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Child Safety

Best Baby Monitor

Baby monitors, both video and audio, allow parents to keep an eye or ear on their baby without opening the nursery door. Many monitor options offer a nightlight, room thermometer or the ability to turn on lullabies. With so many options parents may find themselves overwhelmed with options. Our best lists look at a number of options to determine the best features compared to cost to narrow down parent's search for the perfect monitor.

VTech VM343 Safe and Sound Pan and Tilt Full Color Video Monitor

VTech VM343 Safe and Sound Pan and Tilt Full Color Video Monitor

With a high resolution digital color display measuring a generous 4.3 inches in size, you’ll never miss a single second of your baby’s motions. The camera pans up to 270 degrees and tilts up to 120 degrees, so you can keep a close eye on everything going on in your baby’s environment when you aren’t in the same room. If your little is feeling insecure, just press the button and you can talk to them over the monitor intercom. Of course, this monitor is interference-free, so you’ll only hear what is going on in the environment around your child. Another feature that puts this monitor at the top of our list is the battery life as it function up to 21 hours before needing to be recharged.

Infant Optics DXR-8 Pan/Tilt/Zoom 3.5" Video Baby Monitor

The Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor is the first of its kind, paving the way for the video baby monitor scene with its interchangeable optical lens capability. With this feature, you can completely customize your viewing angle and zoom in, which means that you can get a really good look at your baby. The large LCD color display is 3.5 inches, offering you a crisp, clear view of your child. Thanks to the interference-free reception, you never have to worry about picking up any signal other than your own. The lithium ion battery can power the monitor for a full 10 hours before requiring a recharge.

Levana Jena Digital Baby Video Monitor

See, hear and talk to your baby with the Levana Jena Digital Baby Video Monitor. This monitor was dubbed the "Jena" which means "endurance" because of its long battery life of eight hours with the video screen turned on. Without the screen on, the battery lasts even longer, offering you a total of 12 hours in PEEP mode. The display screen is 3.5 inches in size and has ClearVu technology, which allows you to see your child with extreme clarity. You can also simply push a button and talk to your little one right through the monitor, and there’s never a need to worry about picking up other sounds because like our other picks, this monitor is also interference-free.

Summer Infant Wide View Digital Color Video Baby Monitor

With a five inch flat screen LCD color display, the Summer Infant Wide View Digital Color Video Monitor has the largest screen out of all the monitors on this list. It also features a digital zoom camera, so you can get a close-up view of your tyke. The monitors offers two-way audio communication which lets you and your little one talk to one another, and communications will never be interrupted because the monitor is interference-free. Another added bonus is that this monitor operates up to six hours before it needs to be recharged.

Summer Infant Ultra Sight Pan/Scan/Zoom Video Monitor

With a 2.5 inch color LCD display, you’ll have a crisp, clear view of your precious one with the Summer Infant Ultra Sight Pan/Scan/Zoom Video Monitor. Because you can pan, scan and zoom with the monitors camera, you’ll always be able to keep an eagle-eye view on your baby. Even better, the camera also features black-and-white night vision. The monitors two-way communication ability allows you to soothe your baby with your voice without having to enter the nursery space. With interference-free reception and a battery life of six hours before needing to be charged, you’ll love having this monitor on hand to help keep an eye and an ear on your little bundle of joy.

VTech DM221 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor

The VTech DM221 Dafe&Sound Digital Audio Monitor made it to this list because of its incredibly clear transmission. It features a 6.0 DECT, which eliminates any distracting white noise, allowing it to provide crystal clear sound. Another reason this monitor landed a spot on this list is because it has a range of up to 1,000 feet. With a range that expansive, you can hear your precious one in any room in your house, as well as outside. The parent unit can run for a total of 18 hours on a single charge and thanks to the two-way communication, you can talk to your baby through the monitor. Another perk of this monitor is the fair price, as you can get it for around $50.

Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor

With just over 1,000 feet of range and DECT technology that allows for absolutely no signal interference, the Phillips Avent DECT Baby Monitor will give you peace of mind when your baby isn't by your side. This monitor will give you added peace of mind, thanks to the devices data encryption which ensures that your connection is private and secure with no one else listening in on you and your baby. The parent unit can go a full 24 hours before it has to be recharged and signals with an audible alert when the power is low, so no more worrying continually about how much power you have left in the monitor. With added features like a remote activated night light and pre-programmed soothing lullabies this monitor will ensure your baby feels safe and secured at all times.

Infant Optics DXR-8 Pan/Tilt/Zoom 3.5" Video Baby Monitor

The Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor is the first of its kind, paving the way for the video baby monitor scene with its interchangeable optical lens capability. With this feature, you can completely customize your viewing angle and zoom in, which means that you can get a really good look at your baby. The large LCD color display is 3.5 inches, offering you a crisp, clear view of your child. Thanks to the interference-free reception, you never have to worry about picking up any signal other than your own. The lithium ion battery can power the monitor for a full 10 hours before requiring a recharge.

Levana Astra Digital Baby Video Monitor with Talk to Baby Intercom

Offering a 3.5 inch video screen and a camera that pans, tilts and zooms, you’ll be able to keep very close tabs on your little darling. What really sets this monitor apart is its batter life; it can run for as long as 10 hours with the both the audio and video in use. If you turn off the video and turn the monitor to PEEP mode, you’ll get an impressive 48 hours of battery life. This monitor has an audio range of up to 750 feet and a visual range of up to 12 feet. The audio quality is clear with no interference and there are four volume settings to choose from. Parents will like that this selection also includes an intercom which will allow your little one to hear your soothing voice.

Levana Jena Digital Baby Video Monitor

See, hear and talk to your baby with the Levana Jena Digital Baby Video Monitor. This monitor was dubbed the "Jena" which means "endurance" because of its long battery life of eight hours with the video screen turned on. Without the screen on, the battery lasts even longer, offering you a total of 12 hours in PEEP mode. The display screen is 3.5 inches in size and has ClearVu technology, which allows you to see your child with extreme clarity. You can also simply push a button and talk to your little one right through the monitor, and there’s never a need to worry about picking up other sounds because like our other picks, this monitor is also interference-free.

Bridget Galbreath
As a mother to two young and very spunky boys, I have first-hand experience with virtually every baby and young child product on the market. From strollers to carriers, I can tell you everything you need to know about the best quality and the best priced baby products.
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