A baby monitor should help you to ensure your baby is safe. But if you don't position it correctly, it could become a hazard.
A poorly positioned baby monitor can cause direct physical harm, but it can also prevent you from being able to see or hear your baby well.
Here are the key things to watch out for when deciding where to put your baby monitor:
The baby monitor should be out of reach of your baby, ideally at least one metre away from them. You could mount it high up on a wall or put it on top of a shelf.
You'll need to re-check your child's reaching distance as they grow and readjust the position if needed.
There have been reports of strangulation caused by loose baby monitor cords left within a child's reach. To prevent this risk, ensure any wires and cables are covered and secured away from the child.
Putting the baby monitor on a flat, stable surface will help to ensure it stays upright.
We assess the stability of each baby monitor we test to make sure you don't end up with a monitor that easily topples over.
Once you've chosen a place, check you can easily hear your baby through the monitor.
If you're using a video monitor, check the angle of the camera gives you an unobstructed view of your baby.