How we got started
10BabyGear is an online resource with helpful guides and reviews of 100+ baby products. It was formerly called Baby Monitor Center until the domain name change in 2019.
The original Baby Monitor Center website (babymonitorcenter.com) was a review blog for baby monitors with helpful materials for parents. It was first registered in 2006 and was managed by various mums who shared several useful resources (freebies & guides ) and reliable user-generated content (including thousands of blog comments).
In 2016, the babymonitorcenter.com domain was left to expire (I still haven’t received a clear answer on why). That same year, Consumer Reports(CR) stopped testing different baby monitor brands and consumers were left at the mercy of hackers and high-radiation baby monitors.
Below is what CR posted on their website then:
I revived the blog and by then, I had learned that opinions and a lot of user-generated content such as blog comments, did not provide a holistic understanding of a baby product such as baby monitors. You probably won’t see the radiation level of Owlet Sock or Infant Optics’ real battery rating on a blog comment. In addition, 30+% of online reviews are fake as reported by PC Mag and CBS News.
When a few friends joined me, we chose to focus on providing an in-depth analysis of thousands of real-user feedback (often manually if none of the mothers in our group or email lists have purchased the product. We also reach out to manufacturers which, at times, do not provide reliable manuals or steps to troubleshoot product malfunctions.
I may not provide some of the first reviews on new products but as soon as 200+ parents have talked about it in several channels, you’ll be able to read it here. I rely on several sources including the FCC website for details such as EMF emission or nhtsa.gov for details such as baby car seat safety rating. We’ve also gotten a lot of help from volunteers willing to provide feedback on a product they’ve actually used.
We have also grown in sophistication and can now aggregate almost 90% of all user-generated content before weeding fake reviews. We currently track 14 websites with the aim of aggregating first-hand-user knowledge on most top-rated baby products such as baby monitors, baby car seats and strollers, nursery gear, trampolines, baby cribs, and rocking chairs, among others.
Fast forward 2020. We’ve transformed Baby Monitor Center to 10BabyGear and that has come with a lot of support. Initially, we just wanted to list the 10 most critical or ‘must-have baby products’ – for budgetary reasons. We have since grown and now review more products – not just baby monitors.
The mission remains: To assist parents in making informed decisions on the most suitable product for their families.
What you can expect from us:
We are here to give you facts and the most reliable information based on our experiences and of those of other parents. We cover different categories and try to come up with more focussed lists of the best products in each product category. We determine products that end up on our lists based on the following key components:
- Aggregated Reviews – We aggregate and analyze thousands of reviews from all reputable websites including Amazon, YouTube, Walmart, Reddit, and branded retailers. These reviews, combined with our personal experience with the product, helps paint a complete picture of the quality of the product
- Brand quality – We thoroughly research products to understand the manufacturers and their track record as a baby products retailer
- Our experience – We tap on our extensive experience in the market to compare closely competing products to refine our lists and rank them appropriately.
About Me: Ashley, the Editor
My name is Ashley D. Douglas and I run this site, www.10babygear.com with five of my colleagues. I received my undergraduate degree in 2010 from some small liberal arts college and currently raising a boy and a girl. This new site has received a lot of support from several other parents and volunteer experts who manage several other blogs like this.
About Our 10babygear.com Logo & Favicon
Our new logo is simple ’10BabyGear’ signage although Baby Monitor Center or BMC may still appear in some parts of this site. Kindly bear with us as we clean up and change all appearances of Baby Monitor Center to 10BabyGear. Below is our new logo:
What is this 10BabyGear.com blog all about
The stories of baby monitor hacking and the dangerous effects of radiation inspired my passion for baby safety and it took me on a long journey that culminated in this online resource.
Over the years, we’ve been recognized as the most reliable baby monitor advice center and we give regular posts or critique of baby monitors that are not safe because of radiation or because of low-security features making them prone to hacking.
You can read about why we don’t recommend any Ring Camera to be used as baby monitors.
All information found on 10BabyGear is intended for informational and educational purposes only. The information provided on this website is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for professional medical advice.
10BabyGear Contact Details
For more personalized advice about a baby monitor you’re considering, you can reach me directly on the details below;
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Locations: Albany (NY) and Jacksonville (Fl), USA.
You can read about the privacy page of 10BabyGear here (link to Privacy Page).
Below Are our Social Profiles:
- 10BabyGear Tumbrl Account: 10BabyGear Tumblr Blog
- Medium – 10BabyGear Medium Blog
- 10BabyGear Twitter: https://twitter.com/10BabyGear1
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