Buying Two-Room Baby Monitors

Julie Kirk
Baby monitor in kitchen

For parents with two young children or one child in a very big house, two-room baby monitors (a baby monitor with two receivers) are a smart and practical choice. These baby monitors can bring true peace of mind while keeping watch over your sleeping child during naps or at bedtime.

Types of Two Room Baby Monitors

A standard baby monitor comes with a base unit that is placed near the baby's bed and a receiver unit that the parents can place virtually anywhere in the house in order to hear what is going on in the room where the child is sleeping. There are two types of double baby monitors: systems that have two base units that will monitor two children sleeping in separate rooms, and systems that have two receivers for two parents to monitor one child simultaneously.

Baby Monitors With Two Receivers

Double receiver monitors enable you to place the receivers in the two rooms where you will be most frequently such as the living room and the kitchen. This way you will not have to change locations of the receivers as you move from room to room. The other possibility is that the two receivers are each monitored by two different people in the house. Even if you and your partner are in different rooms of the house, you both will still be able to keep an eye on your sleeping baby.

  • The VTechDM221-2 Digital Audio Baby Monitor has two parent units and one baby unit. It offers a two-way, talk-back intercom to let you talk to your baby. There is a soft, glowing night light on the top of the baby unit. The parent units have backlit displays, vibrating sound alerts and belt clips to easily hook on and carry around the house. This set offers 1000 feet of range outdoors and 160 feet indoors. The battery-operated parent unit will work for up to 18 hours on a single charge or you have the option of using AAA batteries as well. This baby monitor can be found on Amazon and is priced at around $40.00.
  • The VTech TM8212 2 Parent Digital Audio Monitor with Ceiling Night Light has a baby unit and two parent units. It has a vibrating sound alert, backlit display, talk-back intercom and up to 1,000 feet of range. It also has a night light projector that shines a soft light off the top of the monitor and projects a starry night on the ceiling. This can be found at Target and costs about $50.00.
  • The Motorola MBP161Timer Audio Baby Monitor includes a baby unit and two parent units. It offers two-way communication, a backlit LCD display, a room temperature display, and three baby care timer settings for feeding, changing and sleeping. Walmart carries this baby monitor and it sells for just over $60.00.

Monitoring Two Babies in Separate Rooms

Many parents make the decision to stop monitoring their toddler when a new baby arrives. However, a few products have come on the market that allows parents to effectively monitor two children in two separate rooms of the same house.

  • The VTech Owl Digital Video VM344-2 Baby Monitor is adorable. These cute owl-shaped cameras will look right at home perched in a baby's bedroom or playroom. The set comes with 2 cameras but can support up to four. The cameras can pan, tilt and zoom from the parent unit. It also has automatic infrared night vision so you'll even be able to see your little one in the dark. The parent unit monitor has a high-resolution LED screen, full motion video and a temperature sensor. Your baby will be able to hear you when you talk to him since there is a two-way talk feature on this monitor. The max range for this monitor is 1000 feet and it comes with a rechargeable battery. This can be found on Amazon and is priced at around $225.00.
  • The Babysense Video Baby Monitor with Two Digital Cameras is one of the more reasonably priced. This is a high quality monitor that has crystal clear sound quality and allows you to maintain a secure connection with your baby. The cameras have infrared night vision that provide clear video in a dark room. It also has scheduled alerts for feeding, medication and diaper changing. It will even play pre-programmed lullabies to help put your child to sleep. Amazon carries this baby monitor and it is priced at around $105.00.
  • The Motorola MBP50-G2 Portable 5" Video Baby Monitor has 2 cameras that are portable and rechargeable and can go anywhere in the house. The cameras have the ability to see clearly during the day or night and offers remote pan, tilt and zoom options. It has two-way radio communication with a highly sensitive microphone. It has a maximum range of 1000 feet and wireless technology. This baby monitor can be found at Amazon and is priced at about $200.00.

Necessity of Two Room Baby Monitors

All of these modern monitoring options, especially the video baby monitors, offer parents the chance to relax knowing that their monitor will alert them if their baby or child needs something. While double receiver and double transmitter systems can be expensive, many parents swear by baby monitors and believe it is one of the truly necessary baby items that should find its way into every new nursery. These baby monitors can truly provide the peace of mind that your child is safe and sound.

Buying Two-Room Baby Monitors