The name really says it all. The baby crying detector does exactly that: notifies you when the baby is crying.
In the hustle and bustle of the home, especially with a new child in the house, you can sometimes miss the crying. This rings truer if you have other kids to tend to daily. Babies need your attention, but you also have to take time for the work, chores, kids, pets, and everything else.
Samsung decided to give you a little help by creating a feature for parents to use just for babies.
How Do I Use the Baby Crying Detector?
To get to the settings, first, access your drop-down menu. From there, you will press the settings button to access your phone’s settings. Scroll down until you see the accessibility tab. Once there, a few tabs down will be the hearing tab. Once you are in the hearing tab, you can see the options for different detectors.
New phones will have a doorbell detector that will send you alerts when it rings. In the same tab will be the baby crying detector. There are a few things you must do to turn on the function. You first must mute all sounds from your device. The function will not work if there are other sounds like alerts, phone and message ringtones, or email alerts. The baby crying detector works best when no other sound is present.
Your phone must be within 1 meter of the baby. What it does is the phone vibrates when it detects the baby crying and also sends an alert to a separate device paired with your Samsung phone. For example, it will send an alert to your Samsung Gear watch. However, any device that you have that gets alerts from your phone will work just as well. So, once it is all set up—which takes only a few minutes—you will have an effective baby monitor for free. There is no need to buy an expensive, separate system to monitor your pride and joy.
Why Should I Use This and Not a Baby Monitor System?
Well, for one thing, if you already own a smartwatch and a Samsung phone, then it will be free. A decent baby monitor can run over a hundred dollars at a box store. There are even high end options that see with night vision and thermal imaging and put out Bose-quality sound, but all those extras are not necessary.
The baby crying detector on your Samsung phone is an aid to help the parents that do not depend on electronics to raise their kids. There is no substitute for a parent’s intuition and instinctive care. Your child depends on you—not the people that make expensive electronics—to be healthy and happy. So, keeping it simple and affordable is the best way to monitor your child. Just like any other baby, they will be loud enough for you to hear.
Note: This feature is great for times like when they take naps throughout the day, but it is also important to remember that electronics fail frequently. It will never be advised to go ahead and leave the house to run errands while your baby is at home just because you are monitoring them on your watch. Any baby monitor or phone or watch could fail at any time. Keep this in mind when using aids to help with parenting.
But, I Can’t Use My Phone While the Baby Sleeps?
This is true. Your phone needs to be next to the child. Unless you plan to sit with them while they sleep, which will defeat the purpose of the baby crying detector altogether, then your phone will be out of arm’s reach. This is 2017, which means that great Android phones have been on the market for more than a few years, so you can use an old one, or go out and buy a less expensive phone for less than most baby monitors.
For example, the Samsung GS5 has this feature, and can be found everywhere for less than $50. That is half as expensive as a baby monitor, and you will get to use your newer phone when the baby sleeps, which is 12–16 hours a day.
The supplemental phone does not need to be connected to a service provider, so it can come from anywhere, locked or not. You can get more use out of it by letting your older kids use it as a wifi only device for homework help or to play games. When you no longer need it as a baby monitor, you can sell it or give it new life by turning it into a security camera, using it as a web server, or using it as an mp3 player. The possibilities are endless.
So, I Can Be on the Other Side of the House, and It Will Still Work?
Most likely yes, but this will all depend on the size of your home. On older devices the connection is via Bluetooth, so you’ll need to research your devices to determine how far their Bluetooth connections extend. Walls and floors can also interfere with Bluetooth connections, so the distance you can actually travel will probably be less than the advertised signal distance.
On newer devices, Wi-Fi makes this problem go away as it will use the internet connection to give you your notifications. If that is the case, enjoy going anywhere around your home that you wish.
Why Does the Phone Vibrate When It Detects a Baby Crying?
That is a good question. It seems like it is a waste of a perfectly good vibration. However, it could be used to wake a parent up that has not slept in four days and is in a borderline coma. The brain reacts to movement and touch feelings like vibration differently than sounds. While you sleep, your brain is in, well, sleep mode. Sounds do get to the brain, but often, they are not processed in a way that would bring you out of a sleep state. Most of the time, a sound would need to be loud enough as this gets processed in a separate part of the brain that invokes a panic type of feeling. That is why smoke alarms, home security systems, and environmental warning sirens are so loud and obnoxious. Of course, a sound like this could just upset the baby further, not to mention get picked up by the baby crying detector, so Samsung stuck with a simple vibration notification.
How Well Does the Baby Crying Detector Work?
There are virtually no false alarms, so you do not have to worry about running in and out of your kid’s room every minute.
If your kid is in a quiet room, which they should be, then the detector will notice as your baby begins to fuss, hopefully allowing you to get to them before they start screaming. If your baby’s room is next to yours and you are a stay-at-home parent, it is safe to nap when your baby naps. If your kid sleeps in the same room as you while they are itty bitty, you can keep the phone on you so you can feel it vibrate and sound the alarm, too.
However, you will have to play with the setup you have. You will know the best way to use this aid to help you and your bundle of joy be healthier and happier during the first years of their lives.
Are There Any Hacks, Tips, Tricks, or Changes That Would Make It Better?
The way it is now is great. There really aren’t any tricks to it and no magic involved. Just follow the instructions it gives you on the screen before it lets you turn it on. It is simple and easy. The only change to the baby crying detector that would make it better would be having a sensitivity sensor on the phone. This would give the parent complete control over the feature and would offer the freedom of customization. Some babies do not cry very loud, and some cry too loud, so having options would make this feature perfect.
Also, if Samsung would make a standalone device that was small and affordable to replace your phone, that would be even better. The device would not need to be fancy or do anything other than sense the sound your baby omits and send an alert to your phone. Having that separate device, coupled with a sensitivity sensor, would be the ultimate system in baby monitoring technology. However, the way the system is now is just fine, especially for people who want to keep it simple and affordable.
Please use this feature with caution. Samsung has put a disclaimer on this feature to remind parents that aids like this are not substitutes for parenting, which could not be truer. The electronics you put in your kid’s room to help you cannot do anything for him or her. Only you can, and you must be alert when caring for your child. Having said that, using aids is essential for parents in the modern world as we are so busy with so many things. This feature helps you stay organized throughout the day, so you can plan ahead to catch up on sleep and feel safe doing it. Do your research on other aids and affordable ways to help you care for your child because this is just one of hundreds of other options out there, including hiring a nanny with a proper British accent that carries an umbrella with her everywhere she goes.
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