Could I install a security camera as a baby monitor?

September 23, 2021
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Could I install a security camera as a baby monitor?

When setting up your baby’s room, you built the crib, painted the walls a soft, lighter shade, and installed a fully-stocked diaper-changing area. The next step is to figure out the manner in which you want to watch over your precious one. You have the option of going with the conventional monitoring choice that gives you the ability to hear through a connected audio receiver, or you might go high-tech and utilize high-definition video, 2-way communication, and instant activation through motion detection.

This advanced option may make you think of video surveillance included in a comprehensive home security system, but would you use a security camera as a baby monitor? 

What features do you need in a baby monitor?

In years past, a baby monitor was pretty simple. You install a microphone-type device in close proximity to your child’s bed, which transmits an audio feed to a walkie-talkie-looking receiver. Thankfully, baby monitors now have more options. To illustrate, many monitors now offer HD video and 2-way communication. You can also hook many monitors to your home’s wireless signal so you are able to move around all over the house. The latest baby monitors are so advanced that they resemble interior surveillance systems in both features and expense.

Would you swap out a baby monitor for an indoor security camera?

Due to the fact that baby monitors and indoor security cameras incorporate similar capabilities, you will find numerous residents in connecting their baby's room to their home security system. This approach is beneficial -- specifically, if you’re upgrading to Vivint smart home technology -- as your baby monitor will include:

Clear video with night vision:

Your surveillance system should include 1080p HD resolution, and infrared functionality for acceptable viewing of darkened rooms.

Two-way talk:

You won’t always have to go inside the bedroom to get your baby back to a gentle slumber. Your calming voice may be the only thing needed to keep your little one peaceful and resting.

Motion sensors:

Even though it’s an option to have your monitoring device function around the clock to keep a close eye on your child, your attention might start to lag. However, when your security camera notices unusual activity, then you can get a text alert to your mobile device. Perfect when your adventurous newborn quietly scrambles out of the crib or if your curious cat sneaks into the space.

Recording capabilities:

The majority of baby monitors don’t record video footage. You can now transmit a 20-second clip to a relative or family friend to allow them a glimpse of what a special, sleepy child you have.

Smartphone access:

Instead of lugging an external monitor around, you may now supervise your little one from your smart home mobile app. You might even touch base with your child and sitter when you go for an evening away.

A security camera baby monitor can be part of your smart home installation

The great part about using a security camera as a baby monitor is that it will work in unison with your additional smart home components. For instance, if you see that your baby is particularly restless, you can make adjustments to your thermostat from the security app to increase the room’s comfort. Additionally, when they wake up for a late-night snack, you might increase the brightness of the nursery’s smart lighting to signal you’re coming. If you by chance have two or more babies in unconnected areas, you have the ability to furnish each one an indoor security camera and monitor the feeds in the same cell phone application.

An indoor security camera is included in your overall home security system

Regardless of whether you would like a home security camera to use as a baby monitor or you simply want to enhance your residential protection, begin by reaching out to Vivint. A Vivint expert will guide you through your options and work hard to configure the right security plan for your unique needs. Simply dial 855-476-5528 or complete the following form.