A battery-operated baby monitor? Here’s why not!
Which of these would you find in the garage or at the back of your drawers: a battery-operated egg timer, a few battery-operated toys, a battery-operated nose-hair trimmer, a battery-operated pencil sharpener, several remotes with leaky or no batteries, a battery-operated alarm clock, a battery-operated talking book …
By now, you probably get where we are going with this. Battery-operated gadgets and the pain of replacing or recharging them! This week, the question we are asking is: Must parents choose battery-free gadgets for the nursery? What are the pros and cons of it? The single advantage is that it allows a gadget to run in the absence of a continuous power source. But is that enough?
One more task on the list of chores
The average American household, supposedly, has 28 battery-powered devices! Which makes us wonder how many we actually continue to use once the novelty’ worn off (and the batteries need charging again)! Let’s face it, battery-operated gadgets are high maintenance! Don’t think so? Think about how far you’ll push your mobile or laptop before plugging it in!
As a new parent, do you really want more work? We know what life with a new baby in the house can be like. We’re thinking about going through the routine of new baby care, of diaper changing, nursing, burping, rocking, bathing, cooking… and all of that in a sleep-deprived haze. To this mix, throw in warning lights on a nursery device reminding you that it’s running low on battery. Everyday. That’s what a battery-operated device would demand of you. Most use rechargeable batteries; which while more convenient that single-use batteries, still require charging every 18-24 hours!
However, it’s not only the inconvenience of charging a device that makes battery-operated nursery devices unsuitable. Li-ion batteries – the most commonly used rechargeable batteries – in portable electronic devices are a safety hazard. As a packed, portable power source, it carries the risk of overheating. These batteries are also known to react differently with temperature changes. These are the reasons why batteries are not allowed on flights, as check-in or carry-on baggage, if they are not easily removable from the device. When you have a wearable baby monitor or device, they are typically powered by a battery, which makes them liable to overheating. This means they come with the real risk of skin burn from battery overheating. A battery-operated nursery device is then, unpredictable at worst, and inconvenient at best.
With raybaby, when it came to batteries, the idea of a rechargeable battery was very much a part of the early design. What made us drop it was the factors we’ve just talked about. We don’t think batteries should be part of a baby’s nursery. It’s one less thing to worry about, which, you’ll agree, is a good thing.