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7 Best Video Baby Monitors in 2018

Keep an eye on baby at all times with one of these new video monitors.

7 Best Video Baby Monitors in 2018

For the most part, all baby monitors are created equal, right? Wrong. In the last few years, monitor technology has come a long way. And while those tried-and-true cameras still get the job done, it’s a growing trend for baby monitors to come standard with some pretty cool features. From coaching you through sleep training to sensor technology and oh just that little thing called Alexa, the newest monitors on the market are revolutionizing this nursery must-have.

These are the seven video baby monitors you need to know about right now.

1. Nanit Camera, starting at $279. Thanks to the unique wall mount, this camera gives you a birds's eye view of your babe, and the HD live video that streams straight to your smart device works even if your connection goes down. A directional antenna keeps wi-fi signals pointed away from your sleeping baby, and Nanit even protects data in its own secure server. But the real magic is in the Nanit Insights, which you’ll need to add on as a subscription -- it’s like your own personal sleep coach! It uses something fancy called computer vision to learn your baby’s sleep habits and even gives you personalized advice, backed by science, for improving their sleep.

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2. Lollipop Smart Baby Camera, $155. The Lollipop is as cute as its name, but it’s more than just its good looks. A versatile stand means it can be attached directly to the crib, you know, for parents who like to watch their babies physically breathing (we totally get it)! And once your babe is pulling herself up and becomes curious in this adorable candy colored camera, it can be mounted on the wall. Like the Nanit, you access the live stream through an app on your smart device. But unlike the Nanit, you’ll have to add an in-room monitoring system to detect environmental data, such as temperature, humidity and air quality.

3. Cocoon Cam, $149. So sitting with your phone in hand all night, watching your baby’s chest go up and down isn’t really your thing, but you still can’t enjoy Netflix without knowing if they are ok all the way in the other room either? That's when the Cocoon Cam comes to save the day... ahem, night. This monitor offers real-time breathing monitoring with wait for it, no wearable device required! The camera sends an alert to your smart device if breathing changes and also lets you know when your baby is waking up, has fallen asleep or is crying.

4. Project Nursery Smart Nursery Baby Monitor System with Alexa, $229. One word… Alexa. Yup, the newest baby monitor from Project Nursery is not only compatible with Alexa, she’s included in the box. This monitor is wifi enabled and connects to your smart phone but also gives you the option of using the Alexa voice-controlled functions to operate the camera. Think of it as a hands-free baby monitor! You can ask Alexa to play a lullaby or read the temperature of the nursery and has over 10,000 other skills to use in your everyday life.

5. Motorola MBP855Connect-2, Wi-Fi Video Baby Monitor, $249. Want to use a traditional monitor when at home but have the ability to check on baby with your phone when away? There’s a monitor for that too. The Motorola Wi-Fi Baby Monitor is comparable with your smart phone but also comes with a 5 inch video monitor. Why do we love this? Well the video monitor is great for a babysitter or visiting family members and if your wifi goes out, you’ll still be able to keep a close eye on baby. And the camera itself is portable so it can be taken from room to room or easily packs in your bag for vacations.

6. Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens, $165.99. Wifi has become standard on so many of the new and improved baby monitors but what if you actually prefer a monitor without wifi capability? One of the most trusted and beloved monitors on the market also happens to be a traditional non-wifi monitor. The Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor is best known for its interchangeable optic lens. And it allows you to modify the angle and zoom, giving you the best view of your baby no matter where the camera is set up.

7. Levana® Shiloh™ 32200 5-inch HD Touchscreen Baby Video Monitor, $99.99. This monitor may be budget-friendly, but it certainly doesn’t skimp on features. Along with the 5” high definition touch screen, impressive for this price point, the Levana Shiloh has a 12-hour battery life, long range signal, LED night vision and loads more! What’s better? As your family grows, the Levana Shiloh adapts and grows with you! Up to three additional cameras can be added, and you can even set the screen to view all four cameras at once.

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    These challenges from Nike PLAYlist are exactly what my child needs to stay active

    Plus a fall family bucket list to keep everyone moving all season long.

