Best Baby Monitors of 2017

Best Baby Monitors of 2017

Last Updated: January 1, 2017
Here are the best picks to get through a full night with less stress and more rest. Best Baby Monitors of 2017

Gone are the days of silently peeking into the nursery to check on your napping baby and then, whoops, accidentally waking him up (“No, no, please no!”). A baby monitor uses a camera to watch over the crib, while you carry a handheld device that lets you know what’s going on with your child at any given moment, no matter where you are in your home.

Do you need a monitor?

If you sleep in the same room as your baby or live in a small enough space that you can always hear or see what your baby is up to, you probably don’t need a monitor. Otherwise, most parents enjoy the convenience a baby monitor provides - instead of needing to stay close to the nursery or constantly checking on your child, you’re free to rest or even move around your home and get chores done during baby’s down time.

What type of monitor is best?

It really depends on what you feel most comfortable with. There are audio monitors that allow you to listen to any noise coming from the nursery, as well as video monitors that add sight to sound. BabyList parents overwhelmingly choose video monitors. The security of seeing what your child is up to, whether he or she is quiet or not - like if they’ve gotten tangled in their swaddle, pulled their diaper off, or climbed out of the crib - can be worth the extra cost of a video monitor.

When it comes to video models, there are two main types - smartphone-based and more traditional, standalone monitors. Both use a camera that you place in whichever room you want to keep an “eye in the sky.” The traditional type of monitor provides a separate, walkie-talkie like receiver that you carry around with you to watch what’s happening in your child’s room. The newest kind of baby monitor directly streams video to your smartphone, tablet, or computer via a downloaded app. BabyList users’ top choices include both types of systems.

How we chose our best picks

We asked thousands of real BabyList families about the baby products they love the most, now that their little one has arrived. We took the top products they shared with us and added our own research and insight. Here are the top baby monitors we think you and your baby will get the most out of.

Babylist Best Picks

HIGH-TECH FAVE

Nest Cam Security Camera  - $171.00
WHY WE LOVE IT

Nest Cam’s 130-degree, wide-angle camera uses an app and your wi-fi to stream video to your smartphone (iOS or Android), tablet, or computer so you can keep tabs on your little one using whatever gadget is handiest, wherever you are. With a super clear picture and two-way audio that let’s you soothe your baby from another room (some quick shushing or a lullaby might just put him or her back to sleep), the Nest Cam is pretty sweet.

KEEP IN MIND

While the Nest Cam will send you an alert if it senses motion or bigger sounds, you can end up getting a lot of false notifications, especially if you have pets. And moreover, the Nest Cam will only sends these alerts once every 30 minutes, making this specific function less useful and timely for baby monitoring.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“I like being able to view it on my iPhone so I don’t have to carry something extra around.” - Claire S.

TRADITIONAL & TRUE

Samsung SafeVIEW Baby Monitoring System - $199.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

The SafeVIEW monitor is a traditional, standalone system that not only has the ability to zoom, but can also tilt and pan, allowing you to scour the room for the toddler who has decided to get out of bed and play with toys instead of sleeping. Like other models listed here, it also has a built-in mic that lets you communicate with your child (“Get back in bed!”) or reassure your baby you’re on the way. Additionally, the SafeVIEW alerts you when the rechargeable battery is low or you’re out of receiving range.

KEEP IN MIND

The picture isn’t as clear as the high-definition Nest Cam, even though the price is the similar. And the receiver’s battery drains fast.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“I like the voice on command (vox) feature that has the monitor dark when the baby is sleeping and turns on when she wakes up or makes noise.” - Emily G.

BIGGER FAMILY FAVE

Motorola MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor - $179.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

The Motorola baby monitor has all the same functions as the Samsung and then some. On this multi-tasker you’ll find pre-recorded lullabies you can trigger when your little one starts fussing, as well as a gauge that indicates the room temperature. The bonus for families with more than one child? This monitor offers a split screen function so you can keep an eye on multiple rooms at the same time (additional cameras sold separately).

KEEP IN MIND

Never flip on the receiver (the parent handheld device) while in the same room as your sleeping baby. It plays a loud tune to indicate it’s powered on and will definitely wake up your little one!

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“I can see my baby clearly, talk to him through the speaker and it has music too!” - Holly T.

BIG SCREEN, LOW PRICE

Summer Infant In View Digital Color Video Monitor - $129.99
WHY WE LOVE IT

You won’t need to squint when using the Infant In View. It’s got the biggest screen - 5 inches - and the ability to zoom in on your child. While it doesn’t have any fancy bells and whistles, it does come with all the standard features of standalone systems like low-battery and out-of-range indicators, sound-activated lights, and rechargeable batteries for the handheld device.

KEEP IN MIND

The video quality lacks sharp details and the color can be a bit off.

WHAT BABYLIST PARENTS SAY

“The screen is a nice size. It’s easy to use and the picture is clear.” - RaeAnn A.


Choosing what’s right for you

While some baby monitors might come with a higher price tag than other baby gear, it’s important to remember that you’ll most likely be using your monitor regularly throughout the baby and toddler years. Monitors are a valuable investment that can offer you peace of mind- and some peace while you get some sleep.

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