5 Best Baby Monitors of 2018

When Were Baby Monitors Created?

Baby monitors have been around since 1937. The first one was called the “radio nurse”, which was a two part speaker and transmitter that we still use today.

A designer named Isamu Noguchi created it for Zenith Radio after the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped from the family nursery.

As you can tell, baby monitors have come a long way since then. They’re many different types such as two way audio, video, smartphone and even movement ones. Those are just a few.

Which Baby Monitor Is Best?

I’m sure you’ve been researching which baby monitor to get and of course which one is best. After all, this is helping make sure your child is okay.

Deciding on the best baby monitor is a tough choice. It really depends on what you need and how much you’re willing to spend. I did all the research on finding the best baby monitors of 2018 for you so you have one less thing to worry about.

I’ll be going over the best of the best monitors along with highlights and real reviews of the products as well. Of course I’m going to tell you the price and the best place to buy so you can make a confident decision and purchase it without a hassle. As always please leave any comments or questions below. Please share this page if you feel someone else could benefit from it as well.

 # 1. Nanit Smart Baby Monitor

Nanit smart baby monitor

This monitor gives you hands down the best view of your baby because it gives you an overhead view of the area. What’s great about it is it records sleep activity and even tracking with HD live streaming. It also works with WIFI when your internet is down. It has a hassle free set up with hidden cords so you won’t have to worry about your child grabbing it when they get to that curious stage. The motion notifications allow you to get alerted even when you’re in another application on your phone. You can also share the app with care givers so you can all be on the same page. A major plus is it gives you sleep recommendations so you can all get a full nights sleep. What other monitor can do that?

  • Best place to buy- Amazon
  • Price- $279.00
  • Rating- 4.5 out of 5 stars

“Fantastic baby monitor. Not only do we love the sleek design, but the mounting/installation is far more streamlined and safe than other monitors as well. Love the app. The creators definitely paid attention to detail and didn’t miss a beat with the design and features (eg the soft glow night light is a lovely touch). Recommend!” -Jessie

“Worth every penny!!
When it comes to video baby monitors, this one takes the cake. I’ve tried several (with my other kids), but the camera was always grainy or the sound muffled. Not Nanit. It also works if my internet goes out b/c they are still on the network and connected to our router. Wish they had been around when my first two were born! Awesome quality, fantastic sleep analytics, amazing features”. -Aya H.

#2. Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor

Infant Optics DXR-8

Rated “Best Video Baby Monitor” by The Bump on 2/22/2018, the infant optics DXR-8 is the first of its kind. It has interchangeable optic lenses so you can have close-up, panoramic or full view of your child. This will definitely be worth the money since you can use this for many years. With two-way talk you’ll be able to hear your child crying and talk back to calm them down. It also has the capability to have up to four cameras so you can have them in multiple rooms or use them for multiple kids. In my opinion, the best part of this camera is the remote tilt zoom that is extremely quiet which is so important with a sleeping baby. It has a wireless transmission that gives you 100% privacy with no delay time and up to 10 hours of battery life. The temperature monitoring allows you to make sure your child is comfortable. It also has up to a 700 feet range that gives you peace of mind when you need to step into another room.

  • Best place to buy- Amazon
  • Price- $165.99
  • Rating- 4.4 out of 5 stars

“This is an awesome monitor. large screen, very great sound receiver. What I like most is the changeable lens, I like it very much and the camera can turn around 270 degrees.” -James

“Just received our camera today. I can’t even explain how AMAZING this camera is. After 3 different (cheaper) camera purchases, I bit the bullet and spent a little more on this one. Let me tell you, I have FINALLY found one that I love! It’s so user friendly and it has the easiest setup! Worth every penny I promise! Love love love! Thank you!!” -Jenna

#3. iBaby M6S Smart Digital Video Monitor for Android & iOS

iBaby Monitor

This monitor only takes 60 seconds to set up. The amazing is, you can have multiple users so other family members can enjoy watching your child if they’re far away. It sends security activity and alerts right to your phone in case anything suspicious comes up. The two way audio has noise cancellation along  with a 360° view and 110° tilt that can be controlled from your smart phone with the push of a button. You can even play music from your phone to the monitor. Technology has really made this monitor a win win.

  • Best place to buy- Wal-Mart
  • Price- $113.99
  • Rating- 3 out of 5 stars

“The camera is very easy to set up and use. I have the M6S and the purifier, both work great. The fact that I can move the camera with a pinch of my finger is way too cool. I have an Eero WiFi system in my house, with no problems.” -EC

“Outstanding quality product. Works exactly as described. I can travel the world and look in my niece. The wifi options and controls are awesome are a must have too that many similar products do not have.” -ATX

#4. VTech Safe & Sound DM221

Vtech Safe & Sound

If you’re looking for an audio only monitor, this is the way to go. It cuts down on static and feedback. Vtech is a very reputable company so you know you’ll feel confident getting this monitor. It reaches up to 1,000 feet which is almost unheard of and makes for a wonderful travel monitor too. The vibrating sound alert is a plus if they’re lots of noise so you still know if your baby awakens. Although this is an audio monitor, it does have 2 way talk back if you need to calm your child down. It is the best audio monitor out there at a great price.

