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6 best smart baby monitors that are more than cameras

These smart baby monitors do more than just keep an eye on infants. They can help new parents track breathing, movement and more from anywhere and at any time.

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Baby monitors today can do much more than let new parents see or hear what happens with their infant while it's sleeping. Today, monitors can check on a baby's breathing, movement, heart rate, and even oxygen levels, all helped by sensors that pick up on motion and more. They can be installed easily in a nursery, some over a baby's crib, with some that also let you soothe an infant and play music to help them fall back asleep.

screenshot of hubble connected nursery pal deluxe baby monitor unboxedHubble Connected Nursery Pal Deluxe Smart Baby Monitor GearBrain

Hubble Connected Nursery Pal Deluxe Smart Baby Monitor

When looking for a good smart baby monitor these days, it's good to look for one that comes with a smart display. A smart display comes in handy for your babysitter. You don;'t have to give them access to the baby monitor's mobile app. Just hand them the display and they will be able to see and talk with your little ones while the parents are out to play. One company that makes a really good smart baby monitoring system is Hubble Connected and its their Nursery Pal Deluxe Smart Baby Monitor.

Hubble Connected offers a smart baby monitoring system that comes with an HD camera and a separate five-inch HD color touchscreen display which acts as an interactive viewer for your children when not being used to monitor what is going on in your baby’s bedroom. The interactive touchscreen allows you to see videos and access picture books and games designed for infants. This smart baby monitoring system costs $199.99 and is available on the company website, Best Buy, Target, Lowe’s, Walmart, and Amazon. The company also offers baby monitoring services with the purchase of the Nursery Pal Deluxe system. These plans offer features that will help you monitor your infant. Features include custom motion zones, cloud storage for your videos, and sleep monitoring. Hubble Connected offers two plans: HubbleClub and HubbleClub Premium.

See our full review on GearBrain.

Mother with child and Miku baby monitorThe Miku baby monitor can send an alarm if a baby wakes upMiku

Miku Smart Baby Monitor

The Miku Smart Baby Monitor has a lens, and angles like a camera, but has a monitor that can pick up movement from a baby as well as breathing patterns. The camera sits on a tall stem, and is positioned to keep watch over the crib and does let parents tap into real-time video and audio when they choose.

But Miku also sends alerts, including an alarm, to tell parents when a baby has woken and can control features through the app, checking in as well if their child is with a babysitter. The baby monitor starts at $399 on Miku's website.

Check out our full review of the Miku Pro Smart Baby Monitor on GearBrain.


a photo of baby wearing Owlet Smart Sock in the arms of a parentOwlet comes with a soft sock that monitors a baby's heart rateOwlet


Owlet Monitor Duo 2

The Owlet Monitor Duo 2 is a combo wearable and camera with HD video. The wearable, which works with children 5 to 30 pounds, is an actual sock that slips over a child's foot and has sensors inside, tracking the baby's heart rate, oxygen level, and more. There is a camera as well, which also picks up live video and supports two-way audio so that not only can you hear what's happening in the room, you can speak to a child as well.

The sock links up to an iOS and Android app, so data can be picked up, including if the sock actually falls off the baby's foot. The camera itself is best positioned, like Miku, over the baby's crib and works over WiFi. GearBrain reviewed the Owlet Monitor Duo, which has now been upgraded to Duo 2, and you can purchase one on Owlet's site for $399.

Cubo AI PlusCubo AI Plus can play music or birds chirping to help lull a baby back to sleepGearBrain

Cubo AI Plus

Cubo is a baby monitor that doesn't hang over a crib, nor is worn on an infant. Instead, the security camera includes a sensor that can pick up when a baby moves, and also has a microphone so you can listen in on a baby as it sleeps. The device also lets you play sound into the room like music or birds chirping — and eight different users can be granted access to the camera, whether that's parents, a babysitter or grandparents as well.

Cubo can also tell if a baby has rolled over while sleeping through the artificial intelligence (AI) baked into the system, and has cry detection too. And as a baby grows up, the AI can also tell if a baby has stood up in their crib. GearBrain also reviewed Cubo, and you can buy it on Cubo's website for $199 or on Amazon.

a photo of Nanit Plus baby camera on a wall mountNanit Plus also reads the temperature and humidity in a roomGearBrain

Nanit Plus

Nanit Pro

Nanit looks very much like Miku, even down to the design. A camera records video and also has temperature and humidity sensors to keep tabs on the room. The camera also lets you listen to audio through a smartphone app.

There's a wearable that connects to the baby as well, and you can pick from one of three depending on the age of the baby from a sleeping bag to a swaddle or a simple band. Nanit also has an extra service called Nanit Insights which allows you to track details the camera captures including sleep tracking. Depending on the level it also lets you expand the users from between 10 to 50 people and is included for free at the basic price for the device which is $379, but the service goes up to $200 a year. You can pick up Nanit on Nanit's website and Amazon for $279.

a photo of Chillax Daily Baby monitor, display and mobile app on a smartphoneChillax Daily Baby Monitor comes with a Wi-Fi toggle switch, which easily lets you block all remote access with a single button.Chillax

Chillax Daily Baby Monitor

Chillax Daily Baby Monitor is another smart baby monitor that comes with a 4.3-inch companion display to help keep an eye on your little one It works on both a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection but what makes this baby monitor unique is the switch on the camera that you can toggle. This allows users to convert their baby monitor between a smart Wi-Fi baby monitor or a local non-connected monitor with the flick of a switch. And for those babies that get distracted from the bright LED on the baby camera, Chillax's camera has an auto-dimming LED light.

This smart baby monitor also features High-Definition remote access via Smart Device, Infrared night vision, a Hi-sensitivity microphone, preloaded nature sound and lullabies, room temperature monitoring, baby tracking event logging quick key, and digital Zoom Sound Level. It also works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled devices. And the list price is only $149.99, but on sale for $119.99 on Chillax site and Amazon.

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