Making sure you hear your baby when they cry is the top priority for many parents. That’s why a traditional audio-only model meets their needs. When looking for an audio monitor, here are a few key features to keep in mind.

Sound Quality

You’d be surprised at how much static comes through some monitors. Knowing that your monitor has reliable sound will allow you to rest easy at night. Look for monitors with Digitally Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) technology, which allows it to transmit a secure and interference-free signal. That means no static and no noise pickup from other devices—just the unmistakable sound of your baby when they need you.

Sound Activation

Yes, parents want to make sure they hear their baby, but the sound of the air conditioner rumbling in your little one’s room? That can be unnecessarily disruptive. Look for monitors with a sound activation feature, which allows monitors to fall silent until the baby cries.

Indicator Lights

Lights that change color when your baby cries is a helpful feature, especially if you are in a noisy room yourself and need a visual alert. If you’re trying to catch up on phone calls during naptime, the lights will let you know it’s time to wrap up the call, without having the person on the other side of the phone hear the wails.