Fetal Dopplers are commonly found in an OBGYN’s examination room, but as they’ve have become more affordable and accessible, they’re quickly making their way into family households as well. Fetal Dopplers are designed to detect a baby’s heartbeat while they’re still in the womb, which can give parents some peace of mind.
While most medical professionals agree kick counts are the best way to monitor your baby at home, fetal dopplers are popular among moms who want extra reassurance. The following fetal monitors made this list based on simple, user-friendly design features that make finding baby's heartbeat easy, affordability (many are available at under $100), and accuracy of heart rate as reported by online reviews found on Amazon and manufacturer websites.
The NatureSpirit Sonoline-B Handheld Fetal Doppler is an ultra-sensitive monitor than can be used as early as week 12 of pregnancy, making it a great option among moms. It comes with a large LCD screen, so you can clearly monitor your baby’s heart rate without calculating it yourself. Read Full Review
The NatureSpirit Sonoline-B Handheld Fetal Doppler looks just like the dopplers you’ll see in your OB’s office, and it works the same way, too. Just move the highly-sensitive probe over your belly until you find baby’s heartbeat, and then listen as it is amplified through the speakers of this handheld device.
Baby’s heart rate is also displayed on the large LCD screen, which saves you the trouble of calculating it yourself. Another added bonus is this doppler can be used as early as 12 weeks. While this doppler is one of the more expensive on this list, it’s also one of the most accurate, making it a top choice among moms.
Affordable, effective, and easy to use, the Contec Sonoline B handheld Pocket Fetal Doppler runs on batteries and can be used at hospitals or in the home. Online reviewers also love how easy it is to monitor baby’s heart rate with the lighted LCD screen. Read Full Review
At right around $50, this handheld pocket fetal doppler by Contec is an affordable option that gives moms similar results to what they would find in higher-priced dopplers. Online reviewers love that it can be used as early as 12 weeks and it also scores points for being so easy to use.
Thanks to the ergonomic design, this doppler rests comfortably in the hand, and the sensitive wand easily picks up baby’s heartbeat. Additionally, the lighted LCD screen makes monitoring baby’s heartbeat easy, and this doppler even comes with its own transmission gel, making it a great value.
The EDAN Sonotrax Lite Fetal Doppler Baby Heart Monitor is used by medical professionals, but it’s designed to be safely and effectively used at home by moms as well. The sensitive probe easily and effectively detects baby’s heartbeat, and the doppler automatically powers off for convenience. Read Full Review
EDAN Instruments, Inc. is the manufacturer of medical and diagnostic devices that can be found in hospitals across the globe. The Sonotrax Lite Fetal Doppler Baby Heart Monitor is used by medical professionals, but it was designed to be safely and easily used at home as well.
At under $100, this lightweight, portable model is the most affordable in the EDAN line of dopplers. Online reviewers say that the sensitive probe effectively detects baby’s heartbeat and this doppler also powers off automatically for convenience and to prolong battery life.
The Edan Sono Trax II Pro Fetal Doppler Baby Heart Monitor easily and effectively detects baby’s heartbeat and also displays fetal heart rate on the large LCD screen with backlight. This doppler also comes equipped with a rechargeable battery and audio recorder. Read Full Review
Like the Sonotrax Lite Fetal Doppler, the EDAN Sono Trax II Pro Fetal Doppler Baby Heart Monitor is designed for use by medical professionals, but easy enough for moms to use at home. The probe on this model quickly and effectively detects baby’s heartbeat, and the LCD display screen with backlight also monitors baby’s heart rate.
The Sono Trax II Pro also comes with a rechargeable battery and an audio recorder. This doppler is the most expensive on our list, and the added bells and whistles may be more than most moms need from an at-home baby heart monitor. But if you plan to use this doppler for future pregnancies, this might be a good investment for you.
This budget prenatal listener allows moms and dads to hear the sounds of their baby in the womb. And since it comes with a recording cable, parents can share those precious sounds with family members via email. While not nearly as effective as the other dopplers on this list, it’s an affordable option that the whole family can enjoy. Read Full Review
The Graco Prenatal Heart Listener was designed to be used during the early weeks of the third trimester, meaning moms who want to hear the heartbeat sooner should opt for a higher-end doppler. However, this prenatal listener is an affordable alternative allows moms - as well as dads and siblings - to listen to the sounds of their unborn baby. This model comes with earbuds and also a recording cable that allows you to share those precious sounds with other family members.
It’s important to note this prenatal listener has received very mixed reviews and isn’t designed to be nearly as accurate or sensitive as the other dopplers on this list. It can also take time and patience to find your baby’s heartbeat. However, at just $25, some online reviewers say this prenatal listener is a fun investment allowing them to feel closer to their little one.