The 11 best baby monitors: video and audio monitors chosen by parents

Best baby monitor

by Maria Martin |

Whether you're catching an early night yourself or tackling the tasks you can't get done when the baby's awake, purchasing the best baby monitor is a brilliant way to put your mind at rest so you can focus on something other than your baby while your tot snoozes. Your baby monitor is essential to use until your baby reaches toddlerhood, so it's important to invest in a good one.

Lots of parents like the peace of mind that comes with using a baby monitor – it's very reassuring to watch or listen to your baby sleeping soundly while you put your feet up and enjoy a well-earned cup of tea! A monitor also eliminates the need to creep into your baby's room to check on them – you'll see them stirring on the screen or hear them via the parent unit the moment they wake. Many monitors now offer things like movement alerts which can offer real relief for many.

Best baby monitors at a glance:

• Best baby monitor overall: Vtech RM7766HD - Buy now on John Lewis
• Best portable baby monitor: Babymoov Additional Camera YOO GO+ baby monitor - Buy now on Amazon UK
Best baby monitor for extra features: Nanit Pro Camera & Floor Stand - Buy now on Amazon UK
Best for camera panning: VTech VM5463 Video Baby Monitor - Buy now on Amazon UK

There are many different types of monitors, a lot offering video or others with just audio. You can even get the likes of baby breathing monitors. Most monitors consist of two parts: the 'baby unit' with an in-built microphone (and camera, if it's a video monitor) and a second hand-held 'parent unit', which displays sound and/or footage from the baby unit. You pop the baby unit near your baby's cot, and you can carry the parent unit around with you from room to room, a bit like a walkie-talkie. Instead of a parent unit, some monitors display information from the baby unit on your smartphone via an app. The advantage of this is that you can sign into the app from any location, so it's ideal if you're leaving your baby with a babysitter but want to check in on nap time remotely now and then.

The Nanit Pro
M&B Writer Hannah Carroll testing the Nanit Pro ©Hannah Carroll

Many of the best baby monitors we tested have additional features, like sound and music features, apps (although you may need to pay more for features) with analytics, room temperature gauges and two-way audio so that you can speak to your baby via the parent unit from another room. Keep in mind that cheap baby monitors won't always offer these features and the more functionality you have, the more likely you are to spend nap time monitoring your baby instead of relaxing! In this article, we'll talk you through key decision-making factors such as power source, range, portability and whether or not you require a Wifi connection.

Baby monitor types explained

As technology has advanced, there are now many different types of baby monitors to consider choosing from. These include:

Audio monitor

One of the simplest types of baby monitors available, similar to a walkie-talkie, with this, you can hear your baby but not see them.

Video monitor

Probably the most popular option, a video monitor allows you to look in on your baby as they sleep as well as listen. This requires a camera to be safely positioned where they are sleeping. You can watch the video footage via either a separate device or an app on your phone.

Movement monitor

A fairly recent invention to monitor your sleeping baby (even if you don't need to see them) is motion sensor pads. These plates lay under your baby's mattress and alert you if your little one doesn't move or breathe for a period of time so that you can go and check on them.

Wearable monitors

Working similarly to a fitness tracker, these innovations mean that your baby wears a smart item (usually a piece of clothing or a clip-on monitor) to help monitor their movement and even oxygen levels. These monitors also supply trackable data, which can help parents learn about their child's sleep habits.

How to choose the right baby monitor for you

There are lots of key decision-making factors to consider when selecting the best baby monitor for your family. Here are a few things to consider:

Price: When considering the best baby monitor, set a budget and balance it with essential features. Compare options, prioritise reliability, and read reviews to ensure you get value for your investment. Remember, a higher price doesn't always guarantee the best functionality, so choose based on your family's specific needs.

Camera: Do you need a camera monitor for baby? This is entirely a personal preference but if you do like the idea of a monitor with a camera, you'll want to be happy with the quality of the video and whether it's black and white or colour. In our experience, 1080p HD video is a good benchmark to aim for.

Screen: With certain video monitors, the parent unit has a screen that displays the camera footage. Make sure the screen size is adequate and that the controls are easy to use, especially in the dark.

