Updated: Oct 6, 2017

Baby Monitor Reviews and Buying Guide:

Baby monitors are what all new parents want to have to keep an ear on their newborn child while they sleep. A quality baby monitor with a good rating is what is most important. You have to be able to trust this walkie talkie type of radio with your childs life (potentially) so we looked into the top makers of baby monitors to see who come away with the best reviews. The Fisher Price Sounds 'N' Lights 49 MHz was the most basic one reviewed, but it has all the functions you need for about $20. There are lights that distinguish between a sigh and a cry. The unit does get some extra static, but then again all the baby monitors we tested did as well. The Sony Baby Call 9 Channel Nursery Monitor ($40) is 900 MHz which is meant to reduce static and improve reception and range. The Sony still had static from other baby monitors, cordless phones, and cell phones. The sound quality was great and it's definitely worth the price if your 49MHz baby monitor is giving you too much static.

The First Years Clear and Near 2.4GHz Monitor ($60) doesn't prevent all static even though that's one way it is marketed. Static was less than on the 2 models mentioned above, but with some phone and computer networks running on the same 2.4GHz frequency, you may run into more static than you want. Overall a good product. The BébéSounds Angelcare Movement Sensor with Sound Monitor ($80), now we have moved up to a considerable amount of money. The Angelcare features a sensor pad that lies beneath the child and detects the slightest movement so an alarm goes off if the baby hasn't moved in 20 seconds. The system is beyond what most parents need, but perhaps if you have a preemie or a newborn with health problems then give it a try. The Evenflo Monitor and Intercom was another excellent baby monitor system is an overall ranking as high as any other. With little interference and a great intercom feature, this model proved worth it's extra price. The Grace Ultraclear Monitor was good for the price, but didn't offer a low battery signal when the batteries were going down, so make sure you replace the batteries often. You can browse the most popular baby monitors online here.

Top Rated Video Baby Monitor:

If you must go beyond just hearing your baby sleep and you want to watch them sleep or nap, then we recommend the Summer Infant Day & Night Handheld Color Video Monitor 1.8. It retails for about $160 and much like the motion sensor monitors, the video monitors are too much for most of us. The 900 Mhz technology provides superior clarity and range (350 feet). The transmitter unit comes with small camera which has LED lights for nighttime viewing. This portable, handheld monitoring system is small and lightweight. The rechargeable batteries last up to 10 hours, but many choose just to plug in the AC adapter instead. Some of the more extravegent video monitors for your baby are quite expensive with the Safety 1st High-Def Digital Video Monitor costing over $400. You can see all the top rated baby monitor video systems here.

What is SIDS?:

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants who are 1 month to 1 year old, and claims the lives of about 2,500 infants each year in the United States. It remains unpredictable despite years of research. Even so, you can take steps to help reduce the risk of SIDS in your infant. First and foremost, put your infant to sleep on his or her back if the baby is younger than 1 year old. SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant who is younger than 1 year old. It is a frightening prospect because it can strike without warning, usually in a seemingly healthy infant.