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You’ve spent 9 months with your baby tucked safely in your (or your partner’s) belly and are used to feeling every kick and wiggle.

Once you bring that tiny newborn home, you may opt to have your baby sleep in your room or their own nursery. Even if your baby starts out in your room (see here for the SIDS prevention guidelines regarding room-sharing), odds are at some point he or she will move into their own space.

While you may be thrilled to (hopefully) start sleeping more, somehow leaving that tiny bundle alone in their room can just tug at your heartstrings.

Enter the baby monitor! (*trumpet fanfare*) These handy devices allow you to see or hear your baby from anywhere in your home (and outside — see if you can lounge on your neighbor’s back porch or relax in your garden if that’s your thing).

The tech boom hasn’t left out baby monitors, and most now come equipped with some pretty nifty features. They aren’t going to find lost pacifiers in the middle of the night or clean up diaper blowouts, but it is definite progress in the right direction.

Read on for our top 9 baby monitor picks in various categories, as well as recommendations on how to choose a baby monitor.

We weren’t given any products in exchange for reviews, nor were we able to personally test every single option (although we did test some). Online reviews, the opinions of experienced parents, and manufacturer information regarding features and capabilities all factored into our rankings.

We tried to select monitors that had the best combination of desirable features, a good value, and high parent satisfaction ratings.

We also took into account the longevity of the equipment. For instance, there are a number of monitors with similar features, but we ruled out those that quickly began to lose battery life or are more difficult to set up.

We hope this helps you on your journey of safe, healthy, and sleepy parenthood!

Best of the best baby monitor

Eufy Spaceview Video Baby Monitor

A new up-and-comer in the baby monitor world, the Eufy Spaceview Video Baby Monitor has surprised us with how all-around awesome it is. Basically everything fantastic about Infant Optics’ DXR-8 (which has been the top-rated video baby monitor for a long time; see below), this monitor has, but better.

With a 720-pixel, 5-inch high-definition (HD) screen, the video quality is incredibly sharp — you can view more with this monitor than most others. Great zoom, pan, and tilt features allow you to see every last detail.

This monitor also features extra-long battery life, night vision, two-way talk, instant alerts if your baby is crying, an included wide-angle lens, included wall mount, built-in thermostat, and effortless setup.

Eufy has made all of the desirable video monitor features even better, and managed to keep the price very reasonable.

Price point: Mid-range
Transmission: Radio frequency
Range: 460 feet
Power source: Rechargeable battery
Two-way talking: Yes
Mount options: Wall or table (wall mount kit included)
Bonuses: Huge crystal-clear screen, remote pan and zoom, included wide-angle lens, longer battery life

Best video baby monitor

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor

Both in our polling of experienced parents, my personal experience, and online reviews, theInfant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor stands out. Almost everyone just loves this thing.

It has some high-end features like sharp video and audio quality, great battery life, a two-way intercom so you can talk to your baby, night mode, digital audio-only mode, a wide-angle lens (sold separately) so you can see the whole room, and remote control of the camera so you can pan around and see everything or adjust the camera angle.

Other favorite features of parents we talked to were the option to connect multiple cameras (up to four), and the ability of the camera to swivel and zoom so you can see everything (even the pacifier that your baby tossed out of the crib and is now screaming for at 2 a.m.).

Many parents also love this monitor as their child moves into toddlerhood since the wide-angle lens allows you to see the entire room (and you know that two-year-old is probably unloading their bookshelf and not sleeping).

You can also easily add another camera if a baby sibling comes along, without having to get an extra screen unit.

The DXR-8 offers high quality and the features most parents want but at a reasonable price. It also uses a radio frequency transmission, so you don’t have any of the security concerns that may accompany Wi-Fi monitors.

Price point: Mid-range
Transmission: Radio frequency
Range: 700 feet
Power source: Rechargeable battery; 6 hours with screen on, up to 10 hours in power-saving mode
Two-way talking: Yes
Mount options: Table or wall (has a convenient cutout under the camera to easily hang on a nail or screw)
Bonuses: Wide-angle camera lens available, can use up to four cameras with one monitor, reads room temperature, night vision, lasts well for multiple children

Best ‘not a baby monitor’ monitor

Nest Cam Security Camera

The Nest Cam Security Camera is not officially a baby monitor. It’s an indoor security camera that can be integrated with your entire Nest smart home system.

