Top Rated Baby Monitors

A baby monitor is one of the most crucial tools you can use as a parent.  It’s a tool that will bring you great peace of mind, so invest well in the right model.

To help you, we’ve put together a great list of the best baby monitors to get you started, the models with the best ratings and reviews.

It’s a way to track your child’s breathing when they are an infant, or whether or not they’ve climbed out of bed as a toddler.

Many parents find that baby monitors are extremely useful in keeping an eye on their child, all the way from infancy to spending quiet time in their rooms as a toddler.

Monitors also provide a great way to watch the kids’ bedroom if you’re out of the house and want to check in on your child (if you’ve connected it to a smartphone).  Many models also offer multiple hook-ups, so you can “scan” multiple rooms to check on all of your children.

Motorola baby monitorWe have this top rated baby monitor from Motorola and have been pretty happy with it.

The only exception is that the battery seems to die fairly fast after using it religiously for a few years with our first.

However, this model is a few years old and I think Motorola has since done some updating with their models to adjust for that issue.

Another big item to consider is whether or not the baby monitor works with a smartphone application.

This is a feature that more and more parents want, as folks want to be able to check on their kids while traveling, etc.

Technology for these products is evolving very, very quickly – some higher end products like the Owlet even allow for you to keep track of your child’s breathing.

I recently reviewed one of the newest baby monitors before it even hit the market – Knit Health and my blog post review of it here. 


Some consideration factors before purchasing a baby monitor:

  • Preference for both audio and visual capability: Some monitors only provide audio, others provide both
  • Compatibility: Does this work with various networks?
  • Capability to expand: to multiple cameras if needed
  • Interference with other signals in your hours : Make sure you can return if you find it doesn’t work within your house space
  • Smartphone Application: Does the monitor work with an iPhone app? Will your partner or spouse want to access it on their phone? 

Quick review hits from the best rated baby monitors on Amazon: 


Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor

PROS review summary:

  • #1 Best Seller and Top Rated on Amazon
  • Superior video quality and battery life;
  • First ever “interchangeable optical lens capability, allowing you to pan/zoom and customize viewing angle
  • Battery lasts 10 hours, 6 hours with screen on
  • Expandable up to 4 cameras
  • Comes with 2 chargers

CONS review summary: 

  • No real issues noted by reviewers

 

 


Angelcare Video, Movement and Sound Monitor

PROS review summary: 

  • Includes under the mattress sensor pad for breathing
  • Showcases color video and day/night vision,
  • Includes LCD touch screen and 2-way voice communication

CONS review summary: 

  • Reviews note that sometimes the sensor pad can send false alarms, or that baby’s weight causes it to trigger

 

 


Summer Infant Digital Color Video Baby Monitor

PROS review summary: 

  • 5 inch-wide color LCD screen on handheld monitor
  • Includes black/white night vision and possibility to add up to three cameras, up to 600 ft range

CONS review summary: 

  • Reviews note that some folks have found issues with video quality

 


Creaker® Wireless/Wired WiFi Baby Monitor

PROS review summary: 

  • Live video streaming through smart phone, tablet or PC web browser
  • 2 way voice, night vision,
  • 4x digital zoom and pan/tilt controls through phone.

CONS review summary: 

  • Reviews note that user guide and set up instructions are not super clear or easy

 

 


Graco Secure Coverage Digital Baby Monitor

PROS review summary: 

  • Basic audio unit with 1 parental unit
  • Uses both sound and lights to alert you to babies cry.

CONS review summary: 

  • Some reviews note occasional reports of static, which means they potentially may need to be re-started

 


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