The Best Wifi Baby Monitors You Can Buy (2020)

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Baby monitors, web cam, and night vision goggles all in one, WiFi baby monitors are the must-have parenting accessory of the moment. While they’re extremely easy to use once set up- most are based around a phone app- the setup requires a moderate amount of tech savvy, such as knowing how to select the correct WiFi options, since they almost universally won’t operate correctly over a 5G network, and changing the default passwords to ensure that they’re safe and secure. They also aren’t the best choice for metered internet services, since most of them stream video to cloud based servers- that will eat through limited internet and run up a huge bill, and while safety and security are any parent’s priority, there’s a line on what is and isn’t a reasonable price. And these are secure; if you’re using them on a password protected WiFi and don’t set the camera password to “guest” they’re just as safe as any laptop webcam or your phone’s camera.

Best All-Around

What You Should Know

  • Two-Way sound is great for soothing babies or talking to pets while you’re working
  • SD or Cloud storage options
  • Excellent night vision and motion detection

An affordable price point and quality night vision mode make this a great first choice for parents hunting for a wifi baby monitor to help them monitor pets or children, but additional functionality makes this a multi-use home security tool, so it’s a keeper for the long haul. QR code pairing, app controls, and single user at a time limitations make this exceptionally secure, so parents worried about the extremely slim-to-none chances of their signal being hacked can rest easy. If someone logs in to your account, you’ll be forcibly logged out; there’s no chance of piggybacking in this app. It also pairs to a phone using a QR code for verification, so you have to be physically in the room with this monitor to pair with it initially. Notifications can be set to alert you to movement, so even in the toddler years you’ll be using this little monitor to know when your escape artist has gotten out of their room or playpen, or if a pet has entered an off-limits room while you’re away.

Review Highlights

“I have had 4 kids I have tried a lot of these types of cameras to use as baby monitor linked to my apple devices (iphone or ipad) and this one by far is the best. It connects to wireless router and is seamless…”

Arlo Pro

Arlo Pro

amazon $129.99

What You Should Know

  • A good hybrid of baby monitor and security camera
  • Wireless design 
  • Mid to upper tier price-wise

Arlo makes a baby monitor, but it’s almost the same price as the higher-rated Arlo Pro. The Pro also gives you the option to network multiple cameras together in a home security system, remotely trigger alarms or call emergency services, and integrates together with voice commands and an Echo Show, so you can monitor indoors or out, whether you’re at home or away, so for a wider range of customization and a better-performing product, I’ll argue for the Pro over the baby monitor any day.

Review Highlights

“The picture has good quality. Love the fact that you don’t have to pay for a contract or monthly fee. You can save any videos or pictures right to your phone or you can load USB drives and it will save there. All around extremely happy with this system. We intend on purchasing a few more cameras to put in the house. Gotta keep an eye on my kiddos and fur babies.”

What You Should Know

  • Integrates with other Nest brand products
  • Requires a subscription service to access full functionality
  • Lacks some “Baby Camera” additional features, such as lullaby mode

If you already own Nest branded products, such as their smoke alarms, doorbell, or smart thermostats, or are looking for the next addition in a fully integrated smart home system, this is the camera for you. Versatile and easy to use, it’s well thought through for use as a home security camera, and also functions well as a nanny cam or live video baby monitor. Some users dislike the added costs of a subscription based service, so before purchasing make sure you understand the system requirements and annual costs to make sure this is the right choice for your needs.

Review Highlights

The picture quality is excellent. There is even sound so you can have a full conversation over the Nest Cam.”

What You Should Know

  • Local or Cloud storage available
  • Wide view compatible, perfect for use with a tablet
  • Simultaneous access enabled

The Lefun camera may not rock major brand name recognition, but it’s a strong contender for “best overall” on this list. The sellers include an ethernet cable in your purchase, so you can run this on a wired, rather than wifi, connection, eliminating a lot of the errors and interface problems that might otherwise plague a smart video camera. As with all webcams, you should change default passwords during setup, and the Lefun prompts you to do so, which is a strong plus for their security consciousness. They do allow multiple users to stream simultaneously, so both parents or grandparents can check in on little ones or pets.

Review Highlights

“The camera works and exceeded my expectations here. The pan & tilt worked great in the software, 2-way voice communication worked well, images are very good in both color and IR – everything you would expect from a camera like this.”

What You Should Know

  • Award-Winning
  • Tracks nursery temps, baby’s breathing, and more
  • Expensive, but qualifies for HSA and FSA dollars

If you’re interested in splurging with those end of year HSA dollars, the Miku baby monitor might be exactly what you’re looking for. Besides an excellent quality camera, it also offers data gathering for your nursery, from temperature to humidity and more, so you’ll never worry about drafty rooms in the winter or poorly vented ones in the summer. Babylist, CES, and The Bump all included this in their best-of lists for 2019, and the peace of mind it provides can’t be beaten. It even includes an after-action report of your baby’s sleep and rest patterns, as well as tracking their breaths. For preemies or other children with health concerns like epilepsy, it’s a pricy but high-quality piece of equipment that supports parents and babies day and night.

Review Highlights
“…with this monitor, I can sleep soundly and so can he. I am an extremely anxious mama, but honestly I trust this monitor”

What You Should Know

  • Nearly 360 degrees of pan and 90 degrees of tilt ensure you can see everything going on
  • Two-Way talk is great for the nursery or as a front-door camera
  • Cloud or local backups available

A no-frills option for people on a budget, the Dophigo camera may take a little more technical know-how to set up due to a lack of clear, specific, easily understood directions, but for something lie 70% off market price for a pair of cameras, the enterprising techie can make out like a bandit. A subscription-based cloud service backup is available, but using your own SD cards is an easy way to avoid the extra expense.

Review Highlights

Set this up on my baby’s room, so when he naps, I can do some homework, and this camera are works perfectly, highly recommend to mom who has little one at home.”

What You Should Know

  • Monitors breathing
  • Crying detector and notifications 
  • HSA/FSA eligible

While the Coccoon cam may record in only 720p instead of the frequently-touted 1080, their unique features like Heatmap more than counter any loss in video clarity. Easy to install and with all the relevant info parents are looking for, it includes a talk-back feature to soothe your baby while you walk to their room, and easy-to-understand notifications about specific alerts.

Review Highlights

First time mom here, definitely became a “helicopter mom” and for the first 2 weeks it seemed I never put my son down. Cocoon cam was so easy to setup, the most difficult part was remembering my wifi password and getting him to sleep in his bassinet.”

What You Should Know

  • Temperature sensor
  • Background Audio mode
  • Integrates with the Owlet Smart Sock

Usable on its own or in conjunction with Owlet’s famous Smart Sock, this baby monitor is competitively priced with other video baby monitors, and comes with mounting hardware and cord covers to easily set it up either crib facing or as a nanny cam. Background Audio mode turns this into a traditional audio-only baby monitor that can be used with your smartphone, perfect for keeping tabs on a napping baby while you’re browsing the web for a recipe for dinner- or the number to the local pizza joint.

Review Highlights

“Exactly what we wanted in a baby monitor. Easy to install, comes with all the mounting accessories even the cable covers. Very clear picture and works from anywhere you have a wifi signal.”


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