We live in a 1,000 square foot coop in Brooklyn, so you could argue that a baby monitor is pretty unnecessary because you will hear the baby pretty much from any room in the house! Indeed, we never got one for our first baby and though I was envious of my friends who could spy on their little ones through their video monitors, I never thought it worth the expense.
But now with a toddler and twins on the way, I'm starting to think differently. Wouldn't it be nice to roll over in bed and check the live stream video on your phone to confirm everything is good in the nursery? What about when you're stuck on the couch breastfeeding - you can monitor your toddler playing in the other room from your phone to make sure he's not getting into trouble! If you or your spouse work out of the house, you can check in while on the road or in the office. And let's not forget about sleep training, if that's something you choose to do, it's nice to be able to watch them to make sure they're safe without them seeing you!
Sure, you could get a traditional baby monitor that will allow you to hear and speak to your babies through the camera, but that device's purpose is pretty short lived. Which is why I was so intrigued by NETGEAR's new Arlo security camera system. It doesn't have all of the features of a camera designed for use solely as a baby monitor, but this system will take you past the baby days and can evolve into many different usages for your family over the years!
- The videos are clear (720p HD) and smooth, but get quite blurry when you zoom in. So if you want to clearly see the baby in the crib, you'd need to install the camera closer so you don't need to zoom in too much.
- There is quite a delay between what you see in real life and on the camera, sometimes as much as 5 seconds.
- There is no audio in either direction, it's video only.
You can buy the Arlo System in a package with 1, 2, 3, or 4 cameras, and you can buy add-on cameras as well. So, if you want to have every room in the house on video, it's definitely possible! They're even weather-proof, so you could install outside as well. The price is pretty comparable to other video baby monitors, which generally run around $150-200. On Amazon, you can find the Arlo 1-camera system for $190 and 2-cameras for $330.
What do you think? Would you try the Arlo as a home security camera or baby monitor? Do you have a baby monitor you love or hate? Share in the comments below!