15 Best Selling Baby Monitors of 2014

Much has changed in the baby monitor industry since I was pregnant with our first child 4 years ago. The choices seem endless with so many different types they have available now from standard audio monitors to high tech video monitors and some that even alert you when no movement is picked up by your sleeping baby! Whether you’re looking for the best baby monitor on the market or something more within a reasonable budget that works, we have listed some of the best selling baby monitors the industry has to offer. For your convenience I narrowed down the choices by category to help you decide what type of monitor would be best for you.

Prices will be indicated by $ sign where:
$ = under $50
$$ = under $100
$$$ = under $150 and so on

Best Standard Baby Monitors

These are among the standard baby monitors for those who aren’t looking for anything fancy. Standard baby monitors are much simpler to use than the leading high tech monitors on the market and are generally far less expensive. If you’re on a tight budget and just need something simple or looking for an extra monitor to leave with grandma when she baby sits, these were rated some of the best baby monitors without all the bells and whistles.

1. Safety 1st Crystal Clear Monitor (Price:$)
Best selling baby monitorsWe had a baby monitor like this one at one time that was given to us. This is a nice standard baby monitor if you typically stay around one area of the house as it is designed to be plugged in with the included AC adapters. You can use it with batteries for better portability and it does have a low battery indicator light. Initially I stayed in the living room or the kitchen which was adjacent where we used to live and close enough to where I could still hear on the monitor if my baby cried so this was all we needed. This one also comes with a digital thermometer which you can conveniently keep next to baby unit for a quick temp check of your newborn. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars 
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2. NTM-910 YIC Sony Baby Call Nursery Monitor (Price: $)
Sony baby call monitorThis is a very basic standard baby monitor at a reasonably low cost if you’re looking for a more affordable option without advanced features that can be confusing to use. It is very user friendly with a baby unit that stays in the nursery and a parent unit that clips onto your pocket or belt. It serves its purpose to let you hear baby’s cries while in another room or around the house. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 
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Philips Avent basic monitorLet’s say you would like a basic baby monitor but one that allows you to talk back to your baby. This would be a great option for that purpose with a Talk Back feature on the parent unit so if you hear your baby beginning to stir you can sing a sweet lullaby through the monitor. The baby unit also has a night light to provide a subtle glow to the nursery so you can see your baby if you want to peek in on them in a dark room. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars  {Read reviews}

 

Best Digital Baby Monitors

Digital baby monitors are a step up from your standard baby monitors. They offer a slightly more advanced technology with some that have digital display rather than just lights to indicate when baby cries. Here is a selection of the best baby monitors with digital features that were among the top rated best sellers.

1. VTech Communications Digital Monitor (Price:$)
VTech communications monitorNeed a monitor that gives the benefits of being in two different places? This digital VTech monitor with 2 parent units offers more versatility so each parent can have one. This would be really beneficial in cases of special needs or high risk infants where both parents can hear baby so whoever is closest can get to them sooner. It’s also ideal for parents or caregivers who may be hearing impaired with a vibrating alert mode. Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
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2. Philips AVENT Monitor Temperature Sensor (Price:$$)
Philips AVENT monitorIf you are willing to shell out a little extra cash for a digital monitor that offers more features this may be an ideal choice. This choice monitor could potentially reduce the risk of SIDS with a temperature sensor so you can be sure the room is kept comfortable for your sleeping baby. It does come with a higher than average price tag but if value is something you desire, this monitor offers additional soothing features for settling a fussy baby with lullabies, a nightlight, and two-way communication. Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Angel Care Sound MonitorPerhaps you want a digital monitor that is convenient. This one by Angelcare offers a parent unit with a charger socket and includes rechargeable batteries that function as backup in the event of power failure. On stormy nights when bad weather strikes, you won’t have to worry about not being able to hear your baby due to a power outage (or like our older model, when the power went out and the baby unit shut off the parent unit would give a very LOUD static noise) It is very easy to use and operate much like a standard monitor. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars {Read reviews}

 

Best Video Baby Monitors

Now we’re getting into the high tech toys. Video monitors give you the advantage of being able to actually see your baby while they’re sleeping so you can literally keep an eye on them from another room. Some monitors have the option of adding extra cameras and some give you color video options. When you start looking at the best baby monitors with video capabilities you can expect to pay a little more than your basic audio models, although with good reason.

