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Baby monitors

Baby Monitors

A baby monitor helps you listen out for your baby while they sleep

What is a baby monitor?

Baby monitors are invaluable – freeing you up to move around the house while your baby sleeps, and letting you know when they wake!

Typically a monitor has two parts. The base unit sits near the baby’s bed, while the parent unit stays with you. You can choose from a huge variety of monitors - from basic models with ‘sound only’ alerts, to more sophisticated digital models with video.

Which baby monitor is right for you?

There’s a massive variety of baby monitors on offer, from basic to all-singing, all-dancing super monitors! Often the more you pay, the more features you get. So have a think about what you really need from this range of options:

  • range - look for one with a good range, usually the maximum is 300 metres
  • sound quality – some offer digital quality and reduce interference
  • video – in case you want to see your baby all the time
  • room temperature display – your baby’s room should be 18C for safety
  • Visual sound indicator – it may have lights in addition to sound
  • music – some have lullabies and other soothing sounds
  • nightlight – to provide a gentle light in your baby’s room
  • remote control
  • mains only power – usually cheaper, but not ideal if you travel a lot or move from room to roomrechargeable – the parent unit is often cordless and can clip to your belt

How much will a baby monitor cost?

They start at around £20 and go up into the hundreds.

Top tips for buying a baby monitor

A monitor can give you great peace of mind, helping you listen out for your baby while they sleep, but it’s always worth following guidelines for bedtime safety. For information on premature babies and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), visit Tommys.org.uk or lullabytrust.org.uk

Ready to buy?

Take a look at some of the popular baby monitors below.

YOO-SEE Video Baby Monitor

Bounty Boutique - YOO-SEE Video Baby Monitor

RRP £110 - Buy now

The YOO-SEE Video Baby Monitor from Babymoov is sleek and simple, designed for parents looking for everyday simplicity, practicality and peace of mind when watching over baby.

  • High-quality 2.4" digital screen has a 250 metre range
  • 'One button = One function' menu
  • Voice activated function
  • Clear sound

Why we love the YOO-SEE Video Baby Monitor

  • Designed with a 2-in-1 hanging system which you can attach to baby's cot or fix to a wall
  • x2 zoom
  • Audio and visual alarm
  • Excellent night vision so you can keep an eye on baby with peace of mind

Angelcare AC1100

Angelcare AC1100 Video, Movement & Sound Baby Monitor

RRP: £209.99 - Buy now

The AC1100 3-in-1 digital baby monitor watches over your baby when you can't, detecting all of their movements and sounds, even the most subtle of movements. You can also see your baby on the high quality digital video screen, day and night. The parent unit also offers touchscreen technology; a touch is all it takes to activate a multiple of functions.

  • Under-the-Mattress Sensor Pad
  • 2.75" LCD Touch Screen
  • Digital Full Colour
  • Video Transmission
  • Infrared Night Vision
  • 2.4GHz Digital Transmission - Optimal Privacy & Security
  • Temperature Display & Control
  • Out of Range Indicator
  • Volume Control & Vibration Alert
  • Batteries or Mains Operated

Why our mums love the Angelcare AC1100 Video, Movement & Sound Baby Monitor ....

  • The under-mattress sensor pad monitors all of baby's movements. If it doesn't detect any movement for 20 seconds, it sets off the alarm.
  • The video screens on the parent unit means you can see when baby is unsettled, or crying, or just sleep babbling and decide if you need to go in to them. Very handy.
  • Clever night-vision technology (infrared LED) means you can even watch them while they sleep in the dark!
  • It's a very easy-to-use model, with simple touch-screen settings that don't hurt your head when you're tired.
  • As well as the option to have continuous sound monitoring, or just voice activated (crying, babbling etc) there's a button to talk back to them via the parent unit - which is useful, as they get older.

Angelcare ac403

Angelcare AC403 Movement & Sound baby Monitor

RRP: £109.99 - Buy now

The AC403 Movement & Sound Baby Monitor is the enhanced version of the UK's bestselling AC401 monitor. It watches over your baby when you can't, detecting even the slightest of movements.

