Wondering about the best baby monitor for your family? Keep a closer eye on your little one with these new and noteworthy baby monitors, including LCD monitors, cameras with smartphone apps and breathing monitors. We break down the features and functions to help you chose the baby monitor that’s best for your home, family and budget. Read on for the key to more restful sleep for you and your child.
Nanit Pro Monitor & Complete Monitoring System
The Nanit Pro camera (available on its own or in a bundle) tracks baby's sleep metrics, breathing motion, temperature, humidity and even height while saving images on crystal-clear HD video. The bundle includes the camera, a Breathing Band to monitor baby's breathing motion, and Smart Sheets that tracks physical growth. The camera comes with a wall mount; for an additional $80, you can get a floor stand. You can also purchase Nanit Pajamas ($29.99), which monitors baby's breathing motion in real time without wires or sensors and alerts you when your child needs you.
Available at nanit.com, $299 for the Nanit Pro Camera and $379 for the Nanit Pro Complete Monitoring System.
Motorola LUX65CONNECT-2 5" Video Baby Monitor with 2 Camera PTZ
The 5-inch display gives you a clear view of your child while at home, and you can download Motorola's Hubble app to view streaming HD video on your mobile phone or tablet. The camera has a flexible magnetic mount for precise placement where you want it, and the digital pan, tilt and zoom allow you a broader view of the room your child is in. This baby monitor also measures room temperature and lets you record audio messages, soothing sounds or you reading a favorite book to play for your baby when you're away, along with two-way communication to stay in contact without entering the room.
Available at target.com, $189.99.
Safety 1st HD WiFi Baby Monitor with Sound and Movement Detecting Audio Unit
You won't have to worry about blind spots thanks to a 130-degree wide angle with digital zoom, and the clear night vision means a better view of your (hopefully) sleeping babe. Check in on your child with 720P HD video on your phone, and listen to streaming audio and movement notifications through the Smart Audio device. The motion and sound alerts are customizable for added security based on your, and your child's, needs. Save and share images and videos directly from the app, and review nursery footage with the 24-hour event-based timeline. Also, for security, there's also a built-in encryption chip that sets up a separate firewall between the monitor and your home's Internet connection.
Available at amazon.com, $179.99.
Smart Baby Monitor by Miku
Monitor your child's breathing, sleep patterns and nursery conditions, including temperature and humidity, in real time and HD video, even when your Internet service isn't working. The Miku app graphs your child's sleep quality and habits and sends you reports to help you set bedtimes and create the optimal sleep environment.
Available at mikucare.com, $399.
Cubo AI Baby Monitor
There's a lot of sophisticated technology packed inside this cute, bird-shaped monitor. The Cubo uses face detection technology to alert you if your baby's mouth and nose may be covered, either from rolling over on their tummy or having an item covering their face. Set the danger zone alert to let you know if your baby is scaling their crib, or position it around the house to know when your child is too close to the stairs or other potentially unsafe areas. A text alert pops up on your phone when Cubo detects your child's cry. And the AI is even smart enough to notice smiles and larger movements and automatically take photos of them for your viewing pleasure. Other features include 1080p HD night vision, a wide-angle (135-degree) viewing area, 18-hour video replay, built-in nightlight, temperature & humidity gauge and 4x digital zoom. Three included stands (crib stand, floor stand, and mobile stand) means the monitor grows with your child.
Available at us.getcubo.com, $299.
This clever camera rests on a magnetic base so you can position it wherever you like; then use the included cable guard kit to secure cables out of baby's reach. There's a secure, encrypted WiFi connection to keep out hackers, but you and other loved ones can view your child on high-definition 1080p video on your phone. Set the Owlet app in Background Mode and you can hear your baby while you use your phone for other tasks. Pair the Owlet Cam with the Owlet Smart Sock, which tracks baby's heart rate and oxygen levels, for even more peace of mind.
Available at owletcare.com, $149; the Cam and Smart Sock bundle is $399.
Oma Sense Baby Breathing Movement Monitor by Levana
This breathing monitor clips on to baby's clothing to monitor stomach movements. If a lack of movement is detected, the monitor vibrates to stimulate the baby and alerts caregivers to the situation. If there's still no movement, the monitor emits an emergency audio alarm so caregivers can check on the baby. Cordless and battery powered, you can easily pop it in a diaper bag for overnights at grandma's house or longer trips.
Available at mylevana.com, $119.99.
Video Baby Monitor by VAVA
View your baby on the 5-inch high-resolution screen in full-color by day and grayscale infrared images at night. The camera features 2x and 4x multidirectional zoom and a panoramic view of your child's sleep space. You'll love the battery life on this monitor: Set in audio-only mode, the unit's battery stays charged for 24 hours; in display mode, it lasts for 12 hours. Connect up to four cameras for additional babies, multiple views of one child or to keep a unit at other caregivers' homes. The monitor tracks room temperature and features a voice and visual alert system that allows you to hear baby's voice even when the screen is turned off.
Available on amazon.com, $159.99.
Complete Monitoring System by Nanit
This smart video monitor uses an overhead HD camera to provide sleep analysis and can track breathing motion by reading the pattern on the fabric of its included electronic-free breathing wear apparel and sends real-time alerts and tips to your smartphone. The unit includes a wall mount and a floor stand that keep cords safely out of reach and make it easy to bring the monitor along for travel. The Nanit Plus camera works with Amazon Echo and Echo Spot, and the complete baby monitoring system is eligible for purchase with FSA/HSA healthcare benefits.
Available at nanit.com, $379.
Baby Breathing Monitor with Video by Angelcare
A 5-inch touchscreen provides clear night vision of your sleeping babe as well as an easy way to access the unit's settings. The unit in the nursery can be placed on a tabletop or the wall transmits a clear image and displays the room's temperature. The monitor comes with a breathing sensor pad to monitor baby's movement; the monitor sounds if no movement is detected for 20 seconds. Monitoring multiples? Add on the Extra Breathing Sensory Pad & Nursery Unit ($149.99), which comes with a camera and sensor pad, and you can watch two babies at once.
Available at angelcarebaby.com, $199.99.
Baby Breathing Monitor by Smart Beat
To monitor baby’s breathing, the Smart Beat camera checks for movements 20 times per second and streams HD video to your smartphone or tablet. Monitor and set up notifications for breathing irregularly and for the time baby falls asleep and awakens. The monitor doesn't require wearables or special sleepwear and is designed to work with sleep sacks and in various sleeping positions. The monitor also includes two-way audio, night vision and remote viewing.
Available at mysmartbeat.com, $249.50.
featured image: Nanit
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