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September 23, 2021

Can I use a security camera as a baby monitor?

Can I use a security camera as a baby monitor?

In the process of assembling your baby’s room, you built the crib, painted the walls a soothing pastel, and created the ultimate diaper changing station. You’re now ready to figure out the way you're going to watch your baby sleep. You could go with the typical monitor that allows you to supervise on a separate listening device, or you can go high-tech and utilize HD video, two-direction communications, and activation motion detection.

The higher-tech alternative may make you think of surveillance systems found in a comprehensive home security system, but should you use a security camera as a baby monitor? 

What do you want in a baby monitor?

In years past, a baby monitor was really straightforward. You put a microphone-type device in close contact to the sleeping area, transmitting sound to a connected gadget that resembles a walkie talkie. Thankfully, baby monitors now provide additional benefits. To illustrate, some monitors now have clear HD video capability and 2-way communication. You can even link many monitors to your home’s wireless signal so you may roam wherever you want. The leading baby monitors are so advanced that they resemble interior surveillance systems in both features and expense.

Should you switch the baby monitor with an integrated surveillance system?

Knowing that baby monitors and home defense cameras incorporate similar capabilities, there are quite a few parents connecting their baby's room to their home security system. It’s a smart approach -- particularly if you’re upgrading to Vivint smart home technology -- as your baby monitor now has:

Night vision video: Your surveillance system should have at least 1080p high-definition imaging, and infrared functionality for night vision.

Two-way talk: You won’t always have to go inside the bedroom to quiet your child back to a gentle slumber. A comforting word may be the only requirement to keep them asleep.

Motion activation: While you can have your surveillance system continuously carefully watch your newborn, your attentiveness might begin to waver. But if your security camera notices anything unusual, you can configure it to deliver a text alert to your mobile device. You will appreciate this when your adventurous newborn soundlessly scales out of the crib or if your curious cat sneaks into the room.

Recording capabilities: The majority of baby monitors aren’t able to save video footage. You can now transmit a brief sample to friends or family members to allow them a glimpse of what a peaceful, precious baby you have.

Smartphone access: Instead of carrying an external monitor with you, you are now able to watch from your home security app. You can even say hello to your young one and babysitter if you’re able to get an evening away.

Your security camera baby monitor may be part of your integrated smart home plan

One important benefit of using a security camera as a baby monitor is that it can link to your other smart home devices. As an illustration, if you see that your baby is particularly restless, you are able to adjust your integrated thermostat from your smartphone app to make it more comfortable. Or when they awaken for a late-night snack, you might gently raise the room's smart bulbs to show that you're on your way. If you by chance have at least two kids in unconnected areas, you have the ability to supply each one an indoor security camera and monitor the images in a single cell phone application.

An indoor security camera is a key component of your comprehensive home defense plan

If you are looking for a home security camera to use as a baby monitor or you just need to upgrade your general security, get started by contacting Secure24 Alarm Systems. A Vivint expert will guide you through your options and help you get the right home defense package for your property. Place a call to 833-319-7449 or submit the form on this page.