App: Some monitors such as the Nanit forgo a parent unit for an app instead. You can still get lots of great features such as two-way talkback and night vision but it means you'll need a phone or tablet to access these and see your baby. You'll need to check if the app is compatible with your smartphone or tablet, considering both operating system (iOS or Android) and device specifications.

WiFi and range: Many parents wonder if it's better to have a baby monitor with or without WiFi. If you choose a baby monitor with WiFi, you can usually check on your baby from anywhere with your phone and don't require a separate parent unit. However, some parents prefer the simpler operation of non-Wifi monitors, especially if they have concerns about hacking. If you do choose a monitor which relies on wifi connectivity, make sure it's compatible with your router and that your signal is up to the task. Check if the baby unit needs to be near your router for optimum efficiency and how far the range is.

Pan, zoom, and tilt: If your baby moves around a lot or if you have two children sharing a room, a video monitor with a camera that you can control remotely from the parent unit is very useful, as you can scan the room or reposition the camera without disturbing your baby.

Temperature gauge: A baby thermometer is a useful feature on a monitor as it enables you to check the temperature in the room without disturbing your baby, alerting you if it's too hot or cold.

Night mode: If you want to be able to check on your baby via the monitor in the dark, choose one with night mode or infrared functionality.

Battery life: Most parent units are battery operated – if you're likely to forget to plug it in overnight, choose one that charges quickly or has a portable docking station so you can charge it while in use.

Portability: If you'll take your monitor on holiday, choose one that's lightweight and portable. If it relies on wifi connectivity, make sure you've got that wherever you're going!

Sound quality: Don't overlook audio when you're buying a video monitor – good sound quality is essential because you won't always be glued to the screen.

Power source: Consider the power source of the baby monitor. Choose between battery-operated or plug-in models based on your preferences and the convenience of having a consistent power supply. Battery-operated monitors offer portability, while plug-in models ensure a continuous power source without worrying about battery life.

Alert type: Look for models with customisable alerts for sound, motion, or temperature changes to suit your preferences. Two-way communication features can enhance interaction and responsiveness, providing a more comprehensive monitoring experience.

Style and design: A monitor that resembles a heavy-duty surveillance camera might have excellent functionality but choose the one you'll be happy to look at every day.

Are baby monitors safe?

Take time to ensure your baby's monitor is in a secure location in your baby's nursery where it won't get knocked over. If it's on the wall, regularly check the fittings in case it starts to come loose over time.

Double-check your digital security, too, especially if your monitor connects to the internet in some way. Use strong and unique passwords for your Wi-Fi and any apps, and use two-factor authentication where at all possible. This requires people to use a code generated by a text message or app to sign into a specific account and ensures a secure way of protecting your information, preventing hackers or stolen information.

How we chose the baby monitors on this list

Our Mother&Baby Awards are renowned in the industry for being one of the most highly respected product awards for baby and parenting products, and every year, we arrange for thousands of independent mum reviewers to test the latest products on the market.

We've tested over 60 of the best models available in the UK, with around 10 reviewers per product to ensure that we get a range of views on the device. Our independent mums review the products based on their usability, design, quality, and value for money. Reviewers give us qualitative feedback on their experience with the product, which our team of journalists review to decide our recommended products.

From all this work, our best baby monitors award winners are chosen and listed above in our finalised and definitive list of the best baby monitors, one for each key category, along with the quotes we found to be most useful when choosing our selection.

Find out more about how we test and what considerations we take into account in our testing process.

Our editorial team is also constantly looking for new baby monitors to test so that we can help you find the best - be that a cheaper product that we want to test for value for money or the latest baby monitoring innovation.

The best baby monitors for 2024

Best baby monitor overall

This high-tech modern monitor features an impressive high-definition, 7-inch colour LCD screen with 1080p high-definition video which allows you to watch baby on the parent unit, your smartphone or your tablet. Mum testers found the app very easy to use, with one commenting. "It has an easy-to-use parent unit and app and a pleasant nightlight with variable brightness and various colours."

The camera also has the capacity to pan up to 360 degrees side-to-side, tilts up to 182 degrees up and down, and zooms up to 10 times for maximum visibility of your baby giving you the clearest view of your little one no matter what room they're in. Parents particularly loved these extra features including the built-in temperature sensor, with one mum commenting, "I liked the ability to see the temperature and capture pictures/ video of my baby. It has excellent zoom and range plus a clear picture."

