Best Baby Monitors

Every new parent wants peace of mind in knowing their baby is safe. A reliable baby monitor can help, offering the proverbial extra pair of eyes and ears so you can carry out everyday tasks without constant stress. Continue reading...

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Tweetycam Baby Monitor with Camera

Tweetycam Baby Monitor with Camera 🏆 2024

4.8  (311)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $229
  • TypeVideo & Audio
  • Screen Size 5"
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Kathryrn Retallack
Kathryrn Retallack
  Fair Incentive Verified
Does the jobIt’s good but I thought the camera was going to be wireless too and I’m in an old 70’s house, so the way the charge plug is I can’t get into the GPOs.
Will need to purchase adapter or extension cable Show details
Oricom Secure740

Oricom Secure740

3.9  (287)
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  • Price (RRP) $249
  • TypeVideo & Audio
  • Screen Size 4.3"
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Renee
Renee
 
ReliableEasy, reliable. Used daily for 3 years and still going strong. Show reply
Oricom BabySense7 Breathing Movement Monitor

Oricom BabySense7 Breathing Movement Monitor

3.9  (201)
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  • Price (RRP) $329
  • TypeVital Sign Monitoring Only
darren
darrenQLD
 
Useless - thinks a baby is there when it isn'tUseless - you can remove the baby and it still thinks the baby is there. Just sits there flashing away happily. Worst purchase I've made for our child. Show details
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Angelcare AC401

Angelcare AC401

4.0  (96)
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  • Price (RRP) $249.95
  • TypeAudio Only
Lesley Curry
Lesley CurryAU2 posts
 
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Snuza Hero

Snuza Hero

4.3  (37)
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  • Price (RRP) $149.99
  • TypeAudio Only
Petra L.
Petra L.WA9 posts
 
Oricom Secure870 Touchscreen

Oricom Secure870 Touchscreen

3.1  (219)
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  • Price (RRP) $359
  • TypeVideo & Audio
  • Screen Size 3.5"
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Mel W
Mel W
 
Customer serviceLove this camera and monitor. The customer service was fantastic when I had a battery problem and easily replaced :) Show reply
Oricom Secure745

Oricom Secure745

3.7  (35)
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  • Price (RRP) $299
  • TypeVideo & Audio
  • Screen Size 4.3"
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Elaine P.
Elaine P.
 
Oricom OBH930 Nursery Pal Glow+

Oricom OBH930 Nursery Pal Glow+

3.8  (24)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $379
  • TypeVideo & Audio
  • Screen Size 5"
Katelyn
KatelynNSW8 posts
 
Owlet Smart Sock 3

Owlet Smart Sock 3

3.1  (42)
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TessF
TessFVIC
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Oricom SC875

Oricom SC875

3.4  (21)
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  • Price (RRP) $329
  • TypeVideo & Audio
  • Screen Size 5"
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Danae W.
Danae W.
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Oricom Guardian Plus OBHGPLUS

Oricom Guardian Plus OBHGPLUS

5.0  (7)
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  • Price (RRP) $399
  • TypeVital Sign Monitoring Only
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Crystal Cope
Crystal CopeQLD
  Fair Incentive
Couldn’t live without my oricom monitor!The oricom guardian plus is a must for parents with a newborn! The camera was easy to set up, has great audio and image quality. I love using the wearable tracker as it gives an insight into the babies vitals, giving me complete peace of mind to know that my little one is sleeping safely. I would recommend this monitor and brand to all parents! Show reply
Vtech BM2700

Vtech BM2700

3.4  (17)
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  • TypeVideo & Audio
  • Screen Size 2.4"
Tina
Tina
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Oricom Nursery Pal Skyview Edition

Oricom Nursery Pal Skyview Edition

3.1  (21)
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  • Price (RRP) $429 to $449
  • TypeVideo & Audio
  • Screen Size 4.3" and 5"
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W Kong
W Kong
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Glow Dreaming Sleep Sensor

Glow Dreaming Sleep Sensor

3.9  (10)
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  • Price (RRP) $139.95
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Kristine Spencer
Kristine Spencer
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Peace of mindGreat product that gives us peace of mind during the scorching qld summer! Show details ·  1
Oricom Secure720

Oricom Secure720

3.0  (21)
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  • Price (RRP) $141.90
  • TypeVideo & Audio
  • Screen Size 2.4"
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Allanah V.
Allanah V.SA
 
Baby Safe Baby Car Cam

Baby Safe Baby Car Cam

3.6  (11)
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David D.
David D.
 
