without wobbling. At no time do you want to risk having the monitor falling into the crib? Not only is this dangerous for your baby, but you’ll lose any of the audio or video functions of the monitor.
  • Remove from the crib when your baby becomes more active: The baby monitor must be removed when your baby can sit up in the crib.

Mounting the baby monitor to the crib is relatively safe while you are still young and not sitting up. But, as soon as they start to move around and can pull themselves up, the baby monitor needs to be installed elsewhere in the nursery.

Baby Monitor Angle & Distance

First and foremost, you need to consider the angle of the camera. Decide on the area you want to monitor and use the control panel to adjust the angle until you find one that collects everything you want to capture. Ensure no obstructions or interference with the sound and picture when choosing the location.

One of the best options is to mount your monitor on a wall in the room. It’s a safe area—being completely out of reach—it can provide an aerial view of your baby and could be high enough to capture the entire room. This is the best option if you have a zoom and pan monitor features.

You could also place the monitor on a taller piece of furniture or a shelf. That way, you can move it and keep it out of reach of your children. If your monitor does not have tilt, pan, and zoom features, then keeping it on a shelf or dresser is a better option so you can move the monitor as needed. 

If you decide to attach it to the crib, make sure it is completely out of reach of the child; otherwise, they will eventually decide it is their favourite toy.

A higher angle will give you the best view of your sleeping child for newborn babies. When they get older and can sit and stand in their crib, you may want to lower the angle to see when they are awake.

You will want your monitor to be in a convenient location. As your child grows, you may need to change the monitor's location, so choose a place that allows for flexibility if you want to move it later. Also, consider where the closest electrical outlet is and ensure that the cords will reach the outlet.

When purchasing your monitor, consider cameras that offer wide-angle views so you can capture more area. Some models allow you to adjust the camera angle remotely using a pan, tilt, and zoom features.

It is recommended that the monitor remain three feet away from the crib, bed, or play area. In general, you want to keep the monitor as far away as possible while still having your baby's completely clear view and audio.

Baby Monitor Wall Mount

Many video baby monitors will come with a wall-mount option. It could be built-in to the monitor or an extra piece you get inside the box.

Some monitors were made to be installed on the wall. They will come with a secure and easy to use wall mounting system. Others have a more basic mounting system. It could be a simple hole in the bottom of the base. In this case, we suggest you add double face tape to secure the monitor to the wall.

First, you want to find the best spot to install your monitor. This spot will give you a complete bird view of the crib. It’s also nice to see the play area, the doors, and the windows. You will be able to tell if the curtains are still open or if your cat is still in the room.

Pro tips: Avoid drilling extra holes in the wall by using a ladder and finding the best angle while holding it.

You, the baby monitor, will need to be plugged into an electric outlet. Make sure it can reach the outlet. Using an extension cord is not recommended. They are just so tempting to play with for toddlers. They can insert toys in it or wrap them around something.

Securing all wire to the wall is essential. The loose wire is a strangulation risk. Know your baby is probably still too young to walk around and reach for, but I suggest you do it now. Many parents will wait before babyproofing the room, and they will probably forget too. 

Your kid's safety is worth the extra effort. To secure the wire, you can use a cord cover. It’s a hard plastic tube that you fix to the wall and run the wire inside. You can also use the same system for the cable running along the floor.

The best place to run the wire is in the corner, behind a library or a long curtain. If you don’t like the look of a wire running along the wall, you can go the extra mile and run it inside the wall. This will look better, plus be safer for your kid.

Before you mount your baby monitor to the wall, you must consider that it will be hard to take it down after the monitor is fixed to the wall. This could be a problem if your baby sleeps outside of his room. It could be while visiting friends or while on vacation. It was not a problem for us because we added an extra pair of available monitors.

If you prefer not to fix the wall permanently, here’s the other mounting option you could consider.

Baby Monitor Safety

Since 2002, there have been seven deaths and three near-suffocations from baby monitor cords, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). This is why it is recommended to not place your monitor in or on your baby’s crib. 

