Do you need a monitor?
Use this Baby Monitor Review to decide

Author Name: Heidi Holvoet, PhD

Use this baby monitor review to decide IF you need one. And if you do, find the one among the best baby monitors to suit your needs.

There are 4 types of baby monitors , each with a specific goal:

Hear baby while you are in another room

Watch over baby while you are in another room

Be alerted when baby has not moved for a while
(sids monitors)

Listen to baby's heart beat during pregnancy
(fetal monitors)

Baby Sound Monitor Review

Sound Monitors

Baby Video Monitor Review

Video Monitors

Baby Movement Monitor Review

Movement Monitors

Baby Heart Rate Monitor Review

Heart Rate Monitors

Listen or Watch

How often do you find yourself, quietly at the crib side, bending over, waiting to hear a breath - just making sure she's alright ...

... and then Snap! she wakes up! She was sleeping so well, and by checking on her you woke her up :(

Avent Basic Baby Monitor

Sound familiar? And would you like to avoid it? Then definitely consult my monitor reviews for sound or video monitors : either one these types will very probably be right for you.

With one of those, you'll be able to check on her without going in straight away.

A good quality audio monitor allows you to hear regular breathing from your baby from a distance, without needing to approach and bend over the crib ... hoping to hear without waking up.

And if she wakes you will know whether she cries, or just turns over and can go back to sleep ... before needing to go in.

With a video monitor you can actually see what's going on, which can give you a lot of extra peace of mind as well as quite useful insights in your child's night time behavior.

Warning : a monitor is a good assistant but can never replace parent supervision. Use it as an aid, but do also go in and check on your baby regularly.

SIDS monitor

Angelcare SIDS movement alert

A SIDS monitor is actually a baby movement monitor , often called an angelcare baby monitor too.

Your baby then lies on a special pad. The pad registers movement, and when it doesn't feel any movement for 20 seconds or more, an alarm will warn you.

Monitors like this are a bit controversial: they may give a false feeling of security.

This has lead parents to be too relaxed about crib safety rules and can have an inverse effect - parent supervision is then actually reduced in stead of improved.

But when used correctly and with common sense, baby movement monitors have brought parents that extra bit of reassurance at night to help them sleep a bit less worried.

And many parents have been awoken by the alarm at critical moments. That's why I've included them in this baby monitor review.

Sids monitors are also usually recommended by pediatricians if appropriate, especially for babies who have had longer breathing pauses, severe sleep apnea, had a near-SIDS experience or whose siblings have.

During pregnancy: a baby heart rate monitor

BeBeSounds Prenatal heart listener

A baby heart rate monitor, or fetal heart rate monitor, lets you listen to your baby's heart during pregnancy.

At the doctor's they use specialized Doppler monitors to do this. But there are home-use versions available.

These are simply sound amplifiers - not Doppler monitors.

While it sounds nice to be able to hear, and connect with your baby before birth - especially for dad or siblings this could be quite precious ...

... I cannot personally recommend these heartbeat listeners. I've never used one myself and I do not know anyone who was happy with its quality.

My preference still goes to simpler ways of bonding with baby - while actually preparing for good sleep - and save the money to get a decent sound or video monitor for when baby arrives.

Article Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD - Founder, senior sleep consultant

Heidi Holvoet, PhD

Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 15+ years experience as well as a certified lactation counselor.

Over the years, Heidi has received several awards inluding a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) and National Parenting Awards (NAPPA) for her Baby Sleep Advice website, programs and books. Also, Baby Sleep Advice was awarded "Most Trusted Infant's Sleep Solutions Company 2023" in the Benelux Enterprise Awards 2023.

Heidi continually conducts personal research and participates in continued education and in that way stays up to date with current scientific and pyschosocial infant care.

Association of Professional Sleep Consultants

She is also a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants of which she was one of the earliest contributors. She obtained her PhD degree in physics at the University of Ghent in Belgium.

Heidi is passionate about helping babies and their parents sleep more and better, with her trademark approach that has been proven and praised time and again by parents worldwide to be effective and truly no-tears. Respect for you as a parent and your baby, is at the heart of Heidi's warm and kind support. Her approach always keeps in mind a baby's needs and abilities at any given age, is based on pediatric science and the most up to date knowledge in infant care and sleep science.

As well as the award-winning baby sleep programs, Heidi offers popular 1:1 consults and easy-access 30-minute SOS Sleep sessions.