Several faults, poor customer serviceWorked fine at first. Easy enough to install.
After a while the night vision stopped working. Contacted support and got a replacement with minimal effort. Soon after that the screen started faulting. Customer support never responded at all. Now the replacement camera has faulty night vision also.

I don't recommend this product or supplier.

  • Price (RRP) $199.99
  • TypeVideo & Audio
  • Screen Size 5"
Katie
Katie5 posts
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Uniden BW 3000 Series

Uniden BW 3000 Series

2.5  (40)
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$79.95RRP
leohuicy
leohuicy
  Fair Incentive BW 3000
Worst baby monitorOnly works in range within 1 metre direct line of sight. Out of range even if you turn around and block by your body.
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iBaby

iBaby

2.7  (26)
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Lauren
LaurenVIC4 posts
 
Snuza Pico

Snuza Pico

4.3  (7)
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$249.95RRP
Daniella
DaniellaQLD3 posts
 
Oricom Secure895 5" Video Baby Monitor

Oricom Secure895 5" Video Baby Monitor

2.3  (41)
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  • Price (RRP) $279
  • TypeVideo & Audio
  • Screen Size 5"
kat
katNSW
 
Uniden BW 3101 / BW 3102

Uniden BW 3101 / BW 3102

2.0  (94)
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  • TypeVideo & Audio
  • Screen Size 4.3"
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devilsblood_script
devilsblood_script
  BW 3102
Won't charge after two daysHorrible device. Won't charge after two days . Now I know why Uniden don't allow comments in their YouTube account. Show details
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Itzbeen Pocket Nanny

Itzbeen Pocket Nanny

4.3  (6)
$68.47RRP
Brad
BradSydney36 posts
 
Oricom Secure860

Oricom Secure860

2.4  (21)
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$299RRP
RoD
RoD
  Verified
Continually loosing connectionPoor range - looses connection between monitor and camera just outside room. Unable to silence battery / lost connection alarm leads to continual beeping - just have to turn the whole thing off. Not worth using. Show details
Cubo Ai Plus Smart Baby Monitor

Cubo Ai Plus Smart Baby Monitor

1.9  (88)
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  • TypeVideo & Audio
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Zook
Zook4 posts
 
not worth itits excellent for the first year but after that its become lagging, stop working etc.. pretty much very BUG.. :( with this expensive cost.. not worth it. wifi keep disconnecting.
Oricom OBH430 Nursery Pal

Oricom OBH430 Nursery Pal

2.7  (13)
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  • Price (RRP) $329
  • TypeVideo & Audio
  • Screen Size 4.3"
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fleur
fleur
 
second camera not even a year oldThis camera is quite unreliable. I have had to have to camera replacement in not even a year as camera just stops connecting. the first one only lasted a week. customer service dont seem to care and just say the will send a new one. The temp control is really bad 4-5 degrees higher which is just annoying as it cant be calibrated. Show details
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Hi there, we have just sent you a private message regarding your review, All the best, Oricom.

Vtech BM3300

Vtech BM3300

2.6  (13)
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$149RRP
OllieM
OllieMNSW37 posts
 
RUBBISH! Unit lasted 2years. Poor quality. Look elsewhere & for another brand. Not the premium brand I thought it wasThe monitor only lasted 2 years. Don’t waste your money. Show details
Oricom OBH500 Nursery Pal

Oricom OBH500 Nursery Pal

2.5  (15)
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  • Price (RRP) $349
  • TypeVideo & Audio
  • Screen Size 5"
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Emma
Emma3 posts
 
Absolutely no volumeScreen great features great but unless you have this unit 20cms from your ear even at the highest volume setting you can’t hear it.
Was sent out a replacement unit and it was exactly the same. Oricom had no fix for this. Show details
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Hi Emma, thanks for the message. We have sent you a private message to try and resolve your issues. All the best, Oricom Baby Care.

Oricom OBH36T Nursery Pal Premium

Oricom OBH36T Nursery Pal Premium

3.3  (7)
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  • Price (RRP) $399
  • TypeVideo & Audio
  • Screen Size 5"
Kristy
Kristy
 
Uniden BW 3451R

Uniden BW 3451R

1.7  (40)
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$349RRP
Libby
LibbySA
 
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With so many types of baby monitors on the market, you might be unsure whether to choose a video baby monitor, baby breathing monitor, a Wi-Fi baby monitor, or a basic audio monitor. Here are some top tips on how to compare baby monitors in Australia before investing in one that best serves your family’s needs and home layout.

