Best baby monitor 2019: keep your baby safe at nap time

These best baby monitors ensure your little one is safe come bedtime

Best baby monitor: Babymoov YOO Feel Video Baby Monitor

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. 

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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?

Screen size

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.

Signal

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.

Night vision?

A necessity for most, and some cameras have a light on the side for clearer viewing.

Range

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.

Talk?

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

Best baby monitor you can buy: BT video baby monitor 6000

1. BT video baby monitor 6000

Best baby monitor you can buy: a great all-rounder, this baby monitor offers peace of mind with ease

Specifications
Best for: All rounder
Screen size: 5"
Signal: Digital l
Room temperature: Yes
Night Vision: Yes
Range: 250m outdoors 50m indoors
Talk: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Remote control pan and tilt mechanism+Large screen+5 lullabies+Features sound level lights+Can be wall mounted
Reasons to avoid
-Purple design might not please all

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.

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Best affordable baby monitor: Motorola MBP482 Baby Video Monitor

2. Motorola MBP482 Baby Video Monitor

Best affordable baby monitor: if you don't fancy spending an arm and a leg but still want all the best features, this is the best baby monitor for you

Specifications
Best for: All-rounder
Screen size: 2.4"
Signal: Digital
Room temperature: Yes
Night Vision: Yes
Range: 300m
Talk: No
Reasons to buy
+Can be used with a tripod+Zoom function
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn't have talk back option

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.

Find more baby monitors at Argos

Best smart baby monitor: Arlo Baby Monitor

3. Arlo Baby Monitor

Best smart baby monitor: this baby monitor connects to your iPhone for hands-free peace of mind

Specifications
Best for: Smart
Screen size: Any
Signal: Digital
Room temperature: Yes
Night Vision: Yes
Range: Can be used from anywhere
Talk: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Can be used from anywhere in the world+Lullabies+Baby crying alerts 

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.

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Best hi-tech baby monitor: Babymoov YOO Feel Video Baby Monitor

4. Babymoov YOO Feel Video Baby Monitor

Best baby monitor for several children: got more than one child you want to keep an eye on?

Specifications
Best for: More babies
Screen size: 3.5"
Signal: Digital l
Room temperature: No
Night Vision: Yes
Range: 250m
Talk: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Easy to set up+Looks good+Touch screen 
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn't display room temperature

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. 

Find more baby monitors at Babymoov

Best budget baby monitor: VTech DM1111 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor

5. VTech DM1111 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor

Best DECT baby monitor: peace of mind at a peaceful price

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Screen size: N/A
Signal: DECT l
Room temperature: No
Night Vision: N/A
Range: 450m
Talk: No
Reasons to buy
+Largest range
Reasons to avoid
-No screen-Basic

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. 

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