Baby Monitors

How to Mute a Baby Monitor

Sarah Davis

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Looking for steps to mute your baby monitor? There comes that time when your baby’s brief awake period and a little crying is normal and you do not want to listen in or wake up and check on them.

Below is a list with links to different parts of this muting guide to help you jump to the most appropriate section for you;

Here is my story regarding muting my baby monitor:

When I first got my baby monitor, I couldn’t even imagine muting the audio was a good idea. That new parent mode, right? After sleep training and realizing that my baby quietly sleeps through most of the night, waking up around 6 am, I noticed that he only wakes up maybe once or twice a week at night around 2 am and makes some noises before falling back asleep within 5 minutes.

This realization gave me a new perspective which was quite encouraging. He could get himself back to sleep without needing me. He is becoming a big man!

My loud ringing monitor always got me up as I am a light sleeper and would find it difficult to fall back asleep while my baby was already back asleep. This got me thinking that muting the monitor was a good idea.

I was relieved to find out that other parents had chosen to mute their monitors as well. Some even used the sound-activation feature to minimize sleep disruption, only alerting them when the baby’s crying reached a high sound-level threshold, like 80 decibels. At the time, I didn’t have a VOX monitor, so muting was my best option. Check out my favorite sound-activated baby monitors here.

What is baby monitor muting?

Muting a baby monitor simply means turning off or lowering the volume of the audio feed from your baby’s room to where you get zero decibels or no sound transmission at all. This can be done through various methods depending on your specific monitor, but the end result is the same – you will no longer hear any sounds coming from your baby’s room through the monitor.

Some baby monitors have mute function while others allow you to keep pressing the low-volume button until you get to the mute option.

13 Reasons you may need to mute a baby monitor:

  1. Better sleep for parents: As a parent, getting quality sleep is crucial. By muting the baby monitor, you can avoid being woken up by every little noise your baby makes and get some uninterrupted rest. This is especially helpful for light sleepers who may find it difficult to fall back asleep once they wake up in the middle of the night.
  2. Minimizes false alarms: Sometimes, baby monitors can pick up background noises that are not related to the baby, such as a passing car or a barking dog. By muting the monitor, you can prevent these false alarms from disturbing your sleep or daily activities.
  3. When you’re holding the baby: If you are holding your baby in your arms, it may not be necessary to have the monitor on since you can easily hear and see them.
  4. Encourages self-soothing: If your baby is used to being soothed back to sleep by the sound of your voice through the monitor, muting it can encourage them to learn how to self-soothe. This can be beneficial for their sleep training and development.
  5. When you have privacy concerns: Some parents get alarmed with blinking lights on the monitor thinking that they’ve been hacked. I encourage any parent to mute or entirely disconnect the monitor from power source if you think it’s been hacked. Here are 6 ways to know if your monitor is hacked.
  6. Conserve battery life: Most baby monitors run on rechargeable batteries that need to be replaced once in a while. By muting the monitor, you can conserve the battery life and save yourself the hassle of constantly changing them. Here are 10 tips to boost your baby monitor battery life.
  7. Allows for uninterrupted conversations: If you have guests or are on a phone call, muting the baby monitor can prevent any background noise from interrupting your conversation. This is especially helpful if you have sensitive microphones that may pick up even the slightest noises.
  8. Promotes independence in older children: As your child grows into their toddler years, they may start to feel uncomfortable with the presence of a baby monitor in their room. By muting it, you can promote their sense of independence and privacy.
  9. Reduces monitor stress and anxiety: Sometimes, constantly listening to the baby through the monitor can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety for parents. Muting the monitor can provide a break from this constant monitoring and allow parents to relax and recharge.
  10. Encourages better sleep habits: If you find yourself constantly checking the monitor throughout the night, muting it can help encourage better sleep habits for both you and your baby. This way, you won’t be tempted to intervene at every little noise or movement, allowing your baby to learn how to self-soothe and sleep through the night.
  11. If you’re deaf: For parents who are deaf or hard of hearing, using a baby monitor may not be an effective tool for monitoring their baby’s sounds. In this case, muting the monitor and relying on visual cues, such as a video monitor or vibrations, can provide a more reliable form of communication.
  12. Allows for better focus: Constantly listening to the baby through the monitor can be distracting, especially if you’re trying to get work done or have other tasks to attend to. Muting the monitor can help you focus on your tasks without constantly being interrupted by your baby’s sounds.
  13. Respects your baby’s privacy: As your child grows older, they will start to develop a sense of privacy and may not appreciate being constantly monitored through a baby monitor. Muting the monitor can show that you respect their boundaries and give them a sense of privacy in their own room.

When not to mute your baby monitor:

While muting your baby monitor can be a useful feature, there are certain situations where you should avoid using it. For example, if your child has a medical condition that requires constant monitoring or if they have trouble breathing at night, muting the monitor may not be the best option for their safety. It is always recommended to consult with your child’s pediatrician before making any changes to your monitoring routine.

Another situation where muting your baby monitor should be avoided is if your child has a tendency to wander or sleepwalk. In these cases, it is important to have the sound on so that you can quickly locate and attend to your child if they leave their bed.

Before muting your baby monitor:

So how can you mute your baby monitor without worrying about missing those important moments? Here are some steps to follow:

Understand your baby’s sleep patterns

Before deciding to mute your baby monitor, it is important to understand your baby’s sleep patterns. This will help you determine the best time to mute the monitor without risking missing important moments or waking your baby up.

Set a schedule

If your baby has a consistent sleep schedule, it may be helpful to set a specific time to mute the monitor every day. This could be during their longest stretch of sleep or during nap times when you know they won’t need immediate attention.