A baby monitor in a pink nursery.

Types of baby monitors

Audio baby monitors

VTech Audio Baby Monitor

These more traditional baby monitors let you hear your baby in another room, so you know if they’ve woken up. The audio is sent via a transmitter in the baby’s room through either a radio or digital signal to the parent receiver.

When purchasing an audio baby monitor, the most important things to look for in a prospective model are clear sound quality that reduces background noise, and a signal that transmits over a long range without static or interference.

Also look for a handy light-up element that visually alerts you when there is noise from baby's room, and audio-only monitors with two-way communication.

Audio monitors are the most affordable option, and are easily portable. However, if you want to see your baby as well as hear them, consider a video and audio monitor instead.

Video baby monitors

For a baby monitor with a camera and no sound, a video-only monitor is your pick. As the lack of audio means you won’t be able to hear your baby’s cries or coos, video baby monitors might be more suitable if your baby is over one year or if you have a small house or apartment.

Video and audio baby monitors

A more popular option today is combined video and audio baby monitors. The inclusion of both audio and video lets parents and caregivers have an extra set of both eyes and ears on their baby when they’re not in the nursery. The inclusion of video can prove particularly useful when infants begin rolling, or when your little one has graduated from sharing a room with parents and moved into their own room.

Buying a device with both video and audio could save you from buying a second separate device in future, particularly if you want this as a ‘nanny cam’ to keep an eye on your kid/s as they grow older.

Due to their popularity, combined video and audio monitors are often simply referred to as video monitors. There are two types: those that operate using Wi-Fi, and others that use a proprietary signal.

Wi-Fi video baby monitors

These digital baby monitors work by connecting to your home wireless network. They usually transmit audio and video signals onto a mobile via a smartphone app (you can also use a tablet or laptop). Some also come with a branded viewing device, but this is less common. Thanks to the smartphone app, you can view your baby for peace of mind even when you’re not home and baby’s being cared for by a babysitter or grandparents (who can simultaneously log in to view baby via the app).

Non-WiFi video baby monitors

Instead of using Wi-Fi, these monitors work by transmitting a proprietary or private broadcast signal set up by the manufacturer from the base unit to parent unit. Baby monitors using this system provide the items you need – the camera and audio device for the baby’s room, and a handheld, branded device that’s like a small tablet for parents or carers to view the video stream on. Any apps or other viewing or data platforms like your own device are an optional extra, but they're not required.

Movement monitors and smart baby monitors

These use motion sensors to alert you if the monitor fails to detect any movement from your baby after a set period of time, e.g. 15 seconds for the Snuza Hero Movement Monitor.

There are models that function solely as movement monitors, such as the Snuza Hero. Other movement monitors are integrated with breathing monitors or work as smart monitors. These more advanced models track a baby’s vital signs, including breathing, heart rate, body temperature and oxygen levels. </FloatingElementsContainer>

Smart monitors can either be mounted above a cot, come in the form of clothing, such as the Owlet Smart Sock 3, or use motion sensor pads that are placed under a mattress, like the Oricom BabySense7 Breathing Movement Monitor. The BabySense7 has pads that cover the area of a standard-sized crib or cot. As some models can be finnicky in terms of their placement, check that your room layout is compatible with a prospective model’s requirements. Also, if you want to track recorded data over a longer period of time, a paying subscription is often required.

Factors to consider when buying a baby monitor

Range

Referring to the physical distance that a monitor is able to transmit signals, range is affected by a signal’s strength, your Wi-Fi connection, the product make and the features of your home, such as brick walls or multiple levels.

Choose a monitor with as wide a range as possible, so you can comfortably access baby in any room of the house. Models with a limited range will produce poor sound and image quality the further you move away from the base unit – including crackling audio or a fuzzy image.

Wi-Fi monitors are the most flexible on this front, as you can connect with your baby from anywhere in the house provided there’s a reliable internet connection. Just be wary of cold spots where Wi-Fi is likely to drop out - while some monitors will pick up your mobile network signal, it’s not a guarantee. Some monitors will display an out-of-range warning or simply state ‘Video cannot display'.

Most non-WiFi monitors are designed with a range of about 200 to 300 metres. Consider the range you need in accordance with the size of your home, and which rooms you spend the most time in.

