Congratulations on welcoming a new baby to your family! Most new parents want to get a baby monitor so they can feel reassured of their baby's safety and that they are meeting all of their infant's needs at all times. Even though your new baby might sleep in your room at first, this won't always be the case, so you'll want a monitor to keep tabs on your little one. In the past, people relied on audio monitors that resembled walkie talkies. Nowadays, there are video monitors that can give you a better picture so to speak as to what your child is up to.
There are a lot of features that you want to consider when buying a baby monitor. For example, what is the range for the monitor? You want this monitor to be useful throughout the home, no matter which room you or the baby are in. Battery life is important if you do not want to constantly be plugged in. A low-battery indicator can let you know if battery is at risk of running out in advance, instead of you finding out after the fact. Good quality image and audio are useful so that you can see and hear what your baby is doing and be aware of any arising needs. A frequency of over 900 MHz can reduce interference and increase sound quality. You want a secure unit so that potential strangers cannot listen in or view your baby. Some units have sound-activated light, so if you are vacuuming and may miss the sound of your baby, the unit will light up, thus alerting you. Color and night vision are also features to consider. Night vision is crucial, whereas color could be nice but isn't really necessary. We've compared all of these options as well as price to bring you our list of the top five baby monitors.
Nanit Smart Baby Monitor
The Nanit Smart Baby Monitor is a cloud-based baby monitor that does not have the typical baby monitor design. Instead, it is a small white camera that is intended to be positioned directly over your baby's crib. You can set it up via wall mount or floor stand. The cable management system keeps cords secured away from your baby's hands. Get 24/7, 960-pixel HD live streaming and rest assured that recorded data is kept safe via AES 256-bit symmetric-key encryption. You can subscribe to Nanit Insights to review sleep trends, night time lapse, and even get sleep tips. It costs $279 on Amazon, and you can add a 2- or 3-year protection plan.
Infant Optics DXR-8
The Infant Optics DXR-8 Baby Monitor was easy to set up and provides good quality image. It operates on RF Frequency over 2400 Mhz. It has a long-lasting battery, easily the best out of the monitors we tested. It offers 10 hours of battery life in power-saving mode or 6 hours with the display screen on the entire time. You can easily charge the monitor via USB. Privacy is secure with 2.4GHz FHSS wireless transmission.The screen is a 3.5 inches full color LCD display. You can pan and tilt the camera for additional views. The vertical turning angle is up to 95 degrees up or 25 degrees down. The horizontal turning angle is 135 degrees both to the right and left. It is not a touchscreen, but the controls are easy to use.
The Arlo Baby monitor by Netgear records in full color in 720-pixel resolution by default, but you can switch to 1080 HD pixel resolution. It operates over Wi-Fi at 2.4 and 5GHz. The field of view is 110 degrees, and is adjustable up to 130 degrees. The recorded motion and sound-triggered events save to your cloud library for 7 days for viewing and downloading. The camera has a built-in rechargeable battery, though in our experience it wasn't enough battery to last an entire night so you'll want to keep this plugged in. Sensors measure the temperature, humidity, and air quality in your baby's room and can notify you of any not in your preferred range. You can get it in a cute bunny shape, measuring 7.68 inches by 9.21 inches by 4.37 inches and weighing 1.75 pounds. You can connect up to 5 cameras. A manufacturer's warranty can be requested from customer service when buying from Amazon. You can also buy a 3- or 4-year protection plan.
IBaby Monitor M6T
If you're looking for a budget baby monitor that still offers a lot of great features, we suggest looking at the IBaby Monitor M6T. This baby monitor features 720-pixel resolution, 360 degree panning capability with a 110-degree tilt, ensuring you get a good view of your baby. The pan and tilting capabilities were a bit choppy to use – we would have preferred smoother movement. Night vision allows you to check in on your baby at night. It measures 5.7 inches by 4.25 inches by 4.25 inches. There are built-in temperature and humidity sensors that you can also monitor from the app. You can choose to give other people access through the privacy settings. It comes with a 365-day warranty, and you can choose to add a 2- or 3-year protection plan when buying on Amazon.
Samsung SEW-3043W BrightView Baby Monitoring System
The Samsung SEW-3043W BrightView HD Baby Video Monitoring System has a communication range of up to 900 feet. It measures 5.5 inches by 3.7 inches by 0.7 inches and has a 5-inch touchscreen. The 5-inch screen is bigger than the Infant Optics monitor's screen that we reviewed. We did find the touchscreen frustrating to use, as there was no swiping option and it was not very sensitive to touch, so would not recommend this as much as the other options we've included in this review. It weighs 2.1 pounds. It comes with a 1-year warranty. The night vision capability on the camera is good for up to 16 feet. There is no app to connect to on your smartphone. It is available for $179 on Amazon, with the option to be an additional 2- or 3-year protection plan.
Monitoring the newest addition to your family is likely very important to you. You want to make sure your baby is safe and happy, and with so many milestones, you don't want to miss out on anything. There are countless baby monitoring systems on the market these days. While you could certainly still purchase one that is audio-only, most people prefer a baby monitor with video capability. You want something that presents clear images and has night vision. You also want something secure, but perhaps with the additional ability to share images or viewing ability with other trusted relatives and friends. Connectivity range and ease of use are important. In general, we like the idea of being able to connect the monitor to our smartphones so that we don't have to carry anything else with us. Finally, you may want to invest in some added components such as the ability to play your baby lullabies from another room via the monitor, track room temperature and humidity, or even get feedback on baby's quality of sleep.