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Best Baby Monitor 2018

The best devices to keep an eye on your loved one.

Best Baby Monitor
By Sarah Nov 30, 2017

Every new parent knows the conflicting desires of finally, finally being able to kick back and enjoy some well-deserved me-time and keeping an eye (and ear) on the precious bundle (hopefully) sleeping next-doors.

Sometimes, particularly in those first few months, it can be a real challenge to find the balance between taking care of yourself, your relationship, and the little human that has just entered your life. And as much as we love our children, at times we just need to take a few well-deserved minutes off, just breathe, and recharge a bit.
The challenge? Keeping the thoughts and fears nagging at the back of your mind at bay.

We know its hard. We know it can be a real struggle to leave the tiny baby alone in their room and stretch out on the sofa for a much-needed nap or to quickly jump under the shower, without giving in to the desire to check if everything is still all right every few minutes.

But there’s help to be had!  We’ve pooled our collective knowledge and experience, waded through the tons of devices available and picked out the best baby monitors for you!

Baby Monitor Infant Optics

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor

from $230

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Not exactly a bargain, this baby monitor is worth every cent you invest.
With a wide range of features and easy setup, the Infant Optics DXR-8 will not leave you wanting in any way.

The camera itself comes with two incredible features that had us sold instantly. On one hand-side, this baby monitor is the first ever offering an interchangeable lens. This will come in handy once your baby starts to move under their own power. Switch to the wide angle lens to keep your child in view even while it moves throughout the crib or room.
On the other hand, the camera comes with panning and tilting abilities. Should your toddler manage to out-crawl the wide-angle, it's incredibly easy to discreetly adjust the camera to keep tabs on what your little monster is up to in that far-off corner of the room.

The monitor, a 3.5 inch LCD, also leaves nothing to be desired. Crystal clear images and sound make monitoring your child a breeze. And for those moments you want to be alerted if something is happening in the other room without necessarily having to constantly listen to it snoring away peacefully, colourful LED lights will notify you of your child talking or crying even if the volume is turned down.

Other features include: up to 10 hours of battery life; temperature monitoring in your child's room; two-way talk-back feature; screen off/audio on mode; expansion to up to four cameras.

Baby Monitor VTech Audio

VTech DM221 Audio Baby Monitor

from $40

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For those of you not needing to literally keep an eye on your child every moment of the day, the more traditional VTech audio monitor is a great choice.
Just as the devices our parents used to keep an ear out for us, the VTech basically alerts you to any sounds coming from your baby's room.

And while this system obviously worked well enough in its bare bones, these days there are a few additional features to be had even in "just" audio monitors.
The VTech uses five sound-level indicator lights that give you a good idea on the nature of the sounds coming from your child even with the sound muted on the parent device.
Additionally, the two-way talk-back feature lets you sooth your baby remotely if it just needs to hear your voice to calm down, or to bridge the time until you are at their side.
On the children unit's side, the loop on top of the device doubles as a night light to keep your child calm when it wakes in the middle of the night.

It might seem very retro, particularly in comparison to the high-tech video models out there, but the VTech Audio is a great baby monitor that will serve you well for years to come.

Babysense Video Baby Monitor

from $75

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Quite a bit less expensive than our top pick, this baby monitor covers all your bases, and gives you some additional extras on top.

First things first, the camera on this device not only allows for digital panning, tilting, and zoom, and also comes with night vision. While it isn't HD quality, the video is still clear and tells you everything you need to know about what your baby's doing.
The monitor itself is a 2.4 inch LCD display, and comes with two-way comminication, sound activated LED indicators, and fully adjustable settings for brightness and volume.

Additionally, the Babysense comes with a myriad of handy features like temperature monitoring; an alarm/timer setting; a built-in stand for the parent unit; an ECO mode that allows for sound monitoring with the display off; the possibility to expand to up to four cameras; and -our favourite- a handul of pre-programmed lullabies you can start remotely to help sooth your baby back to sleep.

For a very reasonable price, the Babysense is a well-rounded, very good baby monitor that fulfills your every need without putting too big of a dent in your budget.

Baby Monitor Motorola

Motorola MBP36S Remote Wireless Video Baby Monitor

from $110

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The Motorola MBP36S has it all. From infrared night vision, room temperature monitor, remote pan, tilt and zoom, to an incredibly good wireless connection that reliably keeps the parent unit connected to the camera, you won't be left wanting.

While the features are more or less the same as offered by the other monitors above, there's a very good reason why the Motorola made it on this list:
If you have a large family, or plan on having more kids after your first baby, the Motorola is the perfect baby monitor for you.
As with the other monitors, the system is expandable to up to 4 cameras. What is different, is that the parent unit allows for a very handy picture-in-picture view, enabling you to simultaneously keep an eye on your kids in their individual rooms. With a band of little kids running around, this system can very quickly become your way to keeping your sanity intact and still get things done around the house.

Baby Monitor Owlet

Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor

from $300

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The last on our list is by far not the "worst" of our top picks. Quite contrary.
This baby monitor is something different entirely. And due to its rather high price, it definitely earned a place on our top baby monitors list, but couldn't score higher despite the otherwise great idea behind it.

Basically, the Owlet doesn't detect sound or delivers video, but monitors your baby's heart-rate and oxygen levels.
Particularly first time parents, or those whose kids were born prematurely, worry a lot about their child's well-being. Knowing that your baby's breathing is steady and their blood is well saturated puts your worries to rest quickly.
The idea behind this type of monitoring is easy: as long as the baby's heart-rate is steady and the oxygen saturation is good, it's doing perfectly fine. And should anything change, the Owlet will instantly send an alarm to both the base station, as well as your phone app (should you chose to use it).
The Owlet is a wonderful new type of baby monitor that helps worried parents immensely.

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