ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Best Baby Video Monitors? Wi-Fi Camera Or Digital Video Monitor?

Updated on September 13, 2014

A Baby Video Monitor Vs Wi-Fi Video Camera - Which One Should You Choose?

If you're a parent who likes to be assured you baby is okay at all times (like myself!) - baby video monitors are great. You can see your baby if you wake up at night and you can know they are alright without having to leave the comfort of your bed. When I had my first baby, I chose a video baby monitor for my own peace of mind. I did a lot of research to find the one which offers the best value and features. To help you narrow it down there are currently a choice of two options ( a wi fi video camera or a traditional baby video monitor).

Wi-Fi Video Camera Vs Traditional Baby Video Monitor. The main decision to make when choosing the best baby monitor is do you want a wi-fi video camera or a traditional baby video monitor? A wi-fi video camera connects to your laptop / phone / tablet, so once the camera is installed you can watch your baby on the screen of the device of your choosing. A traditional video monitor comes with a camera and its own monitor.

Advantages of a Wi-Fi Video Camera to Monitor Your Baby - At the moment wi-fi video cameras allow you monitor your house when you're away from home. This means they could also be used as a security device or to see your baby (with the nanny / your partner) while you're still at work. In fact they are very versatile so have lots of other uses. They also still offer some of the features of a traditional video baby monitor such as being able to talk and hear your baby.

Advantages of a Traditional Video Baby Monitor - A baby video monitor with a camera are designed just for monitoring babies, therefore they have tailored features for this purpose such as the ability to check the temperature in your baby's room and playing sounds and lullabies to help your baby sleep. Having said this there are wi fi cameras which are just to be used as baby monitors and also offer these extra features but these ones tend to be quite a bit more expensive.

Other considerations - If you choose a wi-fi camera, depending on the one you get, it can take up a lot of Internet bandwidth to supply you with your baby video. This can be a problem if you have a Internet usage limit or a low bandwidth. Also, with a wifi camera you will need to stream the video to your phone, tablet or computer. This may be a problem when you need to use the item you are streaming it too unless you have a dedicated device for your video.

Read on for more advice and reviews of the wi-fi cameras and video baby monitors.

What to Consider When Buying A Traditional Baby Video Monitor

This section details what to look for when buying a traditional baby monitor.

Screen size - the screens of the traditional video baby monitors range from around 1.5 inches to around 3.5 inches. Of course, a bigger screen is nicer and easier to look at but is more expensive.

Battery LIfe - The battery life on video monitors can be shorter than on other monitors so you may want to set it up so it's plugged into the mains or check that the monitor you are buying has a decent battery life.

Infared night vision - so you can see the baby without any lights to disturb him/her. It does come with most baby monitors

Taking photos - Some video monitors can take photos with the camera

Wall Mount - Does it come with a wall mount to attach the camera to the wall?

Distance of reception - How far does the range of the video monitor reach?

Out of range alarm- Does an alarm sound when the video monitor goes outside the range.

Two way communication - Can you talk to your baby through your monitor / video camera

Temperature - Some video monitors give a temperature reading in the baby's room.

Touch Screen - You can get a baby monitor with touch screen controls

Lullabies and sounds - Some monitors include the facility to play lullabies and other sounds to help soothe baby.

Visual noise alerts - Some monitors have lights which show the level of noise in the room, so you can see the noise level visually as well as audibly. This may be good if you need to turn the volume on the baby monitor down for any reason.

Baby Video Monitors

Find below a selection of baby video monitors.

Foscam FBM3501 Wireless Digital Video Baby Monitor - Pan/Tilt, Nightvision and Two-Way Audio with 3.5" LCD
Foscam FBM3501 Wireless Digital Video Baby Monitor - Pan/Tilt, Nightvision and Two-Way Audio with 3.5" LCD

This is currently at the time of writing (April 2014) comptetitively price and you get a lot for your money. It's been reduced from $159 to $119 on amazon. The screen is a good size of 3.5 inches. You can remotely pan, tilt and zoom your camera unit from the LCD monitor to get the view of your baby you want. It features infa-red night vision and a temperature monitor.There's a secure and interference free 2.4 GHz wireless signal from the camera unit to the LCD monitor.The range is good. You can even monitor up to 300 meters outside (980 feet) without any obstructions. The unit will automatically power off to save energy and it has a voice activiation feature to turn it back on again. If you want to expand the monitor there's the option of connecting 4 monitors to the parent screen. This is obviously good if you have more than one child to monitor. The battery life on the portable parent unti isn't the longest - probably around about 4 hours but if you remember to keep the monitor charged this could be overlooked.

 
Infant Optics DXR-5 Portable Video Baby Monitor
Infant Optics DXR-5 Portable Video Baby Monitor

If you're looking for an excellent baby monitor with a low price tag this could be the one for you at just $99. It's screen is smaller than the one above at 2.4 inch color display. but the battery life is longer at 10 hours on power saving mode and 6 hours with the screen on If features infa red night vision and comes with a one year warranty. It has a range of 150 feet indoors and 800 feet outdoors. It has FHSS technology to ensure secure and interference free connection. There's no thermometer which I always like but this is not a deal braker for it's excellent price.