The baby monitor will also help your child get to sleep thanks to the soothing melodies and soft ambient sounds, including a trickling stream and white noise – an added feature parents found really helped relaxed their little one before bedtime. This monitor is an updated version of the VTech RM7764HD.

While parents were impressed by the camera quality and zoom function, some did comment that the range was limited at times when it came to the connection between the parent unit and monitor, meaning it might not be so suitable for larger houses where you're regularly far away from your sleeping baby.

If you're looking for a more compact design, you may want to consider a previous model such as the VTech VM924, which has a 5-inch screen or the even smaller 2.8-inch screen on the VTech VM3250.

We tested this product as part of the Mother&Baby Awards 2024, where it won Gold for Best Baby Monitor.

Read our full Vtech RM7766HD review.


  • East to set up and use
  • Large 7-inch screen
  • Modern design
  • 360-degree pan and tilt
  • Automatic infrared night vision
  • Plays lullabies and white noise
  • Built-in temperature sensor


  • Some parents found the connection struggled when too far apart
  • Battery life could be better
Monitor type:Video
Range:Up to 300m
Power type: Mains & battery (1 required)
Display:HD 7" colour LCD
Dimensions:160 x 260 x 100 mm
  • High-tech monitor includes a high-definition, 7-inch colour LCD screen with 1080p high-definition video which you can see on the parent unit, your smartphone or tablet.
  • The camera pans up to 360 degrees side-to-side, tilts up to 182 degrees up and down, and zooms up to 10 times for maximum visibility. 
  • The baby monitor plays melodies and soft ambient sounds, including a trickling stream and white noise.

Best portable baby monitor

For checking in on your baby when on the move, you might want to consider this portable and wireless YOO video monitor. The Babymoov YOO Go Plus 5" Video Monitor features their unique Sleep technology mode, which activates the clear screen only when a sound is detected meaning it will automatically turn on when a baby is fussing or crying.  

Testers liked that the camera and screen are also battery-powered for even more freedom. No need to position your monitor according to the closest plug socket, and no more electrical cables for little hands to touch. One tester commented, "I love the fact that you can change the camera independently and don’t have to rely on having a power socket close to your child’s sleeping in order to plug in a camera." Furthermore, you have the option of connecting up to four camera's to the monitor meaning you can keep an eye on different rooms at once - ideal if you have more than one little one to keep an eye on.

Thanks to the different attachment accessories that come included with the monitor, it's also a great baby monitor for taking away with you on your travels and mums agreed. One tester said, "the different types of attachment are handy for everyone’s situation. This meant you can easily take it away with you with the clip feature and move around the house with it, with ease."

The Babymoov YOO Go Plus 5” Video Monitor was awarded Silver for Best Baby Monitor at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024.

Read our full Babymoov YOO Go Plus 5” Video Monitor review.


  • Portable
  • Energy saving
  • Comes with 4 attachment accessories
  • Simple to set up and operate
  • Expandable - can connect up to 4 other cameras to it


  • Battery life isn't as good as other monitors
Monitor type:Video
Power type::Rechargeable lithium battery
Display:5" screen (12.7 cm)/2x zoom option
Dimensions:10 x 10 x 10 cm
  • 8 lullabies
  • Visual and audible alarm
  • Walkie-talkie function for talking to your baby remotely
  • VOX mode (voice-activated screen): Battery Saving
  • Connect up to 4 Additional cameras available soon
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Portable operates on rechargeable batteries
  • 4 attachment accessories included: low stand, clip, suction cup and wall bracket
  • Zero emission when camera is not detecting noise
  • Large 5" screen
  • High-quality night vision

Best baby monitor for extra features

Nanit Pro reviewHannah Carroll

The Nanit is a truly smart baby monitor, ideal for using if you want a bit more information from your monitor. It allows parents and guardians the ability to see what their baby is doing in real-time as well as recording so you can rewatch it later. The smart part comes in when it sends sleep data directly to your smartphone. It means that wherever you are, you can see what is going on in your baby’s crib.

