The Best Baby Monitors Of 2019

When it comes to baby monitors, these eight are the best of the best.

Having a baby has a way of rocking your world. As mom of three (soon to be four!) kiddos, I can attest that the arrival of each child is just as special and life-altering as the first. There are so many things you don't know about babies until you have one in your arms and, from the moment a parent first sets eyes on their newborn, they’re smitten — they naturally want to do everything within their power to keep their baby safe.

Whether it’s to ease those first-time parent jitters or just the practicality of keeping an eye on baby while tending to household chores (and/or older siblings), a baby monitor is one of those must-have items for your baby's nursery. Being able to keep tabs on a baby from another room or area of the house— checking if she’s asleep, fussing, babbling to herself, and breathing properly — is crucial. Even if your little one is hanging out peacefully in her cute little crib, you'll want to have eyes on her.

When I had my first baby back in 2011, we opted for an audio-only baby monitor. It got the job done, however, the amount of interference and static the monitor picked up was endlessly frustrating. Luckily, baby monitor technology has improved by leaps and bounds since then. By the time our third child came around, we had the perfect baby monitor for us.

As you've probably noticed, there many options available when it comes to baby monitors — audio-only baby monitors, video baby monitors, and smartphone-compatible baby monitors, to name a few. It can be overwhelming to figure out which baby monitor is best for your particular needs and budget. There’s a very wide range of features and price points, but never fear! This been-there-done-that mama has done the heavy lifting for you. I’ve scoured the internet to come up with the best, most secure baby monitors on the market. Based on a combination of my own experience, customers ratings, and expert rankings, I present to you the best baby monitors of 2019.

1. The VTech Safe & Sound DM221

This affordable, effective audio-only baby monitor is great for families who want to make sure their baby is safe without breaking the bank. I can personally vouch for the VTech Safe & Sound DM221 because this is the monitor we used with our third child (it’s also the one we’re going to use when her baby sister arrives in a few short months). For starters, its sound quality is crystal clear. Unlike the previous audio-only monitor we had, there is zero interference with this model. Another feature I’ve enjoyed is the two-way walkie talkie capability. With the press of a button, mom and/or dad can talk or sing to their little one, as well as hear if she is fussing. Did I mention it’s portable, too? You can keep the receivers plugged in — but the VTech Safe & Sound DM221 allows it to run on batteries if needed. There's also an alert when its batteries are low. At just $49 on Amazon, it’s a practical and affordable basic baby monitor for any family.

2. Babysense Video Baby Monitor

Parents can keep a close eye on their little one with a full color 2.4-inch high definition LCD display via the Babysense Video Baby Monitor, which goes above and beyond the call of duty. Room temperature monitoring gives parents a temperature reading from their baby’s room (the monitor will alert caregivers when it’s too hot or too cold, or when it is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit or below 55 degrees). With its two-way talk back communication capability, you can talk to your baby as well as hear his cries. You can also start a lullaby — operated remotely — to help soothe her back to sleep. Other helpful features for busy parents include: a 900-foot range, an out-of-range warning, low battery warning, night vision, digital pan/tilt, 2X digital zoom, and access to multi-camera views with up to four cameras. At $74.99, this monitor falls in the mid-price range and offers a ton of features for the money spent. Check out this YouTube review to see the Babysense video baby monitor in action!

3. Owlet Smart Sock 2

It may not be a traditional baby monitor in the sense that it doesn’t offer audio/video of your baby, but the Owlet Smart Sock 2 offers peace of mind for parents. Here’s how it works: A fabric sock equipped with a smart sensor slips slips onto your baby’s foot and tracks her heart rate and oxygen levels while she sleeps. The smart sock connects to a base station that glows green to let parents know everything is okay with their baby. If your baby’s heart rate or oxygen levels get too high or too low, the monitor alerts caregivers with lights, sound, and app notifications. At just under $300, this baby monitor is no small investment, but for many parents, the reassurance is worth its hefty price tag. One parent said, "Worth every penny for peace of mind, especially during the high SIDs risk age range. Easy to pair to your phone for monitoring but you don't need to for it to work. The base will alarm with a noise and color if oxygen or heart rate levels drop. Comes with multiple size booties to fit a growing baby."

4. Summer Infant Baby Touch Pan/Scan/Zoom Video Baby Monitor, 3.5"

Complete with a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen display, this intuitive, portable monitor allows parents to keep close tabs on their baby. Many reviewers of the Summer Infant baby monitor have said this particular model is great if you need a system for multiple rooms (for example, a baby and a toddler in different bedrooms). The base system — a monitor and one camera — will set you back just over $200 and parents can purchase additional cameras for about $80 each. Since it can connect to four cameras at once, it's a great option for larger families.