  • Best place to buy- Amazon
  • Price- $29.36
  • Rating- 4 out of 5 stars

“After more than one year of use, this baby monitor is still a highlight in all the stuff we use. Excellent sound, good battery duration away from the power cable, good range.
Used in combination with a camera system is unbeatable.” -Santiago

“Works great and easy to use Very nice sensitivity. You can talk as long as the receiver is in the room, you can hear it. Works great for my daughter’s monitoring! Highly recommend.” -Anonymous


#5. Owlet Smart Sock 2 Baby Monitor

Owlet Smart Sock 2

So I’ve gone over video and audio monitors, but this one is a must have if your little one needs some extra tender loving care. This monitor uses a sock to monitor your baby’s heart rate and oxygen levels to make sure they are within the recommended range. It has a green light to let you know that everything is okay and sends an alert through the app on your phone to let you know if rates are too low. This is something you’ll want to have for peace of mind and get a good night sleep. It is costly, however it is giving you information that other monitors can’t and you definitely want that if you need to monitor something serious and that’s a small price to pay.

  • Best place to buy- Amazon
  • Price-$299.99
  • Rating- 4 out of 5 stars

“Best investment we have ever made. It’s expensive but worth every penny. When our son is sick we watch his levels and use that to inform the doctor. I’ve also used it to adjust his sleeping position when his o2 levels are low indicating that he’s not breathing well with his stuffy nose that he’s had all winter. It’s also nice when I’m not home I can pull up my app and see how he is sleeping. I would buy it again!”- Anonymous

“Can’t say enough about this monitor! It saved our babies life!! He never showed signs or symptoms of respiratory distress yet the monitor let us know he was desatting down in the 70s!when testing it compared to a medical grade pulse oximeter, the owlet was SPOT ON! So worth the money!! If you have a little one here or on the way get this!!”- Amanda


12 thoughts on “5 Best Baby Monitors of 2018”

  1. Hi Brandon.
    I am someone who likes the basic audio as well so I understand what you mean. I did a lot of research years ago when I bought mine and they didn’t have this many options either. Congrats on your baby!

  2. After the kidnap of the Lindbergh baby. I remember reading a book about that years ago. I’m still not quite ready for Jeopardy. LOL
    Our kids are grown, but we’ve got another grand baby on the way so you guidance is much appreciated for the upcoming baby shower.

  3. Great choices here. My partner is pregnant but not due for another 5 months so I don’t think I need one just yet, however, we’ll probably go for the VTech Safe & Sound since it’s audio only. I want something simple and effective, yet highly affordable with a great star rating. This one works for us just perfectly. Thanks for your help.

  4. Hi Matthew,
    Thank you for your comment and question. If your sister doesn’t need any of the high tech stuff such as linking to her phone and playing music, I would go with the Optics DXR-8. It will last her many years and is very easy to use and set up. Since this is her second child she can get an additional camera as well. I hope she finds one she likes. Feel free to share my page with her so she can look over them in more detail.
    Let me know if you have any other questions.

  5. Hi Kathleen,
    I really appreciate your comment. I’m so happy I could help make this decision so much easier for you. The smart sock is amazing! I can’t believe there are so many options now a days.

  6. Hi Barry,
    Thank you for your comment. It is really incredible how far these monitors have come. I had no idea there were so many out there myself.

  7. I could never bring myself to buy a baby monitor on my 4 children as I would panic if it went quiet but the technology that there is today is quite amazing!
    I am here looking for a baby monitor for my sister as she is having her 2nd child in a few months but as I don’t really know what I’m looking for I was wondering if you could help me to choose?
    I know that she wants one with a camera but thats as much as I know.
    Do you think the Infant Optics DXR-8 will be a good one to buy for her?

  8. Hi Kasey,

    It’s amazing how much these monitors have evolved since the original Zenith radio! The features on all of these are incredible and I didn’t even know a monitor like the Smart Sock existed. Thanks for the great information.

  9. This is an awesome collection of information!! I am so impressed with what is available and the technology we can use to keep the wee ones safe and sound! I am really curious about the Smart Sock!! Total genius! Thank you for doing all the research so I don’t have to! Much appreciated!

  10. Hi Lawrence,
    Thank you for your comment. I’m so glad I could help you make you’re decision easier to buy one for your new granddaughter. I bet Lollie will be her favorite!
    – Kasey

  11. Fabulous info here.
    I’ve just become a grandad to a beautiful little girl (Leila) and want to buy the parents a monitor.
    The Nanit sounds like a good deal and I am sure they will love it.
    Thanks so much.
    Grandad Lawrence (we have decided we will try and get her to call me Lollie – just to be different 🙂 )

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