But this isn’t just any smart device: it is one of the most advanced baby cameras available, something our testers loved. As well as alerting you when your baby wakes, this technology also tracks sleep patterns, breathing and room temperature. Our mum tester Hannah loved how much peace of mind this monitor gave her. "If I had this product when my first baby was born, it would have saved me hours of stress worrying about his breathing and if he was safe" she said.

This monitor also features a two-way audio system, which allows you to talk to your baby and hear them crying or making noises. Our mum tester Hannah loved this feature, "I found this feature very useful as sometimes using the voice feature gave my baby enough reassurance to re-settle himself without me having to go into the room."

We also love how safe and well-built this baby monitor is to use as it mounts to the wall meaning all wires and leads are safely tucked away from your baby's reach.

The Nanit Pro Camera & Floor Stand was awarded Bronze for Best Baby Monitor at the Mother&Baby Awards 2024.

Read our full Nanit Pro Camera & Floor Stand review.


  • Breathable wear
  • Encryption and security for peace of mind
  • Shows you sleep trends and analysis on your phone


  • A higher price point compared to other monitors so it may not be in everyone's budget
  • Isn't compatible with a home Alexa device
  • Difficult to set-Up
Monitor type:Video
Power type:Battery
Display:App only, 1080p HD video
Dimensions:25.9 x 16.3 x 9.7cm
  • Safety
  • View from Anywhere
  • Video history
  • Two-way audio
  • Save & share
  • Compatible with Nanit breathing wear
  • Breathing motion alerts 
  • Sleep trends & analysis
  • Secured user accounts
  • 256-Bit AES encryption
  • Background audio
  • 1080p resolution

Best for camera panning


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This baby monitor gives you the capability to tilt, pan, and zoom the camera so you can get a clear view of what's going on in your baby's room, making it ideal for older babies who might be moving around a little more. This, along with the zoom, was a feature our parents loved as it meant they didn't have to go into the baby's room. Mum April says, "the camera is easy to use because once in position, you can change the direction and magnification of the lens from the handheld console. This makes my life easier because if I decide I want to centre the camera differently on the cot mattress, for example, if he is snuggled into a corner, I can change my view of him without having to enter his room (with the monitor in my hand) and manually adjust the view. This has been a helpful feature that I was keen to try out with this model."

There's also several extra features parent testers loved, including the temperature sensor that keeps you informed of the temperature of your baby's room. Plus, the adaptive night light and projection light on the baby unit, which helps soothe baby to sleep. You can choose from 7 different colours of night light or project a starry night onto the ceiling, and even set it to automatically switch on if the monitor detects noise. One mum however did find that their house wasn't suited to the projector night light. Mum Samantha said, "We haven’t used the projection as we live in a barn and the ceilings are too high for the projection to reach, however, it is a nice extra feature to have."

One stand out feature all parents commented on was the picture quality and how clear it was. "The picture quality in day/night vision are extremely clear and the screen size on the monitor is great." Commented mum Samantha.

This baby monitor won Bronze in the 2022 Mother&Baby Awards Best Baby Monitor category.

Read our full VTech 5463 Baby Monitor review.


  • Fantastic picture quality
  • Simple to use and set up
  • Nightlight included
  • Good camera movement


  • Range could be improved
  • Projector may not work if you have tall ceilings
Monitor type:Video
Power type:Rechargeable battery
Display:5" colour LCD screen 
Dimensions:Parent unit: L127 x H80 x W 75mm and Baby unit : L28 x H164.3 x W 95.5mm

Best for AI technology

This award-winning monitor has the capability to alert you to your baby's sleep habits in the night. The AI technology can identify if their face is ever covered in the night as well as detecting if they've rolled over so that parents can quickly step in when they need to, giving you much needed peace of mind. Mum tester Chelsea said "The Cubo Ai has changed my life with my baby as it has made me less anxious about putting my baby to sleep in their own room." Another mum tester Anna said, "the covered face and baby rollover function is good and worked well. We don’t have many things in the cot, which can cover our babies face; however, we tested it, and it was very sensitive to the movements."  They also loved how clear the video quality was as well as the adorable design that fits perfectly into any nursery.

As well as impressive safety tech, this baby monitor provides parents with sleep analysis so they can clearly see how well their baby has slept. Mum tester Anna said, “The analytics were good for seeing how our baby sleep, and I think it would help parents leave a baby to see if they can self soothe as it determines how long it takes for a baby to go back to sleep."

