One of the best ways to ensure the protection of your children when you are not around is to install a nanny camera or nanny cam. It is used to record what is happening in a specific area of your home. Having a nanny cam can give you peace of mind whenever you leave your child at home with someone else.
A nanny cam has a miniature camera that is mounted on a circuit board. It can either be powered by batteries or can run using conventional electricity. Nanny cams can be concealed in common household objects like:
- Wall and alarm clocks
- Stuffed toys
- Smoke detector
- Stereo speakers
- Air purifiers
- Or any household object that can house it, diapers bags included
A nanny cam can be wired to a recording device like a VCR or a DVR for playback. Wireless nanny cams on the other hand send a signal to a receiver in a VCR or DVR. There are also nanny cams that record to an SD memory card. Both the camera and recording device are in one assembly unit. Newer innovations allow nanny cams to send live video feed to cell phones and computers. This is great for parents who want to see real-time footage.
Nanny cams are not exactly cheap but you have options. Most nanny cams come with instructions on how to hook them up. If you are a DIY type of person, you can opt to build your own nanny cam to save a few bucks.
Building a nanny cam
You need the following materials to build your own nanny cam:
- Miniature camera – select one with a pinhole lens, is noise-free and no bigger than a dime; the range should be at least 70 feet; a camera with a motion sensor is ideal so you can save on battery
- Wireless transmitter
- 9 -15 volt transformer
- Item that will conceal the camera
You can go directly to stores selling hidden cameras. Or you can check online for the items above. Once you have the materials handy, it is time to build the nanny cam.
- Connect the miniature camera, wireless transmitter and transformer.
- Connect the assembled nanny cam to the power source. Test to make sure it functions properly.
- Place the assembled nanny cam into the household object you chose. Using an adhesive like super glue, attach the camera lens to an opening in the object.
- Connect the transformer to the battery or electrical wiring. Test the camera again. Close the object if necessary.
- Place the object with the nanny cam inside in its proper place.
- Finally, test the nanny cam’s motion sensor if any. See if it can send a signal to the recording device or is able to transmit live footage to your selected medium.
Make sure to always check the power source as well as the recording or transmitting device of your nanny camera often. This is to ensure that images are captured each time you leave your child at home. Nanny cams are not uncommon. It is a safety precaution to ensure that no act of child abuse ever happens in your home.