  • Under-the-Mattress Sensor Pad
  • Full Colour Digital Display
  • Audible "Tic" Feature
  • Portable & Rechargeable Parent Unit
  • Nursery Night Light
  • Crystal Clear Transmission
  • Out of Range Indicator
  • Volume Control & Vibration Alert
  • Batteries or Mains Operated

Why our mums love the Angelcare AC403 Movement & Sound baby Monitor....

  • Under-the-mattress movement Sensor Pad: The Sensor Pad is a great reassurance because it monitors all your baby's movements, even the slightest ones. An alarm will sound if no movement has been detected for 20 seconds.
  • Variable sensitivity settings: It's great value for money and really flexible because as baby grows and develops and becomes more active you can simply adjust sensitivity settings to suit your needs.
  • Portable & rechargeable Parent Unit:Peace of mind on the go, just clip the small portable Parent Unit to your belt and monitor your baby wherever you are in the house.
  • Full colour digital display: Feel reassured as the full colour LCD screen on the Parent Unit clearly displays a number of monitoring features, so even if the sound is off you'll know what's going on.
  • Temperature display and control: There's no need to worry about baby's room temperature as it's monitored and displayed on the Parent Unit. An alarm will sound if the temperature is too high or too low.
  • Crystal clear sound transmission:Because there are 8 channels to choose from, you can rest assured you'll enjoy crystal clear sound transmission.
  • Continuous or voice-activated sound monitoring:Another fab feature showing the flexibility of this monitor is that it can be set to continuous or voice-activated sound transmission, so you can hear all sounds in baby's room or just when baby cries - it's your choice.

BT Digital Audio Baby Monitor 300

RRP: £39.99 - Buy now

A high-spec, feature packed digital baby monitor with two-way talk back and 300 metres wireless range

  • Has high definition sound so you can hear every noise your baby makes, from breaths to cries!
  • The two-way talk-back means you can soothe your baby through the monitor
  • Its wireless range allows you to hear your baby up to 50 metres away indoors, and 300 away metres outdoors
  • The parent unit is rechargable, so you can keep it with you whether you are in the house or garden
  • An alert will let you know if you are about to go out of range of the base unit
  • Baby unit has a night-light with three levels of brightness

Age: from birth

Why we love the BT Digital Audio Baby Monitor 300 ....

  • It's a really high spec unit, but super easy to use
  • Babies and toddlers love being able to hear your voice through it!
  • The sound is crystal clear even in larger houses, or if you have the parent unit in the garden
  • A light on the unit lets you know if you have lost the signal to your baby - very reassuring!
  • You can adjust the volume of the sound coming through, too.

Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Sound and Movement Monitor

RRP: £64.99 - Buy now

A high-tech monitor which picks up your baby's movements and sounds within a 300 metre range

  • Has a sensor pad which goes under baby's mattress to monitor their every move as they sleep and sets off an alarm if nothing is detected for 20 seconds
  • Has a 300 metre range across 120 channels - perfect if you are out in the garden
  • Has a two-way talk function so your baby can also hear you
  • Unit in baby's room has a soothing night-light which can be controlled from the parental unit
  • An out of range indicator alerts you if you are about to lose reception
  • Parent unit has volume control and auto channel selectors
  • LCD parent display also tells you the temperature in your baby's room

Age: from birth

Why we love the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Sound and Movement Monitor....

  • The under-mattress sensor monitoring baby's moves gives you real peace of mind throughout the night or baby's naps
  • The parent unit can be clipped on your belt or waistband making it truly portable wherever you are in the house
  • It is mega easy to set up and has clear, straightforward instructions
  • The docking-station and unit has an ultra-modern hi-tech design - looks just like a cordless phone

Motorola MBP26 Video Baby Monitor and Babysense

RRP: £179.99 - Buy now

A fully loaded baby monitor with video display and under-mattress sensors for complete peace of mind as your little one sleeps

  • Has a full colour LCD screen with night vision for video monitoring your baby
  • High sensitivity microphone relays every sound your baby makes
  • The sensor mattress has medically certified pads which will trigger an alarm if they do not detect breathing movements after 10 seconds or general movements after 20
  • Two-way talk means you can reassure and soothe your baby through the parent unit
  • You can turn the sound off and use the LED lights on the display to monitor the noises coming from your baby's room
  • The device is data encrypted to protect your privacy
  • The monitor has a range of up to 300m, and will alert you when it is going out of range
  • Extra cameras (up to 4) can be paired up to the unit

Age: from birth

Why we love the Motorola MBP26 Video Baby Monitor and Babysense....

