Latina Moms’ Picks: 2016’s Best Baby Monitors
There is nothing that provides moms with more peace of mind than sleeping right next to their babies. Yet this is not always the best alternative for both mom and baby (and let’s not mention daddy). Once you accept the fact that your baby should spend the night in his nursery, you can still have peace of mind by using one of these cutting-edge baby monitors. These feature-packed baby gadgets are designed to let you get some much-needed rest, knowing you’ll be alerted if your baby needs you. Here are our votes for 2016’s best baby monitors.
Before you invest, though, you should ask yourself some important questions: How much can you spend? How high-tech do you want your device to be? What kind of range do you need? For example, you may want a monitor with video, or prefer one that’s audio-only. There are devices that even have a sound-activation mode, which goes on only when your baby cries to avoid false alerts. You’ll also want to be certain that the baby monitor connects and works properly in every room of your home. Once you’ve decided on your specific needs, you’ll be ready to find the best fit for your family.
Nest Cam (Best WiFi Video Monitor)
Pros: The Nest Cam integrates with other Nest products (fire detectors, etc.) to keep you and your baby safe. The camera has 1080p video quality with a 130-degree field of vision, so you’ll be able to see your baby clearly. It also features a magnet for easy hanging around the house!
Cons: Since Nest Cam isn’t a traditional baby monitor, it lacks certain important features you may be looking for, like sleep monitoring. For optimal performance, you’ll need a good WiFi connection and a good streaming plan: the cam should be near a WiFi router for ideal connection.
Motorola MBP36S (Best Non-WiFi Video Monitor)
Pros: You can change the camera angle remotely with remote camera pan, tilt, and zoom. The LCD screen, though only 3.5″, is able to capture your baby’s smallest movements. Its LED audio monitor features subtle, soothing lights. This one plays standard lullabies, too!
Cons: The battery tends to die after about a year, so keeping it plugged in is recommended. The dynamic range isn’t very good.
Lorex Baby Sweet Peep (Best Value Monitor)
Pros: Excellent battery life, solid sound and video. It also has numerous helpful features: digital zoom, talk to baby, a night light, sound activation, and the ability to play lullabies.
Cons: Too many buttons! The screen seems to be very bright – some users found even the lowest screen brightness level to be too bright. Also, accessing some features requires clicking through the menu system, which can be challenging to navigate when you wake up in the middle of the night.
Price: $90.00 – $250.00
Philips Avent DECT SCD570/10 (Best Sound-Only Monitor)
Pros: It’s got a night light, a convenient “cry mode,” and — like many of the video monitors — it plays lullabies. Plus, it’s got more than a 90-foot range indoors.
Cons: This one doesn’t have many cons. Some customers thought it was a bit pricey, considering it lacks a camera.
The Owlet (Best Wearable Monitor)
Pros: Tracks a lot of information, not just sleep. Using hospital tech, the Owlet bootie monitors your baby’s oxygen levels, rollovers, skin temperature, and heart rate. Best of all for plugged-in parents, it downloads the data right to your smartphone. If you’re not near your phone, the Owlet will connect to a constantly-monitoring base station.
Cons: The Owlet is meant for babies that are sleeping perfectly still. This can be a scary experience! The sock can’t be turned off, and if you use your phone at night, yellow alerts will pop up, possibly waking your baby. Also, the preemie sock is prone to false positives.
The Babble Band (Most Innovative Monitor)
Pros: A two-way wrist radio that lets you move throughout the house without losing contact with your baby. This is an easy, lightweight alternative. No need to clip a monitor to your belt buckle.
Cons: You need to be in the same room as the baby to charge the battery. It lasts about 8 hours, but requires 5-6 hours to charge. Also, if you point the band to the monitor in the baby’s room, loud feedback will happen, waking the baby… the opposite of what you want.
Garmin BabyCam (Best Car Monitor)
Pros: This works with your Garmin GPS if you already have one. You just tap a button, and you don’t have to turn around to see how your baby’s doing in the back seat. Clip the camera to the headrest and you’re set! The device also lets you add up to four more cameras.
Cons: Does anyone still use a Garmin GPS in their car? Smartphones have rendered other GPS systems basically obsolete with their built-in navigation systems.