Tips and FAQs - Baby Monitor Safety

Since baby monitors often make the short list of your nursery ‘must have items,’ deciding which monitor to buy can be overwhelming. Our experts have answered your most frequent questions to assist you with your decision.

How do I select the right baby monitor for my family?
What types of baby monitors are available today?
Where can I buy a baby monitor?
Should I use my friend’s baby monitor now that her family is done growing?

How do I select the right baby monitor for my family?

There are a wide range of monitors available at various prices. Ultimately, your monitor should meet the needs of your entire family, regardless of its features or cost.

Before heading out to the store, decide which baby monitor features are most appealing to you. Are you looking for a monitor with audio options only or are you looking for a video monitor that will allow you to see your little one? Are you looking for a monitor that will mount to the wall or do you prefer one that can be placed on a shelf? Regardless of which monitor you choose, be sure to always keep your baby monitor out of your toddlers reach. At least three feet away is where your monitor should stay!

What types of baby monitors are available today?

  • Audio Monitors: Monitors that capture the sounds and coos  of your baby or child
  • Video and Audio Monitors Combined: Monitors that capture sounds and have the ability to show real-time, live video of your child. These can be placed on dressers or stands away from the baby or toddler or mounted to the wall, depending on the type of monitor purchased.
  • Movement Detection Monitors: Monitors that are placed under the mattress of the infant. The monitor picks up the baby or toddler’s movement including breathing patterns. If there isn’t movement for a certain period of time, an alarm sounds alerting the parent.

Are you wondering about more monitor features? Check out this list!

Where can I buy a baby monitor?

Monitors can be purchased in retail stores as well as through online e-tailers (electronic retailers).

Should I use my friend’s baby monitor now that her family is done growing?

New products meeting current safety standards are the safest option. However, if it is imperative to use older products, make sure they meet all current safety standards, have all of the manufacturer's labels and instructions and have not been recalled.

Whether it's by choice or it's a necessity, parents are increasingly finding ways to cut costs on baby gear by purchasing second hand products found at garage sales, auctions, thrift stores. While this may be a good alternative if you're on a tight budget, it is absolutely vital that you aren’t compromising safety for price. If you are unsure of the safety of a used product or it is missing hardware, labels, or instructions, remember--purchasing new, unused items is the safest option for both you and your baby.

If you are a retailer, please visit JPMA's Safe Sleep Center for more info and resources.