Along with the essentials – nappies, cot, buggy, endless patience – a smart baby monitor is fast becoming a must-have for new parents in the know. The best baby monitor can let you rest at ease knowing your child one is safe and secure. With the ability to listen, watch and even detect your baby’s movements, there’s a whole range of models to suit different needs. From a large colour screen to auto noise and movement detection to wireless connectivity and long battery life, there are plenty of features to think about.
The latest devices can be used to keep an eye on your baby from your tablet or smartphone anywhere in your home, but also when you’re out. This makes it easy for you to check in on your baby when you’ve left them with the sitter, and view them on the camera feed in real time – hopefully sleeping soundly in their cot.
Top 10 best baby monitors UK 2021
When choosing the best baby monitor for your needs, you’ll want to consider the most essential features such as battery life, reception range and video quality.
For each product we’ve listed the key technical features, to help you compare across brands and models so you can find the best baby monitor to suit your needs.
1. BT Smart Video Baby Monitor.
The popular BT Video Baby monitor has had a complete overhaul, with BT releasing a powerful smart version that combines a dedicated monitor screen unit with an app option for local or out-of-the-house access to the camera.
The HD video monitor offers super clear picture quality, comes with night vision and lets you tilt, pan and zoom the camera remotely. We also like that as well as sound alerts, the system can alert you visually with LED lights.
For the price you do get a lot of features including push-to-talk interactivity (keep in mind the parent unit isn’t touchscreen). BT have even designed the monitor to work with smart assistants, so you can ask Alexa or Google for the room temperature, to play a lullaby or enable and disable motion detection.
2. Angelcare Baby Movement Monitor
Ideal for newborns, the Angelcare AC327 Baby Movement Monitor with Video comes with a sensor pad and tracks your baby’s movements. What we like most about this baby monitor is the fact that as well as giving you all the basics you need in a decent video baby monitor – such as two-way talk, a parent unit with a good sized screen and a good range of up to 250 metres – it also offers the movement pad for added peace of mind. Your baby won’t notice that the pad is there as you place it under the mattress.
This movement pad may not be a welcome addition to all new parents, but if you’re keen to keep a very close eye on your child’s every wriggle, it will certainly make you feel reassured. We found it picked up on the most sensitive of movements and as the alarm only sounds if there has been no movement for 20 seconds, you won’t be alerted unnecessarily.
3. Infant Optics DXR-8
The Infant Optics DXR-8 is a simple, user-friendly video baby monitor with solid features like two-way audio, a room temperature sensor, and a remote pan and tilt capability. We like that it comes with multiple, easy-to-swap lenses so you can choose between standard and zoom, or you can purchase a wide-angle lens for an additional $10. Infant Optics puts video quality in your hands.
It comes with a wall-mount kit for your baby’s room, and the parent monitor unit is lightweight with intuitive controls.The only downside to this monitor is its less-than-stellar rechargeable battery. You can expect to keep it on the charger for about seven hours for a full charge, and it’ll only last about four hours off the charger.
4. Cocoon Cam Plus – Baby Monitor
As a leader in baby care innovation and safety, Cocoon Cam created the first non-wearable baby breathing monitor with HD video and streaming audio. Using cutting-edge computer vision and heat map technology, the monitor delivers hospital-level breathing monitoring, instant alerts, sophisticated sleep analytics, and more. The patented Computer Vision and AI technologies allow parents to receive analytics that track and understand your baby’s sleep patterns and behaviors. It interprets your baby’s natural movements and daily rhythms, transforming every day into usable insights.
5. Wyze Cam 1080p HD Indoor
While the Wyze Cam isn’t technically a video baby monitor (it’s manufactured as a home surveillance device), it works well for the task. The compact camera, which is controlled by a smartphone app, is quickly surpassing other popular home surveillance cameras on the market. Why? It’s significantly cheaper than other top models, but still boasts features like night vision and two-way talk. It also senses motion and sound; can record 12-second video clips; can pan, tilt and zoom both manually or via an automatic preset; and is compatible with both Alexa and Google virtual assistants.
6. EZVIZ indoor 1080p
The beauty of this baby monitor is not just the price, but also the fact it doubles up as a home security camera, for when you’re away on holiday.
It’s pretty basic compared to other monitors we tested but it also provides a wide-angle lens, two-way talking, and night vision. If you’re looking for something simple which will provide you with an easy way to check your little one, without the extras such as temperature, sleeping, or breathing checks, this is a great camera to buy.
