iPhone baby monitor

When we went on a retreat with our 1 and 4 year old a few years ago at one of those family retreat centers in the woods, I was a confounded by how to monitor our sleeping kids in the bedroom while we were meeting in a building just next door.  We brought our baby monitor but it was just out of range.  I swear, those things have the most pathetic range!  It’s a pet peeve of mine because we live in a 1300 sq ft home and the blasted monitor beeps incessantly when I’m in the other end of the house.  I digress…back to the woods.  We tried our cellphones thinking we could put those unlimited minutes between family members to good use.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have cellphone reception in the woods.  After scratching our heads over the matter, we decided to go to Walmart and purchase some walkie talkies.  We rigged them up so that the talk button was always on in the bedroom and it worked.  What a massive effort just to allow us to hang out with our friends in the evening while our precious sleepy heads were getting some shut eye.

Today, I came across an ingeneous idea.  A Baby Monitor iphone app by CodeGoo that converts your iPhone into a baby monitor.

Screenshot of iphone baby monitor

The iPhone will call any other phone number the moment it detects noise.  Have it call the land line or another cellphone. My mind is racing a mile a minute about all the implications.  What do you think about this.  Pros, cons, if’s and but’s are welcome.  Reply to the talk conversation I started on Trekaroo. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

About the author

LiLing Pang is Co-founder and CEO of Trekaroo . She is a mom to two boys and a girl (13, 11, and 3) currently traveling through Central America. Together with her husband, Brennan Pang, they hatched the idea of Trekaroo one summer day along the California coast while searching for the best kid-friendly tide pool near La Jolla with their curious 2.5 year old.
3 Responses
  1. Deborah

    This is absolutely terrible for the baby. The iphone has a very powerful wifi signal that has been shown in studies to cause brain tumors. It can also cause disrupted sleep patterns. Babies brains are so vulnerable, the nerve cells are not even myelinated yet! I would NEVER put a cell phone near a baby. I keep mine off when I am even with my baby.

  2. Nicole

    There’s some pretty simple science to allay any fears you might have; WiFi energy emissions are much lower than a cell phone or TV, and any concerns in that respect are simply not valid. WiFi doesn’t consist of laser beams shooting across your house; it operates in a controlled manner that’s actually pretty weak compared to most household technology.

    It’s not unnatural that people would be wary of something that basically transmits massive quantities of information across the air, or that they’d associate large amounts of information with large amounts of power and therefore danger, but there’s no risk of cancer or anything else from WiFi.

  3. MoniS

    We also had the distance problems with the walkie-talkie (incl. a baby monitor function) devices on our camping site. Range should have been 3 km, but was at the best 300 meters…and sound quality was already at 200 meters very poor.

    Thanks for the idea of using an application for the iPhone as a baby monitor. We baught the one you recommended and two other ones in the App store. Definitiv the most reliable was the one from http://www.babyphoneweb.com

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