Best Baby Monitors 2019 (+ 3 popular, but bad monitors)
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Best Baby Monitors 2019 (+ 3 popular, but bad monitors)


Hey, this is John
with Fathercraft. The technology
with baby monitors has advanced tremendously
within the last couple of years. And because of that, it’s
becoming increasingly more difficult to decide
which baby monitor is best for you and your family. So at Fathercraft,
we put together a list of the best
baby monitors of 2019, plus we’ve thrown a few– although popular monitors–
ones that we feel like you should avoid. So let’s jump into it. [MUSIC PLAYING] We’re actually giving away
our favorite monitor for 2019, so be sure to stick around
to the end to figure out how you can enter. All three of our monitors
our Wi-Fi monitors, meaning you use your
smartphone or your tablet as the parent unit. Why do we choose Wi-Fi monitors? Three reasons. One, connectivity. As long as you connect to your
Wi-Fi or a cellular signal, you’re connected
to the video feed. Two, you don’t have to carry
around an extra bulky parent unit. Three, the display
on your smartphone it’s going to be many times
better than the display on one of these guys. All three of our baby monitors
are easy to use and reliable. As with all baby
stuff, you do not want to be futzing around
at 3:00 in the morning, sleep deprived,
trying to figure out what’s going on in the monitor. Finally, the two video
monitors in our list have, what we think, is the most
important monitor innovation to date. And that is a bird’s
eye view mounting. Now, hold on. Get your heads
out of the gutter. You can mount your
monitor on the wall, and it will provide you
with an unobstructed view into your baby’s crib. No more blind spots,
no more guessing as to what your baby is doing. Somebody, please
pass the popcorn. Thanks. So now that you have
a bird’s eye view– [DRUMS AND CYMBAL] Let’s get into the
best baby monitors of 2019, countdown style. Number three, the Owlet. So the Owlet is a
non-traditional baby monitor, and it’s great for
newborns, babies that were born prematurely,
and for first-time parents who are prone to excessively
checking it her baby to make sure they’re still breathing. No judgment on this side, I was
actually one of those parents, so I totally feel where
you’re coming from. So the outlet is
basically sock that slips over your
baby’s ankle, and it monitors your baby’s blood
oxygen levels and her heart rate, using this sensor here. Which is basically the
same high-level tech that you’d find in your
pediatrician’s office. Technically, the Owlet is
not even a video monitor. However, they just
released the Owlet Cam, which will pair with the sock. And it will make it a much more
complete monitoring device. So there’s a physical
base station, and that goes by your bed. And there’s an app that
goes on your phone. Ready to flex those
preschool stoplight skills? Green means normal,
you’re good to go. Yellow means the sock probably
isn’t positioned correctly on your child’s ankle. And red means the sock
is either not connected, or some of those vitals,
that we mentioned earlier, are outside of normal ranges. So the Owlet is
pretty awesome, but it does have a couple of drawbacks
you should be aware of. First, it’s pricey. The base station and
sock start at $299, and if you add on
the Owlet Cam, that’s an additional $100, hiking it
up to $399 for the whole kit. The second issue we
had was that everything is OK light, that green
light I mentioned earlier, is pretty bright. Go ahead and grab one
of those eye masks, maybe turn on some aromatherapy,
if that’s how it works. You’re going to be fine. So number two on our
list is the Cocoon Cam. So this is actually the
cheapest option on our list, coming in around $150. It’s a really solid
entry-level monitor within the new Wi-Fi genre. And it’s got a standout
feature that we’re going to get to in a
minute, so stay tuned. This one is one of
the monitors that has a bird’s eye view mounting. It’s got top-notch
encryption, and it’s got pretty good picture quality. Not great, but pretty good. So let’s get back to
that standout feature. It has the ability to monitor
your child’s breathing using something called
computer vision, and it will alert you
if there is an issue. So what is computer vision? Computer vision is
basically the brains of this camera that
does all the breathing detection in the camera. Meaning your child does not have
to wear something like a sock, or something doesn’t have to
be placed under your child while it’s sleeping. We found two drawbacks
with the Cocoon Cam. One was installation,
both with the app and the physical
mounting on the wall. And two was portability. It’s not portable. Once it’s mounted on a
wall, it’s on the wall. So overall, the Cocoon
Cam is pretty solid. Pretty easy to
use, for the price. Gets you quite the
bang for your buck. So the best baby
monitor of 2019? [DRUM ROLL] The Nanit Plus. The Nanit Plus, to us,
is head and shoulders above any other monitor
we’ve tested in the past. We’ve actually done a
few full-length reviews of this monitor, so
