Which baby monitor is right for me?

When choosing a baby monitor, you’ll need to decide what kind of information and features you want your monitor to provide. That could mean looking out for smart features like room temperature checks, or simply choosing between audio and video.

A classic audio monitor lets you hear if baby cries out, while video monitors can make it easier to tell whether baby is really stirring or just babbling in their sleep. We've put together this table to help you choose a monitor with the features that matter to you.

Type Range LCD screen Screen size Sound alert Two-way communi-cation Room temp. Infrared night vision Additional features
Audio
300m (outdoor)
50m (indoor)
1.8"
-
Light show projection, 18 lullabies, adjustable night light
Video & Audio
250m (outdoor)
50m (indoor)
2"
-
-
Sound level lights, video zoom, manual pan & tilt
Video & Audio
250m (outdoor)
50m (indoor)
2.8"
Remote control pan, tilt & zoom, 5 lullabies
Video & Audio
250m (outdoor)
50m (indoor)
5"
Remote control pan, tilt & zoom, 5 lullabies
Video & Audio
250m (outdoor)
50m (indoor)
5"
Watch over baby from your smartphone, manual and digital pan, tilt & zoom, 5 lullabies

What are the main types of monitor?

There are 2 main types of monitor to choose from, depending on what kind of information you’d like to have as baby sleeps.

Audio

A classic audio monitor lets you hear if baby stirs while they sleep. Most include sound level lights so you can tell if baby’s cries are growing louder, even when the monitor is on mute.

Video

Video monitors allow you to see baby as well as hearing them. Being able to keep an eye on your little once can offer greater peace of mind, making it easier to tell whether baby is really stirring or just babbling in their sleep.

Many video monitors have a touch screen parent unit that lets you remotely zoom in, pan or tilt the camera. If a clear view is what you need from a monitor, keep an eye out for video monitors with night vision. These guarantee a clearer image when the lights are low or off.

What features should I look for?

When it comes to baby monitors, every family has different needs. It’s best to think about key features of your home and your routine before making a decision.

Range

The signal range is how much distance can be put between the baby unit and the parent unit before they stop working. This can vary a lot, so make sure you choose a monitor with a signal range that meets your needs. Certain features within a home, such as thicker walls, can limit a monitor’s range.

Choose digital over analogue.

This can offer clearer sound quality, without interference from other frequencies like local radio or other monitors.

Go cordless.

If you’d like to keep the parent unit by your side wherever you need to be in the house, a cordless monitor can offer greater flexibility.

Battery or plug-in?

One clear advantage of battery-powered models is that they keep going even during a power cut. Choose a rechargeable model to avoid running through too many batteries.

What about WiFi?

If you’re considering a WiFi monitor, make sure you have high quality, consistent WiFi coverage in your home. If your WiFi signal tends to drop in and out, a monitor that doesn’t depend on WiFi may be a better choice for your home.

Temperature display:

Monitors with temperature display let you easily check if baby’s room is too hot or too cold. Baby’s bedroom temperature will be clearly indicated on the monitor, helping you make sure your little one is comfortable.

Night vision:

If you’re planning on using video a lot, choosing a monitor with infrared night vision will allow you to easily see baby even when they’re in a dark room.

Sound level lights:

These monitor your baby’s noise level even when the parent unit is muted. If you don’t need to hear every sleepy sound baby makes, monitors with light up sound indicators can still show you how much noise baby is making. A jump in sound levels will clearly show on the monitor, so you’ll know if baby’s soft noises turn into wide awake cries.

2-way talk back:

Talk back monitors let you speak to your little one through the monitor—so you can hear baby and baby can hear you. Singing or chatting to baby through 2-way talk back can help to reassure your little one and comfort them back to sleep.

Lullabies:

Some monitors do more than let you watch over baby. Monitors with soothing lullabies may have a calming effect on your little one, playing gentle tunes to calm your baby or help soothe them to sleep.

Night Light:

If you don’t have a separate night light, why not choose a baby monitor with a night light built in? A soft light can be calming for your child. And it makes it easier for you to check on baby without tripping on that stray rattle…

Using a baby monitor safely

Once you’ve found the monitor that’s just right, please follow all of the manufacturer’s safety warnings. We have a few quick tips too:

  1. Install and test your baby monitor before baby comes home.
  2. Hide power cords. Keep any cords at least 3 feet away from baby’s cot and out of baby's reach.
  3. Do not keep the monitor on or in the crib. While you may want to have your monitor as close to baby as possible, it’s safer to keep the monitor a few feet away from little hands.
  4. Movement monitors are not SIDS safeguards. While movement monitors can detect baby's breathing patterns, it's important to note that they are not recommended to prevent SIDS.
  5. A monitor does not replace adult supervision.