We round up the best audio and video baby monitors available to buy right now.
Seeking out all the many gadgets and gizmos you’ll need for when baby arrives is a hefty task. You’ll want to make sure you’ve read all the reviews, shopped around for the best deals and mastered the art of setting up baby kit. It’s a total minefield, and that’s before you’ve got a newborn to contend with.
But worry not, as we’ve done all the hard work for you with our series of shopping guides. From travel systems to baby carriers, we’ve scoured the internet for the best of the bunch and now we’re turning our attention to baby monitors.
Ranging in price and sophistication, baby monitors are an essential piece of baby kit, invaluable for keeping track of your baby while they sleep. Whether it’s a state-of-the-art video system you’re after, or a simple yet reliable audio monitor, we’ve sourced the best.
Things to Consider When Buying a Baby Monitor
- Bear in mind how much you want to spend, prices vary from £20 up to the £300 mark.
- Where will you use the monitor and how far away are you likely to be from your baby? Each monitor has different ranges.
- Do you want a simple audio device or do you want to be able to see your child, too?
- Do you want to be able to speak to your baby through the monitor if she’s crying?
Best Video Baby Monitors
BT Baby Monitor: Sense-U Smart Video Baby Monitor, £129.99
While the popular BT baby monitors have now been discontinued, BT has since started sourcing these top quality video baby monitors made by Sense-U. Not only does this innovative monitor allow you to see baby in HD anytime and anywhere, it also notifies you when they move or make a sound and offers great night vision.
VTech Baby Monitor: VTech RM7764HD Smart Video Baby Monitor, £169.99
This hardworking baby monitor by much-loved brand VTech features with its HD 7-inch colour LCD screen records 1080p high-definition video that you can see on the parent unit, your smartphone or tablet.
It also features free live remote access via smartphone or tablet to remotely listen, talk-back and view on multiple devices, even outside the home with 360 degree panoramic viewing and 100 degrees up and down. Plus, it even has five melodies and four soft ambient sounds, including a trickling stream and white noise.
Nanit Baby Monitor: Nanit Pro Baby Monitor & Wall Mount, £299.99
This Nunit Baby Monitor is on the more pricey end, but what you get is truly high end. This monitor and accompanying app allows you to get your baby’s sleep stats each morning, plus a time lapse highlight reel so you can rewatch their entire night in seconds. Get personalised, science-backed sleep guidance from the world’s leading paediatric sleep experts, right in your app.
Plus, with Breathing Wear, your Nanit can see your baby’s chest as they breathe. You’ll also get real-time alerts if they need you, and feel more confident leaving them in the cot for the night.
For a personal touch. this Nanit baby monitor captures your baby’s finest moments automatically right in your app, allowing you to celebrate those fun moments and growth milestones every step of the way and share with loved ones.
Owlet Baby Monitor: Owlet Cam 2 Baby Monitor, £159
With 1080p HD video, wide-angle view and 4x zoom, this Owlet baby monitor allows parents to clearly view their baby from anywhere and at anytime. Use the two-way talk to stay connected to baby and soothe them from anywhere, plus, the live room temperature and humidity readings help you keep baby comfortable as the seasons change.
Hubble Baby Monitor: Hubble Nursery Pal Essentials Smart Baby Monitor, £89.99
Another great and more affordable option is this smart baby monitor by Hubble, featuring a night-vision camera and 2.8 inch colour screen that allows you to see your baby clearly, even in low light.
Other handy features of this baby monitor include 2-way audio, a temperate display shows you if the bedroom is too hot or cold, lullabies to help soothe your little one and a built in nightlight.
Babymoov Baby Monitor: Babymoov YOO Feel Touchscreen Video Monitor, £169.99
The YOO Feel video monitor is the intuitive choice for parents. It’s easy plug-and-play set up, 3’5 digital screen with VOX (voice activated) and talk-back functions will restore total peace of mind at bedtime. Up to four cameras can be connected at once, while audible and visual alarms can be activated, too. Additional fun features include a nightlight and soothing lullaby function for baby.
Motorola Baby Monitor: Motorola M481 Video Baby Monitor, £70
A great and more affordable video baby monitor option, the Motorola M481 has everything you need to keep an eye on your little one.
This video baby monitor comes equipped with a 2-inch colour display with digital zoom, allowing you to get a clear view of your child, while the infrared night vision allows you to see them clearly even in low light levels. The camera features a high-sensitivity microphone to hear every peep.
Lollipop Smart Monitors are designed to catch your baby’s every move, thanks to five different installation options. After syncing up to your smartphone, you’ll be able to decide which notifications to receive as well as view live videos to keep an eye on your little one at all times.
You also have to option to share the parenting duties by invite friends and family to check in on your baby, with a link to the Lollipop’s live camera view or a pre-recorded video. The monitor can also play calming white noise or classical music to help soothe baby to sleep.
TP-Link Baby Monitor: TP-Link Tapo 2K Pan/Tilt Home Security WiFi Camera, £39.99
This Tapo Baby Monitor by WiFi product manufacturer TP-LINK is fantastic value for money. With no hub required, this baby monitor streams directly to your device through the HD camera with night vision, motion detection and the ability to pan and tilt.
Best Audio Baby Monitors
BT Baby Monitor: BT Digital Audio Baby Monitor 450, £49.99
Little one’s will me mesmerised and sent off sound to sleep with the space-themed light show that emits from this BT baby monitor. This audio-only monitor offers some great features, including HD sound, a talk back feature, 50m outdoor range and 300m indoor range, room temperature display, a nightlight and a selection of 18 lullabies.
babymoov Baby Monitor: babymoov Premium Care Baby Monitor, £89.95
The babymoov Premium Care Baby Monitor offers a number of useful features, with a range of 1400m, you’ll never be out of reach from baby. The handy 2-way walkie-talkie feature allows you to communicate with baby via the monitor, it also transmits minimum exposure to electromagnetic waves, thanks to the safe design and Digital Green Technology.
Hubble Baby Monitor: Hubble Listen Pro Audio Baby Monitor, £25
Unlike the other baby monitors on this list, this Hubble audio-only plugs straight into the mains. This baby monitor is simple and easy to use with up to 300ft long range, the Plug-n-Play monitor makes it portable and travel-friendly and the parent unit comes with a volume control and five level visual sound indicator so you can visually monitor sound levels.
VTech Baby Monitor: Tech AM70 Audio Baby Monitor
With crystal clear audio transmission, 1000ft range and a glow-on-the-ceiling night light, this VTech baby monitor is a great audio-only option for parents to keep an ear on their little one.
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