13 best baby monitors other mums recommend

Best Baby Monitor for 2020 | Mum's Grapevine

The first few months of baby being home are incredibly special and as parents, we don’t want to miss a thing. With the advancements in technology, you can now watch baby 24/7 through thanks to the best baby monitors Australia has to offer.

Their first smile, those cheeky moments when they should be sleeping but aren’t. Then there are those blissful times when they Finally. Fall. Asleep.

From super-sharp night vision and remote viewing of baby while you’re at work to movement detection technology and dirty nappy alerts – there’s a baby monitor that fits into every family lifestyle.

13 baby monitors for 2020 | Mum's Grapevine

What to look for in a baby monitor

When deciding on a baby monitor for your family, there are a host of things to weigh up – some technical and others more to do with personal preferences. We even created a handy baby monitor buying guide to help with the process! As our extra set of eyes, they need to be up to the task of alerting us when babe isn’t settling, and perhaps play a role in getting tots off to sleep.

Baby monitor features

Audio: Good baby monitors should have a strong sound quality even when the parent unit and baby monitor camera are at opposite ends of the house. Monitors that use digital enhanced cordless communication (DECT) are more private and you’ll find they have less interference.

Wi-Fi capabilities: A Wifi baby monitor allows the footage to be viewed anywhere with an internet connection, provided that the monitor is in range and has a good signal and the parent unit (or phone) also has Wi-Fi or in mobile network range. Keep in mind what other devices are using the Wi-Fi in your home and how much data you pay for as part of your phone network.

Range: You’ll need to take this into account when thinking about how far the monitor will be from the parent unit – especially if you have a double-storey or large house.

Infrared camera: For clear pictures at night. You’ll find that most transmit black and white images once the lights go out.

Multi-camera option: The ability to add more baby monitor cameras later on means being able to view the room from different angles, or set up cameras in other rooms like the playroom or another child’s bedroom.

Camera mount: Depending on your nursery set up, look for either a clamp or wall mount, or the capability for the monitor to stand on a flat surface.

Screen size: You’ll find baby monitor screens are usually measured in inches with some of the latest models boasting screens that are 5”, which is more than 12cm.

Optional features: Some baby monitors come with additional features that make them nice to have.

  • SD card slot to record video
  • Password security
  • Mains power & battery option
  • Pan, tilt and zoom remotely
  • Baby breathing monitor
  • HD video and audio
  • Room temperature monitor
  • Visual soundbar
  • Music or white noise feature
  • Baby heart rate monitor

13 baby monitors for the nursery

To help you find the best baby monitor, we’ve compiled this handy list of brands and real baby monitor reviews to get you started in your search. In no particular order, here they are:

Oricom Baby Monitor

Best Baby Monitor: Oricom

Oricom Secure740 ($240) – $179

The super-sized screen and motion detection make this little unit a high-tech wonder. While the monitor is crystal clear during the day, it adapts beautifully to monitoring at night with infrared night-vision. It also lets you know if the room is too hot or too cold, and sounds an alarm if motion or sound is detected.

Screen size: 4.3″ colour display
Wi-Fi capability: No
Range: Up to 150 metres under optimum conditions
Multi-camera capable: Yes
Extras: Motion detection, feeding timer and soothing lullabies

“Some really good things about this monitor are the big clear screen and the great quality of the picture… even in a dark bedroom. I love that the video camera measures the temperature in the room and displays it at the top of the screen. The range of the monitor is great. I’ve taken the screen outside into my backyard and the range did not drop out”. – Carla T


Vtech Owl Baby Monitor

Best baby monitor: Vtech BM5500 Owl

Vtech BM5100 Owl Video Monitor ($289)

The VGA camera with motorised pan and tilt makes keeping an eye on a wriggly tot super simple. The camera’s infra-red capability allows you to watch little night owls into the wee early hours while lullabies and natural sounds lull them to sleep.