check out the link. There’s a link in
the description, or just type this
link in your URL. So we’re just going to
hit the three features that we find most valuable. And again, to find out more
about those other features, go see our review. All right, number one. Picture and sound quality. No doubt best in the
biz on the Nanit Plus. So combined with
the bird’s eye view, you’re going to get a
great picture of what’s going on with your
baby inside the crib. It’ll be riveting. Pass that popcorn bag. Thanks. Two, the sleep insights package. An absolute game-changer. There’s nothing else
like it on the market. So basically, what
this thing will do is analyze your child’s
sleep, and over time, provide you with customized,
tailored sleeping tips to help improve the
sleep of your child at night. And trust me,
you’re going to want all the help you can
get your hands on to help you get your baby
sleeping through the night. Feature three, meta. It just works. It connects super easily. Setup is a snap. The app is simple
and easy to use. And it even works via
Bluetooth, meaning if your internet goes down,
you’ve still got a video feed. It is also incredibly portable. It just snaps off the
wall mount, pop it onto your multi-stand,
and you’re good to go for a sleepover
at grandma’s house. So the big thing to note about
the Nanit Plus is the price. It comes with the
multi-stand, the wall mount, and if you get the
insights package, you’re looking at $380 or
so for that entire package. Now, let’s run through three
really popular monitors, but at the same time
really bad monitors. Number one on this
bad monitor list is the Infant Optics DXR-8. More like Infant Optics
DX-Are you kidding me? [CRICKETS] That’s good. Somehow, this monitor is the
best-selling monitor on Amazon. I don’t know how. It boggles my mind. Based off our testing– and we tested two of them, over
the last four years or so– there’s no way that
this thing should be ranked as high as it
is, at least on Amazon. So it’s a traditional
monitor, meaning that the camera syncs up with
the parent unit via radio frequency signal. Some of the downsides
with this monitor are true with any
non-Wi-Fi monitor, and that is you’re going to
compromise on range and picture quality. You need a direct line
to maintain a solid Connection. And again, this video
resolution is about 360p, which is basically dog poo. But for the $165 that you
would shell out for this thing, you could get the
Cocoon Cam, and still have $15 left over to buy
some other outdated item, like a DVD. Number two on our list,
the Arlo Baby baby monitor. I just met you, and
this sounds crazy, but this Arlo Baby should
be called Arlo Maybe. We actually really liked
this monitor, at first. It’s got great picture
quality, it’s undeniably cute, with the bunny ears, and it’s
got some pretty cool features within the app. However, the more we
tested it, the more we started realizing two things
happening again and again. One, the app
experience is dreadful. Too many buttons, there
are too many buttons that do the same thing, there
are too many buttons that I don’t know what it does. It’s just a mess. Second, latency. Meaning that there’s about a
five-second delay between what actually happened
in the crib and then when it showed up on the
video feed and within the app. And that’s a long time, when
you’re trying to figure out if your baby is OK in her crib. All right, number three on our
not good list is the Nest Cam. Simply put, this is
not a baby monitor, and it shouldn’t
be treated as such. So this monitor does not
have background audio, meaning when you close the
app, the sound shuts off. And if you’re trying to
use this as a baby monitor, if you close your app,
you need to at least be able to hear what’s going
on inside your baby’s crib. So we talk in extensive
detail on our website about why this doesn’t
work as a baby monitor. So go ahead and visit this link
below to get more information, or if you feel like further
convincing is Nest-cessary. All right, so you stuck
around to the end. We really appreciate it. So now we’re going to reward
you with some info on how you can enter our contest
to win our favorite baby monitor of 2019, Nanit Plus. We’re giving way not one,
but two Nanit Pluses. We’ll choose the first
winner in March of 2019, and the second winner
in June of 2019. You’ve got three
options to enter. One, submit a comment below. Two, subscribe to
our YouTube channel, and head over to
fathercraft.com/tube. Three, join our email
list fathercraft.com/tube, or do all of those, and
get a total of six entries. Damn, son. One more thing. You might hear some other tubers
tell you to go ahead and smash that like button. I’m not sure how
necessary that is. You can simply press
it lightly, and it’ll provide the same value for us. So go ahead and either smash
it, tap it, or lightly press it. Either way, we’ll appreciate it. We recommend don’t
smashing it, because you’re more likely to injure
yourself that way. Just a pro tip from us. All right, thanks
for joining us. It was great chatting with you,
and we will see you next time. [MUSIC PLAYING]

