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Momtrends must-have: baby monitors

April 28, 2015

We know you want to keep your baby safe and sound – even when they are out of your sight. For this month’s Momtrends Must-Have Awards we’re looking at monitors. Whether you’re looking for a full-feature video monitor with lots of bells and whistles, a movement monitor you can take on the road, or a basic audio monitor that is affordable but still performs well, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite baby monitors to put on your next baby registry. (Want to see our past Momtrends Must-Have winners? Click here!)

Favorite Video Monitor: VTech Safe & Sound Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Monitor

Vtech HD Safe and Sound Video Monitor

The benefit of a video monitor is that since you can see your little one without going in the room, you are better able to judge if your little guy is crying because his swaddle has come undone, he’s lost his paci or is just throwing a fit about nap time. Our top pick is the VTech Safe & Sound® Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Monitor. The title is almost as long as the list of features we love. This monitor has great audio and video performance with nearly no delay. You can control the camera’s pan, tilt and zoom from the parent unit that also includes a two-way communication button and temperature display. It would be nice if the 2.8″ color screen was a tad bigger, but the picture quality and ease of use makes it one of our favorite monitors. We also love the sleek, modern and gender neutral design and that you can buy this monitor with a single or dual camera. Plus, our award-winner will cost you just $150 making it practical and a high performer. BUY: V-Tech

We know you want to keep your baby safe and sound – even when they are out of your sight. For this month’s Momtrends Must-Have Awards we’re looking at monitors. Whether you’re looking for a full-feature video monitor with lots of bells and whistles, a movement monitor you can take on the road, or a basic audio monitor that is affordable but still performs well, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite baby monitors to put on your next baby registry. (Want to see our past Momtrends Must-Have winners? Click here!)

Best Value Audio Monitor: VTech Safe & Sounds

VTech Safe and Sound Audio Monitor

If you gasp at the idea of paying over $200 for a baby monitor, then rest assured that you can get a quality monitor with a surprising number of extra features for under $40 with the VTech Safe & Sounds audio monitor. Like the Philip Avent monitor, this VTech uses DECT 6.0 digital technology that helps eliminate background noise and interference. Parents will also love the two-way communication, sound activation, vibration alerts, and nightlight feature. The parent handset has a great battery life, is easy to clip on for hands-free carrying, and did we mention it’s under $40? BUY: Amazon

Originally published on 2015-04-28 by Kate Bayless at Momtrends .