Infant Optics VideoVisibility is important in video monitors so here’s one that provides offers automatic night vision. It’s also voice activated with a super sensitive microphone so if no sound is detected after 3 minutes it automatically shuts off as a power-saving feature. This one is within a reasonable price as you’re not paying for added features some of the higher end models offer.Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars {Read reviews}

 

Levana JenaHere’s a video monitor that offers convenience for parents with built-in night vision and rechargeable battery. For a decent price it also features 5 lullabies which you can control with a remote and a night light which can be accessed through the parent unit.
Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
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Motorola Video monitorIf you’re willing to splurge for a video monitor with multiple camera capabilities and a larger LCD screen for a better picture, this is your monitor. Though it carries a higher price tag, this one is ideal for expanding with your family. You can add on up to 4 extra cameras for multiple rooms so you can switch between them from the parent unit to keep an eye on more than one child. This is really beneficial for parents with more than one child (or plan to have more children) I could see this being really useful not just at night, but to keep an eye on my daughter while she’s playing in her room and I’m tending to the baby. Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars {Read reviews}

 

Best Movement Baby Monitors

A new parent’s worse nightmare is that their baby will stop breathing in their sleep. I remember after bringing my preemie home how terrified I was with her no longer on a machine that picked up her respiration. That was my assurance that she was breathing fine. When she was sleeping so quietly I had often checked to be sure she was still breathing. This is something many new parents experience. I could also see this as useful for my son now that he’s older because he’ll roll over onto his stomach during the night which can be frightening if he would stop breathing while I’m asleep. These motion sensor monitors provide the ultimate peace of mind to parents with the technology to pick up baby’s slightest movements so parents are aware if baby suddenly stops breathing thus reducing the risk of SIDS.

Angelcare movement sensorHere’s a movement and sound monitor system that offers ultimate peace of mind so you can hear your baby and become alerted after 20 seconds of no movement detection. Use the sound monitor as you would any traditional monitor and simply place the sensor pad under your baby’s mattress where you place them to sleep. If you like the features of a sound monitor that provides a temperature display and a nightlight, then this is a great buy.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Snuza Halo monitorIf you already have a regular baby monitor, say one you received as a gift, and you’d like to have the additional peace of mind with a movement sensor this little monitor would be perfect. It clips onto your baby’s diaper to be placed on the abdomen so that it gives a gentle vibration stimulation if no movement is picked up for 15 seconds. It’s small, easy to use, and alerts parents if it detects weak or irregular breathing movements. It also has a Rouse Warning to alert you if the vibration stimulation was triggered 3 times and no movement was detected after 15 seconds. What’s great is this movement monitor functions well in conjunction to any other type of monitor. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars {Read reviews}

 

HiSense monitorIf you have a baby that scoots in their sleep and doesn’t stay in one place or if you have twins this would be a better movement monitor choice as it comes with two hyper sensitive movement sensor pad to place under the crib. The monitor is so sensitive that even the slightest body motions are picked up as movements so if less than 10 micro-movements are detected or none at all within 20 seconds it alerts you. It also indicates when the batteries run low. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars {Read reviews}

 

Best Baby Monitors for Smart Phones

We have become so reliable on our smart phones these days that now there are baby monitors that work with your smart phone for more convenience. These provide ultimate portability without having to carry around a parent unit and unlike baby monitor apps they do not require the use of another smart device.

Lorex Live SenseHere’s a baby monitor system that allows you to ensure your baby’s comfort and help you organize baby’s schedule with a built-in feeding timer, temperature sensor, and lullabies which you can control remotely. Connect with your baby via Skype from your iOS device or PC when you can’t be near them. This system also gives you the option to expand with up to 3 additional cameras. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars {Read reviews}

 

2. Withings Smart Baby Monitor (Price:$$$$$)
Withings Smart MonitorPerhaps you’re looking for a monitor that has similar features to other PTZ (pan, zoom, tilt) video monitors plus a talk back capability but from your smart phone. This is your monitor. Not only can you see your baby from your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone, but with 2 built-in microphones you can also talk back and interact with your little one while you’re away. Plus the compact size of the neat little camera gives it better portability options if you want to take it along for trips or leave with a caregiver.
Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars
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WiFi BabyThis is solely a stand-alone wireless camera that connects to WiFi wirelessly with a microphone to deliver audio and video monitoring of your baby through your iOS device and Android phones. If you’re looking for a video monitor with DVR capabilities to check on your baby while under someone else’s supervision, this one has a slot for an SD card to schedule recording. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars {Read reviews}

 

There are so many options to factor in when shopping for a new baby monitor system. Hopefully this list provides helpful insight on what you’re looking for from the best baby monitors that are available. If you currently have a monitor system in place that you like that isn’t mentioned here, tell us which one and what you like about it!