Safety Gear

Best Baby Monitors

There’s helicopter parenting and then there’s making sure your baby is safe and sound. These high-tech baby monitors have all the features you need for peace of mind.
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Angelcare AC1200 Monitor
With this sleek device, just download the Angelcare app to your smartphone and voilà. The nursery unit also serves as a router, so no internet connection is needed to use the system. Even cooler: you can access tunes from your phone or tablet for baby. $300, Kohls.com
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Infant Optics DXR-5 Digital Video Monitor
Easy to use, energy efficient and interference-free, this little monitor has everything you need for half the price of most others on the market. $99, Amazon.com
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Mimo Baby Monitor
The turtle sensor on this onesie will tell you everything you need to know about baby – we’re talking breathing pattern, sleeping activity, skin temperature and body position. Best of all, that information is sent right to your phone. $200, BabiesRUs.com
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Graco Direct Connect Digital Monitor
Maybe you don’t need all the bells and whistles of a video monitor, but you do need something that really goes the distance. This Graco monitor covers a 2,000-foot range, so roam free while baby sleeps with the added comfort of the talk-back function if she needs to hear your voice. $60, GracoBaby.com
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Dropcam Pro Video Monitor
With an 8x zoom and 130° field of view, the Dropcam, which works with your computer, tablet or smartphone, isn’t just a baby monitor; it can be used for home security too. Added bonuses include HD streaming, night vision and two-way talk. $199, Dropcam.com

 

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Philips AVENT Digital Video Monitor
This cool-looking monitor is all about clarity; the high-res screen and sharp sound quality are what set it apart. And there are those additional perks like a backup battery and night vision. $167, Diapers.com
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Motorola Digital Audio Baby Monitor
Simple and convenient, this monitor tracks baby’s sound and temperature while doubling as a night light and music box. Plus, the parent unit clips right onto your belt for when you’re on the go. $77, Target.com
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Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor
The closest baby monitor to an iPad, the Summer Infant’s touch screen interface lets you pan and zoom all around baby’s room – which is the next best thing to being there. $250, SummerInfant.com
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LEVANA Astra with Oma+ Baby Video and Movement Monitoring System

This trio from Levana offers all the reassurance you need as a new parent. The battery-powered Oma+ component clips on to baby’s diaper, sensing those slight abdominal movements that indicate baby’s doing just fine. But after 15 seconds of complete stillness, it gently vibrates to encourage movement. And if there’s no movement for 20 seconds, you’ll be alerted from the monitor. In other words, you’ll never miss a thing. $230, Target.com

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By Anisa Arsenault