Trends : Complete Guide to Buying a baby monitor

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As your baby’s birth date nears, it is important to get all the important items which your baby might need soon after their birth. A baby monitor is one such thing which you will definitely need once your baby is born. So, what does a baby monitor do? A Baby Monitor lets you know what is going on in the baby’s room and whether your baby is any kind of distress or not. It would help you to sleep in your own room while paying attention to the slightest noise made by your baby. A good way to keep an eye on your baby when you are not in the same room. Other useful thing for baby care is convertible seat, check out convertible car seat reviews here. So, which baby monitor should you buy? This guide will help you determining which baby monitor will suit your purposes.

Types of Baby Monitors

There are three types of baby monitors:

  • Audio Monitors

As the name suggests, with the help of an audio monitor you can check up on your baby by hearing the sounds made by your baby. It includes a transmitter which is placed in the child’s room and which allows you to hear your baby easily.

  • Audio and Sensor Monitors

This monitor includes a transmitter and a sensor mat. The sensor mat is placed under the baby and it sounds an alarm whenever it doesn’t sense any movement.

  • Video Monitors

As its name says, this type of monitors allows you to keep an eye on your baby from your own room with the help of a camera.

Features to look out for

  • Frequency

One of the most important things to look for when choosing a baby monitor is that it uses a different frequency band than that of your wireless phone or TV. If there are more than one device with the same frequency band, then you might end up hearing more static from your baby monitor than the actual baby voice.

  • Batteries

Make sure you choose a monitor which can be easily recharged and won’t drain its battery quickly. You will be using the baby monitor for the most part of the day, you don’t want to end up changing its battery in every few hours now.

  • Night Vision

One of the best feature to look for on a video monitor, this will help you to check your baby even at night and when the lights are off.

  • Talk-back feature

Sometimes your baby can calm down by just hearing your voice and you don’t need to cross to their room for this, just choose a monitor which comes with 2 transmitters and allows you to talk to your baby from your own room.

  • Temperature Sensor

This is a great feature to have which will help you in determining whether your baby is too cold or hot. If it is not an appropriate temperature, you will know and you can adjust it accordingly.

  • Video Baby monitor size

Many Video Baby Monitors come with a video screen which is too small and not able to show you your baby properly. Always go for a monitor which has a proper screen size which will capture your baby entirely and not in half parts.

  • Sounds and lights

Another important feature to pay attention to, make sure your monitor comes with a sound and light feature and alerts you whenever your baby makes an unusual sound or movement.

  • Low-battery indicator

Since you are not in the same room as the baby, you won’t know if the monitor’s battery is full or almost empty. A low-battery indicator will come handy in such cases and will help you in avoiding a situation where you run out of battery without knowing.

  • Out-of-range Indicator

Sometimes you might not be in the range of your baby’s monitor and this might prove a hindrance to keep an eye out for your baby. Make sure you choose a monitor which lets you know if you are too far away from your baby to hear him/her now. If you don’t have this feature then you would hear only static when you are too far off.

COLUMNS: THE WAR ON MUSIC ELITISM

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YOLO, before it became a commonly used and acceptable excuse for stupid things we do—as a lot of us know—came into popularity through Graduation’s 2007 release, when Kanye first said it. But some of us also know that before Kanye gave us a statement we clung to like a bad faith, The Strokes have already suggested it back in 2006 in their single “You Only Live Once.” And didn’t that make a lot of us Strokes fanatics pretty pissed off about it?

That YOLO is a contestable way of living was beside the point; it made us angry that people have been throwing it around proudly when we have known it (and have perhaps lived it) way before all these mainstream-loving people did. Suddenly, YOLO to us has lost its magic. And there, in that feeling of misplaced pride, we have an example of our version of music elitism.

Music elitism has been around for a very long time, but like YOLO, it has been gaining more popularity these past few years with the influx of unknown, obscure bands from all over the internet. We began to define our coolness with how little the bands we like were known.Then suddenly, the ones which have reached a wider audience, or at least people outside the circle with which we identify ourselves, are just now plain shitty.

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But don’t we think that to measure the greatness of a piece of music based on its popularity is really just kind of unfair? We are not doing anybody a favor by calling those which are known bad, and then be selfish with the ones that we claim are good. I’m pretty sure the artists and the producers we glorify so much won’t be happy about our selfishness either. This only makes us corrupt people—claiming for ourselves that which does not even belong to us. And if we are so keen as to calling the popular ones bad, then why do we let them continue spreading like wildfire and hiding those which we believe deserve to have more air-time?

My biggest guess as to why music elitism exists in this context is that it makes us feel special knowing that we know good music—the best ones, as some of us may claim—and it only shows how much greater our taste is than everyone else. But allow me to question this entitlement with the notion of what music, especially of the good kind, are supposed to be: shared. So I ask: should we really trust our sense of good judgement?

The issue here, perhaps, is that we are forgetting the powerful potential of what music can do, and supposed to do, for the blinding purpose of satisfying only ourselves. We are so busy enjoying criticizing Justin Bieber and basking in our awesome playlists that we began to completely miss the point.

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So let me remind you: Sure we all have the freedom to be critics.

And by all means do. I encourage it, especially that as people who are at a very vulnerable age, it would be good for us to filter which things to take in. As I have to admit that, yes, there are a lot of bad existing albums out there. There is a very huge gap between being a critic and a hater, though, and to judge music by solely basing them on a criterion that discriminates not the artist or the music itself–but the people who enjoy it–may be indicative of really bad taste.

Elitism represents one kind of hindrance we encounter in our never-ending fight for progress. It spurts the growth of people against the direction which music could lead them to. Instead of appreciating the variety and making the most out of it, we keep pushing others downward. Thus, the whole process just becomes counterproductive. This does not just hold true in the elitism we see in soap operas where the Donyas and the Dons prohibit their children from falling in love with poorer people. In a more realistic and less melodramatic situation, we see elitism here as we exhibit our most undeniable contempt towards those who are just different from who we are in terms of how many bands we know.

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And honestly? It isn’t very YOLO of us.