Post # 1
I’m starting to put together our baby registry and have found myself lost in a black hole of baby monitors lol. There are so many to choose from, different styles, some that have phone apps and some that come with their own display, etc. I have no idea what I’m doing lol. If you have a baby monitor that you love (or hate, for that matter), let me know what it is!
Post # 2
Ok so here is my thing about phone apps. I like to leave my monitor on so I can watch baby while she sleeps and I’m awake but I also like to scroll through my phone. So the app thing didn’t work for me.
Post # 3
Infant Optics! I love it. The ones that connect to your phone make me weary of hackers. This one has amazing reviews, and people rave about their customer service, which seems to be one of the biggest complaints with most brands of baby monitors.
Post # 5
We use a Summer Infant Suresight 2.0 monitor. I’m not sure if it’s still available, but it cost less than $100 (we purchased on sale for $60), and still works great after 1.5 years. It’s pretty basic feature wise but I haven’t needed it to do anything more or better.
Post # 6
SeaOfLove : same. We love our Infant Optics one! It’s the DXR-8. Great video, you can scroll the video angle around using the handheld console, turn on and off the volumes etc.
we also have a cheaper Vtech monitor for travel. One monitor plugs in and sits next to the crib / pack n play, and the other piece is portable and runs on batteries. No video, just audio.
Post # 7
We have the Nanit Plus and are happy with it.
Post # 8
I hate, hate double date LOATHE entirely our Samsung monitor. Followed by almost an equal hatred of our Summer Infant one, which got GREAT reviews, I might add.
I’m hesitant to buy a 3rd because whats the point at this point, I have 2 that work– I just dislike. The Halo camera over the crib monitor does have my attention but fackkkkkkk do I really want yet ANOTHER baby safety device that wil just make me ragey? 2 monitors, an Owlet and a Halo hovering thingy. Stab me in the eye.
Post # 9
We love the vtech safe & sound teddy bear monitor. Thought it had a model # but nope! has night vision, 2 way talk, can play soothing sounds and lullabies for the baby, room tempertature sensor, portable monitor. About $100 only, cheap and efficient.
Post # 10
We have the Infant Optics and it’s been solid. Only complaint is the monitor battery doesn’t last as long as I’d like, but that seeems to be a universal complaint among these products.
I never tried a phone app version, but I don’t think that would have worked for me since I use my phone to do other stuff and wouldn’t want to have to keep that app pulled up all the time.
Post # 11
We have an iBaby and an infant optics. The infant optics is fine for around the house- battery life is so so and if you have a larger area to cover, the reach is a little limited.
our iBaby is an app- which is great if you travel or want to check in when you’re away from the house. It’s probably overkill if you’re home, and occasionally if the WiFi is down, then no monitor.
Post # 12
I have the summer infant widescreen 2.0 I think it’s called. Our first one broke within a year, but they were super good about sending a new one ASAP when I sent pictures of the issues. Replacement is less than a year in and not stellar, I feel like the sound is starting to get wonkey. Quieter on low volume than usual except when he shuffles around it’s loud. It was semi cheap, but don’t really recommend.
Post # 13
They all suck.
What works best for us is 2: a home security camera that I can see on an app on my phone (I don’t like to leave it on all night because I’m a terrible sleeper and the light from a monitor is too bright), and an old school $20 sound only monitor.
Post # 14
Thanks for all of the input! Looks like Infant Optics is a definite front runner. And some great points made about phone apps and why they might not be a convenient option.
Post # 15
wineosaur : we have a motorola. It has video and two-way audio plus it plays music. You can’t pan it so if it gets bumped or she rolls out of frame I can’t always see her (but she’s 2.5 now so I don’t really care) which is the only minor downside. I like that it isn’t connected to me phone because (a) I don’t want to feel the urge to check on her when I’m not home and (b) it makes it easy to leave her with grandparents for a weekend and they can easily work the old fashioned monitor.