 

Considerations When Buying A Wi-Fi Camera

Check how much bandwidth the device uses - Some cameras take up a lot of bandwith and this can be a problem if you have a slow Internet connection or you are on a fixed Internet usage tariff. If this is the case, you may be better choosing a traditional baby video monitor. If you are just using the monitor at home, you may be able to connect the camera to your device using the local area network and no Internet bandwith will be used. But you will need to check with individual camera you wish to purchase if this is the case.

Strength of Wi-Fi - disconnection of device - If you're wi fi connection is weak this can lead to the device disconnecting. If your home has a good strong wifi connection this shouldn't be a problem but its worth reading reviews to see if it's been a problem for other people and why. When researching this article, I found that some devices designed for the purpose of monitoring babies do have many disconnection problems and I haven't featuerd them below for that reason.

A dedicated device to view your baby - You will need to stream the video to a tablet, laptop, computer of phone. This is fine unless you need to use the item. Then you can no longer see the video, although you should be able to do other stuff and have the video streaming an another screen. But its best to have a dedicated item to view your video stream on if you can.

Set up - It's worth looking on what it takes to set it up. Some devices set up quickly and easily. The Dropcam featured below sets up in 60 seconds. Others require more set up. Some require a purchase of an app to view on devices such as ipads and iphones.

WiFi Baby 3: Wireless iPhone, iPad, Android Baby Monitor & Nanny Cam DVR. Video, Audio, Recording. Anywhere. (WFB2014)
WiFi Baby 3: Wireless iPhone, iPad, Android Baby Monitor & Nanny Cam DVR. Video, Audio, Recording. Anywhere. (WFB2014)

This is an expensive baby video monitor but it does address many of the issues with wi-fi montiors. Firstly, when using your baby monitor at home, you can use your local area network connection and no internet connection is used. This means it won't use lots of bandwidth unless you it to monitor your baby while you're away from home (at work for example). It includes night vision up to 30 feet. You can connect up to 4 cameras on one screen so can use it to monitor more than one child. You have to buy a $12 app to view on ipads or iphones so this could be an extra expense.

 
Foscam FI8910W Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with Two-Way Audio and Night Vision (Black)
Foscam FI8910W Pan & Tilt IP/Network Camera with Two-Way Audio and Night Vision (Black)

This camera is very competitively priced at 69.95 at the time of writing so well worth a look. It features night vision, 2 way audio communication and you can pan and tilt the camera. It features remote internet viewing and you can view the feed with your smartphone. You can also use your local area network when at home to avoid eating up bandwith.

 

My Choice

I think that in the future baby video monitors are likely to all become wi-fi based as technology improves. However, if I were to buy one at the moment I would go with a traditional baby monitor as they seem much more reliable. You don't have to worry about connection or bandwidth issues. Having said this, if I wanted to see my baby away from home when I was at work or friend's houses I would go with a wi-fi camera. It would also be a good choice if you wanted to use it as a security camera after you're baby has outgrown a video monitor. Or perhaps, you just want to keep an eye on how your nanny or babysitter is interacting with your baby and to give yourself peace of mind your baby is happy and sleeping while on a night out.

Best Baby Buys in the UK

Looking for suggestions of the best baby buys in the UK. Check out personal recommendations of baby monitors, baby bottles, sterilisers, highchairs and lots more on this website, .

Comments on the Best Baby Video Monitors 2014

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • BabyMomof2 profile image

      BabyMomof2 

      4 years ago

      The WiFi baby 3 may be expensive but it's worth the money. It's so useful and reliable.

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I read this article and was going to get the Infant Optics monitor, but my friend advised me to get a BabyPing instead, and he was dead right - it is fantastic! i love it :) it does more than these ones and for roughly the same price - well worth checking out.

    • profile image

      kmyangel 

      5 years ago

      I think baby monitors are a great invention for parents! Very good lens, congrats!

    • profile image

      videofan45 

      6 years ago

      Love the lens, very viable video monitorVideo Production Company

    • profile image

      paulw54jrn 

      6 years ago

      Great Lens! Really Informative.But remember to check us out in my lens about baby monitors!

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Most baby monitors like Angelcare Video Monitor AC1100 provide you with you audio communicate with, which is proficiently a walkie talkie but without the need of the capacity to converse two way. Noises that your newborn makes will be picked up by the system and transmitted to the 2nd handset.

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Cool Gadgets for Parents, provide peace of mind.

    • profile image

      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Technology has certainly brought more peace of mind for parents with the advent of baby video monitors....and you have the best!

    • profile image

      cyrusmiley 

      7 years ago

      These baby video monitors are awesome and is best suited for us. Be it the use of Video Splitter

    • Wendy Leanne profile image

      Wendy Leanne 

      7 years ago from Texas

      The summer monitor pictured in your intro module is the best video baby monitor. We have 2 of them and they have worked well for us for 4 years now. We've tried 5 different video monitors and took them all back. The summer is by far the best.

    • profile image

      webtoys 

      7 years ago

      great lens....I think everyone want this stuff

    • profile image

      stella-writes 

      8 years ago

      great lens and informative

    • profile image

      stella-writes 

      8 years ago

      great lens and informative

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)