If you don’t have the option of using a wireless monitor, then make sure that your monitor is at least three feet away from the baby’s area, and the cords are completely secured and out of reach. 

A great option is to secure the cords to the wall and cover them using a cord cover. If you can avoid it, don’t use extension cords — the fewer wires, the better.

There has also been speculation on digital monitors that connect to Wi-Fi, emitting electromagnetic frequency near your baby. According to the World Health Organization, there hasn’t been any convincing evidence that wireless networks cause negative health effects. Your monitor should be fine as long as you keep it at a safe distance.

The guidelines remain the same, whether you have a simple or high-end wireless monitor. The best place for you to set up your baby monitor is a location that provides the best angle of the baby AND is safe for them. Take this advice from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, “3 feet away is where your monitor should stay.”

Install Your Baby Monitor On A Shelf

Placing your baby monitor on a shelf is not just convenient. It’s also safe.

It’s convenient because you don’t have to attach it to the wall or your furniture. You can move it around the nursery or take it into another room in a minute. This is a good option when you need access to your monitor.

You could want to change the camera's angle to better view the crib at night or the play area during the daytime. Yes, some video monitors can move the camera remotely, but they tend to be more expensive. Also, you probably want to buy only one monitor. This means that you will need to take it with you while visiting friends with your baby.

It’s safe because your kid can’t reach the shelf and start playing with the monitor. But don’t place it over the crib because the monitor could fall into the bed. If you don’t already have one in the nursery, you have the possibility of buying a small shelf or getting a shelf design for baby monitors.

Mount-It To The Baby Crib

Most parents think about the crib when they first want to install a baby monitor. Most babyproofing experts will tell you not to fix a monitor to a crib. There are too many ways for it to go wrong.

First, there’s an extreme danger of having your baby reach for the monitor wire. Almost every year, families lose a child because of an unsafe cable they forgot in their baby’s room. Please make sure the cable is 100% secure, and there’s no free area where your kid can put his finger around the wire.

Second, your baby could think it’s a toy and start playing with it. At best, you will have to replace the angle every night. At worst, your expensive camera monitor will get broken. Make sure the monitor is well attached and not removable. For this, you could use a baby monitor clip.

Finally, baby monitors emit a small amount of radiation, like any other electronic device in your house. It is normal. But, it’s not recommended to let your baby sleep beside a baby monitor every night. Experts don’t know what it’s doing to their growing brains. We don’t want to find it the hard way.

When installing a baby monitor in a crib, there are many precautions you must take. It’s possible to mount a monitor to a crib safely.

A bad workman always blames his tools. Do not blame the quality of your baby monitor if you cannot get a good view simply because you didn’t set it upright. We hope this article helped help you decide where to mount the baby monitor.

How to fix or attach a baby monitor to your wall

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Most of the baby monitors we’ve tested come with the necessary wall-mounting elements. Just check the bottom of our reviews to see what’s included in the box. If your video monitor doesn’t come with its wall-mounting screws, the manufacturers will indicate which screws it uses in the manual.

There are five steps to wall-mount a baby monitor:

  • Test the viewing angle and sound: ask someone to hand-hold the baby monitor where you would like to wall-mount it to ensure that you can correctly see and hear your baby from that location.
  • Mark the screws placement: most baby monitors will come with a handy sheet with the location of the holes that you’ll need to drill.
  • Drill the necessary holes in your wall: in a corner close to your ceiling is usually best.
  • Screw the baby monitor base to the wall: use the base provided by the manufacturer in the box.
  • Attach the baby monitor to the base: this is usually just a clipping mechanism.

Conclusion

The baby monitor to crib mounting guide should give you some simple tips to attach your baby monitor safely to the crib. You only use this mounting option until your baby becomes more active and can sit up.

Once you move the baby monitor away from the crib, you have many other mourning options. The universal mounts mentioned in this article allow you to fit most baby monitors. They also give you the option of using clip-on features, mounting to the wall or going with corner shelves.

Floor stands are another great way of mounting your baby monitor, giving you more flexibility. With all of these options, it’s essential to note all safety measures so your baby is safe at all times.

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