Home and Nursery Planning

Baby Monitor Selection

Baby monitors can provide you an extra set of eyes and ears while your baby is napping. It’s important to evaluate your home and lifestyle to ensure that you’re selecting a baby monitor that will be functional as well as safe. There are a variety of baby monitors available today in a wide range of prices, from traditional audio monitors to baby monitors with video capabilities, night vision and much more!

Check out this list for some other convenient features that baby monitors provide today:

  • Temperature monitoring
  • Multi-lingual operation—many in English, French and Spanish
  • Digital zoom—keep the monitor at least three feet away and then zoom in on your baby with a push of a button
  • Video recording of your little one’s special moments
  • Digital picture option that conveniently saves to a built-in memory card
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • Built-in nightlights
  • Ability to talk to your baby through an intercom system
  • Multiple receiver options
  • Multiple channel options for decreased interference
  • Standard household plug-in option or use rechargeable batteries for easy, mobile operation
  • Digital clocks

Regardless of which monitor you select for your nursery and baby, it’s important to remember that a baby monitor is never a substitute for parental supervision. Always check your baby frequently--even while using your baby monitor. Learn more from the Chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Baby Monitor Placement

At least 3 Feet Away Your Monitor should Stay

A baby monitor is a valuable tool that allows you to see and hear your child. However, infants and toddlers have strangled in baby monitor cords.

To prevent strangulation, follow these guidelines to help create a safe and sound zone for your baby:

  • Immediately 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 cords at least three feet away from any part of the crib, bassinet, play yard, or other safe sleep environment. Be aware that what is a safe distance today will change as the baby grows.
  • Never position a monitor inside or on the edge of a crib.
  • Remember, at least three feet away is where your monitor should stay.

Make Every Night a Good, Safe Night

When you first bring your new baby home, it is important to create a safe sleep environment to help your little loved one enjoy a safe, good night's sleep. JPMA is here to guide you through every step of way as you plan, select and make your baby gear purchases. Learn safe sleep practices and prepare your baby for a good night’s rest.

Inspect your home frequently because what is safe today, will change as your baby grows.

Check your home to ensure babies and toddlers do not have access to other products with cords such as decorations with ribbons or streamers, outerwear/jackets with drawstrings, and window coverings. Do not place beds, cribs, play yards and other furniture close to window blind cords.

CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where babies or toddlers live or visit.