Most new parents couldn’t imagine life without a monitor.

A video baby monitor not only allows you listen to, or see, your baby when you're in a different room. It offers you peace of mind to be able to hear every gurgle, splutter or cry.​

best-video-baby-monitor-reviewsThese little devices could let you know what’s going with your child whenever you wish, wherever you are in your home.

It allows you to take a glance at your baby whenever you wish, to check they are still asleep.

They can be incredibly useful for parents with hearing disabilities, as they may not hear crying through walls, whereas now they can just take a glance at a screen.

In finding the best video baby monitor 2017, we’ve stringently compared 5 top brands on the market through more than 24 hours of research and studies.

We reviewed the products for their effectiveness based on the criteria we feel are critical when selecting the right video baby monitor.

Throughout this post, the Infant Optics Dxr-8 is our pick for the best video baby monitors 2017.

As a general rule of thumb, these are the main points to consider when in the market for a new video baby monitor:

  • What range do you require? – Will you need to be able to take the receiver between multiple rooms with varying distances from the transmitter?
  • What is your budget?
  • Signal quality that the monitor offers.
  • Property – Older, metal lined walls can cause interference or block the signal transmitted from the baby monitor.
  • Features – Many newer baby monitors offer an abundance of useful features.

9 Best Video Baby Monitor Reviews 2017

Video monitors gives you the much needed peace of mind while allowing you to actually see the baby, often from multiple devices, anytime and anywhere with features like night vision thrown in for good measure.

But as is the case with anything popular, you’d have to wade through the muck to find anything of real value. There’s a lot of garbage being peddled out there in the form of cheap Chinese imports, the quality of which is, well, not exactly something you’d want to have in a toddler’s room.

Remember those Chinese hoverboards which used to burst into flames?

To make the task easier, we have ventured deep into “baby monitor land” and come up with the crème of the lot. These are the best baby video monitors in the market currently that give you a lot more than a glorified monitor does.

Name

Screen Display Size

Frequency

Editor's Rating

Price

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor

(Editor's Choice)

3.5 inches color LCD monitor

2.4GHz FHSS

Samsung SEW-3043W BrightVIEW Baby Video Monitor

(Editor's Choice)

5.0 inches Touch Screen Monitor

2.4 GHz

Mousand New Version Video Baby Monitor

(New Release)

2.0 inches color LCD monitor

ISM 2400~2483.5 MHz

Infant Optics DXR-5 Portable Video Baby Monitor

2.4 inches full color LCD display

2.4GHz FHSS

Nest Cam security camera

Display on your phone

Wi-Fi & Internet connection

Summer Infant Wide View Video Baby Monitor

5.0 inches color LCD monitor

2.4GHz

Hello Baby Digital Security Baby Videos Camera

2.4 inches color LCD monitor

2.4GHz FHSS

Infant Optics DXR-5+ Portable Video Baby Monitor

2.4 inches TFT LCD display

2.4GHz FHSS

Safe BabyTech Video Baby Monitor

7 inches LCD monitor

Wi-Fi

1 – Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor

The Infant Optics DXR-8 is an excellent video baby monitor, with excellent pricing. It is the first baby monitor with variable lenses. This allows you to change the lenses, depending on the type of image you want from the monitor.

It comes with the highest number of features that we have ever seen on a baby monitor, including pan/tilt functionality, infrared technology, thermometer and much more.

The receiver unit, which included with the Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor, is a generous 3.5 inch, LCD monitor with a retractable antenna.

This monitor also offers excellent battery saving technology, such as sound activation. This allows the screen only to turn on when sound is detected from the transmitting unit, however it is possible to set the screen as “always on.”

The night vision completely blows its competitors out of the water. The monitor not only offers very clear image with standard lens, but also has the ability to zoom in.

Parent can also speak to their baby in the room from the base monitor.

The DXR-8’s innovative lens are absolutely amazing. It allows you customize camera performance by switching different lenses on the camera in just seconds. And unlike other models, you can buy these optical lenses separately.

Best Features

  • Tons of Features
    This includes, but is not limited to: thermometer, sound activation, “talk to baby” function – to allow soothing of your child without having to enter the room, zoom/pan/tilt function and much more.

  • Battery Life
    The battery of the receiver unit lasts up to 10 hours when utilising battery saving mode, and a competitive 6 hours with the screen always on.

