The 6 Best Baby Monitors for Checking Up on Your Child

Three of the best baby monitors from Walmart. Editor's picks

While there are many exciting “firsts” to look forward to as a new parent, baby’s first night in a separate room can feel like cause for anxiety. A baby monitor is a great way to ease the transition, keeping you closely connected to your little one despite the distance.

From audio, video and breathing sensors to number of cameras, deciding on the best baby monitor for your family can be daunting. That’s why we’ve combed over oodles of models and tons of baby monitor reviews to round up some of the very best baby monitors on the market. Scroll through our list to find the monitor that’s as perfect for you as your new bundle of joy.

Already feel overwhelmed? Our baby monitor buying guide can answer your questions before you begin shopping.

Our editor’s picks

Type: Audio

Display: None

Range: Not listed

Two-way communication: No

Soothing sounds: No

  • Easy to set up and use

  • No bells and whistles

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Type: Video

Display: High-resolution colour LCD

Range: Not listed

Two-way communication: Yes

Soothing sounds: Yes

  • See baby at night with infrared tech

  • Camera cannot be tilted up or down

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Type: Wi-Fi

Display: Mobile device required

Range: Unlimited

Two-way communication: Yes

Soothing sounds: Yes

  • Turns 360 degrees by remote control

  • Needs fast, reliable Wi-Fi

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Type: Wi-Fi, Movement

Display: Mobile device required

Range: 50 feet

Two-way communication: Yes

Soothing sounds: No

  • Lots of data for anxious parents

  • Need separate base to increase range

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Type Wi-Fi

Display: HD colour with 10-level zoom

Range: Unlimited

Two-way communication: Yes

Soothing sounds: Yes

  • Clear picture with remote-control camera

  • Short battery life

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Type: Video

Display: HD colour with 6-level zoom

Range: 800 feet

Two-way communication: Yes

Soothing sounds: Yes

  • Quality night vision

  • Parent receiver needs daily charging

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In this guide
Do you need a baby monitor?

Many parents find that a baby monitor provides peace of mind, especially during the transition from a bedside bassinet to a nursery crib. The major benefit of a baby monitor is being able to watch over your little one without physically being in the same room. It gives you the freedom to go about your day during nap time without the anxiety of missing anything, plus you may be able to get notifications throughout the night.

However, if you live in a small space or feel comfortable leaving your baby alone throughout the night, a baby monitor may not be necessary for you.

Baby monitor types
VTech audio baby monitor Audio

This type allows you to listen in on baby. And if it has a two-way receiver, you’ll be able to talk to your child, too.

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VTech video baby monitor Video

If you have a fussy sleeper or escape artist, a video monitor may be worth the extra cost so you can keep an eye on their every move. Some models come with two cameras so you can see from two angles.

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Graco Wi-Fi baby monitor Wi-Fi

If you work away from home and have a babysitter or other daytime caregiver, a Wi-Fi video monitor that you can sync with your smartphone could come in handy.

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AngelCare movement baby monitor Movement

While these monitors can have different features, they tend to track baby’s breathing, rollovers and body temperature and notify you if something’s amiss.

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Features to consider

What works best will depend on your brood’s needs and lifestyle. Here are some features you might want to look out for:

  • Display: For video monitors, consider screen size, clarity and night-vision capabilities.
  • Range: If you have a large house, you might want a monitor with greater range (or a Wi-Fi monitor with unlimited range).
  • Portability: If you’re a multi-tasker or you want a monitor that can travel, look for a model that doesn’t need to be wall-mounted. You’ll also want a cordless receiver (check on the battery life!) and even a clip so you can hook it on your pants or top as you go about your day.
  • Light-up indicator: A monitor with a light-up indicator will give you a visual cue when there’s a change in your baby’s room—even if you turn down the volume.
  • Two-way communication: A two-way receiver is great for remotely engaging with your cub.
  • Soothing white noise or lullabies: Some monitors will play sounds for your child, which may be a perk if you live in a noisy neighbourhood or have thin walls.
  • Special sensors: In addition to video, motion sensors that alert you could be essential for little Houdinis or if you’re concerned about breathing or rolling over. Meanwhile, temperature monitoring of their room can ensure they’re comfy when away from your side.
Best baby monitor on a budget
Graco Baby Monitor with Night Light
  • Type: Audio

  • Display: None

  • Range: Not listed

  • Two-way communication: No

  • Soothing sounds: No

If your baby sleeps soundly on their own, you may not need to shell out for the very best video baby monitor. Instead, you might go for the budget-friendly Graco audio baby monitor, which is a solid option for keeping an ear on baby’s cries. Another bonus: it’s portable and can be clipped on for hands-free use, making it great for sleepovers at grandma’s house.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • It also acts as a night light for your baby’s room.

