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Top Baby Monitors All Parents Are Talking About

By Alexandra Whiting   |  

Six questions to ask yourself when figuring out how to have eyes and ears on your baby without being in the room.

Your baby is finally here and you're going to spend every moment glued to them, but there will come a time when you need to put them to down to sleep and get on with other things, like sleep. This, friends, is why the baby monitor was invented.

Like everything else pertaining to babies, there's a sea options out there with a whole differet sea of features. Many round ups feature the top 20! So if you felt entirely overwhelmed after one Google search of baby monitor reviews, we wouldn't be surprised. The good news is, we've done all the deep diving, and stock just four. They are all, top choice for price, design and quality, but which is best for you depend on your set up. So here we take you through the questions you need to ask yourself to decide what baby monitor is right for you.

Question 1. Do I need a baby monitor?

First things first, do you actually need one? This comes down to your own peace of mind. If your baby will be sleeping upstairs or away from you during the day and you’re worried you’ll miss their cry, then a baby monitor is called for. If you and your baby will be sleeping in the same room at night and you trust your ears during day naps (you know your house), you can get away without one. It might be something that comes in handy later when sleep training and self soothing enter the repertoire, and you want to keep an eye on them without going into the room.

Question 2. Do I just need an audio-only baby monitor?

Audio-only monitors are your extendable ears, and work like a walkie-talkie. Oricom Secure530 Dect Digital Audio Monitor has crystal clear sound, a nursery room temperature sensor, a soft comforting night light and easy to read blue backlit display and a parent talk-back function (so you can let baby know you're on your way or "ssshhh" them from the kitchen). It's also a music box and white noise machine with 18 lullabies: classical music, nursery rhymes, nature sounds and white noise vacuum, womb and hair dryer. If you're not familiar with white noise, that might sound horrendous but trust us, babies love it. Babies are weird. Audio-only monitors are also cheaper than their video counterpart, so if that's all you need, you save.

Question 3. Do I need good wi-fi for a baby monitor?

If you’ve got a good internet connection at home through Wi-Fi, then it’s a great option to opt for a baby monitor that can run via wi-fi. Some, like the Oricom Secure875 5" Digital Baby Monitor uses radio waves, and if you're concerned about wi-fi privacy, this might be the way to go. It has an easy, high-quality five inch touchscreen display (with 6-hours battery life), night-vision, 2x zoom and motorised pan-tilt camera so you can fully check on the room from outside it. It has a room temperature sensor, soft night light. It plays lullabies and white noise and parent talk back.

Question 4. Will a baby monitor connect to my phone?

Looking for a smartphone baby monitor? Download the app, plug in the camera and you're good to go! And it's one less thing to charge. One of the great beauties of an app-compatible monitor is you can check it from anywhere - comforting for the parent at work. Note: it can be a drain on your battery and data if you're going to live-stream your kid's two-hour lunch nap. Both the Lollipop monitor all work via wifi and connect to your smartphone through an app.

Question 5. What else can a baby monitor tell me?

The latest monitors to the market give you eyes, ears and data. We stock two. Owlet Monitors pair with a Smart Sock which measure your baby’s heart rate and breathing. Able to monitor both oxygen levels and your baby’s heart rate while they sleep, it is really the ultimate device for peace of mind. Keep in mind though that you’ll have to buy an audio/video monitor separately or the whole pack from Owlet if you want to enjoy the other traditional features of a baby monitor, but if you do, it's totally baby surveillance: audio, visual and internal. The Owlet Camera also has night vision, two-way audio (so you can play something from your phone into the room) and sound and movement notifications to let you know when your baby is restless.

Lollipop monitors get their edge from being streamline and visually appealing. Designed like an eyeball with a bendy tail, it wraps around crib rails (meaning you're guaranteed to get the best angle without putting holes in the wall). It's wireless, has a speaker and sound machine to play white noise, night vision and gets a 128 degree view. Impressive. It also detects your baby’s activity and sends notifications when they cry, climb around the crib or make loud noises. The Lollipop collects data, so the more you use it the more you'll learn about your baby's sleep habits. Do they fuss at the same time every day? Does something specific make them upset? It also comes with ​sharing functionality, where you can invite friends and family to take a peek at your baby with a link to the Lollipop's live camera view, or send them a link to a pre-recorded video of a specific event. It's super easy to set these up and add additional cameras, so it's ideal for parents of multiples.

Question 6. Which is the best baby monitor for me?

You know the options now, so consider your parenting style, budget and space, to decide which is going to work best for you, now and with future children (because this is one baby item that lasts and lasts).

5 Best Baby Monitors in 2022

Discover a roundup of our favourite baby monitors for your best sleep and peace of mind yet.