100 Comments

  • Fathercraft

    Questions or thoughts? Just comment, we're here! Also, NEW GIVEAWAYS ADDED! We'll be giving away 3 MORE Nanit Plus's, one in early September, one in early November, one in early January 2020! So, subscribe and then head to fathercraft.com/tube to enter the contest.

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  • Kortnie Willis

    Thank you so much for this video! I have spent hours and hours researching baby monitors, and you have me convinced the Nanit is worth it!!! I am a FTM that really has hardly nothing yet, and would appreciate so much to win this baby monitor!

  • Camey Streff

    Not sure if it’s too late to be counted to enter for the Nanit …. but I’ve been interested in the owlet since the camera came out with it, will you test this camera to see if it’s still a top pick? Thanks!

  • Sharayah Shores

    I am so glad I came across this video. It has helped me narrow down which monitor I want for my baby in August.

  • Lex Bee

    I’m definitely searching for a monitor and I’m huge on reviews thank you so much for your help. Even if I’ve missed the deadline for the giveaway I’m going to save up for the nanit

  • Ashleigh Egerton

    Great video!! Especially happy that you mentioned monitors to steer clear of! Very helpful for this momma to be!

  • Cheyenne Graham

    I’ve never heard of the Nanit but it seems like it’s a really great baby monitor. If I do not win I will be still be buying it because of your honest review so thank you! 😊

  • Julie McClain

    Excited for the Nanit Plus! What about the new Motorola one? Wish that one had the thermometer and humidity sensor. Also, does the new Nanit Plus include the monitoring service now?

  • Angel_Dust 2019

    My daughter is having open heart surgery July 18 shes 8m with Trisomy21 I have the owlet with camera but not loving it at all needing something I can depend on to watch her when she comes home. I've definitely prescribed and liked

  • Jhayzel S Biscarra

    Very helpful! Expecting our first child this August 2019 and we've been trying to find out which monitors are worth buying because of so much choices. Your reviews are detailed, simple and helped us to know the differences. Nanit has been one on our list but not fully decided. After watching this video i think we have decided to try it out. Hoping to win your giveaway! I also like how you put the 3 to avoid which 2 of those were on our list to try. Thank You! 👍

  • NoOne_ In-particular

    Looking for a new monitor. Have the Wyze But it has connection problems at times and will drop the feed and then won’t re-authenticate unless you close the whole app and re-open it. Not sure if it’s cause I have an older version of it or what… any insight on this problem? Also have a back up Samsung monitor with its own screen Incase that one is acting up but it’s like you said in this video the resolution sucks.

  • Stuart Haight

    Thanks for posting detailed reviews of the monitors we are expecting our first this August.

    Small video editing criticism is as you're going through the list of brand/model keep a title of that brand/model/price somewhere in the corner of your frame constantly over the video. As a viewer when deciding between 2 options at opposite ends of a 10 minute video it's tedious to constantly click around especially when 70% of the video is a talking head with no text on screen.

    To drive the point home; when I shared the video with my wife she literally said "it's a 10 minute video I don't know where the monitor is you're (me) talking about". If you put the titles in the corners it's a no brainer to find what a viewer is looking for.

    Feel free to delete the comment and take the ideas to use in any future videos.

    Cheers,
    Stu

  • Isaac Burnett

    Probably too late to get in for that nanit but still liked the video and almost got a nest till I saw this

  • aarontheman9196

    Awesome video, quick question, do the monitors you mentioned allow more than one phone to link to the monitor?

  • Christine Robertson

    This video solidified our choice to go with the Nanit! Would be even better if we won it! 🤞🏼🤰🏻

  • Lucas Bueno

    pretty sure we're gonna get the Nanit. just really wish it would work with Google Home Displays!!! Why do companies only pick one Assistant to work with (in this case the Echo Show which we don't have nor want)!

  • Melissa Victoria Smith

    Just found you channel, thank you for this review. I'm expecting my first baby Feb 2020 and have been researching Cams for baby. Is this giveaway still going on? I hope so 😁

  • KJ Romero

    This is an awesome review. My wife put me in charge of choosing a baby monitor and I'm having a hard time. This really did shine some light on good and bad ones. We have our first baby boy due December 13th. Thank you!

  • IntenseMagic

    Hoping this contest is still open. I am very grateful for this video, gives one with a preemie peace of mind.

  • Mirza Musanovic

    The owlet light that you say is bright, you can adjust the brightness of it so it's not as bright and to be honest I think its the best monitor on market. You can't put a price on your baby's life I would pay 1000 an more for it if I needed to. We love ours and will never get any other monitor

  • Rich Hosgood

    WIll the Nanit Plus work with no internet? I am looking for a wi-fi monitor that does not require internet.

  • Marianne Cruzat

    Would anyone here ever want a portable baby monitor that they can take out of the home with them? Like if your mom took your baby/toddler out, would you be willing to pay for a device where you can check up on them?

  • Eli Laguna

    Do you know a baby monitor that can have all these features but not so pricey?

    1) Phone app. enable
    2) Monitor
    3) Temperature
    4) Able to move/tilt the camara from your phone.
    5) Motion detect
    6) 2 way audio able to talk & listen from the phone app.
    7) Able to Record
    8) Alexa
    9) At least 1 year of free repair
    10) Lifetime customer support

  • Stanislav M.

