As a parent with a newborn or toddler, you always want to keep a close eye on them to ensure everything is okay, especially when they’re sleeping. Unfortunately, there will be times when you need to travel for work or business, and distance makes any one of us unsettled. The solution? Getting a baby monitor with wifi connectivity to let you tap into the feed from your phone whenever you have an internet connection. That way, even when you are halfway across the world, you can check on your baby as much as you would like.
Baby monitors that you can see on your phone consist of a camera unit (for the baby’s room) and a smartphone app where you receive your baby’s video and audio signal. Depending on the particular baby monitor, you need 2.4GHz or 5GHz home wifi connectivity or both to install the baby monitor app. As for the app, these are readily available for free from Google Play Store or App Store, so all you need to do is download and install on your Android or iOS device, then follow the command prompting on the app to link the camera.
The other benefit of this wifi of baby monitors is that you get all features that come with more bells and whistles than in traditional baby monitors. Plus, you can also keep track of other functions such as room temperature, talkback function, camera angles, volume controls, sleep patterns, feeding schedule, and more depending on what functions your baby monitor is offering.
One thing to be aware of is that wifi baby monitors are usually much more expensive than traditional baby monitors, so it may be difficult to choose if you are on a budget. If you are looking to buy a baby monitor that you can see on your phone, we highly recommend you to buy from reputable brands which are known for having secure transmission to eliminate the potential of being hacked.
Luckily, we have made the hunting easy for you by spending countless hours searching reviews to come up with this shortlist of the best baby monitors that you can see on your phone that are secure and have great image quality, among other nice features.
Reviews of Baby Monitors You Can See Through Your Phone
It is no secret Nanit Pro is the most popular wifi baby monitor that you can use on your phone. This is an excellent choice if you are looking for high-quality live video in True HD 1080p resolution and an app with lots of nice features and, more specifically, detailed sleep analytics. It has a sleek design and several mounting options to use. Wall mounting is standard, but floor stand and table mount are sold separately.
Nanit Pro supports both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wifi networks and connects to Android and iOS devices. We love that it supports dual-band enabling parents to avoid a 2.4GHz channel that usually has a lot of interference. To use, you need to download and install the Nanit app from Google Play or App Store to your smartphone or tablet. You can do a whole lot from the app. For example, you can see your baby’s video in crisp HD, save pictures and video clips, talk to your baby through the built-in speaker, and play nature sounds and white noise, turn on the night light (it lets you see your baby when you come in to check on her at night and is angled upward so as not to shine on your baby’s eyes), and more. You will also love that there is an option of listening to the background audio even with the app turned off.
The Nanit Pro offers Insights that can be very helpful for parents, especially during the first few months when little ones are very fussy sleepers. These Insights give you real-time activity feed, fun time lapses, timings and video footage of wakeful periods during naptime and nighttime, age-based comparisons of your baby’s sleep, and tips to improve sleep by Nanit Sleep Experts. This info will help you know how you can improve your baby’s routine to promote better sleep. After the first year, you will need a subscription to continue receiving this in-depth sleep data.
In addition, the subscription also supports breathing motion tracking (requires Nanit’s Breathing wear which is sold separately as a simple chest band, sleepsack, swaddle, or pajamas ), which can help you know if your baby is breathing fine. If the camera detects that breathing has stopped for 20 seconds, it plays a loud alarm and lights on your phone. This may help parents who are anxious about SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). The Nanit pro also tracks your baby’s gains in height with the Nanit Smart Sheet, and it also comes at an additional $34.99 each.
Nanit Pro uses the most advanced encryption, AES-256 making it one of the most secure baby monitors in the market. Therefore you should not have to worry about hackers intercepting your baby’s signal with this baby monitor. Plus, the fact that it uses both 2.4 and 5 GHz frequencies you should have less interference.
As you would imagine Nanit Pro is expensive and the lowest price starts at $299 and comes with a Breathing Band. The complete Nanit Pro monitoring system that includes a floor stand and Smart sheet goes for $379. But, once again, you get one free year of Nanit Insights regardless of the bundle you buy and after that, you pay a subscription fee of $5 per month or $50 a year.
- Supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz
- 1080p HD video quality
- Two-way talk-back
- Temperature and humidity sensor
- Advanced Encryption Standard, AES-256
- Works with Alexa
- Breathing Wear to help the camera track baby’s breathing
- Sheet to track baby’s height gains
Miku baby monitor that lets you see your baby from anywhere in the world, right from your phone. Like other baby monitors in this category, it consists of a camera with a speaker and microphone and an app that installs on your smartphone or tablet from Google Play or App Store. It operates only on the 2.4GHz wifi network.
Miku provides a birds-eye view of the baby, a position that allows parents to have the best view of what is happening with the baby. The manufacturer also says you can also mount it on any flat surface that is six feet from your baby without needing extra mounting tools, and it will work just as fine. This makes the Miku baby monitor an ideal choice for traveling.