  • Large Display
    The Infant Optics DXR-8 features a large, generous display, sporting a luscious 3.5-inch LCD display.
  • 2.4Ghz Devices
    It is recommended you keep all smartphones, computers, laptops etc at least 3 feet away from the transmitter and receiver.

​In comparison to other monitor brands, this model is well-deserved to be the best video baby monitor in 2017. Infant Optics is certainly one of the most reputable brands in terms of baby monitors, and is the best in terms of quality, along with pricing. They always focus on the innovation and ways to put parent’s minds at peace.

All in all, this device is totally deserved to be the #1 baby video monitor on the market.

Things We Liked

  • Very Clear picture
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Large view screen on receiver
  • Great night vision feature
  • Easy set-up and user-friendly functions

Things We Didn't Like

  • Low battery life
  • Very limited range
  • Wi-fi and microwave can interfere with the signal

2 – Samsung SEW-3043W BrightVIEW HD

The Samsung SEW-3043W features a huge 5.0inch touchscreen, along with an excellent 720p camera. The quality of the camera is currently unbelievable, when compared with many other baby monitors.

Overall, the features and reliability you get for this amount of money is simply amazing. With a huge range up to 900ft, and two-way talking capability, you can be assured your child will always be safe.

If that isn’t enough to tempt you, the Samsung SEW-3043W also features 4 pre-programmed lullabies it will play to your child, to soothe them.

You can control these via the monitor. Along with voice activation to preserve battery life, and infrared technology – everything is simply located within this monitor.

Best Features

  • 5.0-inch Touchscreen
    The touchscreen monitor included with the Samsung SEW-3043W is simply unbeatable by any other manufacturer.

    Samsung’s experience with creating other electronics has simply put them ahead when it comes to screen technology.

  • Camera Quality
    The high resolution 720p camera ensures you can always keep an eye on your child, with incredible precision, when paired with the infrared technology, this ensures you can view your child 24/7, whether it’s day or night.

  • Battery
    Samsung’s experience when manufacturing smart phones has definitely put them in the lead here, with an excellent long lasting battery life.

    This is mainly due to the voice activation, which means the monitor only turns on when sound is detected in your child’s room.
  • Lag
    The panning feature tends to lag slightly, when you attempt to pan the camera within the child’s room. This isn’t necessarily a huge problem, however it’s a slight nuisance.

  • 2.4Ghz Devices
    It is recommended you keep all smartphones, computers, laptops etc at least 3 feet away from the transmitter and receiver, this is a small nuisance however it can cause.

Customers are generally pleased with this product, however lag and signal issues aren’t uncommon. This tends to be within older buildings.

This could be the best video monitor for babies, mainly due to the innovative technology featured within.

Things We Liked

  • Great night vision
  • Doesn't connect to Wi-Fi
  • Long charging cord
  • Large view screen on receiver
  • Quiet pan/tilting mechanism

Things We Didn't Like

  • Very limited range
  • No room temperature indicator
  • Low battery life

3 – Mousand New Version Video Baby Monitor

Mousand’s new baby monitor manages to bridge the gap between functionality and a pocket friendly price.

It is packed to the brim with features that make it ridiculously easy to monitor your baby remotely, communicate with them and also play a lullaby while you are getting your share of rest or attending to an important chore.

The Mousand new version video baby monitor is a Wi-Fi based remote IP camera and receiver kit that has an impressive feature bundle. It comes almost ready to use out-of-the-box and doesn’t require you to run tedious setup and calibration programs.

Switch both the monitor and the receiver on and it auto-connects in a few seconds.

The monitor can be set up in to face any direction in the room, thanks to the rotating kickstand and the long power cable, which does not limit the positioning.

The receiver is powered by a rechargeable Li-Polymer battery that lasts long even if you use it continually for hours. It also comes with a kickstand that lets you set it up in front of you while you are working. At the same time, it is compact enough to be carried in your pocket.

This is a long range digital wireless system that will latch on without any lag or interference for up to 960 feet. It gives you the much desired convenience of moving around the house and even outside it to an extent, while keeping an eye on the baby all the time. The video is crisp and clear with excellent detailing in color and you can program it to take pictures at preset intervals.

Best Features

  • Two-way Communication
    The Mousand video baby monitor features a two-way talk back system that lets you talk back to the baby at the press of a button. This can pacify a child while giving you time to reach the baby’s room.

