New parents know the pleasure of being glued to their new bundle of joy for months at all times throughout the day. When you’re less hands-on as your child gets older, you still want to keep an eye on them no matter what room you’re in during nap time or where you’re at in public. Fortunately, that’s where baby monitors come into play. Except, there happen to be lots of baby monitors. Some with cameras, some without, some with app compatibility, some with Wi-Fi, and so on. It can be overwhelming, and you won’t know where to start.
The XO Mom team has your back by browsing top monitors and compiling the top seven baby monitors for your nursery. Check them out.
This monitor is the most popular around with seven different publications from New York magazine to the Bump declaring it the best. If you take a look at the reviews from honest commenters on Amazon, there are almost 30,000 of them, and it still leaves the monitor with a 4.4 out of 5 stars. Getting into the tech side of it, this is a mountable camera paired to a 3.5″ screen monitor for video playback. The best thing about this particular monitor is that it doesn’t use the internet to provide video feedback so it can be used without Wi-Fi. There are also interchangeable lenses that can be bought for zooming in and a wide angle for a bigger view.
Eufy is a new, up and coming tech company that dabbles in home security to self-functioning robot vacuums. But, with its debut into baby monitors, they’re doing well at 4 out of 5 stars and recommendations from the previously established publications. This monitor is just like the first one, a mountable camera and a screen. However, this playback screen is 5″ versus the previous 3.5,” and the video stream is in 720p high definition. The specs are similar to the Infant Optics such as features like night time video, quick set-up with no Wi-Fi required, an alert when your child cries or other loud noises, two-way talk, and a built-in thermostat. So far, no additional cameras can be added to this system, and if that’s your deal breaker go with the Infant Optics.
The Nanit Plus baby monitor takes a different approach to baby monitoring by focusing on your child when they’re in their crib asleep. The camera hovers over the crib, but this approach to camera observation distinctly focuses on feedback from your child’s sleep. You’re able to receive video input only through your smartphone of the video stream, but that’s where you get the results of how your child sleeps the night before, sleep trends, movement trends, and tips and how to better your child’s sleep. This camera has two-way talk, real-time motion and sound sensors, zoom capabilities, night vision, temperature, and humidity sensors, and it can play soothing nature sounds. And even though this can only be used with a smartphone or tablet, this camera still works when Wi-Fi is down in the home so don’t fret.
The Owlet Smart Sock and Cam are a great combination of baby things that you’d never think of using together. The Owlet Sock itself monitors your child’s heart rate and oxygen levels, fitting infants from 0-18 months. If there are any abnormalities in levels, you will be notified on your phone. The additional camera allows you to get high definition video of your baby from their crib to your phone, and constant background audio. The only downside to this product is that it uses Wi-Fi with no mentions of it being able to work offline or if the internet is down.
The Arlo monitor takes a typical approach to baby monitoring, with a camera that can be sat on a dresser from afar or mounted over your child’s crib. It streams video in 1080p high definition to your phone, tablet, laptop, or even Amazon Alexa items with a screen and other home assistants. More specs are its two-way talk feature, night vision, sensors for motion, sound, temperature, and air quality, plays lullabies, white noise, or nature sounds, and the camera has a multi-colored night light function. And these cameras can be dressed up with bunny, cat, or puppy ears for some whimsy. Since the camera is battery powered, it can temporarily be moved around if you want to survey a different room in the home that your child is in.
This baby monitor unit is similar to the rest to where it can be mounted above the crib or set on a stand to get a broader view of the room. The camera provides 720p high definition video feedback to your smartphone with a security chip to keep your video and audio information safe. The settings for this baby monitoring can be tweaked and customized on your phone for liking. This monitoring system also works with a dock that allows you to check on your baby, change settings, and demonstrates with light when there are noises and motion alerts. Unfortunately, this camera only works with Wi-Fi, so there is no offline surveillance with this one. This camera has two-way talk, night vision, zoom options, 24-hour feedback timeline, image capture, and can be expanded with multiple cameras.
The Cocoon Cam also takes a focus on your child’s health and vitals during their sleep by being mounted above the crib for a bird’s eye’s view. It gives you high definition video feedback to your phone showing the baby breathing, its heart rate, and movements in real-time using heat map technology. Because of this use of tech, it notifies you not only when your child cries or breathing patterns change, but if your child is in the beginning stages of waking up. Alerts like these can also be sent as push notifications to smartwatch wearables if you don’t have your phone on you. Other features include two-way talk, constant audio streaming, night vision, zooming capabilities, sleep analytics, and sharing access to other users.