Mums found the added nightlight a welcome feature during night feeds and helping to soothe baby. They also liked the fact you could turn the camera alerts off when you wanted to which was a welcome adjustment as they became more confident with baby's sleeping patterns, allowing parents to have more undisturbed night of sleep.

This baby monitor won Gold in the 2022 Mother&Baby Awards Best Baby Monitor category.

Read our full Cubo Ai Plus Smart Baby Monito review.


  • Soothe remotely and save the need for additional devices
  • Good video quality
  • Useful sleep analytics


  • Not the most portable, and setup is a little trickier than others
Monitor type:Video
Range:300 feet line of sight
Power type:<code>‎</code>‎Battery Powered
Display:App only but 1080p HD video
Dimensions:8.7x10.86x11.15 cm
  • Paediatrician co-created
  • Sleep analytics
  • True cry detection

Best for aesthetic design

The Maxi-Cosi See Baby Monitor is a baby monitor that connects to your mobile phone device easily so that you have peace of mind that your baby's always safe and sleeping comfortably. This was feature our parents loved as they didn't need to think about another device to add to their collection as their phone worked as the monitor. "Being able to set up this monitor and then use my phone to keep an eye on my baby made life much easier," said mum tester Anisha. You also have the option of activating calming lullabies and white noise from your phone too, a welcome feature when baby stirs in the night.

All ten of our parent testers agreed that they were happy with the picture quality of this product in both day and night vision mode. "The picture quality was brilliant, it was clear and not pixelated," commented mum tester, Emma.

The stand out feature of this monitor however was the sleek and stylish design, with mum tester Louise commenting, "the design of this product is great and it looks good in the nursery,". Anisha agreed, saying "the camera itself isn't huge and looks great, so it compliments any room that it's in."

Two of the main downsides was the blue light which shines when the baby monitor is on as many parents found it was a little too bright and the noise the camera made when it moved about, as some parents found it disturbed baby.

Read our full Maxi-Cosi See Baby Monitor review.


  • Easy to set up
  • Camera is discreet
  • Good day and night image quality


  • Noisy camera movement
  • Blue light when movement sensor is triggered is quite bright
Monitor type:Video
Power type:‎Corded Electric
Display:App but 1080p HD streaming 
Dimensions:8.1 x 8.1 x 12.7 cm
  • Live 1080p HD streaming
  • 2-way talk
  • Controlled with the Maxi-Cosi Connected Home app

Best two-way baby monitor

Being able to talk to your baby and calm them as they stir in the night is a must-have feature for many parents, and it's easy to understand why. Mum Shona says this feature, as well as the moving camera, were very easy to set up with her phone and allowed her to get on with her day. "I was amazed by how I could move the camera with a simple swipe of the monitor or press option to speak to baby. I was able to get on with my everyday tasks comfortably around the whole house and able to watch my little man on the way." Shona commented.

Speaking of the high-definition camera, mums were impressed how good the quality remained through day and night, even in a pitch black room, with mum Jodie commenting, "It worked well in a pitch black bedroom, and I loved that you could move the camera remotely which meant you didn't need to fiddle with it in the dark next to his head."

Other notable features include the room temperature reading, lullabies, soothing sounds and bedtime stories. Another feature our testers weren't too keen on was the games that can be played on the display screen – an element they found pretty pointless, with mum Carly saying, it was "unnecessary, as I would never allow my baby or toddler to play with the monitor".

While our mum testers were impressed in the most part, one area they wish could be improved was the battery life of this monitor, which didn't last all that long without needing to be plugged in. This, however didn't put our testers off, with mum Mari commenting, "I think the battery life, once charged in the monitor, is better than another monitor that we have used, and the camera quality is also better, especially in low light," 

Read our full Hubble Connected Nursery Pal review.


