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How Can I Improve My Baby’s Monitor Signal? 8 Fixes to Try

Last Updated Nov 6, 2022
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Being able to hear your baby (or, with a video monitor, see your baby) while you are not with them is an encouraging and freeing experience for most parents. 

As is the case with most technological blessings, sometimes baby monitors don’t work the way they should. Read on to learn about some quick fixes for poor monitor signal. 

Switch Your Baby Monitor Type

The kind of baby monitor you have plays a big part in signal strength and reliability. 

Knowing which kind of monitor you have and how it interacts with other technology in your home is a good start to solving signal problems. There are two main types of monitors:

  • Analog
  • Digital

Let’s go over each one in more detail below.

Analog Baby Monitors

Analog monitors are typically less expensive than digital monitors, and usually only transmit sound. 

As such, analog systems often run on the same frequency as other common household items. 

Having so many items on the same frequency can disrupt the signal of the monitor. 

Digital Baby Monitors

Digital monitors often have a designated channel between the base and the monitor. They also run on a different frequency. 

However, this doesn’t always eliminate the potential for interference with other items in your home. The wireless world we live in today supplies plenty of chances for signal interruption.

Change the Baby Monitor’s Channel 

Once you have identified the kind of monitor you have (analog or digital), you can then check your owner’s manual to see if you are able to change the frequency or channel that the monitor uses while operating. 

If you discover that frequency interference with other devices is the problem, some monitors give you the option to change your signal, which often lessens the interference. 

Not all monitors have this capability, so make sure you check your owner’s manual for details. 

Put Your Baby Monitor Somewhere Else

Baby monitors are a lot like real estate: where they are located often makes all the difference! 


Several things can interfere with the monitor’s signal:

  • Thick walls
  • The building material of the room (wood versus brick versus metal, etc.)
  • The location of the home near certain natural areas (such as large bodies of water)

What is the setup in your home? How many rooms (and what kind) are between the monitor and the base? 

Often, signal problems can be fixed by relocating the monitor or the base to a different place in the home. Try moving the elements of your monitoring system around to see if it improves the signal. 

Check How Far the Signal Reaches

Even the most high-end and high-tech monitoring system have range limits. Having the base and the monitor too far apart will certainly cause signal disruption. 

Before purchasing a monitor, make sure you know how far apart you plan on the parts of the system being. 

Depending on the size of your home, some systems may not be best for the space you will be using. Most monitors have a functional range listed in the product description. 

If you are having signal trouble, the monitor and the base may be too far from one another. 

Make Sure the Antenna Is Adjusted Correctly

Many monitoring systems come with an antenna on the base and the monitor for sending the signal that makes the system work. Many times, the antenna on a monitor or a base is adjustable. 

If your system has an adjustable antenna, your signal problems may be solved by simply readjusting the antenna. 

Now, let’s see the next way to improve your baby monitor’s signal.

Charge the Baby Monitor 

Baby monitors are powered in a variety of ways. 

Some:

  • Plug into the wall
  • Run on traditional batteries
  • Have rechargeable batteries built into them

If your system doesn’t use a permanent power source (like being plugged into the wall), then a loss of power may be the culprit for a poor signal. 

If your batteries are dying or if your system needs to be recharged, poor power will eventually lead to a bad signal. Make sure your system is charged up and running strong. 

Use Less Baby Monitors In One System

Many baby monitors are loaded with great technology and useful features. 

One common upgrade is having more than one monitor that connects to a single base, allowing two different people in two different rooms to hear and/or see the baby. 

There is potential downside to the two-monitor system, however. 

The monitors, since they are on the exact same frequency, can sometimes compete with one another for the signal, making reception of the signal bad for both monitors. 

If you have a two-monitor system, you might consider using only one at a time and see if this helps improve signal strength. 

Ask the Neighbors to Stop Interfering with the Signal

If you happen to live near other people, such as in an apartment complex, your neighbor’s devices may be creating signal interference. 

Like the items listed above, living close to other people using certain gadgets can cause your baby’s monitor to have a disrupted signal. 

These can all have a negative effect on your monitor’s signal strength and clarity:

  • If you share a wall with someone else
  • If they are using a baby monitor also
  • If they run a lot of technology that shares your monitor’s frequency

Now you know everything about improving your baby monitor’s signal.

Conclusion

Baby monitors are a great way to ease some of the stress of attending to your baby while you can’t physically be with them. 

With these few quick fixes, you can hopefully eliminate one less stressor and enjoy the peace of mind a strong monitor signal brings. 

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