Parents know just how hard it is to keep their little ones safe and secure. That most certainly applies to traveling in the car. You need to be able to keep an eye on your baby at all times, but you can’t use the rearview mirror to do that (you need to keep that angled to see out the back window). A backseat baby monitor can do the trick.

When comparing backseat baby monitors, you have a number of choices. For instance, you might be happy with a baby car mirror. On the other hand, you might prefer a video monitor with an on-dash display. Here is more information about the two:

  • Mirrors: Mirrors come in a wide range of styles, sizes and shapes. However, they almost all use suction cups to mount to the back glass. Larger mirrors offer better views into the back, but can reduce the visibility out of your rear window. Using these mirrors also means that at least some of your view in the rearview mirror is blocked. Other mirrors mount to the headrest of the back seat so these don’t obscure the view out of the rear window.

  • Video Monitors: Video baby monitors are available. One format is to use a video camera inserted in a stuffed animal. The stuffed animal has clamps (usually in the hands/paws) that allow it to lock onto the headrest. The camera transmits the image of your baby to the monitor, which is mounted to the dash in the front of the car. This can be a better option (although more expensive) than a mirror, simply because you don’t have to worry about adjusting the rearview mirror.

With the right backseat baby monitor, you’ll rest easier knowing that your little one is safe and sound.

This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Good Quality Backseat Baby Monitor and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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