Is there any time more peaceful than nap time? Surely not. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you can relax during this time, and what better way to relax than knowing your baby is safe and sound? Investing in a baby monitor is a smart choice, but one has to factor in things such as budget, functionality, range, and battery life.
Below we have listed pros and cons for the best video baby monitors of 2018. We have also included our top pick for an audio monitor, which can serve its purpose in the early months, but it may be worth investing in a video monitor once your little one starts rolling over and moving around.
The Best Video Baby Monitors – Our Top Picks
The Infant Optics DXR-8 is the first ever monitor with interchangeable lens capability which means this monitor can grow with your baby as they learn to play independently. The monitor is a nice 3.5” full color LCD display and includes all kinds of useful options such as remote pan, tilt and digital zoom. The monitor also display the remote temperature so you can rest assured your baby is sleeping comfortably.
The battery life on this monitor is 10 hours, which is pretty impressive for a video monitor. Video is streamed real time over a 2.4GHz FHSS wireless transmission. This provides users with privacy and delay free video and audio playback. You can also purchase up to 4 add-on cameras for your growing family.
There have been complaints of the battery life degrading over time, but thankfully the replacement battery for this baby monitor runs under $10. Another downside is that the buttons on the monitor make a slight ‘click’ noise when pressed, so if your baby is a light sleeper, best not use the buttons while in the room with them.
The Motorola MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor is a nice middle of the road priced monitor. Large 3.5 inch display, remote pan, tilt, and zoom, this video monitor has a lot of great features. You can also purchase additional cameras so that you can monitor multiple rooms as your family starts to grow.
The battery life on this monitor is not as reliable as our top pick, so expect to be charging it more often.
The Hello Baby Wireless Video Baby Monitor is a great budget friendly video monitor. This monitor has super clear video, including night vision. Cameras expandable up to four cameras! The camera unit can play lullabies to your baby, or you can use the two way talk feature.
There aren’t many complaints about this monitor, just keep in mind, this is a budget video monitor. The camera itself does not move when using the zoom feature. That being said, we believe it is an excellent value for the price – you can’t really get much cheaper for a video monitor without sacrificing quality.
The Best Audio Baby Monitor – Value Pick
The Vtech DM111 Audio Baby Monitor is very reliable as far as audio monitors go. It has up to 1,000 ft range and crystal clear transmission. There is a five level sound indicator so you can visually monitor the noise level while the parent unit is muted. It doesn’t get more simple and straight forward than this.
This monitor does not have the talk-back intercom feature, which can be helpful if you are monitor older children. For a few more bucks, there is a fancier version of this monitor, called the VTECH DM223.
That about wraps it up for baby monitors. Brainstorming for other ideas to cover all the bases for the new or expecting family? Take a look at our baby essentials list which has all the must-haves which are easily purchasable online.