Screen size: 5” colour display
Wi-Fi capability: No
Multi-camera capable: Yes
Extras: Lullabies, temperature display and alert

“You can have up to four cameras, there’s a talkback setting, nursery rhymes you can play and a tilt and pan camera.” – Jess M


Lollipop Smart Baby Monitor

Best Baby Monitor: Lollipop WiFi Baby Monitor

Lollipop Smart Baby Monitor ($229)

The unique design of this sweet monitor means it can attach to all sorts of spots. Pair to your smartphone for a live feed. Use the app to get notifications when bub cries, when the air quality drops or there’s noise in the nursery. The camera can also be integrated with Alexa’s voice controls.

Screen size: N/A
Wi-Fi capability: Yes
Multi-camera capable: Yes
Extras: Sound machine, night vision

My boy is starting in his cot tonight after a trail of day sleeps in there. I’m just using a video baby monitor. I have the Lollipop baby camera and it’s amazing!” – Ashleigh P


Kodak Baby Monitor

Best baby monitor: Kodak Cherish

Kodak Cherish C525 Smart Baby Monitor ($399)

It’s no surprise that a camera company knows their stuff when it comes to crystal clear imagery. The Kodak Cherish combines a large parent unit display with clever in-built features for a seriously smart baby monitor. With Wi-Fi and direct connect capability, parents can keep a watchful eye on baby wherever they are.

Screen size: 5″ Widescreen colour display
Wi-Fi capability: Yes
Multi-camera capable: Yes
Extras: Video and snapshot recording, remote pan, tilt and zoom camera

“The video quality of the Kodak Cherish monitor is incredible – we can see baby so clearly. And I love the illuminated keypad… no more fumbling around with the monitor in the dark!” – Louise W


Uniden Baby Monitor

Best Baby Monitor: Uniden

Uniden BW3101 Monitor ($199.95)

A great video monitor at a great price. Watch your baby sleeping from anywhere in the world thanks to it’s Baby Watch feature. Talk and soothe your baby remotely with a ‘walkie-talkie’ like function and use the built-in lullabies and night light to assist you with nighttime settling.

Screen size: 4.3″ colour LCD display
Wi-Fi capability: No
Range: Unlimited with Smartphone App
Multi-camera capable:
Yes
Extras: Night light, temperature display and alert.

“I love my Uniden, I got one that I can add up to 4 cameras, which is great because I can add to it for the new baby.” – Kate A


Luvion Baby Monitor

Best Baby Monitor: Luvion Prestige

Luvion Prestige Touch 2 Baby Monitor ($419)

Boasting a 7inch LCD colour screen, dual technology means this can be used as a traditional video baby monitor and switched to Wi-Fi. Move the motorised pan/tilt camera remotely via the parent unit, and you can also snap photos and take video.

Screen size: 4.3″ LCD digital colour monitor
Wi-Fi capability: Yes, using an optional Wi-Fi bridge
Range: up to 300 meters (in a line of sight)
Multi-camera capable: Yes
Extras: Five-metre night vision, 24 lullabies, two-way talk-back, room temperature display

“The Luvion monitors are very good, we have been stoked with ours. We went camping with friends who all had different monitors and our Luvion had the best range.” – Steph S


Cubo Ai Baby Monitor

Best Baby Monitor: Cubo AI smart baby monitor

Cubo Ai Baby Monitor ($469)

A super-smart baby monitor that happens to be adorable to boot, the Cubo uses AI technology to detect if baby’s mouth and nose are covered or if baby has rolled over. You’re also able to define a danger zone area, and Cubo will alert you if bub ends up outside of the safe area.

Screen size: N/A
Wi-Fi capability: Yes
Multi-camera capable: Yes
Extras: Night vision, auto photo capture, cry detection, two-way audio, temperature and humidity alert, digital zoom.

Absolute love it! Would definitely say it’s worth the money. We live in a two-storey house with very thick walls, do having the notifications is super useful.” – Xenia E


iBaby Baby Monitor

Best Baby Monitor: iBaby M7 Baby Monitor

iBaby M7 Video Baby Monitor ($341)

This adorable little guy looks like something out of Star Wars and is just as high tech. The iBaby can play lullabies and bedtime stories, listen and talk, take pictures, record video and has smart sound and motion alert. It will even let you know when it’s time to change that smelly nappy! As an added bonus there’s a projected moon and light show for babies who need visual calming tools. Use the free iOS or Android app to stream vision on your device.

