10 Baby Monitors and Cameras to Keep Kids Safe

Image: Bastien Jaillot on Unsplash.
Image: Bastien Jaillot on Unsplash.

Having children in today’s world can be nerve-wracking. Even if you go to great lengths to baby proof your house, kids always manage to find a way to get into something or somewhere they aren’t supposed to be. Thankfully, technology has advanced to the point where smart technology has expanded to include cameras and baby monitors to help us keep our kids safe. 

Here are 10 of the best options available on the market today, in no particular order. 

[1] Nanit Smart Nursery Monitor 

Nanit Smart Nursery Monitor. Image: Nanit.
Nanit Smart Nursery Monitor. Image: Nanit.

While we love standing in the doorway and watching our little ones sleep, it can get exhausting after a while. The Nanit Smart Nursery Monitor retails for $279 and allows you to view your baby remotely. Just position the camera above the crib, and you’ll be able to see everything that happens while your little one is in bed from the comfort of your cell phone.

Also, the camera doubles as a baby monitor and will even keep track of how long your little one sleeps. 

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[2] Baby Delight 5-in. Video, Movement, and Positioning Monitor

Baby Delight monitor. Image: Baby Delight.
Baby Delight monitor. Image: Baby Delight.

If you are one of the few people left in the country who doesn’t have a smartphone, a smart baby monitor doesn’t do you a lot of good—unless your video monitor comes with its own screen. 

The Baby Delight monitor sells for $91 and comes with a 5-in. screen that allows you to monitor your child while they’re in their crib. It also comes with a movement monitor you can clip to your little one’s pajamas to track movement, positioning, and breathing.

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[3] Philips Avent SCD630/37 Digital Video Baby Monitor

Philips Avent SCD630/37 monitor. Image: Philips.
Philips Avent SCD630/37 monitor. Image: Philips.

The Philips Avent SCD630/37 is another self-contained baby monitor system and ideal for parents that don’t want to use their smartphones to monitor their baby. It includes a camera and a 3.5-in. color screen, and integrates A-FHSS technology for private and secure operation.

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On top of that, it allows you to play lullabies, talk to your baby, and monitors temperature while they sleep. The system has a 300 meter (985 feet) outdoor range and sells for $153.

[4] Nest Cam IQ Indoor Camera

Nest Cam IQ Indoor. Image: Nest.
Nest Cam IQ Indoor. Image: Nest.

If you want to keep your little one safe but also have the option to take high-resolution 1080p snapshots of your baby, the $299 Nest Cam IQ Indoor is your best option. While not designed exclusively as a baby monitor, it connects to your home’s Wi-Fi and records 4K video you can monitor via the Nest app—though the remote feed is kept at 1080p to conserve bandwidth. It also allows you to zoom in, take screenshots, speak through the camera and even features facial recognition technology.

[5] iBaby Monitor M6S

iBaby Monitor M6S. Image: iBaby.
iBaby Monitor M6S. Image: iBaby.

If being able to talk to your little one to help them fall asleep is important, the iBaby Monitor M6S is the monitor system for you. The companion smartphone app allows you to talk, play lullabies, tell bedtime stories, and more. The $110 monitor enables you to follow your baby’s movement with a 360-degree view and features a 1080p camera for capturing photos and video of your sleeping babe. 

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[6] LeFun Wireless WiFi Camera

LeFun Wireless WiFi Camera. Image: LeFun.
LeFun Wireless WiFi Camera. Image: LeFun.

For something a little bit more budget-friendly, the $36 LeFun Wireless Wi-Fi camera might be a good option.  It allows you keep track of your little one with a 720p camera and a base that enables the lens to tilt up and down 100 degrees and rotate 350. It also has a built-in microphone and speaker for easy two-way audio.

The app will send motion alerts, too, enabling you to keep track of your child’s movement, especially if they’re supposed to be asleep. Little ones might know the rules—if you’ve established clear guidelines—but that doesn’t mean they always follow them.

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[7] Netgear Arlo Q Camera

Netgear Arlo Q camera. Image: Netgear.
Netgear Arlo Q camera. Image: Netgear.

Netgear has long been known for their network routers, but they’ve got some pretty impressive smart cameras, too. The popular Arlo Q sells for $149 and is perfect for the nursery—it streams 1080p quality video, has a built-in mic and speaker, and enhanced night vision capability, so you can keep an eye on your sleeping babe without turning on the light and disturbing them. 

The camera is also compatible with smart home voice activation assistants, like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can control it with a simple voice command.

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[8] VTech VM991 Wireless Wi-Fi Baby Monitor

VTech VM991 monitor. Image: VTech.
VTech VM991 monitor. Image: VTech.

The VTech VM991 smart monitor offers the best of both worlds—you can stream the camera’s video and audio to your smartphone or use the use the 5-in. touchscreen that comes with the bundle while your phone charges.

The $220 camera transmits 720p video through a camera that can pan, tilt, and zoom so you’ll feel like you’ve never left, no matter where you’re watching from. The camera and companion app will also alert you as soon as something changes.

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[9] Safety 1st HD WiFi baby monitor

Safety 1st HD WiFi baby monitor. Image: Safety 1st.
Safety 1st HD WiFi baby monitor. Image: Safety 1st.

Using your phone and a smart camera as a baby monitor can be convenient—unless you need to use your phone for something else. 

The Safety 1st HD WiFi baby monitor retails at $200 and gives you the option to put down the phone and use the audio. It comes with an mobile audio unit you can carry around with you, so you don’t have to be staring at your phone all the time. It also gives you the option for two-way audio and transmits video in 720p.

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[10] Moonybaby Wide Angle Video Baby Monitor

Moonybaby monitor. Image: Moonybaby.
Moonybaby monitor. Image: Moonybaby.

The Moonybaby Wide Angle Video Baby Monitor is one of the more affordable options on this list at $95, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking in quality. The camera transmits to a 5-in. LCD monitor screen that allows you to switch between zoom and wide angle, play lullabies, and talk to your little one from as far away as 1100 feet.

This is the longest-range baby monitor on our list, so if you just put the baby down for a nap and need to take the trash to the curb, you can be sure you’ll hear the slightest peep from your little one. 

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Be in the Know

Whether you want to watch your little one sleep or they’ve reached the age where you have to worry about them escaping from the crib, there are plenty of good options on this list to get you started. 

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