The Miku baby monitor uses a patented SensorFusion Technology to track your baby’s breathing and movement patterns without contact with wearable devices or wires. This makes the Miku a fantastic choice for parents who worry about the safety of their baby coming into contact with wires and pads while they are asleep to monitor breathing and movements. And apart from breathing and movements, the Miku baby monitor also tracks sound, activity, sleeping pattern, and temperature and gives you very detailed analytics on the app dashboard.
Miku also takes the title of the most secure baby monitor in the market, seeing that it is designed with three levels of highly secure technology. It has 256-bit encryption that other high-end wifi baby monitors use, an additional two-factor authentication, and a physical tamper-proof chip that protects your personal encryption keys. Also, although anyone (family and babysitters) will need to download the app on their smart devices, you will be able to control who gets access to the Miku camera from your app, which also provides enhanced security. This may seem like overkill but, these will assure any parent who is anxious about being hacked.
Miku is pricy, but when you consider the technologies that it comes with, they make up for the high pricing. Plus, it doesn’t have subscription fees or membership, so you get full access to all the features once you buy.
- 720p HD image quality
- Breathing, movement, and sleep monitoring
- Two-way talk
- Night vision
- Temperature and humidity sensor
- White noise and lullabies
- Expandable camera system
- Unhackable crypto chip plus 256 encryption bit
Motorola ConnectView 65Plus delivers crisp live video of your little one to your phone, but it also comes with a 5-inch handheld dedicated monitor that you can use around the home or when you don’t have your phone with you. To use it on your smartphone or iPhone, you will need to download the HubbleConnected app from Google Play or App store (not to be confused with a Hubble app for Motorola). A lot of people are confused because the advert is misleading, so you need to get the HubbleConnected app as the Hubble app won’t connect to the ConnectView camera. Also, since Motorola sold its brand to Bitanone, this is the name you should be looking for when choosing the camera to link with on your app, not Motorola.
Setting the setup challenges aside, ConnectView 65 plus is a worthy contender, especially when you consider it comes at almost half the price of high-end monitors like the Nanit Pro. It has a 1080p camera with a 120-degree field of view and can be mounted from the wall or table or above the crib to provide almost any view angle of your desire. You can also activate lullabies and nature sounds as well as play audiobooks from the app or record two-minute audios on your smartphone and play them for your baby from the app.
It also offers more features that require subscription such as Sleep Diary (video clip of your baby’s movements during the previous night), cloud storage for the motion-triggered video clips, multi-camera support, and a SmartZone feature for motion detection limited to specific areas like the crib.
- Mobile app and 5-inch handheld unit options
- 1080 p camera
- Five lullabies, nature sounds, and audiobook
- Two-way talk
- Temperature sensors
- Motion sensors
- Cloud storage
- Multiple camera support (up to 15 cameras)
- Video can be viewed on a smartphone or included handheld device
- Crisp image quality on the phone
- The camera includes built-in lullabies, sounds, and audiobooks
- Allows background audio with smartphone screen turned off
- Inaccurate temperature displays; tends to be higher than actual room temperature
- Setting up the over-the-crib mount is a pain
- Misleading information about the app
Like the sister above, the Motorola Halo plus connects to your phone on the HubbleConnect app from Google Play and App Store and also to a dedicated parent unit allowing you to keep an eye on your baby whether you are at home the most convenient way possible. Moreover, the app is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant allowing for easy hands-free operation.
The Hubble app lets you see crisp videos of your baby in 1080p resolution and lets you do everything you can do with the handheld parent monitor. Additionally, it offers insights on your baby’s sleep and parenting tips and has a growth and development tracker that lets you in key details like feeding quantities, pumping durations, sleeping times, weight, and height. These records are especially helpful for tracking your baby’s well-being.
Motorola Halo Plus has a mounting device that gives you an overhead view of your baby and can be controlled from both the mobile app and the dedicated parent unit. It also provides various features, including motion and sound detection, multi-color night lights, and soothing lullabies, and a projector.
- Dedicated handheld device and Hubble app for android and iOS devices
- Crisp 1080p imaging
- Two-way talk
- Automatic infrared night vision
- Temperature and humidity sensor
- Lullabies, multi-color nightlight, and projector
- Sleep and parenting tips
- Growth and development tracking application
- Smart home integration with Alexa and Google Assistant
- Crisp images and video on both parent unit and mobile devices
- Convenient to use from anywhere with a mobile app and dedicated parent unit options
- Variety of features to entertain and soothe the baby to sleep
- Hubble app provides valuable data and tips to help with sleep and baby growth and development
- Easy setup
- Disconnection problems from unstable wifi
Cube AI Plus is a high-end baby monitor that features the most advanced technologies we have witnessed in baby monitoring. Unlike other monitors that also double for security cameras, this one was co-founded by a pediatrician and a mom who designed it with unique features that specifically help with baby monitoring concerns. As such, we find the Cube Ai plus to be the perfect monitor for tech-savvy and new and anxious parents.