  • Night Vision
    The in-built night vision system clubbed with the soothing lullaby melodies allow you to put a child to sleep when you are unable to move into their room.

  • VOX mode
    The system includes a VOX mode which shuts it off automatically after a while until any sound or movement is detected.

  • Temperature Thermometer
    It also has an ambient temperature thermometer that reports the ambient temperature in the baby’s room.

The Mousand new baby monitor is a perfectly designed remote video monitoring unit that will make life simpler for you. With more than 90% positive customer feedback, you cannot go wrong with this.

Things We Liked

  • Very cheap price
  • Completely easy to set up
  • Camera gives a clear image in both color & night vision
  • Temperature monitoring feature

Things We Didn't Like

  • Annoying music play when turn on/off the parent unit (might wake your baby up)

4 – Infant Optics DXR-5 Portable Video Baby Monitor

Another excellent product from Infant Optics. This particular monitor is on the lower end of the pricing spectrum.

With video encryption to protect the privacy of your child, it also features an automatic noise cancelling mode, to reduce static noise picked up by the monitor, so you only hear what’s important.

This baby monitor is excellent, especially at the amazing price. It has a large abundance of features, however – not quite as many as the DXR-8.

However, what you do get is absolutely sublime. With a constant 30fps video feed, you can always count on the DXR-5 Video Baby Monitor to notify you, should your child be in need.

Keep in mind that, no baby monitor is perfect, they all have their pro’s, and their con’s.

Best Features

  • Unbeatable Night Vision
    This video monitor for babies possibly has the best night vision technology in any current baby monitor, this allows the user to not have to leave a light on within their child’s bedroom. Whether it’s day or night, the DXR-5 has got you covered.

  • Signal
    The DXR-5 has excellent signal capabilities, which is up to 150ft indoors, and 800ft outdoors. This allows you to be anywhere within your home, and still be able to keep an eye on your baby.

    This is a great feature, which not many manufacturers can achieve.
  • Design
    The design of this baby monitor (predominantly plastic) – feels and looks rather cheap, and fragile. However, the function of the monitor is excellent.

  • Battery
    It is imperative you plug this monitor in before bed, as it will run out of battery by the morning.

Customers are generally in love with this product. No baby monitor is perfect, however the cons of this product aren’t enough to change your opinion on it.

It is an excellent baby monitor for the price, with solid encryption and clear video/audio feeds where ever you are.

Things We Liked

  • Very lightweight
  • Easy to mount and sync both unit
  • Night IR works well
  • Large display on monitor

Things We Didn't Like

  • Short battery life
  • No pannning or tilt feature
  • Wi-fi and microwave can interfere with the signal

5 – Nest Cam Security Camera

A baby video monitor doesn’t necessarily have to be small portable handheld units. You can use any remote monitoring system provided that it allows you to keep a close eye on the child and communicate with them.

The Nest Cam security camera is one of the most advanced remote security systems that boasts of features like 1080p HD videos in both day and night vision, phone and email alerts about any activity in the room and two way communication, making it a perfect choice for parents who desire more connectivity and flexibility from their child monitoring units.

The Nest Cam features an all-glass lens that delivers crisp, clear and vibrant images in 1080 HD quality, a first for baby video monitors. It has a 130° wide-angle view that covers the entire room when positioned correctly.

A built-in snapshot alert system sends you a snapshot on email or on your phone whenever movement is detected. The two way communication can be activated via a mobile application that can be downloaded on Android and iOS.

Unlike most baby video monitors which stream live data, the Nest Cam comes with a free trial of Nest Aware, a software that offers 24/7, continuous 1080p HD recording and uploads to Cloud.

A 10 day video history lets you playback any part of the video feed at your convenience.

You also have the option to create specific activity zones in the room being monitored to receive instant alerts. False alerts if any, are auto filtered by powerful algorithms in the cloud.

The Nest Cam is the ultimate in remote monitoring. It is not limited by range or by a handheld receiver allowing you to keep a watch on your home from anywhere in the world. This also makes it one of the most effective baby video monitoring systems. If you are looking for a full-fledged security system, the Nest cam is your best bet.

Things We Liked

  • All glass lens for immaculate picture quality
  • Full HD 1080p images and video
  • IR LEDS for clear night vision
  • 130 degree wide angle view
  • Two way communication

Things We Didn't Like

  • Requires Internet connection
  • Significant lag time

6 – Summer Infant Wide View Digital Color Video Baby Monitor

Summer Infant is one of the most popular brands of baby monitors and this Wide View digital color video baby monitor is one of their flagship products in recent times.

