Rest Easier! The Best Baby Monitors for Safer Sleep

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Miku vs Nanit? Owlet vs Cubo? They’re all good choices, but find out which is the best baby monitor for your family. Keep a closer eye on your little one with these new and noteworthy baby monitors, including LCD monitors, cameras with smartphone apps and breathing monitors. We break down the key features to help you choose the baby monitor that’s best for your home, family and budget.

Hubble Dream+ by Hubble Connected

This non-wearable baby monitoring system provides live updates on baby sleep, breathing and heart rate, thanks to the breathable sensor mat baby sleeps on. An alarm sounds when breathing is disrupted or baby has moved off the mat. The Wi-Fi baby camera has a built-in night light and a sleep-training feature. Head to the app for real-time data on motion, sound and temperature monitoring, sleep quality and more.

Available at hubbleconnected.com, $299.99.

Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor

A contact-free, real-time respiratory baby monitor, the Miku Pro tracks your child's breathing and sleep without the use of wearables. That means your child can sleep in any clothing, in any position, and you can still use this monitor as your child gets older. Create customizable alerts to track movement, sleep, sounds, temperature, humidity and more. The monitor can also play white noise and lullabies to help put your child to sleep.

Available at mikucare.com, $399.

Nanit Pro Monitor & Complete Monitoring System

The Nanit Pro camera (available on its own or in a bundle) tracks baby's sleep metrics, breathing motion, temperature, humidity and even height while saving images on crystal-clear HD video. The bundle includes the camera, a Breathing Band to monitor baby's breathing motion, and Smart Sheets that tracks physical growth. The camera comes with a wall mount; for an additional $80, you can get a floor stand. You can also purchase Nanit Pajamas ($29.99), which monitors baby's breathing motion in real time without wires or sensors and alerts you when your child needs you.

Available at nanit.com, $299 for the Nanit Pro Camera and $379 for the Nanit Pro Complete Monitoring System.

Cubo AI Baby Monitor

There's a lot of sophisticated technology packed inside this cute, bird-shaped monitor. The Cubo uses face detection technology to alert you if your baby's mouth and nose may be covered, either from rolling over on their tummy or having an item covering their face. Set the danger zone alert to let you know if your baby is scaling their crib, or position it around the house to know when your child is too close to the stairs or other potentially unsafe areas. A text alert pops up on your phone when Cubo detects your child's cry. And the AI is even smart enough to notice smiles and larger movements and automatically take photos of them for your viewing pleasure. Other features include 1080p HD night vision, a wide-angle (135-degree) viewing area, 18-hour video replay, built-in nightlight, temperature & humidity gauge and 4x digital zoom. Three included stands (crib stand, floor stand, and mobile stand) means the monitor grows with your child.

Available at us.getcubo.com, $169.

Owlet Cam

This clever camera rests on a magnetic base so you can position it wherever you like; then use the included cable guard kit to secure cables out of baby's reach. There's a secure, encrypted WiFi connection to keep out hackers, but you and other loved ones can view your child on high-definition 1080p video on your phone. Set the Owlet app in Background Mode and you can hear your baby while you use your phone for other tasks. Pair the Owlet Cam with the Owlet Smart Sock, which tracks baby's heart rate and oxygen levels, for even more peace of mind. 

Available at owletcare.com, $149; the Cam and Smart Sock bundle is $399.

Oma Sense Baby Breathing Movement Monitor by Levana

This breathing monitor clips on to baby's clothing to monitor stomach movements. If a lack of movement is detected, the monitor vibrates to stimulate the baby and alerts caregivers to the situation. If there's still no movement, the monitor emits an emergency audio alarm so caregivers can check on the baby. Cordless and battery powered, you can easily pop it in a diaper bag for overnights at grandma's house or longer trips.

Available at mylevana.com, $88.

Complete Monitoring System by Nanit

This smart video monitor uses an overhead HD camera to provide sleep analysis and can track breathing motion by reading the pattern on the fabric of its included electronic-free breathing wear apparel and sends real-time alerts and tips to your smartphone. The unit includes a wall mount and a floor stand that keep cords safely out of reach and make it easy to bring the monitor along for travel. The Nanit Plus camera works with Amazon Echo and Echo Spot, and the complete baby monitoring system is eligible for purchase with FSA/HSA healthcare benefits.

Available at nanit.com, $379.

Baby Breathing Monitor with Video by Angelcare

A 5-inch touchscreen provides clear night vision of your sleeping babe as well as an easy way to access the unit's settings. The unit in the nursery can be placed on a tabletop or the wall transmits a clear image and displays the room's temperature. The monitor comes with a breathing sensor pad to monitor baby's movement; the monitor sounds if no movement is detected for 20 seconds. Monitoring multiples? Add on the Extra Breathing Sensory Pad & Nursery Unit ($149.99), which comes with a camera and sensor pad, and you can watch two babies at once. 

Available at angelcarebaby.com, $199.99.

Baby Breathing Monitor by Smart Beat

To monitor baby’s breathing, the Smart Beat camera checks for movements 20 times per second and streams HD video to your smartphone or tablet. Monitor and set up notifications for breathing irregularly and for the time baby falls asleep and awakens. The monitor doesn't require wearables or special sleepwear and is designed to work with sleep sacks and in various sleeping positions. The monitor also includes two-way audio, night vision and remote viewing.

Available at mysmartbeat.com, $189.

featured image: Cubo AI

—Eva Ingvarson Cerise

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