  • Easy to set up
  • Great image quality
  • Room temperature display
  • Digital pan, tilt and zoom


  • Not great battery life
Monitor type:Video
Range:1000 ft
Power type:‎1 Lithium Polymer batteries required (included)
Display:5" 1080p full HD
Dimensions:25.6 x 8.5 x 13.7 cm
  • 1080p full HD Baby Camera Monitor
  • 2-way intercom system

Best for checking baby's heart rate

The Owlet Smart Sock does more than monitor your baby. This monitor tracks your little one's heart rate and oxygen levels all from your smartphone. Mum tester Samantha felt assured in the knowledge that her baby's health is in safe hands, commenting, "I felt like this product gave me peace of mind knowing that if my baby's breathing and oxygen was to fall below the normal range, the owlet base would alarm and notify me - the product comes with an app that you can download easily to your phone or tablet making the information generated each time you use this monitor very interactive." The smart device works by using pulse oximetry, wrapped in a tiny sock, and notifies you immediately if their levels leave preset zones.

Battery life was something that seriously impressed our parent testers, as not only did it last well, it also charged pretty quickly too. Mum tester Kimberley said, "battery life is also impressive, it easily lasts the night and then recharges in 3 hours."

The main downsides some of our parent testers found was that the sock could be oversensitive at times and they had some issues connecting it to their WiFi, so it's worth checking it's compatible with your home set up before purchasing.

And while it might be on the more expensive side of things when it comes to baby monitors, mums felt it was worth it just for the peace of mind it provided. Mum tester Kimberley adds, "Yes, it is pricey at £269 but this soon becomes a small cost for the peace of mind it gives." 

Read our full Owlet Smart Sock review.


  • Huge monitoring capabilities
  • Impressive battery life
  • Simple to use
  • Great for new parents


  • App could do with some work
Monitor type:Oxygen level and heart rate monitor
Power type:Mains, Rechargable Battery
Dimensions: H5 x W5.5 x D6cm
  • Check on your baby's sleep activity in the Owlet app
  • Pulse-oximetry technology
  • Owlet’s free baby monitor phone app gives you real-time notifications

Best for crying detection

The Lollipop's adjustable and bendable stems make for a quick and easy setup in any nursery and are also very easy to install according to our mum testers. "One of the best features is how easy it is to set up really quickly and in any room" commented mum Susie. Mums also loved the quality of the camera, even when displayed on the phone and it was easy to link to the app. The multi-streaming feature supports navigation between multiple camera live views. Instead of owning many tablets, with everything laid out on one single iPad or iPhone, parents can watch all cameras simultaneously and never miss out on anything.

Our mum testers also praised how good this monitor was for crying detection, with tester Amy highlighting the peace of mind provided by notifications for crying, while mum Caity appreciated the ability to monitor her child from a distance without constant app monitoring.

Thanks to the durability, easy set up and quality, parents found it was easy to take with them when staying away as it was suitable for a variety of different spaces at any angle.

The biggest downside by far was the monthly payment you have to make for the use of the app. Our testers felt strongly that this should have been included with the use of the app as these costs really added up.

Read our full Lollipop Baby Camera review.


  • Good quality camera
  • Quick to set up
  • Sturdy
  • Nice design


  • Monthly or yearly payments for features on the app- will add up
Monitor type:Video
Power type:‎Mains operated
Display:App but 1080p HD quality
Dimensions:34.5L x 12.6W x 10.7H cm
  • Contactless breathing monitoring
  • Crying detection
  • Crossing detection

Best for ease of use

This baby monitor won Silver in the 2022 Mother&Baby Awards Best Baby Monitor category.

The Babymoov YOO Moov 360° video baby monitor is an award-winning video monitor for parents looking for easy-to-use yet modern technology. All parents who tested loved the quality of the camera, seamlessly adapting between dark and light mode and loved how easy it paired up with their device. The main downside with the camera was its size as mum tester Kasia points out. "The camera itself is quite bulky, takes some space when you take it with you for a weekend away, which we often do." Kasia says.

You can easily calm your baby with the two-way intercom as well as the baby selection of sounds. While some parents liked that it lit up when it's operating, some parents found it disturbed them and their little ones with the light. Mum tester Ellen said, "I love that the camera has a night light and that you can change the colour and even play music. The signal is very good- we have an old house with thick walls, however, it was no issue picking up the camera on the monitor."

Some of our testers did find some downsides with this product from the limited battery life, the lack of safety features compared to other models when considering the hefty price tag. Mum tester Chelsea said, another monitor "I have found a lot more features and accuracy with another monitor. For example, the features that have been a win for me on another monitor as being alerted when baby rolls over etc, as these are key moments when safe sleeping could be disturbed."

