Parenting is hard, so tools that make it easier are always welcome. With a video baby monitor, you don’t have to be in the same room as a sleeping or playing child in order to maintain a watchful eye. Plus, these devices are particularly useful if you have a child with health or medical issues who requires constant supervision.
Video monitors give you peace of mind. When the monitor wakes you up in the middle of the night, all you have to do is look at the video feed to see if your baby needs immediate attention. Some baby video monitors allow communication between you and your child. Others let you take pictures or record videos, which you can post on Facebook or other social media sites.
While there are a number of excellent products on the market, our baby video monitor reviews for the Uniden Lullaboo, MobiCam DXR Touch Premium, and Lorex Live Sense will give you an idea of what the best video baby monitors have to offer. For more information (like the difference between analog and digital monitors), check out our articles on video baby monitors.
Video baby monitors are more complex than you might think and there are several important considerations to make when purchasing one. We identified several key features to help you find the best video monitor for you and your baby:
A baby video monitor’s purpose is to immediately alert you to a problem or let you know the moment your baby wakes up. That’s why an effective sound system is crucial – it's the most important part of any baby monitoring system. The best video baby monitors provide you with a clear and static-free audio connection between the child unit and the parent unit. They also offer volume controls and should allow for two-way talk. Keep an eye open for audio-only mode, which lets you turn the video off. VOX mode can be very useful. It turns the unit on or off based on the presence or absence of audible sound in the room, which keeps the battery running for longer.
A video baby monitor is only as good as the picture it delivers. One with poor picture quality is really no better than a less-expensive, audio-only monitor. Some video features to look for include remote pan, tilt and zoom, which allow you to follow your baby using remote controls on the monitor.
Another key element of the video capability is the maximum range from which the monitor can transmit video images. Most video baby monitors have a range of 400 to 500 feet, though there are a few outliers. Keep in mind that these ranges are based on manufacturer tests that determine range without walls or other obstructions between the parent and child devices.
Video sleep mode helps to conserve batteries and extend the time between charges. Skype capability lets you check in from wherever you roam, whether that be work or while you're on vacation and you want to check in with the baby at the grandparents' home.
The monitors in our review let you observe your baby in a variety of settings. Some come with a belt clip for the monitor to improve your mobility while others can be mounted on the wall to give the camera a clear view of your baby.
Most video baby monitors come with built-in rechargeable batteries that last about five to eight hours. Some monitors have room thermometers that can keep you apprised of your baby's comfort level. The general look and feel of the camera is also important. Some monitors fit right in with the décor of your baby's nursery while others will lend a more contemporary feel to the room.
Help & Support
A final consideration is the level of help and support the manufacturer offers. For example, many manufacturers have toll-free numbers you can call if you have issues setting up your monitor or if you need to invoke the warranty. A few companies offer live chat. The warranty length is also a good thing to consider.
The best video baby monitors provide all the features you need to feel as if you’re in the same room with your baby. Such devices let you interact with and observe your baby from different perspectives, day and night. We've compiled a comprehensive lineup of the best video baby monitors on the market so that you can make an informed decision as to which one best meets your needs.