 

 

This smart digital monitor gives you extendable ears. By which we mean, you can hear everything that's happening in your baby's room. It includes parent talk back and crystal clear sound quality, a nursery room temperature sensor, a soft comforting night light and easy to read blue backlit display. You can also play lullabies, classical music, nursery rhymes, nature sounds and white noises like a vacuum and "womb" to help comfort your baby into sleep.

Features

  • Starry night lightshow
  • Nursery room temperature sensor
  • 18 lullabies including classical, nursery rhymes, nature sounds and white noise such as vacuum, womb and hair dryer sounds
  • Parent talk back
  • Soft comforting night light
  • Easy to read blue backlit display
  • Feed timer
  • Mute function

The latest high quality video baby monitor that does it all seamlessly. With an easy to use 12cm touchscreen display and motorised pan-tilt camera you can check on your baby from anywhere in the home. It comes with a handy room temperature sensor, 800 x 480 screen resolution, baby friendly night vision. Plus, you can play lullabies and white noise to help make sleep-time easier. With 2x digital zoom, parent talk back and up to six hours battery life, rely on this technology to give you comfort that your baby is safe and sound no matter which room you’re in.

Features

  • High quality 12cm touchscreen
  • Motorised pan-tilt camera
  • Room temperature monitor
  • 800 x 480 screen resolution
  • Baby friendly night vision
  • Lullabies and white noise
  • Feed timer
  • Parent talk back
  • 2 x Digital zoom
  • Soft, comforting night light
  • Vox capable (single camera only)
  • Up to 6hrs battery life (with VOX enabled)
  • Wall mountable camera unit
  • Multi-camera capable up to 4 units.

The first baby monitor to track your baby’s oxygen level and heart rate while they sleep. If your baby’s readings leave preset “safe” zones, you'll receive a notification via your bedside base station and direct to your phone to let you know your baby really needs you. Simple to use, just wrap the Owlet Smart Sock around your baby’s foot when they’re sleeping, and when they wake up, you can take it off and pop it onto the base station to recharge. For a complete picture of your baby’s safety, use the Owlet Camera to stream secure HD 1080p video of your baby sleeping direct to your phone over a secure, encrypted WiFi connection. It has night vision and two-way audio and comes with sound and motion notifications, plus background audio that plays while you use your phone for other tasks.

Features

  • Tracks baby's oxygen and heart rate
  • Sound and motion notifications
  • Tells you when baby needs you
  • Total view of baby
  • Streams secure audio and HD video
  • For babies 0 - 18 months
  • HSA/FSA Approved

A smart wifi-based baby camera that is flexible, non-invasive and gently contoured, so you can keep an eye and an ear on your baby when you’re in another room. It’s cute and comes in three bright colours, and gets bonus points for how easy it is to set up. Secure it to your baby’s cot, attach it to the wall or stand it up on a flat surface. It hosts a ton of features that will give you peace of mind: a live view that can be streamed to your smartphone or tablet, a built-in speaker with sound machine so you can play calming white noise, 128 degree view and 720p HD. The all-in-one detection is super handy. It detects your baby’s activity and sends notifications when your baby cries, climbs around the crib or makes loud noises. The infrared night vision will allow you to view your baby at night with no lights on.

The longer you use the Lollipop, the more you’ll learn. It also comes with sharing functionality, where you can invite friends and family to take a peek at your baby with a link to the Lollipop's live camera view, or send a link to a pre-recorded video of a specific event. You might also count on cross detection, allowing you to create a border inside the camera view to track movements in your baby’s crib. If anything happens outside the border, for instance if baby’s leg gets stuck, you’ll be notified. Plus, there’s an event list, where the Lollipop saves a 30-second video of significant events such as crying or environmental alerts. This means if anything unusual happens, you can go back and review.

Features

  • Live view
  • True crying detection
  • Cross detection
  • Easy sharing
  • Data collection
  • White noise and classical music
  • Flexible positioning

It’s all about peace of mind and staying close. The Oricom OBH430 Nursery Pal Video Baby Monitor offers remote access to a smartphone to ensure you are able to stay close to your baby in the home, or while you’re away. This connected baby monitor is Wi-Fi enabled, which allows access to the HD camera feed from an external smartphone, utilising the feature-rich ‘HubbleClub for Partners’ App. Track climate conditions with the room temperature sensor built into the camera unit, and soothe your baby from afar with the sound of your own voice using two-way talk communication. Preloaded lullabies, nature sounds and bedside stories gently lull your baby into a soothing sleep, while the 7-colour night light and sleep trainer ensure that sleep brings them peaceful, pleasant dreams.

Features

  • Wi-Fi enabled
  • HD camera feed
  • Room temperature sensor
  • Two-way talk
  • Choose from preloaded lullabies, soothing sounds and bedtime stories
  • Night light
  • Multi camera capable

If you liked this guide, we’ve got some handy how to choose articles on our blog. Read how to choose a highchair, how to choose a baby bassinet,** choosing a travel pram**, and how to choose a breast pump.

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