    While it's hard to name anything that the pandemic hasn't affected, one thing that is constantly on my mind is how to keep my family active despite spending more time indoors. Normally, this time of year would be spent at dance and gymnastics lessons, meeting up with friends for games and field trips, and long afternoon playdates where we can all let off a little steam. Instead, we find ourselves inside more often than ever before—and facing down a long winter of a lot more of the same.

    I started to search for an outlet that would get my girls moving safely while we social distance, but at first I didn't find a lot of solutions. Online videos either weren't terribly engaging for my active kids, or the messaging wasn't as positive around the power of movement as I would like. Then I found the Nike PLAYlist.

    I always knew that Nike could get me moving, but I was so impressed to discover this simple resource for parents. PLAYlist is an episodic sports show on YouTube that's made for kids and designed to teach them the power of expressing themselves through movement. The enthusiastic kid hosts immediately captured my daughter's attention, and I love how the physical activity is organically incorporated in fun activities without ever being specifically called out as anything other than play. For example, this segment where the kids turn yoga into a game of Paper Scissors Rock? Totally genius. The challenges from #TheReplays even get my husband and me moving more when our daughter turns it into a friendly family competition. (Plus, I love the play-inspired sportswear made just for kids!)

    My daughter loves the simple Shake Ups at the beginning of the episode and is usually hopping off the couch to jump, dance and play within seconds. One of her favorites is this Sock Flinger Shake Up activity from the Nike PLAYlist that's easy for me to get in on too. Even after we've put away the tablet, the show inspires her to create her own challenges throughout the day.

    The best part? The episodes are all under 5 minutes, so they're easy to sprinkle throughout the day whenever we need to work out some wiggles (without adding a lot of screen time to our schedule).

    Whether you're looking for simple alternatives to P.E. and sports or simply need fun ways to help your child burn off energy after a day of socially distanced school, Nike's PLAYlist is a fun, kid-friendly way to get everyone moving.

    Need more movement inspiration for fall? Here are 5 ways my family is getting up and getting active this season:

    1. Go apple picking.

    Truly, it doesn't really feel like fall until we've picked our first apple. (Or had our first bite of apple cider donut!) Need to burn off that extra cinnamon-sugar energy? Declare a quick relay race up the orchard aisle—winner gets first to pick of apples at home.

    To wear: These Printed Training Tights are perfect for when even a casual walk turns into a race (and they help my daughter scurry up a branch for the big apples).

    2. Visit a pumpkin patch.

    We love to pick up a few locally grown pumpkins to decorate or cook with each year. Challenge your child to a "strongman" contest and see who can lift the heaviest pumpkin while you're there.

    To wear: Suit up your little one in comfort with this Baby Full Zip Coverall so you're ready for whatever adventures the day brings.

    3. Have a nature scavenger hunt.

    Scavenger hunts are one of my favorite ways to keep my daughter preoccupied all year long. We love to get outside and search for acorns, leaves and pinecones as part of our homeschool, but it's also just a great way to get her exercising those gross motor skills whenever the wiggles start to build up.

    To wear: It's not truly fall until you break out a hoodie. This cozy Therma Elite Kids Hoodie features a mesh overlay to release heat while your child plays.

    4. Have a touch-football game.

    Tip for parents with very little kids: It doesn't have to last as long as a real football game. 😂 In fact, staging our own mini-games is one of our favorite ways to get everyone up and moving in between quarters during Sunday football, and I promise we all sleep better that night.

    To wear: From impromptu games of tag to running through our favorite trails, these kids' Nike Air Zoom Speed running shoes are made to cover ground all season long.

    5. Create an indoor obstacle course.

    Pretending the floor is lava was just the beginning. See how elaborate your personal course can get, from jumping on the couch to rolling under the coffee table to hopping down the hallway on one foot.

    To wear: These ready-for-any-activity Dri-FIT Tempo Shorts are perfect for crawling, hopping and racing—and cuddling up when it's time to rest.

    This article was sponsored by Nike. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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