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How to Choose a Baby Monitor - Video

A baby monitor is a helpful way to stay close to your baby, without being in the same room. It gives you freedom as well as reassurance as you get on with your day. In this video, Pip and Georgia from our customer service team explain the benefits of two of our most popular monitors, the Oricom Nursery Pal Video Monitor, which is a more traditional style video monitor, and the Lollipop Monitor which is very modern and works only on WiFi.

The Oricom Nursery Pal Video Baby Monitor is traditional in that it uses a closed network radiowave connection, which means it comes with a touch-screen visual monitor, and is great if you’re worried about WiFi security, but it is also WiFi-enabled, so if you want to use your phone as a monitor, even when you’re at work or further away, you can. There are a few other really cool things about this monitor: It tracks climate conditions with the room temperature sensor. You can “shhh” and soothe your baby from afar with the two-way talk system, i.e. you can hear them and they can hear you, if you like. It doubles as a white noise machine with preloaded lullabies, nature sounds and even bedtime stories. And it can be your nightlight with this built-in 7-colour light.

The Lollipop is a WiFi-only monitor, so you need to have good WiFi in your house to use it, and it doesn’t have a display monitor, everything goes straight to your phone. The big difference with Lollipop compared to other monitors is that it doesn’t look like a serious piece of tech in your nursery. It works with your decor and has a genius malleable attachment system so you can always get the best view. A lot of people attach it to their cot and then of course, it’s super easy to take to the grandparent’s house or on holidays. It has a sound machine so you can use it as a white noise machine, but it actually can tell you more about your baby, the more you use it. So there’s a cross detection function, which allows you to create a border inside the camera view to track movements in your baby’s crib. If anything happens outside the border, for instance if baby’s leg gets stuck, you’ll be notified. And, there’s an event list, where the Lollipop saves a 30-second video of significant events like crying, loud noises, lots of movement or environmental changes so if anything unusual happens, or you’re trying to figure out why they are waking up, you can go back and review.

Both monitors are great investments that you’ll get a lot of use out of. The key differences are whether you want a separate display monitor, like the Oricom, if you’d use and benefit from the additional data provided by the Lollipop, and whether your space is set up to have a monitor on a table or installed in the roof or if you move around a lot and would like the flexibility of the Lollipop.

For more information please read our baby monitor blog