The things parents love about this camera are that you can place multiples around the house (so it can be a sleep monitor, nanny cam, and security camera all in one) and that it livestreams directly to your phone. No separate viewing monitor is needed, and you can check the footage anywhere.

You can watch live footage on your phone (although the app always has to be running) and even rewind and watch back footage from the past 3 hours. If you want to be able to record footage for longer periods of time, you can subscribe to the Nest Aware service.

Some parents do have concerns about the security of Wi-Fi monitors. It’s worth keeping your firmware up to date and ensuring that your network is secure.

Price point: Mid-range
Transmission: Wi-Fi
Range: No limit while connected to Wi-Fi
Power source: Outlet
Two-way talking: Yes
Mount options: Table or wall
Bonuses: No separate viewing monitor (uses your phone or other device), can have multiple cameras around the house

Best baby monitor for travel

Lollipop Baby Camera

The Lollipop Baby Camera is about the cutest thing we’ve ever seen (besides your baby, of course). It actually looks like a little silicone lollipop with a camera built in and comes in multiple fun colors.

The Lollipop is an app-based Wi-Fi video monitor, so the camera runs through your wireless network and does not have a separate monitor base.
Some standout features include an audio-only night mode, an alarm if your network is disconnected, and no monthly fee for an app that tracks your baby’s sleep stats and crying.

The main reason we selected it as the best monitor for travel is that it is tiny, just requires the camera, and the “stick” of the Lollipop can bend or twist around almost anything. So setting it up in new places is a snap.

The one caution regarding this monitor for travel use is that you will have to set it up with a Wi-Fi network wherever you are staying. It is important to ensure a secure and trusted connection when using Wi-Fi for your baby’s monitor.

Because of this concern, many parents prefer a radio frequency video monitor for travel, even if it is bulkier or harder to position. But if you’re staying with friends or family this could be a great option.

Price point: Mid-range
Transmission: Wi-Fi
Range: No limit while connected to Wi-Fi
Power source: Outlet
Two-way talking: No (but can play lullabies)
Mount options: Table or wall
Bonuses: No separate monitor (uses your phone or other device), can have multiple cameras around the house, small and easy to set up, audio-only night mode

Best baby monitor for twins

AXVUE Video Baby Monitor E612

A number of the monitors we reviewed have the option to add more cameras, so you could use most of them successfully with twins or if you have a baby and young toddler who both need to be monitored.

However, if you have twins, you have enough things to buy in double, so we found a monitor that is very highly rated among parents, has a high screen quality, and comes with two cameras right off the bat.

The AXVUE Video Baby Monitor E612 is easy to set up and can be used if your littles are in separate rooms or if they are sharing but you want a cam spotlighting each crib.

Good battery life, range, temperature reading, and two-way talk are some other features parents love.

Type of monitor: Video, 4.3 inch LCD screen
Price point: Mid-range
Transmission: Radio frequency
Range: 800 feet
Power source: AAA battery
Two-way talking: Yes
Mount options: Wall or table
Bonuses: Comes with two cameras in the base package

Best audio baby monitor

VTech DM223 Audio Monitor

If you’re looking for a basic audio monitor that will let you know if your baby is rustling, fussing, crying, or babbling, the VTech DM223 Audio Monitor is hard to beat.

It’s budget friendly (and the lowest-priced option on this list), has super clear audio transmission, minimization of “fuzz” and background noise, and an amazing range. This model also features a handy belt clip, so you can carry the parent unit around hands-free.

A parent-favorite feature is that this audio monitor comes equipped with two-way audio (which many audio-only monitors do not) so you can talk to your baby from the parent unit.

You will be hard-pressed to find a simpler, more effective monitor for the price. This can also be a great option for travel — or to have at a grandparent’s house for occasional naps or overnight stays.

