The best audio monitors on the market
If you want to keep a close ear on your baby, an audio monitor is a good choice
If you’re after low-key reassurance and don’t want to blow your budget either, an audio monitor is a great bet for keeping an ear on your baby. Just remember though that although baby monitors can offer peace of mind, your baby should sleep in the same room as you for the first six months to minimise the risk of SIDS.
What to look for
Most monitors you can buy today are digital, which means they’re less likely to pick up sounds from other baby monitors in neighbouring houses, and some have an enhanced form of digital transmission called DECT, which makes them even more efficient in filtering out other noise.
If you’ve got a big house, or want to be able to sit in the garden while your baby is in bed, a long range will be an asset. Other useful features include a nightlight and room thermometer on the baby unit, and the ability to play lullabies and other soothing noises.
Need to know
Audio monitors are significantly cheaper, but you might still end up checking on your baby if you hear a noise but can’t tell if he’s awake or asleep. Lots of baby monitors have a light display on the parent unit that flashes when sound is detected. This is extremely handy as you can mute the monitor so you don’t hear every sigh and snuffle, but you can still be alerted when your baby cries.
1. Babymoov Digital Monitor Expert Care, £79.99
This monitor is powered by Digital Green, a new technology combining digital technology with low power emission levels, to protect your baby from electromagnetic waves. It has an impressive 1000 metre range, a voice-activated nightlight and three types of alarm, acoustic, visual or vibration.
2. Motorola MBP8 Digital Audio Monitor, £24.99
It might be low on snazzy features, but the MBP8 can’t be ignored for it’s highly affordable price, and the handy Plug N Go feature which means you can simply plug both units into any socket to use. Crystal clear sound and an 'out of range' warning light add to the benefits. A winning choice for smaller budgets.
3. Tomy TF525, £54.99
A compact model, with useful features like a night light, lullabies and talkback function, which can be controlled remotely, and also has the advantage of having DECT technology to limit interference from other devices. It has a range of 350 metres and an alarm to alert you if the batteries are running low.
4. BT baby monitor 350 Lightshow, £69.99
With an easy-to-read LED display, two-way talkback and a built-in room thermometer, the 350 is packed with features, and there are other exciting elements too, including a stunning lightshow to calm and soothe your baby. It also plays 19 melodies, including nursery rhymes and classical music, and there’s also a white noise generator to simulate the womb.
5. Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Sound and Movement Monitor, £99.99
This model comes with comes with a detachable sensor pad that fits under your baby’s mattress and sounds an alarm if no movement is detected after 20 seconds for added reassurance.