The Best Baby Monitor for Your Budget — and Peace of Mind

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written for Owlet because they feel their product is something our readers would want to know about, and we agree!

The moment your baby leaves the confines of your body and enters the world is when you realize how intense your desire to keep him close and safe is. While you can't hold him every moment of every day (you can certainly try!), you can find ways to better manage the time that you are apart.

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Using a baby monitor can help you maintain the connection between you and your baby through sound, video, or amazing medical technology in order to give you more peace of mind. (And maybe even a few hours of sleep!)

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The assortment of choices begins with the audio-only monitors. These have a unit in the baby's room and a receiver (or two) that allows the parents to hear and monitor the sounds coming from the baby's room. Some of these have additional features (lights, the ability to speak to the baby through the monitor, encryption) that may affect the price.

Basic models like this Delta can start around $15, with variations like this Phillips version that play lullabies checking in at $119.

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The next option is the video monitor. These typically come with night vision so that you can peek in on your baby even when the lights are out. Some models are able to add additional cameras for a more complete view, like this Summer Infant version for $100.

Others include the intercom option, which allows you to soothe baby without entering the room, like this Lila model for $90.

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Wi-fi models take the video capability up a notch, transmitting the feed to your phone so that you can check in on the little one anywhere you have a signal.

These come with similar features to the others, like sound, night vision, and alerts, but also include some unusual features — like ease of social media sharing in case you want to post that adorable video of your baby's up-all-night antics. This Summer Infant model (around $200) even lets you move and zoom the camera remotely.

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Movement monitors do just what it sounds like — monitor movement and alert the parent unit if there is an issue. The Angelcare (various versions, pictured is $80) uses a pad located under the mattress to sense motion and issues an alert if motions ceases for more than 20 seconds. It also offers video options and temperature sensors.

The Snuza ($120) is a portable unit that clips to Baby's diaper and offers a stimulus if there is no motion for 15 seconds and an alert after 20 seconds.

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Finally, there is a monitor that does what your doctor or hospital would do — tracks the baby's oxygen levels. The Owlet ($249) works using pulse oximetry and is designed to alert both the included base and selected media devices, like a phone or an iPad, when oxygen levels dip. The technology has won several awards, and a version for hospital use is in the works.

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Which would be the monitor of your choice?

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written for Owlet because they feel their product is something our readers would want to know about, and we agree!

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The Best Baby Monitor for Your Budget — and Peace of Mind

Sara McTigue is a secret agent, cupcake chef, award winning author, photographer, and PTA mom. At least, that is how things look in her mind. When she isn’t testing the bounds of her imagination, she is a mom to three amazing and hilariously funny children, wife to a charming and handsome man, and thoroughly addicted to reading. With a BS in English Education and an MA in English Literature, words – and their ability to shape our lives and thoughts – are an everyday fascination. Af ... More

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