Screen size: N/A
Wi-Fi capability: Yes
Multi-camera capable: Yes
Extras: Air Quality Sensor (VOC) with graph, sound and motion sensors, nappy and feeding alerts.

We had an iBaby for our first 5 years ago – loved it! I am a nurse, so it meant I could check in on my baby and watch. 360-degree vision and the ability to control it from my phone.” – Lana M


Arlo Baby Monitor

Best Baby Monitor: Arlo Baby monitor

Arlo Baby ($299)

An all-in-one monitor that takes the guessing out of getting a good nights sleep. Get alerts on your smartphone, tablet or computer anytime and anywhere with the Arlo Baby. A high definition video and advanced night vision make it even easier to see the baby’s movements in the dark. Take advantage of the 2-way talk feature and listen in and talk to your darling straight from your smartphone.

Screen size: N/A
Wi-Fi capability: Yes
Range: Adjustable motion detection up to 50 feet. Wireless range 300 feet line of sight
Multi-camera capable: Yes
Extras: Smart music player, air sensors to monitor air quality, multi-coloured night light

“Arlo baby links up with all devices so we have it on our phones, tablet & smart TVs. Video quality is Amazing! It even shows the changing colours in our light clearly.” – Elisha S


Motorola Baby Monitor

Best Baby Monitor: Motorola MBP36XL

Motorola MBP36XL Video & Sound Baby Monitor ($250.83)

Motorised pan, tilt and digital zoom combined with a 300 degree viewing angle mean there aren’t many little corners for bub to hide! High-quality sound, a colour display – which can be beamed to the TV with an additional cable and two-way communication all give parents peace of mind.

Screen size: 3.5″ colour TFT LCD display
Wi-Fi capability: No
Range: Up to 200-metre operation range
Multi-camera capable: Yes
Extras: Lullabies, temperature display and alert, timer and alarm.

“I have a Motorola mbp36s and it’s amazing” – Sheena P


Project Nursery Baby Monitor

Best Baby Monitor: Project Nursery

Project Nursery Smart WiFi Baby Monitor ($199)

Pair this clever monitor with your Alexa device and hey presto – you now have a smart nursery! Connects to your smartphone or tablet so you can watch bub from anywhere, and use the remote pan/tilt/zoom camera movements to get a better view.

Screen size: N/A
Wi-Fi capability: Yes
Multi-camera capable: Yes
Extras: Audio recording and two-way communication, record video and snap photos of the baby directly to your smartphone or tablet.

“Project Nursery is a great monitor, with good range. I have it and have no complaints!” – Chantelle B


Angelcare Baby Monitor

Best Baby Monitor: Angelcare

Angelcare AC1320 Video and Sound Monitor ($199.90)

From the tinniest wriggle to the loudest cry, you won’t miss a thing with this monitor. It’s an ideal choice for parents wanting peace of mind.

Screen size: 3.5″ colour display
Wi-Fi capability: No
Range: up to 250 meters
Multi-camera capable:

Extras: Nursery night light and parent unit locator.


Owlet Baby Monitor

Best Baby Monitor: Owlet Smart Sock

Owlet Smart Sock ($479.99)

A genius baby monitor that records bub’s oxygen levels and heart rate as they sleep – through a sock that attaches to their foot. The data is sent via wifi and Bluetooth to the base station and Owlet app for parents to check as and when so they can worry less and sleep better.

Screen size: N/A
Wi-Fi capability: Yes
Multi-camera capable: Yes
Extras: Tracks heart rate and oxygen levels, three socks included.

We had the owlet sock, it was the best. I have horrible anxiety and it helped me sleep knowing it was on her foot. I would take a quick peek at her oxygen levels on the app before feeling assured and going to sleep myself.” – Racheal R


Baby monitor mounts

Want to be able to mount your baby monitor wherever you want? Grab one of these handy baby monitor mounts.

 


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