Updated January 15, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Video Baby Monitors

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This wiki has been updated 20 times since it was first published in March of 2015. For new parents, there’s nothing more important than keeping an infant safe, happy and healthy. Thanks to modern technology, that’s a whole lot easier than it used to be. Using one of the video baby monitors we’ve selected, you can keep an eye (and an ear) on your little guy or gal at all times, allowing you to rush to the rescue the moment anything goes awry. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best video baby monitor on Amazon.

10. UU Infant Talkback

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9. HelloBaby HB32

8. Palermo Best HD Surveillance Camera

7. Anmade 2-Way Talkback

6. Babebay Smilism Long Transmission

5. Honrane 3.2-Inch LCD

4. DBPower Digital

3. Fredi Wireless IP Camera

2. Lemfo Wi-Fi IP Camera

1. Infant Optics DXR-8

Keep Your Signal To Yourself

Newer systems operate on your wireless network's frequency, which is similar in range to those frequencies more susceptible to tinkering and hackers.

At any given moment, your baby monitor sends dozens of images of your child flying through the air in your home. If that monitor system uses a conventional radio frequency to transmit those signals–much the way cordless phones and Bluetooth devices operate–the odds of a signal being intercepted are higher than I'm sure you'd like.

These systems are made up of two simple components: the camera/transmitter and the receiver/display. Some of the cameras only pick up radiant light in the spectrum already visible to the human eye, perhaps with a little better light collection from the quality of the lens and sensor. Others can see into the infrared spectrum, so anything going on in the dark is fully visible.

In other words, the images floating in the ether from the crib to your kitchen are going to be clear and personal, the kind of material you want to keep to yourself.

Newer systems operate on your wireless network's frequency, which is similar in range to those frequencies more susceptible to tinkering and hackers. Your wireless network, though, can be password protected, adding an important layer of security to your monitoring.

Your Baby Is Ready For A Closeup

You're going to buy a baby monitor. You're probably going to buy it soon. After all, babies only stay babies for a limited amount of time. So, you need to know which of these monitor systems is right for you, and the sooner you know it the better.

Here are a few simple questions you can answer that will guide your selection process nicely:

If you don't have a baby, you probably don't need a baby monitor.

Is it just the one baby we're talking about? If there's more than one kid in the picture, or you want to have another come along while the first is still swaddling, getting a system with a remote controlled camera will allow you to check in on each child without leaving the comfort of your favorite chair. Or, better yet, a system with a monitor that can connect to more than one camera will give you total angular control.

Do you want another screen in your home? If you're in the camp that is resistant to our ever-increasing reliance on screens, you might want a system that links to your smartphone instead of yet another monitor screen. This both cuts down on clutter around the house and removes a piece of tech from the equation whose usefulness will disappear as your babies age out of it.

Do you even have a baby? If you don't have a baby, you probably don't need a baby monitor. What are you even doing on this page? Go read our page on the best blenders so you can get in shape, get yourself a partner to help you make a baby, then come back here.

"Did They Even Have Babies Back Then?"

The case of the Lindbergh baby is a gruesome one. In 1932, a child was abducted in New Jersey and held for ransom. The ransom was paid, but a little more than two months after the kidnapping, the body of the boy was found.

The basic premise remains, though the incorporation of video technology and camera control is new.

In addition to forcing the US Congress to act on making kidnapping a federal crime, the ensuing press coverage of the kidnapping and the subsequent trial and conviction of the case's primary suspect sent shock waves of fear through a nation of parents.

Before the 1930s, the only baby monitor in existence resided in the recesses of a parent's or servant's orbital bones, and in the fine hairs of their ear canals. Which is to say that people just had to check in on their kids with their very own eyes and ears.

A few years later, in 1937, the Zenith corporation introduced the first baby monitor to the marketplace, called the Radio Nurse. Interestingly, many of these early baby monitors had features that would disappear from the monitors of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, only to be reintroduced to the market in recent models.

The basic premise remains, though the incorporation of video technology and camera control is new. Where the tech goes from here remains to be seen, but it might not be long before we get ourselves a nanny-bot of sorts, that can watch over, feed, and play with our kids for us. Let's just hope the AI doesn't get any bright ideas and go kidnapping the little monsters.

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Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on January 15, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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