One rave review said, "I have found the picture quality to be excellent. Setup and operation are easy to understand. I especially love the intercom feature. (Think three year old at nap time. I don't have to go upstairs to tell her to get back in her bed and rest.) I like the ability to pan and zoom with the cameras. This monitor system gives you the option to scan between rooms or stay on a specific room. The audio and intercom continue to work when the monitor is scanning. When the monitor is plugged in, you have the option of having the video screen on or off continuously. When the monitor is not plugged in, the video goes blank after a while to conserve the battery, while the audio continues to monitor. You can easily turn the video back on by pushing the large button at the top. I also like the easily adjustable volume for the monitor."

5) Nanit Smart Baby Monitor and Wall Mount

The Nanit Smart Baby Monitor stands out because it mounts to the wall next to your baby’s crib, so it offers a unique viewpoint. It also comes with plenty of bells and whistles, including an app that provides insights (and even tips!) about your baby’s sleep habits. Because this monitor is controlled with your smartphone, you won’t have to worry about carrying anything extra while catching up on chores, or resting during your little one’s nap time. Here are some other specs to keep in mind: HD video and audio, night vision, pinch-to-zoom functionality, a built-in nightlight, and temperature and humidity sensors.

One dad gave the Nanit Smart Baby Monitor five stars in his review: "My wife and I were a little skeptical at first, but after a few weeks of using this thing, we're really happy we went with the Nanit monitor. Setup is a breeze and the sleep tracking is cool, but it got immensely more useful when they introduced sleep tips. Our daughter wasn't the best sleeper in the world, but after we started following Nanit's advice, things started to improve in just a couple of weeks. That extra sleep (for the three of us) makes this worth every penny!"

6. Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor

The DXR-8 Video Monitor by Infant Optics is different from other cameras I've seen on the market in that caregivers can switch out the lens based on how the monitor is being used — it comes with a normal lens and an optical zoom lens, but parents can choose to buy a wide-angle lens that's sold separately. Video streams to the parent unit, which features a 3.5-inch LCD color display. According to the product description, the battery can last up 12 hours in power-saving mode and eight hours with the display screen on. However, a fair amount of customer reviews note that the actual battery life is probably closer to two to three hours, including this YouTube review from a mom who tried the monitor for herself (meaning it's probably a good idea to keep it plugged in at night so it doesn't shut off). At $165.99, it won't break the bank.

7. Project Nursery 5" High Definition Baby Monitor System with 1.5" Mini Monitor

This particular Project Nursery system offers a traditional 5-inch high definition monitor and a 1.5-inch mini monitor that parents can wear, which sounds amazing for busy moms and dads who might also be wrangling older siblings. The 5-inch monitor boasts a battery life of up to 16 hours, as well as the ability to record video and take photos, which are then saved to an SD card (the SD card isn't included.) Other features include: Two-way communication; the ability to pair up to four cameras; motion, sound, and temperature alerts; remote pan, tilt, and zoom; infrared night vision; up to 800-foot transmission; and lullaby, white noise, and natural sound audio. One parent review on Amazon reads, "All in all it's a pretty good camera! I like the smaller version I can carry with me. It was very useful during camping. I just clipped it to my clothes and had no problem using it. Although it is larger than I thought it would be but I don't wear it as a watch anyway so it's fine. I also chose this bc I didn't want it connected through internet in any way. That just creeps me out thinking someone else could possible hack into my baby monitor."

8) Cocoon Cam Plus Baby Monitor with Breathing Monitoring

The Cocoon Cam Plus is no ordinary baby monitor. Not only can parents check on their baby with secure HD video and sound that streams over wifi, but they receive detailed graphs of their little one's breathing as she sleeps. The camera actually watches your baby's chest rise and fall as she breathes and sends a notification straight to an app on your phone if something isn't quite right. Parents will also receive alerts when their child is crying, has fallen asleep, or is about to wake up. It's worth noting the Cocoon Cam Plus needs to be wall-mounted, and the camera's lens will need to be adjusted manually if parents need to change the view in order to bring their baby into focus. This unit will set you back $149.99.

And there you have it! There are so many factors to take into consideration when you're on the market for a baby monitor. Whether you're content with a basic audio-only model, prefer a video monitor, or would feel most at ease with a monitor that keeps you updated on your baby's breathing, there really is something out there to suit the needs of every family. These are just a few of the best models out there, based on my personal experience and reviews from fellow been-there-done-that parents.

Be sure to bookmark this page so you can look back as you continue to tackle that daunting baby registry. I wish you the best of luck as you embark on the incredible journey of parenthood!

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