Top Baby Monitors of 2021

More resting, less stressing. That’s the goal with a quality baby monitor! But there is SO much information out there to sift through and so many questions with [what seems like] so few answers! So, we’ve done the detail digging for you so that you can confidently make your baby monitor decision off of just ONE article. Here we go!

best baby monitors 2021

Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor

If you’re looking for a baby monitor that quite literally DOES IT ALL, then the Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor is the one you want.  This baby monitor is positioned above the crib to give you a bird's eye view of your child's crib and will monitor your child's sleep patterns to deliver custom tips to improve sleep habits directly to your app!

WHAT'S IT GOT:

  • Two-way audio - yes
  • A secure connection – yes, over Wi-Fi  
  • High-resolution camera – yes [HD]
  • Option to add more cameras – technically, yes but you pay the same price as the original camera and just stream to the same app
  • Night vision - yes
  • Camera pan, tilt and zoom abilities – just zoom, you have a bird’s eye view of the crib though when mounted on the wall so no need to pan or tilt anywhere
  • Alerts for when baby wakes up or makes noise - yes, and you can toggle the notifications on or off in your app settings
  • Easy installation features – yes
  • Temperature display – yes
  • Pre-installed lullabies or white noises – white noise and nature sounds, but we still prefer the sound quality of a separate white noise machine


Added bonuses:

  • Supports background audio so even if your phone is locked or you’re in other apps you can still hear the nursery
  • Will continue to stream even if your wifi goes does as long as your WiFi router is still plugged in [if you’re in the same house]. You will see “local view only” at the top of the app indicating that it's not streaming to remote devices.
  • Dim nightlight that can be turned on for finding that pacifier, or sneaking in a late night feed without turning the bedroom lights on
  • Ability to watch your night back as the Nanit records and stores the data [wondering why babe is extra tired one morning? watch back and see if they had a little play time at 3am!]


CONS:

  • Have to have the app on your device to view nursery [meaning if you’ve got someone babysitting, you’ll have to have them either download the app and give them permissions, or have an iPad or smart device as your “main unit” at home]
  • Mounting it to the wall and running on WiFi makes it harder to transport if you’re going on vacation or on the move for naps. In this case, we recommend purchasing a secondary monitor for taking with you just for your own sanity [even just an audio monitor will do!]
  • Must pay for a subscription to maintain insights after the first year [you can still use it as a monitor for free, you'll just lose the insights and customized tips without activating a subscription]


nanit insights examples
nanit app examples

Motorola Lux 5” Twin Monitor
[powered by Hubble]

The best part about this monitor is that you can use a split screen to see 2 rooms at one time. If you’ve got a toddler and a baby on the way, this is the monitor you want to upgrade to. Yes, you can use it over WiFi with the Hubble app... but the included handheld unit really does keep things simple and straightforward. Babysitter arrived? Hand it over and away you go!


WHAT'S IT GOT:

  • Two-way audio - yes
  • A secure connection – yes [with WiFi when using Smart Phone instead of handheld unit]
  • High-resolution camera - yes
  • Option to add more cameras – yes, this one actually comes with 2 & can be used with up to 4 cameras
  • Night vision - yes
  • Camera pan, tilt and zoom abilities – yes, the camera attaches to the stand/mount with a magnet so it can easily swivel around  
  • Alerts for when baby wakes up or makes noise - yes
  • Easy installation features – yes
  • Temperature display – yes
  • Pre-installed lullabies or white noises – yes, but we still prefer the sound quality of a separate white noise machine [but does the trick if you don’t have one handy or are avoiding entering the room!]

