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7 best baby monitors for peace of mind
While most parents could easily watch their baby sleep all day, the reality is that it’s not always possible. That’s where having a baby monitor comes in handy.
Parents can rest easy knowing they can check in on their baby without waking them, and they can hear their little one’s cries.
Baby monitors have come a long way since the first one appeared in the 1930s. The monitors today can live stream audio and video, monitor room temperature and play lullabies to your baby. But what baby monitor features do you actually need for your baby?
The Tell Me Baby community has rated the best baby monitors they’ve tried and shared their opinions on what has, or hasn’t, worked for them.
1. Oricom Secure710 Digital Baby Monitor
Oricom’s Secure710 Digital Baby Monitor boasts a large 2.4″ Colour LCD, infrared night vision and temperature monitoring. It’s also multi-camera capable; you can connect up to four cameras. Parents in the Tell Me Baby Community say the picture is really clear. They also love that you can have a monitor in each room, so you don’t have to move it around all the time.
2. VTech BM4500-OWL Safe & Sound Full Colour Pan & Tilt Video and Audio Monitor
This VTech monitor is a popular choice for Tell Me Baby community members. Many say they love that you can move the camera up and down as well as side to side.
One reviewer wrote: “This one has excellent camera quality, even in the middle of the night you can clearly see bub’s face. I like that it has songs pre-loaded into it to play and you can even talk to it. It is easy to mount onto the wall, and the head tilt is very wide, and you can look in just about every corner of the room. Super happy with this.”
3. Angelcare ACS402 Sound & Movement Monitor
If you’re after a basic monitor to help you listen out for your baby, the Angelcare ACS402 Sound & Movement Monitor could be for you. Featuring two under-the-mattress sensor pads, this monitor gives parents peace of mind knowing their baby’s breathing is being monitored.
One reviewer wrote: “I also liked that it could tell us the temperature in her room and the two handpieces were handy as well, so there was always one in our bedroom, and one in the living area.”
4. Uniden BW 3102 4.3″ Digital Wireless Baby Video Monitor
A wireless baby monitor that delivers both video and audio, Uniden BW 3102 4.3″Digital Wireless Baby Video Monitor comes with two cameras and a Digitally Encrypted System. It has a walkie talkie function and the video stream can be accessed on a smartphone anywhere in the world.
One parent wrote: “The sound on this one is excellent. I hear every noise in her room, and the power-saving mode allows me to still hear noise but have the screen blackout.”
5. Motorola Wi-Fi Monitor with Touch Screen MBP854
The Motorola Wi-Fi Monitor with Touch Screen MBP854 features remote pan, tilt and zoom functions. It can also be connected to any smartphone or tablet for multiple viewing points. Not to mention, infrared night vision and two-way communication.
One reviewer wrote, “The screen is large and picture clear which is a good feature. When our son was born, we bought a second camera for his room, and we use the same monitor as a split screen so we can view both babies sleeping, which is awesome!”
6. Lollipop Smart Wi-Fi-Based Baby Camera
A Wi-Fi camera with a cute design, the Lollipop Smart Wi-Fi-Based Baby Camera features infrared LED for night vision, 4x digital zoom and a high-quality, made-in-Japan lens.
“No need to buy a white noise machine when you have the lollipop camera as it has one built into it that you can even set a timer on,” writes one reviewer. “I love that you can check in on your phone whether you’re at home or not, especially if you’ve left dad with the little one!”
7. KODAK CHERISH C525 Smart Video Baby Monitor
Another popular choice for reviewers, the KODAK CHERISH C525 Smart Video Baby Monitor features a 5-inch widescreen display HD Camera, two-way audio, night vision and remote Pan/Tilt/Zoom.
One reviewer wrote: “I love the fact it can run with or without Wi-Fi which makes it easy to travel with but also will still work if the Wi-Fi is out for whatever reason. Also that both the camera and parent unit can run off an internal battery for hours is a huge plus for me.”
What to look for in a baby monitor
First, weigh up if you really need a baby monitor. If you live in a small apartment, the chances are that you might not even need one. It’s easy to get caught up with the belles and whistles a baby monitor can provide, but will you use them all?
We recommend writing a list of features you think will be useful for your family and go from there. Those features could include a decent sound range, a movement monitor that lets you know if there hasn’t been any movement for a certain amount of time, night vision, a wide camera view, and battery life, to name a few.
Types of baby monitors
Audio baby monitor
A simple yet effective way to listen out for your baby’s cries, an audio baby monitor is essentially a one-way walkie talkie.
Video baby monitor
A video baby monitor sends a video feed to another device. Not all video devices deliver sound, so double-check that before buying if that’s something you’re after.
Wi-Fi baby monitor
A Wi-Fi baby monitor uses your Wi-Fi network to send a signal that can be viewed anywhere as long as the device is connected to the internet. Be warned, they can chew through a bit of data though, so check your internet plan.
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