BABY MONITOR: THE DAWN OF ELECTRONIC NANNIES
How would you expect your great, great grandma to react on the existence of baby monitors nowadays? In their time, the only baby monitor around is their active presence. The whole idea could infuriate them, but practically in the 21st century, almost half the century since mothers gained liberty in climbing a career path, all possibilities were laid accessible. Perhaps the technology and the inventors should receive better appreciation instead of being cynical.
Baby monitors are gadgets that serve to produce and amplify the condition of the infant in the crib while the parents are not at hand to see them. It does not mean leaving the baby alone in the house, but it has more use at night during sleep. They come in various brands and sophistication but all the way serving the purpose of keeping the child safe. The audio sounds that it produces are the breathing, heartbeat and vital responses to avoid the dangers of SIDS, known to be Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. SIDS occurs in a baby’s life at the age of 1 to 4 months.
Baby monitors like these are not only used at homes but also in hospitals. If it is in the hospital, then one could expect all the transmitters, antenna and connections plugged to the baby’s crib. For home use, it could come in different portable functions, but the opinions that go along with it could range from the option of hiring a nanny to the point that the mom must quit the job instead of depending on baby monitors.
The advantage of having baby monitors is its capability to detect intelligently more than what practical nannies can detect by intuition. This is much applicable for children with breathing problems and some mental retardation that prevents them to respond like normal babies do. Baby monitors come in radio frequencies from 46 to 49 MHz, which can be activated by batteries or regular current plugged in convenience outlets. These gadgets can either had transmissions located less than 10 feet from the crib for clearer monitoring.
The main disadvantage is it could interfere with wireless phone, other baby monitors and other gadgets that use radio frequency. Literally, the sounds emitted from other sources could be heard in the monitor. Later, the products increased to 900MHz to solve the problem, but still it has no guarantee to patch the problem.
Other fancy things baby monitors can do in some push buttons include: lullabyes to pacify the crying baby, talks, vibrations, capability to connect to emergency lines, heart listener, baby movement censors, video.
Culturally, the use of baby monitors is more common in the western countries where parents do not co-sleep with their children. Chances are the child sleeps in a separate room, with doors left ajar while parents plug a monitor as aid. In Asian countries, SIDS is not a common dilemma. Mothers culturally co-sleep with children plus they are not so required to take part actively in climbing careers have the full-time dedication to tend to the children. These are commonly in rural areas. In cities where life is fast-phased, there is no use getting the financial role of parents as an argumentative matter.
Truly we cannot avoid life changes that technology offer as gifts of advancement. Using gadgets to aid parents will not mean to diminish the way they give care and love.