Read the full Babymoov YOO Moov 360° Video Baby Monitor review.


  • Good picture quality
  • Sensitive to sounds
  • Easy to set up
  • Big screen


  • Isn't able to detect when baby might be in danger, such as when they roll over
  • Limited battery life compared to other models
Monitor type:Video
Power type:Mains
Display:‎4.3 inches
Dimensions:‎25.5 x 13.5 x 21 cm
  • 360° view
  • Multi-coloured night light, lullabies, a temperature sensor, a Walkie Talkie function and a VOX mode

Best baby monitor with sensor pad

For added peace of mind, it's understandable why you might be considering a baby monitor with a sensor pad. The Tommee Tippee Dreamee Video Baby Monitor features this advanced CrySensor technology to alert you to your baby's cries, and the movement sensor pad monitors their subtle movements in those early months for when you need some added reassurance. Mum Siobhan loved the added sense of reassurance, commenting, "As a mum when you put your baby to bed you want to feel your baby is safe and this monitor allows you to see, hear and be alerted as to any dangers. It also gives you the opportunity to sleep better knowing you will wake to their sounds and feeling like your baby is right beside you."

The camera is also very impressive with a 360 degree infrared camera to provide a wide-angle view of baby allowing you to tilt, pan and zoom large screen with the addition of a very high-quality picture. Mum tester Jessica loved this. "I absolutely love the coverage on this camera! I can move it to see not just any part of my babies cot but also her room which is so reassuring." She commented.
It also features a long-distance range for times when you're outside enjoying the garden or if you have a larger home.

The two-way talkback and the lullabies were a hit with our mum testers. Mum Charlotte commented, "The two-way monitor means you can talk to your baby to soothe them without entering the room and the automated playing of lullabies is a really good feature, which helped soothed my daughter back to sleep many times."

Read the full Tommee Tippee Dreamee Sound, Motion and Video Baby Monitor review.


  • High-quality picture
  • 360° night vision camera
  • Long-distance 300m range
  • CrySensor 
  • Baby movement monitor and thermometer


  • Battery life could be better
Monitor type:Movement and video
Power type:Battery powered
Display:4.3-inch clear display
Dimensions:‎12.6 x 41.8 x 26.1 cm
  • Baby movement monitor and thermometer
  • 360° night vision camera
  • CrySensor and two-way talk-back

Buying Guidance

Do I need a baby monitor?

Wondering do you need a baby monitor for baby? Or if doctors recommend baby monitors? Current NHS advice is to keep your baby in the same room as you until they are six months old, particularly when sleeping, as this can reduce the chance of SIDS. Most parents find them handy for those times when they need to leave the room momentarily. A monitor can be helpful when you need to pop to the loo or head into the kitchen to make dinner and still make sure your baby is sleeping comfortably.

No devices on the market will substitute at least one person being in the same room as baby for safer sleep, but a baby monitor can help for those times you need to be away from them for short periods of time.

Do I need a video baby monitor or just audio?

Choosing between a video or audio baby monitor depends on personal preferences. Video monitors provide visual reassurance, allowing you to see your baby, while audio monitors focus solely on sound. Consider factors like peace of mind, portability, budget, and additional features. Video monitors are generally more expensive but offer added benefits. Ultimately, it's about what your needs and priorities are.

When should I start using a baby monitor?’

You only really require a baby monitor when your baby starts to sleep in a separate room from you. As above, for the first six months of your baby's life, they should be in the same room as you when they're asleep, both day and night. However, many parents like to have a monitor from birth so they can nip to the toilet or make a cuppa while still keeping an eye on baby.

What age do you stop using a baby monitor?

There is no official NHS guidance or set age for when to stop using a baby monitor, it is entirely your choice. The Mother&Baby team stopped using their baby monitors when their little ones were between two to four years old, but really it depends on how comfortable you personally feel with giving it up. You may, for example, want to wait until your tot has moved into a toddler bed.

Whether you're pregnant or have already welcomed your new baby into the world, you know you need a lot of stuff. The Amazon Baby Wishlist is the best way to keep track of everything you need for your baby - and it's easy to set up.

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