Lowdown on the best video monitors
Check out our picks of the best video monitors on the market
Having a baby monitor isn’t 100% essential, especially if you live in a small house or flat, but they’re great for providing reassurance while your baby is sleeping. The cheapest baby monitors on the market are audio monitors, but if you’re a nervous first-time parent, or just like keeping a closer eye on your baby sleeping, a video monitor could be for you. They’re a pricier option, with the bulk of models in the £100-200 range, but there are a few cheaper ones available on the market, too.
What to look for
Although they’re designed for night-time use, some don’t have great image quality in low light, so one with an infrared setting is useful. Some models give you the option of buying an extra video unit, so you can monitor more than one room at a time, useful if you have a baby and toddler in separate bedrooms. Some models have added functions such as light shows and melodies.
Need to know
You can now buy monitors that use your smartphone to receive the images instead of a parent unit, often via an app. This means that if one parent is away from home, they can still keep an eye on their baby, as well as the parent at home.
1. Angelcare Video with Movement and Sound Monitor AC1100, £149.99
Combines video, sound and movement to give even the most nervous new parent reassurance, as the included mat will monitor your baby’s movements and sound an alarm if it fails to read breathing or other vital sounds. Has a touch screen for ease, and there’s a built-in night light too.
2. Motorola MBP 36S, £99.99
This is a clever model, with a spherical camera that you can tilt and move remotely, so you can check in on your sleeping child easily from another room. Other features include two way talkback, so you can soothe your baby from afar and a handy room thermometer so you can check the nursery is at the ideal temperature.
3. Chicco Essential Video Monitor, £69.99
It’s an incredibly well-priced video monitor, with a 150 metre range, and a sleek and compact design, ideal for carrying about the house. Has a useful voice activation feature so you can turn on the night light and comfort your baby without having to going into their room and risk waking them fully.
4. Summer Infant Baby Glow Video Monitor: £119.99
With three night sky projections and five soothing lullabies, this brand new monitor is packed with functions to help your baby feel calm and relaxed at bedtime. It’s part of an expandable system, so you can add up to four cameras for monitoring a multitude of rooms,
5. Vtech BM2600 and VM312 Colour Video and Audio Baby Monitor, £69.99
This purse-friendly monitor has a very long range of 300 metres, so you can easily wander down to the bottom of the garden, and still keep an eye on your baby! The camera can be tilted, and also has a wall mount, so you can get the best angle for capturing your baby’s movements.a