It raises the bar for remote baby monitoring devices with a wide angle camera and a portable flat screen LED display receiver that significantly improves monitoring ability and video quality.

The Summer Infant wide view digital color video baby monitor lets you see up to 4 times more area of the baby’s room as compared to other video camera monitors at this price point.

To top it off, it includes all the standard features with a few bells and whistles that make it a worthy contender in this list for best baby video monitors.

Features like two way communication and night vision give you the convenience to interact with the baby, without being physically present in the room at all times.

The large 5-inch color LCD flat-screen handheld unit is sleek, portable, light weight and compact. It offers excellent visibility even in broad daylight. The colors are vibrant and the picture is crisp.

This battery powered unit also features a dedicated zoom button that lets you observe the baby up-close to monitor sleep patterns.

The camera unit features a wide angle lens with a swivel design that can cover the whole room, eliminating the need to find a vantage point. It can be mounted on the table or on a wall and includes the necessary hardware.

The Summer Infant wide view baby monitor has a 600 feet transmission range which is perfect for small to medium sized houses. It is not the best that we have reviewed so far.

But the entire system is not merely about the range either. The receiver alerts you when you are going out of range, taking the guess work out of it.

Also, you can add up to 4 different cameras allowing you to monitor multiple rooms at the same time.

With features like digital zoom, expandability and the largest sized LCD screen in the market, the Summer Infant video digital color baby monitor is one of the best choices for anyone looking for more feature rich monitoring unit.

Things We Liked

  • Camera with swivel design and wall-mounting hardware
  • Wide angle lens for up to 360 degree view
  • Large 5 inch LCD flat screen display for crystal clear images
  • Portable, compact and light weight
  • Dedicated zoom button

Things We Didn't Like

  • Short battery life
  • Camera cannot be panned remotely

7 – Hello Baby Digital Security Baby Videos Camera

While aesthetics are often put on the backburner while selecting a video baby monitor kit, an eye-pleasing design never hurt anybody.

The Hello Baby digital security baby video monitor goes into unchartered turf with a beautifully designed kit in white. To top it off, it boasts of the best in-class features, allowing remote monitoring, two way communication and lullabies.

The Hello Baby digital baby video camera sets up in minutes and does not require you to be overly tech savvy or geeky to be able to use. It has a very easy user interface with minimal buttons that are self-explanatory. With a 960 feet transmission range, you can extend the functionality of the camera even outside the house.

One of the best features of the Hello Baby digital video camera is a large 2.4 inch bright LCD screen that displays images and videos of exceptional clarity. No more grainy video feeds or muffled audio.

It is rechargeable and powered by a lithium-ion battery which also makes it light weight and portable. The monitor has a very web-cam inspired design with infrared LED lights flanking the main camera. At night, these light up without disturbing the baby and give you a clear picture of the room

 It can be panned and tilted up to 120 degrees upwards and down and 360 degrees to the left and right giving you the complete picture of the room.

The Hello Baby digital video camera relies on 2.4GHz FHSS technology that enhances signal strength and transmission rate for clear uninterrupted audio and video.

The built-in VOX mode enables the camera when sound or movement is detected in the baby’s room and shuts off when not in use. And if you wish to monitor multiple rooms of from different angles, you can extend the functionality further by adding up to 4 cameras to it. 

The Hello baby digital video monitor is a complete package that offers the convenience of remote monitoring and allows you to scale up the functionality if need be. Great features at a competitive pricing.

Things We Liked

  • Compact sized kit with an aesthetic design
  • Built-in ambient temperature monitor
  • Two-way talk back system that lets you talk to the baby
  • Remote lullaby with 8 different melodies
  • Crystal clear images on the large LCD screen and night vision with IR lights

Things We Didn't Like

  • Short power cord
  • No remotely pannning or tilt feature

8 – Infant Optics DXR-5+ Portable Baby Monitor

 The Infant Optics DXR-5+ is the direct successor to the original DXR-5 (reviewed above.) A lot of the nuisances/problems reported to Infant Optics were fixed within this model.

It sports a rather small, but incredibly clear 2.4-inch LCD screen, along with an attractive baby blue design, guaranteeing it will look the part within your infant’s nursery. It is roughly the same price as the DXR-5, and much better.