Use visual cues

Some newer baby monitors come with visual cues such as lights or vibration alerts that can indicate when your baby is awake and needs attention. This way, you won’t have to rely solely on audio monitoring and can safely mute the monitor without missing anything important.

Keep the monitor close by

Even if you choose to mute the monitor, it is important to keep it within reach so you can quickly check on your baby if needed. This way, you can still have peace of mind while giving yourself a break from constant monitoring.

Trust your instincts

No matter how prepared you are for muting the baby monitor, it is always important to trust your instincts as a parent. If you feel uneasy or anxious about not being able to hear your baby, it may be best to keep the monitor on or only mute it for short periods of time.

Mute vs Sleep mode: What’s the difference?

Certain baby monitors include a sleep-mode function, distinct from muting the monitor. Sleep mode is also called sound-activation mode, voice activation mode, eco-mode or VOX mode.

Sleep mode temporarily suspends monitoring when your baby is quitely asleep but will still alert you if any noise in your baby’s room exceeds your preset threshold. This feature reduces constant notifications for every sound your baby makes, including happy sounds, and only notifies you if they are crying loudly. By utilizing this feature, you can strike a balance between staying informed and minimizing interruptions.

This feature is awesome for a couple of reasons! Not only do you get to enjoy all the benefits mentioned above, like promoting self-soothing, but you also limit the burst of radiation emitted by your monitor. How? By only activating the signal when your baby is crying or needs you. Plus, the eco-mode or sound-activation feature helps conserve battery life, allowing you to use the parent unit for longer periods without constant recharging. Pretty cool, right?

With muting a monitor, you have to remember to unmute it every time you want to check in on your baby, which can be a hassle if you are busy or forgetful. On the other hand, sleep-mode allows for more flexibility and peace of mind while giving yourself a break from constant monitoring.

VOX Mode has the disadvantage of only allowing you to mute the monitor temporarily and monitor brands without the permanent mute function often have to struggle to get their monitors quite at all situations you may want is transmit no audio signals.

I love cameras such as Eufy with a snooze function that allows you to turn off all notifications including sound.

If you have a hybrid monitor that supports both phone app viewing and handheld viewing, you can only mute the app using the app settings and similarly, you can only mute the monitor if you are using the display screen to view.

3 Steps to Mute a Baby Monitor:

  1. Locate the mute button on your baby monitor. It is usually labeled with a speaker icon or has the word “mute” written next to it or with a speaker icon with a strikethrough.
  2. Press and hold down the mute button for a few seconds until you see the volume indicator on your parent unit decrease or disappear completely. Some brands have the volume function getting a cancelation strike.
  3. Release the button once you see the mute icon on the screen.

Alternate Way to Mute Baby Monitors: Muting Infant Optics

Brands such as Infant Optics do not have a mute button and you have to follow the steps below to mute;

How to mute infant optics baby monitor image
  1. Press the Menu button
  2. Press the Left or Right arrow keys until you find the volume icon. Press Ok to confirm and go to volume settings
  3. Press the Down key to lower the volume. Infant Optics DXR 8 has 8 volume levels with the default volume being 4. Press the Down key four times until you get to 0 which is the mute volume level option.
  4. Once you see the volume icon having the strikethrough, you’ve muted it successfully.
  5. Release or stop pressing the Down arrow

Below is an image from the manual showing the volume keys including the Down button you can use to mute Infant Optics DXR 8.

How to turn off VTech Volume:

VTech uses the minute(-) and plus(+) keys to turn the volume down and up respectively.

  1. Ensure you are in the parent unit’s menu screen
  2. Press the minus key a few times until you reach volume at zero.
  3. At this point, your baby monitor is on mute or turned off if you keep pressing it.
  4. To increase the volume or unmute, press the plus key repeatedly until you get to the desired volume level.

Below is a video showing how to mute the parent unit of VTech baby monitor;

If you want to mute the speaker built into the VTech baby camera, the video below shows you the steps;

VTech also has an automatic sound activation feature which adjusts the parent unit’s volume depending on the noise level in your baby’s room. This can be helpful as it prevents sudden loud noises from waking you up, but it may also cause you to miss important sounds from your baby. To turn off this feature:

When sound activation is turned on, the parent unit screen will automatically turn off to save power if no sound is detected for 50 seconds. But don’t worry! As soon as your baby unit picks up a sound that exceeds the selected sensitivity level, the parent unit screen will turn on again. And if there’s no sound for another 50 seconds, the screen will go off once more.

These 3 steps will turn the VOX mode

  1. To access the menu, press the MENU button when the parent unit is not in use.
  2. Press Left or Right until you find a crying baby icon. Press Up to select
  3. Press Up or Down arrow to select On or OFF and then follow by pressing Ok to confirm your selection.

You can find details on how to adjust VTech VOX sensitivity here.

How to mute Hellobaby Monitor:

The Hellobaby monitor does not have a permanent mute function, but it offers a sound-activation feature to temporarily silence the monitor whenever you desire a quiet environment. Colored bars indicate the sound level: red indicates loud sounds like crying or screaming, while green indicates quieter sounds like the baby moving in bed. This feature allows me to keep the device muted while still being alerted to the baby’s cries, which is extremely beneficial. Read the steps to turn on Hellobaby sound-activation mode here so you can be able to mute it.

How to unmute Baby monitor: 5 steps:

  1. Locate the microphone icon on your parent unit, typically located near the volume buttons.
  2. Press and hold the volume plus icon or mute/unmute button until you hear a beep or see the muted microphone icon disappear.
  3. Check to make sure that the volume level is at an audible level for you to hear your baby.
  4. If necessary, adjust the volume by pressing the volume plus or minus buttons.
  5. If the monitor is still muted, check that the baby unit’s microphone and speaker are not obstructed and that both units are properly powered on. If your monitor is having issues such as no sound, read this guide with 15 ways to fix

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