The best video baby monitors you can buy
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- Video baby monitors are must-have items for caregivers who want to ensure their little one is safe without intruding on the nursery during naptime or at night.
- Many of the latest baby monitors have features that go well beyond basic video and audio feeds, also tracking metrics like temperature, humidity, and more.
- The Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor is our top pick, thanks to the birds-eye view it gives you of a child's crib and its motion tracking feature that keeps tabs on a baby even when you're not checking the video feed.
Baby monitors have undergone a period of rapid innovation in the past few years, evolving from devices capable of little more than short range audio and video transmission into advanced hardware fully integrated with other types of technology, from mobile device apps to smart home devices. When my wife and I were first shopping for baby monitors back in 2013, the choices were limited to various systems that sent rather grainy images and choppy audio from a camera unit to a parent unit.
Today, caregivers can find video baby monitors that track a child's motion and send alerts when sleeping patterns seem disrupted. They can find monitors that feature built in soothing light shows and lullabies. There are units that create virtual boundaries and inform parents if a child moves out of a designated area.
As for clarity of audio and quality of video, the latest generation of baby video monitors is hard to beat. I know, because after using my "old" 2013 vintage unit for years, I have recently tested multiple newer models.
A high-quality baby monitor is going to cost a pretty penny, but it will also give you peace of mind that is hard to put a price on. As for a baby monitor that can help babies sleep better, therefore allowing you more rest? That's priceless.
In this list of high-tech video baby monitors you will find both familiar brand names, and in the case of our top pick, a relative newcomer to the baby product space. What all of these monitors share in common is the fact that each has at least one unique property that sets it apart from the pack and that might just make it the perfect pick for your home.
Here are the best video baby monitors you can buy:
- Best video baby monitor overall: Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor
- Best video baby monitor for newborns: Summer Infant Baby Pixel Cadet Monitor
- Best video baby monitor for large rooms: Infant Optics DXR-8 Baby Monitor
- Best sleep assisting video baby monitor: Motorola Halo+ Over-the-Crib Baby Monitor & Soother
- Best video baby monitor for parents who travel: Nest Security Camera
Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks.
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