It features digital transmission, fixing the original reliability problems within older buildings, while this was not a common problem within the DXR-5, it was a huge nuisance for those affected.

It is all powered by NiMH batteries, for maximum efficiency and battery life, ensuring that even on the longest of naps, the battery will last.

Best Features

  • Digital Transmission
    With 2.5GHz digital transmission, signal degradation is kept to an absolute minimum.

  • Video
    The smooth camera ensures lag-free video, allowing you to check on your child at any point within their nap, without having to wait for the video feed to catch up. This is all displayed on a 2.4-inch LCD screen.
  • Screen
    While the clarity of the screen is perfect, it is rather small at 2.4-inches. However, despite this – it is incredibly easy to view, even in bright sunlight.

  • Automatic Channel Selection
    It seems the Infant Optics DXR-5+ is rather bad at auto-selecting a 2.4GHz channel to operate on, which can incur interference from WiFi.

    This is no problem when tweaked onto another channel.

As with the original DXR-5, the DXR-5+ features a healthy selection of features, however the silicon bumper is worth noting, this protects against accidental drops. This is a great addition, considering how clumsy young children can be!

Things We Liked

  • Decent resolution
  • Easy to set up
  • Two way communication
  • Convenient USB charging cables

Things We Didn't Like

  • No Wi-fi connection
  • Fuzzy night vision

9 – Safe BabyTech Video Baby Monitor

This baby monitor is in a whole new class of its own, featuring a huge 7-inch high resolution display, along with reliable night vision technology.

It performs extremely well, considering the price. The 7” monitor is an absolute dream to use, you can even turn the screen off while keeping the audio active – allowing you to save precious battery life.

The audio system featured within the Safe BabyTech video baby monitor is excellent, with crystal clear clarity – ensuring you can always hear your child.

In regards to the audio system, you can also talk to your child through the integrated intercom, this helps soothe them.

Best Features

  • Huge Screen
    While this may not be suited for everyone, the huge screen included with this video baby monitor is perfect for at home use, although not the best for travelling.

  • Night Vision
    The camera also supports night vision, meaning you don’t have to leave the light turned on within your child’s room in order to see them.
  • Range
    This is the only thing that we didn't like  about the Safe BabyTech monitor. All of its other features are perfect, however the range is a quite short.

The Safe BabyTech video baby monitor with WiFi feature is truly sublime, in a class of its own. It is definitely within the top 10 video baby monitors.

Things We Liked

  • Easy to set up and operate
  • Large view screen on receiver
  • Very long range
  • Two-way communication
  • Decent night vision feature

Things We Didn't Like

  • No panning or tilt feature
  • Poor video and speaker quality

Types of Video Baby Monitor

A video baby monitor is a simple device that helps you monitor your baby at any given moment. It is still the best and the safest way to take care of your baby and to make sure a baby gets everything she needs and you too get a lot of sleep.

The main fact you should know is that there are different baby monitors and there are certain additions you should be aware of.

Nowadays, video baby monitors are better and more advanced than ever. After all, they come in a variety of sizes and with different features, so not all of them are the same.

Choosing the best baby video monitor begins with choosing the type of the device you think is suitable for your specific need.

Below you can check the most common and the most advanced types of video baby monitors you can have.

1 – Dedicated Video Baby Monitors

Dedicated baby monitors are the most common type and they are probably the best choice, simply because they will transmit the sound and the video. You will have to place a camera that will record your baby during the night and help you to notice if something wrong.

In essence, they have a camera that can be adjusted from a control panel, located in the receiver. It is possible to zoom and tilt a camera so that you will get the best view angle of your baby.

Dedicated baby monitors have an excellent range and they are perfect for parents who want the ultimate safety and comfort for their baby. The latest models are even better and they offer a better quality of the video and they are simpler to use.

If you are planning to buy a baby monitor of this type, make sure you choose the one that offers the best video quality. There is no point in using a device that doesn’t offer a very precise video.

More advanced models of this type will offer a few cameras and a 2-way communication. It is perfect if you want to calm your baby while you are going to check her, or you can even calm her without leaving your room.

2 – Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitors

These baby monitors can be divided into several categories, but in general, each one that uses Wi-Fi in order to send video and sound to a receiver is treated as a Wi-Fi Video monitor.

