In the market for the best baby monitor for your new bundle of joy? The best way to ensure your baby is safe while sleeping without staying in the same room, baby monitors can prove to be very handy when you've got an episode of your favourite programme to watch, guests round for dinner or for when you just need a break (we understand).
We've done some digging to find the very best baby monitors for you; whether you're after something basic, smart or easy to use.
What is the best baby monitor?
We think the best baby monitor you can buy is the BT video baby monitor 6000. It has a large 5in screen, night vision, talk back and it displays room temperature as well as many other handy features. Find out more below.
How to buy the best baby monitor?
Where to buy the best baby monitor
Probably one of the most important features as you don't want to struggle to see your baby from a small screen, our largest on the list goes up to 5in, however the Arlo Baby Monitor connects to your phone, tablet or computer, so can be viewed on that screen, too.
Cameras that are both audio and visual are digital, and those that are just audible (so have no screen or camera) are DECT.
Room temperature display?
A handy add-on feature to have as it saves having a separate temperature gauge.
A necessity for most, and some cameras have a light on the side for clearer viewing.
Not something you need to worry about if you live in a small house or flat, but important if your house is large and your baby's room is distant from the living room or kitchen. Ensure your baby monitor's signal can reach the rooms you spend most of your time in.
Another handy add-on, although some may not use it, baby monitors can be used to talk to your baby to soothe them back to sleep without having to enter their room. Or for toddlers, to let them know you're coming with their milk.
THE BEST BABY MONITORS
This baby monitor is one of the best you can buy. It has a 5in screen to see your baby's activity, day or night. The screen displays room temperature and features two-way talk; the monitor can also play five different lullabies. Its sound level lights are among our favourite feature, so you can decide whether you want to be disturbed for a sneeze or a scream. In terms of range, the portable parent unit can be taken up to 250m away before it will disconnect. If you're a new (or current) parent and are after an easy-to-use, no-fuss baby monitor then this is the one for you.
Though the Motorola MBP482's screen size is half our top pick's size, what it lacks in screen size it makes up for in features. The 2.4in screen displays everything from room temperature to a good view of your baby in the dark thanks to its infra red night vision. You can zoom in to see where their dummy is hiding, and the parent unit can be taken a huge 300m away from the camera before it disconnects. Our only complaint? It doesn't feature a talk back option, but for the affordable price, you can't really complain.
If you're on the hunt for a smart baby monitor, or one you can connect with your phone so you can see your baby 24/7, this is the best baby monitor for you. For starters, you can buy adorable cases for it that make it look like a rabbit, Dalmatian and other animals, and it's very easy to use and set up. It's compatible with phones, tablets and computers, so the screen size can be as small or as large as your device, and it has two-way talk so you can comfort your baby from anywhere in the world. Thanks to its built-in near-invisible infrared LEDs, you can see your baby clearly in the dark, and it has other added bells and whistles, such as a multi-coloured night light option, a music player, temperature display, humidity display and VOC air sensors. The feature we love the most is that you get notifications straight to your phone, whether motion, sound or temperature change.
If you've got several little heads to watch day and night, all of which are in different rooms or on opposite sides of one room, the Babymoov YOO Feel is the best baby monitor for you. Featuring a 3.5in screen for you to view your children, as well as night vision, a night light, talk-back and the ability to play lullabies, the camera can be panned, tilted and zoomed to see everything. You can add four additional monitors and connect them together, meaning you'll only need one parent unit. It also has a range of 250 metres.
Looking for something that lets you hear your baby or toddler's movements for a budget price? This DECT baby monitor is cheap yet still cheerful, offering parents the chance to hear everything from coughs to cries from up to a whopping 450m away. It comes with a baby unit and a parent unit that features a five level visual sound indicator, and it lets you control the volume. The best option if you're on a budget.