Whether this is your first baby or your seventh, you care about his safety. And when you’re not in the room, you want to know he’s safe and sound.
Fortunately, baby monitors were designed to do just that. They allow you to watch him via video so you can hear and see him. But did you know that you can have the luxury of a baby monitor and the peace of mind it provides without having to shell out money for it?
Baby monitors are out and smartphones are very, very in. Here’s how to turn your old phone into a baby monitor in three easy steps.
1. Grab an old phone
If you don’t have an old smartphone, ask a friend for hers. It doesn’t have to be fancy or flashy. However, it does need to be functional, have a decently-sized, usable screen (i.e. not cracked), and have strong Wi-Fi access so you can download an app and upload a live stream of video.
2. Download a baby monitor app on both phones
For this step, you need both your current phone and the old smart phone — you’ll be downloading a baby monitor app to both of them. Once you download your chosen app on both phones, follow the on-screen instructions and installation guide to get started. Pro tip: Download the app on a secure wi-fi network that is password-protected. You don’t want anyone else to have access to your home, nursery, or baby.
Here are three great baby monitor apps:
Cloud Baby Monitor — This app works on all Apple products — from the iPhone to Apple TV — and is easy to use, reliable, and secure. With this app, you can talk to your baby, turn on lullabies and white noise, and even control brightness with its built-in nightlight. Most importantly, it has unlimited range so you can enjoy the same quality video and audio both inside and outside your home.
Baby Monitor & Alarm — This app is available for both Apple and Android phones and is very easy to start and use. In fact, the app offers impressive support features if you’re experiencing problems with it. With Baby Monitor & Alarm, you can check the Activity Log to see if your baby slept soundly or restlessly through the night. And if he’s tossing and turning, you can soothe him to sleep with the sound of your voice or by playing his favorite lullaby.
Baby Monitor 3G — Available on both Apple and Android phones, Baby Monitor 3G provides peace of mind and security to its users. It boasts a quick and easy setup (less than thirty seconds!) and provides live video stream, unlimited reach, and vibration alerts to notify you when your baby is awake.
3. Set up the old phone
In the nursery or whichever room you want to monitor, make sure the phone faces the crib and baby. Place it in a location where it won’t be knocked over and where you can see the whole crib and baby, not just half of them. It’s also smart to always keep the smartphone plugged in so it stays charged. The old phone will be your baby monitor while your personal phone will always be with you to access and monitor your baby’s sounds and movements remotely.
The best part about baby monitor apps? Constant access. Because most people always have their phones on them, baby monitor apps provide constant remote access and tracking (as long as there’s Wi-Fi!) of your baby. That way, as long as both phones are always charged and on secure networks, you can passively watch him while he sleeps and plays.
What’s more, baby monitor apps are cheap so you can download a few and see which one is best for you and your baby. (In fact, they’re cheaper than many standard baby monitors which can cost hundreds of dollars!) But, remember, the most important thing to do is find an app that is reliable, secure, and effective. The best baby monitor app is one that makes things easier and safe for both you and your baby.