Price point: Low
Transmission: Radio frequency
Range: 1,000 feet
Power source: Outlet (baby unit), battery or outlet (parent unit)
Two-way talking: Yes
Mount options: Table (baby unit), belt clip or table (parent unit)
Bonuses: Budget-friendly, simple to use

Best budget baby monitor

Babysense Video Baby Monitor

For about half the price of video monitors with comparable features, the Babysense Video Baby Monitor is another parent favorite.

It is well-rated and includes features such as great video/audio quality, zoom, pan, tilt, wide-angle lens, night vision, two-way talking, and a temperature gauge that makes keeping your little one safe and comfortable a breeze. You can also add multiple cameras for other places in your house or other little ones.

All of these features packed into one monitor at a reasonable price make the Babysense Video Baby Monitor a great choice.

Type of monitor: Video, 3.5-inch HD color screen
Price point: Low (for a video monitor)
Transmission: Radio frequency
Range: 960 feet
Power source: Rechargeable battery
Two-way talking: Yes
Mount options: Wall or table
Bonuses: Pan, tilt, zoom, night vision, can add more cameras, can play lullabies and white noise

Best vitals-tracking baby monitor

Owlet Smart Sock & Cam

For parents who want to know what’s going on with their baby all the time, the Owlet Smart Sock & Cam is a good option.

While the Owlet sock can be purchased separately for app-based vitals monitoring, this complete baby monitor package includes both the sock and a video camera.

The soft, wrap-style sock is placed on your baby’s foot and transmits their heart rate and blood oxygen level to the app on your phone, where you can check it anytime.

There is also a high-quality Wi-Fi video camera that allows you to see and hear your baby while they sleep.

The Owlet has a 45-day “love it or return it” policy, as well as a one-year warranty, which is nice given the hefty price tag. The company has also provided some extra encryption to make the Wi-Fi transmission more secure.

Parents we talked to love the reassurance that comes from having their baby’s vital signs in real-time, as well as being able to see and hear their little one.

However, some health professionals caution this device may cause more anxiety than it prevents. False alarms may make it difficult to recognize actual issues with breathing or heart rate.

Also note that if your baby has health concerns that need monitoring at home, it’s likely an appropriate device will be prescribed by your doctor and covered by your medical insurance.

While the Owlet is a fantastic tool and can alert you to potential problems, there is no evidence that it, or any other baby monitor, prevents SIDS.

Type of monitor: Video (with camera) and vitals (with sock). Works with cell phone app.

Price point: High
Transmission: Wi-Fi
Range: 100 feet (from sock to base)
Power source: Rechargeable battery. Needs Wi-Fi to connect to app. Camera has power cord; sock charge lasts up to 18 hours.
Two-way talking: Yes
Mount options: Wall (sock is worn by baby)
Bonuses: Gives you a large amount of information: heart rate, oxygen saturation, movement, sound, visual monitoring

Best smart baby monitor

Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor

If knowledge is power, the Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor might be the most powerful thing out there.

This high-tech video baby monitor uses computer vision to track and evaluate your baby’s movements, sleep patterns, and how many times you go into the nursery.

All of this data is logged in an app on your phone. This frees you up to not worry about tracking (let’s be real, the days and nights start running together) and allows you to see your baby’s sleep trends.

The app will also provide personalized sleep coaching based on your baby’s specific patterns. For all the exhausted parents who have been trying to figure out how to get that precious little nocturnal creature to sleep, here’s looking at you.

All of the stat tracking runs through the Nanit Insights subscription service. You receive one free year with your device, and then pay around $100 per year after that.

This camera streams both to a video monitor and to the Nanit app, so you can see your baby sleep at home or away.