  • Many parents buy this model for RV or trailer camping because it is ultra-affordable and battery-operated.

  • It’s a simple, basic system that’s easy to set up and use.

Cons
  • Some parents say it gets staticky over a larger range, so it’s best for an apartment or small home. It will beep when you go out of range or the battery gets low.

  • Aside from the night light, it has no bells and whistles like a video display, temperature sensor, light-up indicator or white noise.

The draw
Very easy to set up and to use, connect to an electric outlet and turn on. The parent monitor can be used with batteries too. It has voice detection and is loud and clear. The baby one has a night light and the parent one has a clip.
-TeresaL, originally posted on Sakar
The downside
This is a pretty decent little system. Not very heavy duty so I would not recommend accidentally dropping these as they might break. The sound is pretty clear but the longer you go, the receiver gets a little distorted.
-DennisM, originally posted on Sakar
Best video monitor
VTech VM5255 Digital Video Baby Monitor with Pan Scan and Night Light VTech VM5255 Digital Video Baby Monitor with Pan Scan and Night Light VTech VM5255 Digital Video Baby Monitor with Pan Scan and Night Light VTech VM5255 Digital Video Baby Monitor with Pan Scan and Night Light VTech VM5255 Digital Video Baby Monitor with Pan Scan and Night Light VTech VM5255 Digital Video Baby Monitor with Pan Scan and Night Light VTech VM5255 Digital Video Baby Monitor with Pan Scan and Night Light VTech VM5255 Digital Video Baby Monitor with Pan Scan and Night Light VTech VM5255 Digital Video Baby Monitor with Pan Scan and Night Light
  • Type: Video

  • Display: High-resolution colour LCD

  • Range: Not listed

  • Two-way communication: Yes

  • Soothing sounds: Yes

This five-inch, high-res LCD video monitor comes packed with features you might expect in a more expensive unit. With a camera that pans, zooms, scans and sees in the dark, you’ll be confident you can always see and hear your little one. Meanwhile, your baby will rest easy with a playlist that includes five calming lullabies and ambient sounds like white noise and bubbling brook.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This monitor’s temperature sensor lets you know when it’s time to adjust the dial on your thermostat.

  • Check in on the baby at nap- and night-time with automatic infrared night vision.

  • An adaptive night light gently adjusts to the room’s natural brightness for an optimal lighting in seven different colours.

Cons
  • Camera pans, zooms and scans side to side but doesn’t tilt up and down.

  • This unit doesn’t include motion sensors, so you’ll have to rely on its clear audio and video quality alone.

The draw
I have given this monitor as a baby gift on more than one occasion. Parents love it and find it very helpful. I suggest the two camera's, one in nursery and the other in [the] play area.
-Lydia, Walmart customer
The downside
I honestly like this camera. I have no complaints other than you can't adjust the camera up or down without moving it physicality.
-Jessica, Walmart customer
Best value baby monitor
Graco Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor with Remote Control Graco Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor with Remote Control
  • Type: Wi-Fi

  • Display: Mobile device required

  • Range: Unlimited

  • Two-way communication: Yes

  • Soothing sounds: Yes

For a baby monitor that’s under $100, this Graco Wi-Fi monitor sure gives a lot of bang for the buck. It has a crisp image that transmits over Wi-Fi directly to your smartphone, plus additional features like five built-in lullabies and a nursery temperature sensor with high/low alerts. Another perk? It’s pretty darn cute.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The camera turns 360 degrees by remote control and has night vision that turns on as soon as it detects low light.

  • You can grant multiple phones access.

  • The app is easy to use and is compatible with Android and iOS.

Cons
  • It’s a Wi-Fi monitor, so it’s best to follow the safety protocols in our baby monitor buying guide.

  • You’ll need fast, reliable Wi-Fi for it to run smoothly.

The draw
I’ve had a few baby cameras and I love this one. The image is so clear. Most of my old ones would buffer and look pixelated. It honestly is amazing quality for the price.
-Cristina, Walmart customer
The downside
Good picture, slight delay. Would still recommend something that runs off its own feed (not Wi-Fi cam)!
-KyB12, Walmart customer
Best movement monitor
Sense-U Breathing Baby Monitor with 1080 HD Baby Camera
  • Type: Wi-Fi, Movement

  • Display: Mobile device required

  • Range: 50 feet

  • Two-way communication: Yes

  • Soothing sounds: No

The Sense-U Breathing Baby Monitor comes with two parts: a camera that allows you to keep your eye on baby from your smartphone and a clip-on monitor that tracks your child’s breathing, sleep position (if your child rolls over, you’ll receive a notification) and temperature. Simply attach the monitor to your child’s diaper and wait for audible alarms on your smartphone if anything’s amiss.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • It provides peace of mind for anxious parents.

