There’s nothing more nerve-wracking for a new parent than not having eyes, 24/7, on a new baby. What if they get into trouble or some mischief in the time that it takes to put the dishes away or pop to the toilet? Definitely a constant worry if you don’t have a helper or nanny around as an extra pair of eyeballs, or are living in a house instead of a condo or apartment (because you’re MILES away from the nursery in a house!). Luckily there’s a nifty little invention that will help keep an eye on your baby for you: the humble but oh-so-essential baby monitor! Some of which even alert you when bubba wakes up or catch their breath for a moment too long. We’ve picked out some of the best electronic eyes of wonder to give you a little peace of mind for those long nights, or even just for when you absolutely can’t go one day longer without showering… (We get it. We’ve been there).
The state of the art colour video transmission, adjustable camera angle, infrared night vision, temperature monitoring and two way communication feature of the Angelcare Video Movement with Sound Monitor (Digital) Model AC-1100 are all pretty snazzy features of this pick. It also comes with a sensor pad which blasts out an alarm if no movement has been detected for 20 seconds. The Parents unit can be clipped onto your person for hands free monitoring, and the battery lasts up to eight hours (because what baby ever sleeps more than eight hours anyway?).
Price: From $499, buy from Angelcare
Tommee Tippee Digital Baby Monitor with Sensor Pad
A more wallet-friendly alternative for parents, this baby monitor monitors room temperature and sound, lets you soothe your baby through the talk-back feature and even comes with an in-built night light. Effective within a range of 1000 feet, it comes with a sensor pad that can be inserted under your little one’s mattress to monitor your baby’s movement. The pad is sensitive enough to detect breathing patterns and will alert you if it detects no movement for 20 seconds. Leave it to recharge overnight in the docking station and the battery will last for up to eight hours. No video on this one, but the sound and alarm only make it less of a distraction, we say.
Price: From $179, buy from Baby Online
D-Link DCS-850L Pan & Tilt Wireless Cloud Baby Camera
D-Link DCS-850L has adjustable camera angles that you can control remotely using the free mydlink app. Sound and motion alerts will let you know if and when your baby is restless and the mydlink app allows multiple users to access the camera at once (so there’s no excuse for the teen not to pitch in on babysitting!). D-Link cameras can be connected to the home wifi so the baby can be monitored no matter where you are, or you can use the camera’s direct connection when wifi is not available. You can even set the D-link to record little clips when sound or motion is detected so you don’t ever miss a trick.
Price: From $199, buy online at Tech Box or in store
Netgear Arlo Baby Camera
This bunny shaped all-in-one smart baby monitoring camera sends a live high definition (1080p!) video feed and alerts straight to your smartphone or any device you download the free Arlo app to. Control the brightness and even the colour of the in-built night light, monitor the air in your baby’s room including the temperature and humidity, all from wherever you may be in the world. Arlo also records sound and motion-detected events for download where it will stay in your cloud for up to seven days. Perfect for when you want to share those cute moments with the rest of the folks in the family. Grandparents love this stuff!
Price: From $409, buy from Hatchi.Tech
Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor
The Philips Avent Baby Monitor uses a secure frequency hopping technology to connect your handset to the monitor for a range of up to 300 metres. Other than transmitting a clear coloured video feed with infrared night vision, the monitor also has five pre-programmed lullabies to soothe your little one to sleep, and allows you to speak to your child through the handset. The battery lasts up to 10 hours and you can adjust the audio sensitivity to pick up only the most unmissable moments.
Price: From $299, buy from Mothercare
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