Choosing the best Baby Monitor

Kyle LitteralBaby Timeline, Fatherhood JourneyLeave a Comment

A baby monitor is a very important purchase when you are getting ready for your newborn to arrive.  The peace of mind a monitor can provide is invaluable.  However, not all baby monitors are created equal.  There are monitors that are only sound, some with video, and some with two-way voice.  They come in many shapes, sizes, and prices.  I have done some research and listed below my results.  I did choose mostly ones in the same price range so that price isn’t the only driving factor in your decision.  Also, when reviewing products, I tend to steer away from anything under a 4-star overall review.  While this doesn’t mean the product is bad, it may mean the quality and/or likelihood of having issues is higher, and with a newborn the last thing you want is issues.

TRADITIONAL BABY MONITORS UNDER 100

BabySense Video Monitor

I can personally attest to this one, because it is what we ended up purchasing for our newborn.  The main features include:

  • Color Video
  • Clear Night Vision
  • Room Temperature
  • You can Play music (lullabies)
  • 2-Way voice
  • Zoom
  • 2.4-inch screen

So far, this monitor has worked great for us.  We only plug it in a night time and have never had battery issues during the day.  It adjusts between light and dark very well, and always picks up the noise in our daughter’s room.  The volume on the Babysense monitor is also very adjustable.  You can speak to your little one or partner if they are in the room.  Also, you can zoom in, which comes in handy as a paranoid new parent.  Overall the Babysense monitor has been a good product for our family.  The signal is strong throughout the whole house and we would recommend it to anyone looking.  Plus, you can buy a bundle and get two cameras and not have to worry about moving your camera from room to room as often!

HelloBaby 3.2 Inch Video Baby Monitor


The HelloBaby baby monitor is another well reviewed baby monitor around the same price range.  It features:

  • Color Video
  • Night vision
  • Room temperature
  • 2-way Voice
  • Zoom
  • Lullabies
  • 3.2-inch screen

A few key differences for the HelloBaby monitor is that at 3.2 inches the monitor is larger than the BabySense Monitor.  You can also pair up to four cameras with just one monitor (additional cameras sold separately).  You may also turn the screen off but keep the sound monitoring on to save battery.  Then with a click of a button turn the screen back on if you need to check on the little one!  It has a Vox option as well which makes it “turn off” if no sound is detected above a certain volume and only come on if enough sound is detected.  This option can easily be turned off if it is not something you would like.

Willcare Newborn Baby Monitor


Once again, the Willcare monitor comes in around the same price range and similar features.  The main features are:

  • Color Video
  • Night Vision
  • Room Temperature
  • Lullabies
  • 2-way Voice
  • Zoom
  • 3.5-inch screen

The Willcare monitor has a 3.5-inch screen which is on the larger end of most baby monitors in this price range.  You can also pair up to four cameras to this monitor.   You can set an alarm on this monitor as well, to wake you up to keep an ongoing feed schedule for your newborn.  Sound only option is available on this model to.

More money = More features

Infant Optics DXR-8

This camera is priced quite a bit higher at 170 dollars.  However, the features added may be worth the price:

  • Color Video
  • Retractable Antenna
  • Sound activated display for battery life
  • Remote Pan, Tilt and Zoom
  • Room Temperature
  • Night Vision
  • 2-Way Voice
  • 5-inch screen
  • Replaceable Lens for different viewing angles

The biggest feature you get with this camera for the price is the remote pan and tilt feature.  Plenty of times our daughter rolls to the edge of her crib where we can barely see her.  Having a camera like this would allow you to adjust it remotely and see your child always!  No more wondering if they are stuck or just snoozing away in the corner.  Also, this monitor allows for changeable lenses.  Depending on your nursery setup, you could use a wider lens for better coverage or another lens for more “close-up” viewing.  This monitor allows up to 4 cameras to be connected as well.

 

NETWORK IP CAMERAS

 

The Amazon Cloud Cam and the Nest Indoor Security Cameras are both great examples of an IP Camera.  While they are not traditionally designed to be used as baby monitors they can serve that purpose.  A few things to note are:

  • Hi-Def (HD) viewing
  • Wifi is required
  • Can be viewed from anywhere
  • Need an external device to view the cameras (Phone, Computer, Tablet)
  • Can be used for security once no longer needed for the baby

IP Cameras are great for many things.  We bought ours initially to spy on our dog all day.  Now we use it when we have to get a babysitter, so we can still feel some control of the situation.  We can check in on our daughter from time to time and see her!  Whether we are having a nice night out or just going to work for the day, it helps lower the worry of our child being with someone else.  The biggest issue with using an IP camera as a baby monitor is the monitor itself.  These require you to either open a website, or an app on your phone to view them.  So, if you want it to be running all night to keep an eye on your child, you would likely need an extra phone/tablet to continuously run the app on.  If not, you would only be able to see/hear your child when you are actively viewing the app.  Overall, IP cameras such as the Nest Cam or the Amazon cloud cam offer a lot of versatility when considering them as a choice for your baby monitor.

Special Mention

FlexxiCam Universal Baby Camera Mount


This extendable and bendable mount is amazing.  You can clip it to many nearby objects.  We have ours clipped to the dresser.  It allows you to get the camera up higher for a better viewing angle.  A huge benefit is that it helps keep the cords away from the baby.  It greatly lowers the changes of your little one being able to grab the cord or mess with the monitor in any way.

Choosing a Baby monitor is an important decision because it’s an item that you will use everyday for a long time.  Make sure to choose the one the makes the most sense for your family and situation.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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