So, you have your nursery all 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 realize 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 to be aware of.
When my husband and I brought our newborn daughter home from the hospital, we thought we were ready. I had hoarded diapers, and he had set up the crib. We had the baby monitor all ready to go, too, but then we realized 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 U.S. 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 organizations 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.
For your own peace of mind, you may want to do another safety check of your baby’s sleeping area. 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 is not going to 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.
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Baby Monitor Angle & Distance
First and foremost, you need to consider the angle of the camera. Decide on the area that you want to monitor and use the control panel to adjust the angle until you find one that collects everything you want to capture. Make sure there are 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 monitor that has zoom and pan 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.
For newborn babies, a higher angle will give you the best view of your sleeping child. When they get older and can sit and stand in their crib, you may want to lower the angle so you can 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 location of the monitor, so choose a place that allows for flexibility in case 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. There are also models that allow you to adjust the camera angle remotely using a pan, tilt, and zoom features.
It is recommended that the monitor remain a minimum of 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 a completely clear view and audio of your baby.
Baby monitor wall mount
Many video baby monitors will come with a wall-mount option. It could be built-in 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, I suggest you add a double face tape to secure the monitor to the wall.
How to mount a baby monitor on the wall?
At 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 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 try to find the best angle while holding it.
You, 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 it around something.
Securing all wire to the wall is essential. The loose wire is a strangulation risk. I 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 baby proofing the room, and they will probably forget too. Your kid 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 miles and run it inside the wall. This will definitely look better plus be safer for you kid.
Before you mount your baby monitor to the wall, you must consider the fact that after the monitor is fixed to the wall, it will be hard to take it down. This could be a problem if your baby is sleeping outside of his room. Could be while visiting friends or while on vacation. For us, it was not a problem because we added an extra pair of monitors that were available.
If you prefer not to fix it permanently to the wall here’s the other mounting option you could consider.
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Baby Monitor Safety
Since 2002, there have been seven deaths and three near-suffocations from baby monitor cords, according to the U.S. 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, so your monitor should be fine as long as you are keeping it at a safe distance.
The guidelines remain the same, whether you have a simple monitor or a 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 piece of 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 to have access to your monitor.
You could want to change the angle of the camera, to have a better view of 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 get a shelf design for baby monitors.
My first choice will be to place the monitor on the dresser, next to the crib. This is what we did at first when we got our first baby monitor.
The changing table or the dresser is high enough to have a good view of the crib through the bars.
If you place it beside the changing pad, make sure your baby can’t kick it off the dresser or start to play with it. It could be dangerous for the safety of the monitor and your baby 😉
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Mount it to the baby crib
Most parents think about the crib when they first want to install a baby monitor. Most baby proofing 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 a wobbly cable they forgot in their baby’s room. 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 brain. Personally, I don’t want to find it the hard way.
When installing a baby monitor to 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 proper view, simply because you didn’t set it upright. We hope this article was helpful in helping you decide where to mount the baby monitor.