They are practical, simply because they don’t have any wires, so they are perfect for smaller apartments and areas where space may be an issue. Yes, they may be more expensive than wired baby monitors, but they offer a lot of possibilities.

Keep in mind that the newer models offer a high-resolution video. Although this is more than just important, it requires a fast internet connection.

For example, if you have a slow internet connection, a baby monitor of this type won’t work properly, so you will get slow and videos that are not very useful!

Another advantage of these baby monitors is the fact they are safer because they don’t use any wires, a baby or a child won’t notice them and he won’t try to reach them. A downside is the fact they require batteries.

The LED battery light is something that must be taken into considerations, despite the fact it is an extremely small feature. It means that a baby monitor will flash LED light when a battery is almost empty.

3 – Wired Video Baby Monitors

Wired baby monitors are the oldest type of these devices, but they also offer the ultimate level of safety.

They don’t depend on the internet connection that may be affected by the weather, nor do they have a battery, so they will work as there is the electricity in your home.

As you already know, they are connected with a wire, to the power outlet, and to a receiver. This means that they require more space and they are not as safe as wireless baby monitors, simply because a baby may pull a wire or trip on it!

Wired baby monitors don’t have lag, a delay during which a camera records a video and send it to a receiver. This means that the video will be displayed on a receiver after just a few milliseconds.

Wired monitors are very affordable and there are a lot of different models, so every single parent can get a model he prefers.

Because they are based on a simple construction, they can last for a longer time and they are more durable than wireless baby monitors.

The last, but not least advantage is the fact they won’t be affected by other signals, like Wi-Fi baby monitors may be. This is very important if you live in areas where a lot of people use Wi-Fi monitors and similar devices.

Video Baby Monitor Means More Sleep

video-baby-monitor-night-modeParenting is tough and time-consuming, so every way that can help you and make it easier is a good way.

During the night, a parent must pay attention to a baby, which may be difficult when you two sleep in different rooms.

Fortunately, baby video monitor is the “hero” you need.

They are the ultimate way that can help you get more sleep, but at the same time these devices will allow you to monitor your baby during the entire night.

Most parents think that the night is the toughest time for parenting, so baby video monitors are simply mandatory.

Besides the fact your baby will sleep better and he will be safer, a baby video monitor allows you to be alerted only when your baby needs you.

A top video baby monitor has a feature that allows for it to determine is a baby actually crying or she is just moving and she doesn’t require your attention.

Different ways of alerting parents are very important as well. Better models have more sophisticated alert tones and they are not very loud, so they won’t wake your baby. This is another fact that is more than just important for a great sleep.

A high-quality sleep has a lot of additional advantages. It will help to the parents have better rest and they will definitely have more energy in the morning.

Baby video monitors allow to each parent instant alert, when a baby needs them, which means that a baby will go back to sleep as soon as possible.

Another important advantage is that when a baby sleeps better at night, she will be less grumpy the following day and she will be happier, obviously.

Simply said, these devices make sleeping better in any way possible, so there are a lot of reasons to use them, but not a single one not to use them.

There is no point not to use a baby video monitor. These devices are not very expensive and there are different models, so every single parent can get a model he prefers.

As the end result, you and your baby will have more sleep, which means that both of you will be happier.

How to Choose the Best Video Baby Monitor?

Picking the proper video baby monitor might not be an easy task. Therefore, to save your time and money from wasting on the wrong product, here are the criteria you should keep in mind:

  • Range

    Range is hugely important, cheaper units tend to have a shorter range. This will cause the image to be fuzzy, static or just not be received by the receiver at all, should you be too far away from the transmitter.

    If you believe you may move around the house/garden a lot using the baby monitor, make sure to look for a monitor with a large range to ensure it will work.

  • Budget

    As with all products, a lower budget usually results in a lack of features, along with a lower quality. This may leave you, the consumer, dissatisfied.

    So make sure when you purchase a monitor that your budget is high enough for what you need in terms of features, quality and range.

  • Signal Quality

    As with cameras, smartphones and anything else featuring a camera. The image quality can be key; make sure the monitor you purchase has a high enough camera resolution in order for a higher image quality.

    This can affect the monitor, as a lower quality may mean you will not notice that your child is distressed. Whereas a higher image quality will leave with a sense of reassurance, allowing you to relax – knowing that your child is safe.

  • ​Property

    Your own home can also affect the monitor you purchase. As older buildings tend to have thicker walls, along with some having metal lined walls – this can interfere or even totally block the signal transmitted from the monitor.