Type of monitor: Video; cell phone app
Price point: High
Transmission: Wi-Fi
Range: Unlimited while connected to Wi-Fi
Power source: Outlet
Two-way talking: Yes
Mount options: Wall (floor stand can be purchased separately)
Bonuses: Gives you a ton of sleep information, can provide personalized sleep suggestions for your baby

Price guide

  • $ = under $150
  • $$ = $150-$200
  • $$$ = over $200
BrandPriceScreen sizeSignalRange
Eufy Spaceview$$5 in.Radio frequency460 ft.
Infant Optics DXR-8$$3.5 in.Radio frequency700 ft.
Nanit Plus$$$Cell phoneWi-FiUnlimited
Owlet$$$3.5 in.Wi-FiUnlimited
Nest Cam$$Cell phoneWi-FiUnlimited
Babysense$3.5 in. Radio frequency960 ft.
AXVUE E612$$4.3 in.Radio frequency800 ft.
VTech DM223$n.a.Radio frequency1000 ft.
Lollipop$$Cell phoneWi-FiUnlimited

Not everyone may decide that they need a baby monitor. While in our tech-driven world a monitor is usually a “given” on the baby registry, just ask any older mom or grandma, and a bunch of them will tell you they raised five happy, healthy kids without a single baby monitor.

If you live in a smaller space where you can hear most sounds from room to room, you may find a baby monitor unnecessary.

There are also some baby sleep experts who feel that baby monitor usage can actually interfere with babies’ developing healthy sleep habits.

While there are certain medical conditions that make close monitoring desirable or necessary, Nicole Johnson of The Baby Sleep Site says, “When it comes to sleep training, the moment where baby monitors hinder your progress is that you can hear every sniffle, moan, and fuss. Having a fuss or cry magnified on a monitor may make your heart beat twice as fast… for the average healthy baby, we don’t need to hear every little noise the baby makes. In fact, that may make you get in your own way of having your baby sleep through the night. Fussing and crying a little between sleep cycles is normal and expected, in fact. Go in too quickly and you may even wake your baby up!”

Despite this, the vast majority of parents do prefer the peace of mind that comes with having a monitor.

Additionally, it is not always possible to room share for the first 6 months to a year of a baby’s life (per the SIDS prevention guidelines), so a monitor allows you to see and hear as much as possible.

There are a number of monitor types you can use to know if your baby is sleeping safely.

We have the classic audio monitors (picture a set of walkie-talkies) that allow you to hear, but not see, your baby.

There are also the video monitors with cameras and screens that allow you to both see and hear your little one (which, in addition to giving you more information, is just downright adorable).

Some video monitors are equipped with temperature gauges so you know how warm or cool your baby’s room is, play lullabies, have a two-way talk feature so you can reassure your baby with your voice, or a nightlight.

A few monitors even have extra components to help track your baby’s heart rate, temperature, breathing, and movement. These are known as vitals tracking monitors.

Many monitors use radio-frequency transmission, while some run on a wireless network (Wi-Fi) signal.

Wi-Fi cameras can be connected to your phone via an app, so that you can access the camera feed anywhere, anytime.

There are so many options that we couldn’t evaluate every single monitor out there, so here are some things to consider when doing your research and choosing the monitor that is best for your needs.

  1. Battery life. Do you need the monitor to be able to function without charging for an entire night or day?
  2. Portability. Do you want to easily be able to move it around the house, pack it up for travel, or just have a camera that transmits to your phone?
  3. Quality. How high is the sound or video quality? Is it important to you to see little details, or is a general picture OK?
  4. Safety. How secure is the monitor? For Wi-Fi monitors in particular, you’ll want to keep the firmware updated and have a strong password on your home Wi-Fi network.
  5. Extras. Is it important to you to be able to go back and watch video footage from when your baby was sleeping? Or to be able to track your baby’s vital signs?
  6. Budget. How much money do you want to spend?
  7. Longevity. Do you plan to use this into your baby’s toddler years? Or for more children? You may want to look for a monitor that can add more cameras without carting around an additional monitor screen.

A baby monitor can help provide peace of mind for you and possibly extra safety for your baby.

There are audio and video baby monitors. Some monitors also come with technology to track vital signs or sleeping patterns.

Some factors to consider when choosing a baby monitor include price, battery life, screen size, audio quality, range, connection type, connection security, and whether you want to be able to stream footage on your phone.

We know the options can be overwhelming, so we hope these reviews have been helpful! Cheers to a good night’s sleep (someday, right?).