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We went on six international family vacations before our little boy turned one year old. Subsequently, we quickly learnt a lot about the baby gadgets you should leave at home when travelling.
However, one thing that firmly stayed on our family packing list is a travel-suitable baby monitor.
When travelling, we always try to get a separate room for the baby to sleep. This way, we can keep him in a routine and enjoy each other’s company without fear of waking him.
However, while sleeping in this new environment, we always like to watch him to ensure he’s safe, calm and comfortable, and a good, travel-friendly baby monitor allows us to do just that.
The Nanit Pro is one of the most well-known and expensive baby monitors on this list.
This monitor is a fantastic choice for parents travelling with newborn babies. However, the price and features may be overkill for parents with little ones over six months.
- Compatible with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant and IFTTT
- 1080p resolution
- Sleep trends & analysis
- Breathing motion alerts
HelloBaby HB6550 is a great value baby monitor, boasting several features often seen in more expensive monitors.
The baby monitor screen is 5" and features a temperature display. The camera can pan and tilt for the best viewing position, while the LED light means you can see your baby even in a dark room.
- Great value for money
- Footage is secure and encrypted
- Baby monitor screen is small
- Have to carry baby monitor with you
The Angelcare AC527 includes a parent unit monitor, a high-definition camera and a movement plate.
The movement plate is a fantastic piece of equipment for anxious parents (like us!) and sounds if there is no movement after 20 seconds. However, it also makes this baby monitor rather expensive compared to others on this list.
- Clear picture
- Easy to use
- Large screen
- The monitor has a short battery
- Volume limit
The VTech VM819 boasts a 5" colour touchscreen display that offers two-way communication between you and your baby.
Meanwhile, the camera comes with a built-in temperature sensor. This temperature sensor allows you to monitor the room and adjust your baby's layers accordingly.
The VTech VM819 baby monitor is also one of the best for signal security. The monitor transmits signals using a secured internal 2.4GHz channel with FHSS technology.
- Secure internal 2.4GHz channel.
- Long battery
- Good range
- Limited features and functionality
- Small monitor
- You have to carry the monitor around with you
The Nannio Hero3 is one of this list's most budget-friendly baby monitors.
Sadly, what lets this monitor down is the screen, which is relatively small at just 3.5". Given this, the Nannio Hero3 may only suit parents with older babies and children still looking for peace of mind.
- Easy setup
- No extra cameras
- Small screen
The Owlet Cam Smart is one of the best baby monitors on the market, if not the best. This monitor allows you to check in on your baby from anywhere, with either the monitor or your smartphone.
The camera offers a wide-angle view, a 4x pinch-to-zoom and a room temperature sensor for complete visibility. This baby monitor can also be upgraded to include the Owlet Dream Sock, which allows you to check your baby's movement, heart rate and oxygen levels.
- View your baby from anywhere
- Wide-angle view with a 4x pinch-to-zoom
- Can be upgraded to include additional features
- Some features excessive
The Eufy 720p baby monitor is one of many Eufy products we own (alongside a robotic vacuum and home security cameras). This monitor offers excellent features and incredible video quality at an affordable price.
The Eufy 720p baby monitor battery lasts up to 30 hours in regular usage scenarios or 12 in continuous monitoring mode. Meanwhile, infrared night vision makes checking on your baby in low-light conditions easy.
- Sharp HD quality
- Good range
- No lullabies or white noise
- No motion detection
The Hubble Nursery Pal Cloud comes with one or two cameras, depending on the package you purchase.
This is one of the best portable baby monitors, ideal for travelling parents. The dedicated 5" baby monitor screen has an extended range of up to 1,000ft. However, using the Hubble app, you can also view the live feed on your smartphone from anywhere worldwide.
- Monitor and smartphone views
- Infrared vision
- Motion detection
- Short battery life
- Grainy handset picture
- App drains phone battery
The BabySense V43 is an excellent option for travelling parents with more than one child as you can split the screen in two, watching both children from one central location.
The baby unit has built-in infrared night vision, allowing you to check your baby, even in a dark room.
This baby monitor is straightforward to set up and has a transmission range of up to 1000ft (in an open area).
- Easy to mount
- Multiple cameras
- Annoying low battery alert
- Has been known to overheat if left on too long
The Eufy Spaceview Pro is one of the best babies monitors money can buy. The camera is 720p, pans 330° to see corner-to-corner, and tilts 110° to allow you to see floor to ceiling.
Meanwhile, the 30-hour battery life means you don't have to charge the monitor constantly.
- No WiFi needed
- Easy setup
- Long battery life
- No sound indicator
- No movement alert
The Infant Optics DXR-8 Pro is one of the best video baby monitors. However, it's also one of the most expensive.
This baby monitor has an active noise reduction feature that filters out background noise, such as white noise and air humidifiers. Meanwhile, the camera includes a 6x zoom lens, with a wide-angle lens available to purchase separately.
- Visual sound indicator
- Supports 4 cameras
- Easy setup
- No lullabies
- Delayed sound feedback
The Motorola Comfort75 is an affordable and reliable baby monitor suitable for parents at home or on the road.
This baby monitor has various features, including 2-way intercom speakers and a camera that can be adjusted remotely.
- Wireless zoom
- Infrared night vision
- Temperature monitoring
- Poor battery performance
The MoonyBaby Split 50 baby monitor is an excellent choice if you travel with two children, as the monitor has split screen capabilities.
This baby monitor's screen also has five lullabies, room temperature detection, and 2-way talkback.
- Split-screen viewing
- Clear, large display
- No Wi-Fi needed
- Short battery life
- Indoor use only
- No pan/tilt feature
The Lollipop baby monitor has several unique features that make it fantastic value for money. These include contactless breathing monitoring without a wearable device and respiratory rate readings.
The Lollipop's camera border lets you track movements inside your baby's crib. So, if anything happens outside the border, for instance, if the baby's leg gets stuck, the monitor will alert you.
- Flexible mounting options
- High-quality video
- Advanced sound detection
- Limited range
- Occasional app glitches
The VTech DM221 is an audio-only baby monitor. This makes the VTech DM221 an excellent choice for parents of older children who may need some monitoring in a new location.
This monitor has a 1,000ft range and a talk-back intercom that allows you to speak to your child directly. The parent unit runs on a rechargeable Ni-MH battery or AC power, with the rechargeable battery lasting up to 16 hours.
- Clear audio quality
- Extended range
- Affordable price
- Limited features
- Potential interference