The best baby monitor is the one that works best for you. Be it a VTech baby monitor, a Motorola baby monitor, or an Owlet baby monitor, there’s many dozens to choose from, some at prices rivaling that of a car payment. You can opt for a baby breathing monitor, a video baby monitor, or go back to basics with an audio version.
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Lower tech options are still around for chill parents, but today, you can go for one that’s smarter and sleeker, with features like 360-degree room viewing (great for once your child gets a toddler bed and starts moving around), night vision, air temperature monitoring, nighttime alerts and even a two-way communication mode, so you can sing your little one’s favorite lullaby from the couch (depending on your baby’s age, this may or may not freak him out). One baby monitor even promises to tell you when your baby pees.
Most are also compatible with your smartphone or tablet, so you can check on baby from the office or date night (er, not that we necessarily recommend this). But all this technology certainly won’t come cheap, so here are the best current deals we’ve found.
This great baby monitor has a range of 1,000 feet, so you can wander around your house and yard while keeping an eye on your baby.
With the VTech baby monitor, you get automatic infrared night vision that gives you a clear view of the nursery day or night. For close ups, the camera zooms up to two times. Best of all, if you want to nap while kiddo naps, you can keep the parent unit screen turned off until it senses noise and then, once it does, a visual and audio indicator will alert you when it’s time to check on your infant.
The overhead view is what makes this Motorola baby monitor stand out and better yet, the Motorola Halo easily attaches to the crib, with no tools or wall mount needed.
Yes, this Motorola baby monitor is something of an investment, but it grows with your family. When your child moves into a toddler bed and beyond, you can detach the camera from the crib mount and continue using it in the kid’s room. Plus, it doubles as a night light and it plays lullabies.
Currently about $100 lower than the list price, this do-it-all gadget has a crisp, five-inch display, two-way communication and nighttime alerts if your baby starts wailing.
The monitor also offers an expansive view of the nursery: An extra lens is included so you can pan 330 degrees to see corner to corner and tilt 110 degrees up and down. The generous coverage area (460 feet) lets you move throughout your home without worrying that you’re out of range.
This popular monitor, which has an impressive range of 960 feet, is packed with features like a color display and Infrared night vision. It's currently 20 percent off.
Along with two-way communication, the monitor also lets you play lullabies (if your own singing isn’t cutting it) and white noise to your baby. It comes with an interchangeable wide-angle lens and room temperature monitoring, so you’ll get an alert if the nursery seems too hot or cold. One camera comes with the unit, but if you’ve got multiple kids in different parts of the house, you can add up to three more and still monitor them all from the same base.
With the current special, you'll save $30 on a monitor known for its impressive battery life (up to 24 hours) and sharp-looking, five-inch screen.
The VAVA gets overwhelmingly positive reviews on Amazon; parents also praised the company’s customer service for helping with tech issues and replacement parts. The monitor has the ability to zoom (2X or 4X) and there’s also an autopilot mode that will scan the room. Other features include two-way communication, a room thermostat and seven different volume levels for parents (the highest will wake even heavy sleepers, and the lowest will edit out softer sounds like your toddler muttering in her sleep or rolling over).
This monitor already sells for $90 below the list price, and a current special lets you save an extra six percent. It comes with two cameras, so parents with kids in multiple rooms won't need to pony up for another one.
Got a big place? This unit has one of the largest ranges we’ve seen: Up to 1,000 feet. Although the monitor already comes with two cameras, parents can also opt to add on two more and keep tabs on their entire house. Other key features include two-way audio, room temperature monitoring and a power-saving mode, which wakes the screen when baby makes noise, thus saving battery life.
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