  • You can control the camera from the unit and pan and tilt it to get the image you want of your baby - great if you have a wriggler!
  • The movement sensor can be used from birth in Moses baskets or cribs, as well as in a bigger cot or cot bed
  • The sensor is really easy to install with no wires or cables
  • Video monitor gives lots of peace of mind without you having to creep into baby's room to check on them and potentially wake them!

Summer Infant Wide View Digital Video Baby Monitor

RRP: £129.99 - Buy now

A stylish digital monitor with a wide angle camera lens and large video screen for keeping an eye on baby around the clock

  • Huge 5 inch flat-screen monitor gives parents clear, full colour footage of baby at all times, along with infrared black and white night vision
  • Parental unit uses rechargeable batteries and has portability within a 300m range so you can view baby wherever you are in the house
  • Two-way talk-back lets you talk to baby through the monitor
  • Unit has a 2 x digital zoom and manual pan and tilt functions for maximum visibility of baby
  • Works on a digital signal with 189 channels

Why we love the Summer Infant Wide View Digital Video Baby Monitor....

  • Its big screen gives excellent picture quality and a clear view of baby, even in the dark
  • The swivel design of the camera means you can put it wherever it suits you in baby's room and it comes with fittings to wall or table mount, too
  • Added functions like on screen temperature display and an alarm to tell you if you are going out of range are really reassuring in those early days of parenthood!
  • You can add extra cameras to monitor up to four rooms on the one screen - perfect for growing families!

Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor AC401

RRP: £99.99 - Buy now

An excellent value sound and motion baby monitor with mattress sensor and portable parent unit

  • Mattress sensor will activate alarm if no movement is detected for 20 seconds
  • Parent unit can be taken out of docking station and clipped to your belt for portability all round the house (has an eight hour battery life out of dock)
  • Eight channels and two frequencies broadcast your baby's every sound with crystal clear clarity
  • Parent unit has a 250 meter range from base and warns you if you are going out of range
  • Nursery unit has quirky angel design and incorporates a night-light for your baby
  • Parent unit displays the temperature in baby's room and beeps if room is too hot

Why we love the Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor AC401....

  • It is easy to set up and gives you huge peace of mind when baby is sleeping in a different room
  • It looks a bit different to other monitors with its unique angel and halo shape!
  • It is excellent value for money when compared to similar sound and movement sensors
  • The sensor mat can be used in a variety of cribs and cots, so from newborn until your baby moves into a cot bed
  • Helps parents get a good night's sleep, too!

Tomy TF525 Digital Baby Monitor

RRP: £39.99 - Buy now

Great value digital monitor with a DECT technology for clear sound, and a 350m portable range

  • Has a remote control lullaby function to help soothe baby to sleep
  • Parental unit has a range of up to 350m, and a warning alert when you are losing reception
  • Monitor has a night-light which can be controlled via the parent unit
  • LCD display also shows the temperature of baby's room
  • Monitor automatically tunes to one of 120 channels for clear sound quality
  • Has talk-back facility so you can reassure your baby through the unit

Why we love the Tomy TF525 Digital Baby Monitor....

  • There is a handy paging function on the monitor so you can locate the parent unit - great for when you've left it down the sofa or in the garden!
  • The lullaby setting really helps soothe baby off to sleep
  • It is ultra easy to set up - simply unpack, plug in and it's working!
  • The fact that it will light up if it detects noise is is really useful especially if you've accidentally turned the volume right down, or if you've muted it to take a phone call
  • Really good features and sound quality for a relatively low price

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