 

Added bonuses:

  • Split screen viewing! Can have multiple cameras all visible on the handheld screen at the same time [ideal for twins napping in separate bedrooms or multiple rooms you want eyes on]
  • Easily transportable and WiFi is not needed to use with the handheld unit  
  • View on the handheld screen when at home, but check in from your mobile device when you need to!
  • 1000 foot range

     

Cons:  

  • Wall anchors and mounting screws not provided if you wanted a bird’s eye view [can be done, but you have to mount yourself]  
  • Cords will dangle [no coverings to keep cords hidden from children and babies]
  • Camera quality not as HD as Nanit or Owlet on monitor - but higher quality viewing on Smart Device compared to handheld unit

OWLET CAM SMART HD BABY MONITOR

When it comes to an HD stream, this monitor blows them all out of the water. With such a clear view [even in the pitchest of blackest of rooms], you can have eyes on baby from wherever you are in the world from your smart device.  

WHAT'S IT GOT:

  • Two-way audio - yes
  • A secure connection – yes, over Wi-Fi  
  • High-resolution camera – yes [HD]
  • Option to add more cameras – yes, you can stream to the same app with the addition of a second camera
  • Night vision - yes
  • Camera pan, tilt and zoom abilities – zoom, yes, but has a wide-angle view of the crib so no need to pan or tilt
  • Alerts for when baby wakes up or makes noise - yes
  • Easy installation features – yes
  • Temperature display – yes
  • Pre-installed lullabies or white noises – yes, but we still prefer the sound quality of a separate white noise machine [but does the trick if you don’t have one handy or are avoiding entering the room!]

 

Added bonuses:  

  • Extremely high-quality streaming [the clearest image of all monitors in this article]
  • Can be paired with Owlet Smart Sock for monitoring baby's heart rate and oxygen levels
  • Supports background audio so even if your phone is locked or you’re in other apps you can still hear the nursery

 

Cons:  

  • Does not record so you can’t watch your night back or “rewind” to see anything from previous sleep
  • Have to have the app on your device to see [meaning if you’ve got someone babysitting, you’ll have to have them either download the app and give them permissions, or have an iPad or smart device as your “main unit” at home]
  • Cannot use analytics or insights without the addition of the Smart Sock [$$]

owlet monitor home screen

VTECH 5” VIDEO BABY MONITOR

This Vtech monitor is your basic video monitor that is straightforward and easy to use, doesn’t require a degree in computer science and gives you what you need for a price you’ll love. If you’re taking the baby monitor to the grandparents, to the cottage for a weekend, or moving from room to room for nap times then this is a monitor you’ll love.  

WHAT'S IT GOT:

  • Two-way audio - yes
  • A secure connection – yes
  • High-resolution camera - yes
  • Option to add more cameras – yes, up to 4
  • Night vision - yes
  • Camera pan, tilt and zoom abilities – no
  • Alerts for when baby wakes up or makes noise - yes
  • Easy installation features – yes
  • Temperature display – yes
  • Pre-installed lullabies or white noises – yes, but we still prefer the sound quality of a separate white noise machine [but does the trick if you don’t have one handy or are avoiding entering the room!]

 

Added Bonuses:

  • Good price point  
  • Ability to use in split screen to see multiple rooms at once with additional cameras
  • 1000 foot range 
  • Easy to transport on vacations/cottage trips, etc.
     

Cons:  

  • No zoom, pan or tilt options on this monitor [check this one out for that option]
  • Camera quality not HD

Beaba MiniCall Audio Monitor

We have to shout these out, because these monitors are a must-have backup. They’re great to add to the baby registry and toss in the diaper bag when you’re heading over to grandma’s house or on a family vacation! These are especially useful if you’ve chosen to go with a monitor like the Nanit or Owlet, where they aren’t the easiest to transport. These audio monitors are shock and water resistant, charge by USB, have an INSANE battery life of up to 25 hours, and have a range of up to 1000 ft. Nothing fancy, they’re the product you didn’t know you needed until now!


Now that we've laid out all the details and the pros and cons of our most popular baby monitors, it's up to you to decide what is right for your family! Think about how often you travel or switch sleep spaces, whether it's important to you to be able to view your child from outside the home, whether insights are important to you, or if all you really need is a standard baby monitor where you can see your babe while you watch TV in the other room.

Happy shopping!

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