Like other wifi baby monitors Cube AI uses your phone as the parent unit so you can see your baby from anywhere in the world. It also works with both 2.4 and 5GHz wifi networks, enabling you to minimize lag. To use this baby monitor, you need to download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play store to your phone.
Cube Ai comes with a cute birdie camera that your kids will love and captures video in sharp 1080p resolution. It has many mounting options to give you the best views. For example, you can mount it on its mobile stand on the tabletop or shelf, or on the floor stand, or even to the baby’s crib.
With this baby monitor, parents can experience ultimate peace of mind and a restful night because it uses artificial intelligence to detect when your baby cries, rolls over on their stomach, or has their face covered and alerts you. It also has a crib detection zone feature that detects the motion of newborns in the crib. But the one that impressed us the most was the danger detection zone feature where parents set an area outside of the crib to be alerted when someone else enters it. This is an especially great feature to have with a toddler as you can set zones around the house they shouldn’t go to like the kitchen stairs etc. it is also useful in ensuring an older toddler or a furry friend does not go to disturb the baby in the crib. Aside from these, it also tracks your baby’s sleep and captures cute photos of your baby’s moments, like when sitting up or smiling.
With a subscription, you get sleep analytics reports and wall photo storage for 30 days and 18-hour playback. But, the manufacturer gives you all these premium features for the first year, after which you can start paying to continue enjoying the features.
- Detects when baby’s face is covered and alerts parents promptly
- Sound activated sensor alerts parents when the baby cries
- Motion sensors alert parents when it detects movements in the crib or areas designated as “danger zone”
- Two-way talk
- Temperature and humidity sensors
- Multiple camera support
- Plays lullabies, nature sounds, and white noise
- Night light
- Sleep tracking with daily reports
- Smart home integration with Alexa
- Excellent image quality day and night
- Ability to detect cries, movement, and unsafe sleeping positions and send alerts
- Strong reliable connectivity
- Automatically takes pictures of cute baby moments
- Cool camera design that kids will love
- Premium subscription is required to download video
- Set up might be lengthy and complicated
Last but not least, we have the Safety 1 st HD wifi baby monitor making it to the top six best baby monitors you can use right from your phone. This monitor provides high-quality video and a feature-rich app for Android and iOS devices. It connects to the 2.4GHz wifi network, and of course, you can get the app on the App Store and Google Play store.
Safety 1 st HD baby monitor has a different design compared to other monitors with a two-piece system that include a camera and a dedicated portable audio unit. You get a really great view with the high definition 720p imaging resolution, 5X zooming capability, and a 130° wide-angle that gives you a full view of the nursery or around the crib without needing to pan or tilt the camera. The portable audio unit lets you talk and listen in on your kid from anywhere within your house, even without your phone.
Besides letting you monitor your child visually and audibly, Safety 1 st HD baby monitor also features a noise and motion-activated technology that alerts you when the camera detects noise or if there is movement. It also records video with timestamps for later viewing and allow sharing from the app to social media and to family and friends by text. The videos are stored in the cloud for up to 24 hours for free.
With Safety 1 st baby monitor, you should have no worries about security because it uses the most advanced AES 256-bit encryption, which cannot be hacked. Also, it sets up a separate firewall between the monitor and your home internet connection for privacy.
- HD 720p crystal clear video quality with 30 frames per second
- 130° wide-angle view
- 5x digital zoom
- Noise and motion-activated technology
- Light ring alerts for noise or sound
- Ultra-clear infrared night vision up to 15 feet
- Expandable to an unlimited number of cameras
- Up to 12+ hours extended battery life on the Smart Audio Unit
- Control sensitivity of motion and noise alerts sent to your phone or Smart Audio Unit
- Two-way talk
- Free cloud storage and 24-hour timeline
- Grant caretakers temporary scheduled access
- Top-notch security: Physical security (encryption chip), AES 256-bit data encryption, Encrypted cloud storage, Secure web transfer (SSL/TLS)
- High-quality image resolution
- Motion and sound detection
- Best in class security features
- Crystal clear audio
- Free cloud storage for up to 24 hours
- Allows sharing of special moments via text, email, or social media
- Ultra-clear night vision
- Great pricing
- Doesn’t have temperature and humidity sensors which are standard in baby monitors of its class
- Inconsistent video upload times.
I am Ashley Davis, a mom of three kids and the editor here at Motherhood HQ (formerly 10BabyGear). I have been a parent since 2011 and have been doing full-time consulting as a baby sleep expert since 2019. When I am not researching or testing the next baby gear hitting the market, you’ll find me teaching my toddlers a trick or two – especially over the last few months with the lockdown. I hope you’ll find my guides and reviews helpful as you make your next purchase decision. If you have any questions, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.