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Here's looking at you, babyHow to find the right video baby monitor for your needs.
[MUSIC] These days it can be pretty hard to tell which baby monitor is the right baby monitor to buy. Now you can go really old school with some walkie-talkie type devices that are basic but dependable. Or you can go really high tech and expensive with wearable baby monitors but are cool but unproven. And then right in the middle of those are video baby monitors like these here. These devices have the dependability of the old but a lot of the really cool features of the new. Before you decide which product to drop your money on, Here are three questions you need to ask. First, do you wanna use it just at home, or when you're away too? If you just wanna use the device when your child is napping in the nursery, and you're getting some work done in the living room, then a device like Vtech's Safe and Sound Monitor here is a really great option. The camera comes with a separate base station monitor So you can just set it up right next to you and just glance over whenever you wanna check on your kiddo. Now on the other hand, if you wanna use your monitor primarily to watch the child while you're out of the home and you left them with a sitter, then consider something like the iBaby monitor and the 6S. With iBaby, any time you're out and about, you can pull up the app in your smartphone and check the live stream Do you wanna use the monitor on its own? Or integrate it with other tech? If you want to use your video monitor independently, then most devices will do the trick. But if you want to integrate it with other technology, like door-window sensors or motion detectors, then you'll wanna consider a device like Panasonic's video baby monitor. That has a hub with it that integrates with other devices. What smart features are must-haves? For you. Well most quality video monitors are going to have all the basic features like night vision, pan cells control, two way audio. You wanna also check for those extra goodies that you want for your child. Samsung for instance has recorded lullabies, and Ibaby has stories. That are recorded that your child can listen to as they go to sleep. Getting a push notification on your phone when sound or motion sets off an alert on your camera is also a really nice feature to have. Once you answer these three basic questions, just match them up and you'll be able to find the baby monitor that meets your needs. [MUSIC]