When motion is detected you will be sent an alert to your smartphone app, along with images to show you what’s happening in the room at the time.As with other smart monitors, it operates via your wifi. It can also be linked to other smart devices, including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
7. Motorola MBP50A Video Baby Monitor
The Digital Video Baby Monitor from Motorola comes with a curved screen parent unit that lets you enjoy a 270-degree view of your baby’s room in real time, with a host of additional features to ensure comfort and safety and ultimate peace of mind. Featuring remote control access, a temperature sensor, infrared night vision, lullaby play, two-way communication and much more.
The device was simple and easy to set up. This product is definitely a luxury as far as a baby monitor goes. The large and high definition picture gave me great reassurance that my child was sound asleep. The picture is so clear I could see my child breathing. The other features such as lullabies and white noise are handy.
8. Babymoov YOO Moov Motorised Video Baby Monitor
The Babymoov Yoo-Moov is a video monitor that we think tech fans will enjoy thanks to its large remote-control camera and silent motorised technology.The Babymoov Yoo-Moov delivered excellent, interference-free sound quality at a sensible volume during testing.The talk-back audio was also clear both ways, which meant that they were able to chat to their eight-month-old baby remotely and settle her successfully on several occasions without actually needing to go to her cot.
Our testers found the Yoo-Moov really fun to use and enjoyed the 360-degree view of their baby’s cot afforded by its silent (and remote) pan, zoom and tilt functionality.
9. Philips AVENT DECT Baby Monitor
The sound quality on this monitor is excellent and with the volume up I could hear my baby’s sleepy breathing. When the parent unit is muted its lights clearly flash whenever your baby makes a noise and the lights appeared sensitive to every sound during my testing. It has five blue lights in a vertical line which indicate an escalating scale, with all of them lighting up when the baby is loud.
The parent unit is pleasant to hold with rounded edges and simple to use with clearly marked buttons. There is no menu to navigate. You can easily switch it on and off, adjust the volume and sound sensitivity and press a Talk button to activate talk-back.The baby unit also has clear buttons, including the ability to page the parent unit if you need to locate it. The baby unit can play five lullabies which might be nice at bedtime, but you can’t order these to play or stop from the parent unit.
10. Lollipop Baby Monitor
This smart baby monitor looks super stylish and comes in a variety of soothing pastel shades. Its innovative shape, with flexible lolly stick, means it’s easy to mount on a variety of different surfaces like baby’s cot, the wall or a table.
It also syncs with your phone thanks to an easy mobile app, allowing you to check up and see baby whether you’re out to dinner down the road… or on a business trip across an ocean. This product have a great design for decor the baby room.
How to choose the best baby monitor?
Power supply – Some monitors charge off a mains connection, others use batteries and some do both. Remember to check approximately how long the battery lasts, too.
Features to soothe your baby – Plenty of monitors offer you a 2-way connection meaning you can calm your baby with your voice without actually having to go to their room. Some also offer music and lighting to help relax your baby and can become a part of their bedtime routine, helping them settle into a calm night’s sleep.
Crying and movement alerts – Crying alerts with visuals are useful, where LED lights show the sound, so even if you have the audio turned down, you can still see noise. Some also come with a movement sensor pad to go under the mattress. These might be a bit too much for some parents’ needs, for example if the baby rolls off the pad it can trigger a false alert. But it’s a feature to consider if you want some extra reassurance.
Digital or analogue baby monitor – Digital monitors are becoming the norm but there are still analogue versions available, which are more affordable. These offer a direct signal but can potentially suffer interference or even be tapped into using a similar monitor receiver.
Some digital monitors do use DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication) technology and emit electromagnetic radiation. While this isn’t thought to cause harm it can’t hurt to keep the monitor at least a metre from your baby.
After considering all the aspects, one knows that they will make the right choice for their baby. Making sure to get all right with the pricing, and the extra features are essential. There have been many people telling that the baby monitor exceeded their expectations because of its accuracy and efficiency.
As with any internet-connected device that watches or listens to your home, it’s not out of the ordinary to be somewhat wary of a smart baby monitor. All Internet of devices are potential soft spots for hackers to monitor you. Anything you network can possibly be compromised, you should always weigh the convenience of these devices against the risk of someone getting control of the feed.