Today's baby monitors emphasize not only clear audio, but also high-resolution video, good range and a resistance to interference from other electronics. Let's take a look at three of the best baby monitors on the market and you'll see just how far this newborn accessory has come.
Withings Smart Baby Monitor (est.
Professional reviews from Gizmodo.com and Baby Bargains had nothing but glowing things to say about this baby monitor system.
The Withings Smart Baby Monitor incorporates a 3-megapixel video sensor for impressive picture quality that takes advantage of the screen resolution on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. With the Pan/Tilt/Zoom technology, you can virtually move around the baby's room. Just slide your finger like you would on a Web page to get a full view of your child's activity.
The Withings Smart Baby Monitor also provides three ways to interact with the baby using just your Apple device. First, the video feature lets you talk to the baby while watching his or her moves. You also can choose from four melodies to provide your little one with his or her favorite songs or use the monitor's night light to pick a softly colored mood.
Additionally, the monitor app lets you easily set up automatic alerts to warn you in case of noise, motion or when the temperature and humidity exceed thresholds you've defined. The Smart Baby Monitor allows you to monitor your baby -- and, if needed, your babysitter -- with an unlimited range that extends beyond your home Wi-Fi network.
Summer Infant BabyTouch Digital Video Monitor (est.
Those who don't use smart phones or computers that often should take a look at this monitor from
While some monitors are criticized for having a loud camera, those same reviewers rave that the BabyTouch is silent, and moving the lens won't disturb the baby. They also loved that the monitor's controls were easy to find and even easier to use.
The Summer Infant BabyTouch Digital Video Monitor isn't loaded with extras like the Withings model (it doesn't play lullabies or have a nightlight), but it does allow users to talk to the baby through an intercom feature in the monitor. Plus, you can add three additional video cameras to the system for a wider degree of coverage.
The First Years Home & Away Digital Monitor (est.
Though this baby monitor is loaded with innovative features, its PC connectivity and
The First Years Home and Away Video Monitor earned positive reviews from Parents.com and Wired. The critics liked that the monitor ran on a nickel metal hydride rechargeable battery and that the camera also took pictures (to capture those oh-so-cute moments). And while this baby monitor doesn't sing any lullabies, it does boast a soft night light to help soothe the baby's nighttime concerns.
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