    One way to get around this is to buy a monitor with a larger range, as this usually means a stronger signal is transmitted from the monitor. This does mean that you may not receive the functional range listed in the specifications of the product though, as some of the signal will be lost or reflected by the walls.

  • Features

    Many newer baby monitors feature huge amounts of features. These can include: variable channels – this allows you to transmit the signal over a certain channel, reducing interference – especially if you live in a heavily, residential area.

    Sometimes a microphone will also be featured on the receiver, this allows the parent to talk to their child, and soothe them without being in the same room.

    Other features include thermometers, sensor pads, night lights and warnings.

Audio vs. Video – Which One is the Best Baby Monitor?

The most widely used types of baby monitors are audio monitors. These are available in digital and analog models.

They have a transmitter that picks up any sound coming from baby’s room and transmits them to the receiver, allowing parents to hear when the child wakes up from a nap or if the baby is crying in the middle of the night. They are often portable and may have multiple receivers.

When the sound is not sufficient, parents may want the extra comfort that comes with watching what the child is doing. Therefore, there are video baby monitors that have a camera and microphone that transmit images and sounds to display on the receiver.

The receiver is typically a handheld device with a small color or black and white screen.

A few models have portable screens that can be carried around, while others can stay in just one place. Some models can stream video to the internet so that parents have can watch their babies from any computer with an internet connection.

Video monitors have some additional features; for example, they may have an LCD, night vision, multiple cameras for placing in various parts of the room and automatic camera scanning. The resolution of the screen depends on the family’s need for the video monitor.

If parents just need to see the movement of the baby, a small screen with a low resolution would work fine, whereas if they want a clearer picture, they need to invest in a colored high-resolution screen.

The most obvious benefit of using a wireless video baby monitor over a sound monitor is that parents can check on the baby in various situations without entering their room and unnecessarily waking or disturbing them. The basic audio monitors are excellent, but the additional information and advanced functionality that video monitors provide help parents in various ways.

Baby video monitors usually connect through Wi-Fi to provide digital sound and live stream of footage to your portable LCD screen, television, or even your mobile phone.

Most monitors are portable and can be used within a range of 200m. They come equipped with a night light. A few can also observe the temperature of your baby’s room.

Besides providing clear colored images, the best video baby monitors feature two-way audio, night vision, and zoom and rotate functions. Additionally, it will even warn you when you are out of range, monitor your baby’s breathing, detect movement, and record footage that can be transferred to the computer.

Why Should You Use Video Baby Monitors?

A baby monitor is one of the most significant pieces of equipment that new parents can own.

The convenience, security, and peace of mind that they provide is exceptional as compared to any other modern parenting tool, electronic or otherwise.

Parents can actually see if their child is standing, lying, sleeping or awake while sitting in their own room.

Some troubled children toss and turn without crying. While the audio monitor may not pick up the sound, a video monitor shows parents what is going on even when the kid is not crying.

By watching the quiet tossing and turning, parents can track their child’s sleep more accurately to make sure they get the peaceful sleep they need. Video baby monitors provide extra security both outside and inside the crib.

Babies sometimes pull up to standing positions, fall, and bump their heads; the monitor helps parents prevent these little injuries or, at least, be aware of them as basic causes of crying.

Elder kids often get out of bed in the middle of the night, and a video monitor alerts parents about this. A video baby monitor is also useful for parents to make sure that their child is getting the level of care they desire.

They are just as effective as security cameras when positioned with this benefit in mind. Higher-end video baby monitors can connect to a user’s home internet network to transmit the feed through Wi-Fi, which allows parents to check quickly on their sleepy children at work, when out for dinner, in transit, or out of town.

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Conclusion

Not only picking the right video monitor can be a hard task as there are tons of options and brands available on the market, but also video baby monitor is usually far more expensive than other baby gears, it’s important to notice that it could be a life-saving device for your sleep.

You’ll most likely be using them regularly for years to come. Hence, it’s certainly a valuable investment for your peace of mind.

In comparison of the top 5 baby video monitors, the most preferred one is Infant Optics DXR-8.

Despite being expensive, it offers tons of advanced features that you couldn’t find in other monitors including night vision precision, wider view, streaming on television, and scheduled recording.

Whichever baby video monitor you choose for your family, you can be sure that if you select one from our lineup, it can provide you the peace of mind you seek.