    In our family, a wireless baby monitor from MonBaby, which connects to the phone. Firstly, it is convenient, there are no extra wires and no need to think where to hide them. Secondly, it is safe for the child, and we also do not depend on the location. Our baby monitor often travels with us or even when we just walk in nature.

  • Yevgeniy Sheludko

    Unfortunately, I don’t use video baby, but I bought a baby monitor from MonBaby when I was still pregnant. I really liked the ease of handling, besides, it was at a good price. When the baby fell asleep, I started housework and was always calm for my daughter. I went out and weed grass in the garden, and cooked food in the kitchen, and cleaned the whole house, and at the same time, I knew that the baby monitor always looked after my baby.

  • Tori Klein

    Just some general information the owlet monitors night can dim. Also here is a baby product that can give you a birds eye view with out have to mount to a wall. Baby Monitor Mount, Universal… Https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D6NWRGT?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

  • hllokitty90

    I love this! Quick, easy and straight to the point. I have been contemplating the owlet for so long but don’t like that it’s not portable. Learned that today, thanks!

  • Sarah Bailey

    Anyone know about the Owlet CAM connectivity? We used the Owlet Smart Sock 2 with our first son and had so many issues with viewing his stats on our phone and had to just rely on the base station to alert us if there was an issue. So I'm wondering if the same is true for the camera.

  • me too

    DXR-8 gets a 8/10 from me as a 4-year user. In a 5000+ sqft house, we get clear signal everywhere. The only reason we don't get signal very well outside of the house is because our houses is stucco. I can barely get my fairly powerful wi-fi outside the house or cell service in it. The battery last thru the night if you leave the screen off. You'll still get all the audio and LEDs that indicate noise level in the baby room. Plus you can rotate it remotely over a large area which is helpful when its used in a play room for a child that isnt in a crib. It too mounts the the wall easily. You simply put 1 screw in the the wall and slide the camera on it via the mounting slot on the bottom. The image it is as good as it needs to be for a screen the size that it is when the camera is fairly close to the crib. I will replace it with a Wi-Fi unit once I find one that the app works perfectly in the background of my phone . And by perfect I mean that I can hear it at all times regardless of what else I'm doing with my phone. If it can't do that, is not very useful for me. It's better to just carry separate monitor in that case.

  • Emily Nemcsik

    Thanks for all your honest thoughts about these baby monitors! We are in search of a video monitor because our audio monitor broke and believe it’s time for an upgrade considering our daughter just started climbing out of her crib! Ah!

  • Angel Liu

    I really doubt about how you could monitor the baby during night, are you open your APP all the night? Just don't understand while you using your phone, how to monitor the baby

  • MsPbass

    Thank you for the useful information! But I don’t know if I can sacrifice visuals over security since wifi monitors pose a hacking risk. Ahhh, it’s hard to be a parent.

  • Karol Fillo

    I think you are missing the point when glorifying wifi+app monitors over radio ones. There are other things important at monitors than having a crystal clear picture and 4K or so video stream. First thing is security where IP based services are far more vulnerable than local FHSS radio. The second one are health concerns for infants referred to RF emissions when there is a constant transmittion of signal from devices put close to their bodies like wifi cameras or digital sock you are promoting whereas there are single-purpose monitor devices like Philips Avent SCD630 which are able limit almost whole communication until they detect noise. I did not find anything like that in any IP based products.

  • warofkingdoms

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  • D'Lisa Garner

    Can the Nannit plus have two cameras viewed in one app? I have two babies rooms that i need to monitor at the same time, but don't want multiple parent units or apps that I have to toggle back and forth with.

  • Natalie Maestro

    The bright light on the owlet monitor can actually be dimmed. Read the instructions that come with the device. All you have to do is push down and hold the base station until it dims. Super easy.

  • Geraldo Magella Junior

    Hello, I'd like to ask about the Motorola Confort 50. I haven't seem many reviews of it. I'm wondering how it compares.

  • Brooke Thomas

    I'm expecting twins, should I get a monitor for each baby or just one for the whole nursery? We plan for them to share a crib for the first few months so I'm not sure its necessary to have the bird's eye view for two cribs. Suggestions?

  • Denise Tomazic

    Very helpful. I've been doing so much research but haven't taken the plunge on video monitors. Don't want to spend the cash and be disappointed. I almost bought the nest cam until I found your channel! Close call.

  • Chelsea Cole

    Wish i would have seen this! I got the infant optics based on the reviews and quickly found out why it has good reviews. They offer a free gift if you leave a review when you receive the product. Obviously everyone just gives a good review to get a free gift which is another camera. I did like have two cameras but hate the product.

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