  • You can hear and talk to your baby from your smartphone, so long as you’re on private Wi-Fi.

  • The clip-on monitor uses Bluetooth Low Energy, which has a radiation level that’s 1/1000th of a smartphone.

Cons
  • If you want to be able to see your baby’s vitals from a greater distance than 50 feet (say, when you leave your child with a babysitter), you’ll need to purchase the Sense-U Base Station, sold separately.

  • The body temperature reading may not be very accurate because the sensor is placed on your baby’s diaper.

The draw
My baby boy was born premature at 34 weeks. He had undeveloped lungs, along with breathing issues. This product has put my mind at ease with its monitoring his every breath per minute. Highly recommend!
-Lee, Walmart customer
The downside
It's easy to clip to the front of the diaper and gives an accurate sense of the baby's positioning. The downside is that it drains my phone battery quickly and the temperature reading is not very accurate since it's clipped to the diaper.
-Giny, Walmart customer
Best Wi-Fi baby monitor
VTech RM5746 HD Smart Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor VTech RM5746 HD Smart Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor VTech RM5746 HD Smart Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor VTech RM5746 HD Smart Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor VTech RM5746 HD Smart Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor VTech RM5746 HD Smart Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor VTech RM5746 HD Smart Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor VTech RM5746 HD Smart Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor
  • Type Wi-Fi

  • Display: HD colour with 10-level zoom

  • Range: Unlimited

  • Two-way communication: Yes

  • Soothing sounds: Yes

For a Wi-Fi baby monitor that offers two ways to watch your child—a handheld parent unit and your smartphone or tablet via the app—the VTech RM5746 is a great choice. It has all the special features you could want in a monitor, plus excellent picture quality for when you want to see your child’s every move.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • It has clear picture quality, whether you use the handheld monitor or the app.

  • The camera provides panoramic viewing, 10x zoom and a pan-and-tilt feature that you can control from your parent unit or smartphone. (Oh, and did we mention the motion-triggered tracking?)

  • Like many higher-end monitors, it has a temperature sensor that checks to make sure your baby’s room isn’t too hot or cold.

Cons
  • The parent unit doesn’t have long battery life. You’ll need to plug it in after a couple of hours.

  • Some parents say the monitor may occasionally have trouble connecting to the camera and you’ll have to wait for it to reconnect.

The draw
The picture quality is more than perfect. It is very clear and well detailed. I really love that besides the monitor screen, I can also download an app and check on my baby anytime, anywhere.
-Th33th33, originally posted on VTech
The downside
It does occasionally get a little glitchy when the camera feed kind of skips or doesn't come on right away. One time I had to shut down the monitor and turn it back on.
-Mrsheslar3, originally posted on VTech
Best two-camera video monitor
Summer Infant Baby Pixel Zoom HD Duo Video Monitor Summer Infant Baby Pixel Zoom HD Duo Video Monitor Summer Infant Baby Pixel Zoom HD Duo Video Monitor Summer Infant Baby Pixel Zoom HD Duo Video Monitor Summer Infant Baby Pixel Zoom HD Duo Video Monitor Summer Infant Baby Pixel Zoom HD Duo Video Monitor Summer Infant Baby Pixel Zoom HD Duo Video Monitor
  • Type: Video

  • Display: HD colour with 6-level zoom

  • Range: 800 feet

  • Two-way communication: Yes

  • Soothing sounds: Yes

While the priciest monitor on our list, this Summer Infant baby monitor has enough features to justify the splurge—especially if your child is a twilight rebel. With its two cameras, 800-foot range and remote-control steering with six stages of zoom, the Pixel Zoom keeps you close to the nursery while you take some well-deserved me-time.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • This monitor’s five-inch viewing screen with HD Moonlite Night Vision Boost displays your tired tot in full colour, unlike other infrared night-vision monitors.

  • It features SleepZone, which is a virtual boundary system that will alert you if your child moves out of a certain area.

  • It has a ton of extra features including lullabies, white noise, a nursery temperature display and a clock.

Cons
  • This monitor has auto-scan that will automatically alternate between the two cameras, but it won’t work at the same time as SleepZone.

  • You’ll need to charge the handheld parent receiver each day.

The draw
This monitor is perfect for anyone wanting a two-camera monitor! We found it easy to set up and the picture quality is awesome! The zoom allows us to get a closer look at each child without having to disrupt their sleep.
-Missymarie16, originally posted on summerinfant.com
The downside
I can’t use the boundary box and the auto-scan at the same time. Obviously, someone would want to use both if they have two cameras.
-Gloria, originally posted on summerinfant.com
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Kelsey Miki is a Toronto-based writer/editor with a background in product testing for Today's Parent. She loves to research and review the latest gadgets to help make parents' lives a little easier.
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