Many parents turn to baby monitors to give them the added security of knowing that they can hear or see their baby even if they are in a different room. Baby monitors have gotten more sophisticated in recent years, with many models offering video monitoring in addition to the traditional sound monitoring.
The following models of baby monitors have been highly rated by consumers:
Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor – This baby monitor features DECT technology, which guarantees a secure connection free of interference. This monitor has a range of 1000 feet, and reviewers say it has clear sound. The rechargeable parent unit is small and portable. The unit features two-way communication, and even displays the temperature in the baby’s room. You can find the high-tech monitor for around $120-$130.
Graco iMonitor Mini Baby Monitor – This portable baby monitor can be worn on the neck, arm, or belt. In addition to sound, it has vibration and light features to alert you when your baby makes noise. The monitor is digital, which means it is less likely to experience interference. It also has a nightlight and works while it is charging. This unit costs around $100.
BebeSounds Angelcare Deluxe Movement Sensor with Sound Monitor – This baby monitor does more than most. A special sensor pad will alert you if your baby does not make movements (such as breathing) for 20 seconds. This monitor also features alert lights, a nightlight, and a thermometer that will tell you if your baby’s room is not within a specified range. It is available for around $130-$140.
Sony 900mhz Nursery Monitor and Receiver – This inexpensive monitor sells for around $40 and is highly rated by consumers. It features sound sensor lights, an alarm to tell you when you are out of range, a rechargeable battery, and low-battery alert. A clip allows you to wear the receiver, and it is water resistant. The voice-activation mode helps prevent extra static.
Summer Infant with 7″ Flat Screen Color Video Monitor – This highly rated monitor has the added benefit of video monitoring. The screen displays a color picture during the day and night vision in the dark. The screen can be tilted or mounted, and has a handle for carrying. The video can be turned off for audio-only monitoring. This video baby monitor sells for around $160.
Summer Infant Secure Sounds Digital Audio Monitor – At around $50, this digital baby monitor offers privacy and 40 channels with auto scanning available. It has a range of 650 feet, and an alarm alerts you if you are out of range. It also has a belt clip, a/c adapters, and low battery indicator.
Some parents choose to forego baby monitors altogether, and others are not comfortable with anything less a full video/audio monitoring system. If you do choose to use a baby monitor, there are plenty of good options available for every budget.
Baby monitors. Consumer Reports