Sound quality and image clarity

Baby monitor interference can be frustrating. Interference can be caused by a number of factors, but the main one is the frequency band or technology that your monitor uses to transmit signals.

Most digital wireless baby monitors operate using a 2.4GHz frequency band, also used by common devices such as mobile phones, video game controls, microwaves and other baby monitors. Any other Bluetooth or wireless devices can be added to this list, and a wireless baby monitor can encounter interference from any of these. A digital monitor that’s not wireless will experience much less interference, as proprietary signals are encrypted and then decrypted upon receipt (meaning no one else can hear them).

If limiting the amount of interference is a priority for you, choose a baby monitors with DECT technology. Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications Technology uses a 1.9GHz frequency band that’s rarely used by other devices. The resulting encrypted digital signals produce high quality, clear sound that suffers no interruptions.

Security

While all baby monitors can potentially be hacked, you can help safeguard against this by selecting a baby monitor with an encrypted digital signal (these include non-WiFi monitors and those using DECT technology). DECT baby monitors are not hack-proof but similar to non-WiFi baby monitors, are almost impossible to hack as they rely on their own network to transmit the signal from the baby unit to the parent unit.

Wi-Fi monitors can more easily be hacked, particularly the models that send video feed to your smartphone while you’re not at home. This is because you’re streaming via the internet rather than your private network, which makes your monitor more vulnerable to hackers.

If you’d prefer a wireless monitor, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. These include wireless encryption; which requires a password or network key to access your network, firmware, and configuring your privacy settings correctly.

Screen size

This screen is part of the ‘parent unit’ and what you’ll be viewing your baby on. Screens around 2.4 inches wide are small, a 3.5 inch-wide screen is considered fairly standard, while a model that’s 5 inches is large. A larger screen size will generally be more ‘premium'.

Camera mount type

If you’re considering a video monitor, there are three types of cameras: a flat surface camera, a wall mounted camera and a clamp.

  • Flat surface cameras are the most common and convenient, as you can place the camera on any surface with a good viewing angle of the cot, e.g. on a tallboy or windowsill.
  • Wall mountable cameras require the camera to be drilled into a wall fitting, and demand a greater investment of time and money.
  • Clamps refer to models that can be clipped to available furniture, such as the top of the cot or a floor lamp.

It’s worth taking the time to figure out the set-up of the room that your baby will be sleeping in, and determine which camera type will be the most practical and effective for ongoing use.

Battery power

Baby monitors can be powered in one of three ways: physical batteries, rechargeable batteries or via plugging your monitor into an electrical outlet. As you’ll likely be using your monitor round the clock, it’s important to look for a model with a solid battery life of at least eight hours.

While plug-in models require zero charging, portable baby monitors are much more convenient, as you can easily carry them around the house with you, even while you’re outside enjoying the sunshine or hanging up laundry (provided you’re still within range).

Price

This can range from $50 for a basic audio monitor, to $350 for models that transmit audio and video, to $500 for baby monitors with smart capabilities like vital signs monitoring.

Extra features

  • Cameras with wide viewing angles: can be remotely controlled, offering pan, tilt and zoom functions among them. This helps you view baby even if they’ve crawled or climbed, and can allow the camera to serve as a nanny cam when your baby gets older.
  • Infrared cameras: Also called night vision cameras, these sharpen the contrast and allow you to see your baby clearly, even in dark lighting.
  • Low-battery indicator: This can prevent frustration when the battery dies without warning.
  • Lullaby mode: A feature that draws upon pre-installed lullabies that can help gently serenade your baby to sleep.
  • Multi-camera support: This includes at least two cameras when you purchase a baby monitor. You can place these cameras in the baby’s room and an additional room/s, which is useful if you have another child. All cameras are connected to one handset, for ease of use.
  • Night light: A night light should be adjustable, letting you choose a gentle brightness level if you opt for a night light.
  • Room temperature monitor: A feature that lets you set a low and high temperature limit for the room. An alarm sounds if the temperature creeps above or below the pre-set zones.
  • Sound indicator light: On some audio monitors, this silently alerts you when your baby cries by lighting up, as opposed to an audible alarm. This is particularly useful if you’re working from home, in a meeting, as you can leave your monitor on mute.
  • SD card slot: Some monitors allow you to record sound and video using an SD card.
  • Two-way communication: Also called ‘parent talk back', this feature often available on audio monitors lets you speak to your baby and soothe them. It’s also useful for communicating with a babysitter, grandparent or other adult in the baby’s room.

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