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When I first got our baby monitor, I was super excited about its recording feature. I did end up returning that VTech dual-camera monitor for battery issues but I must say that monitors with recording capabilities give baby monitors an elevated status.

What is a recording baby monitor?

A recording baby monitor is a baby monitor that has a camera with recording capabilities, allowing you to record videos of your baby and store them locally or in the cloud and play them back later.

Not all baby monitors have this feature but is getting common with new models – especially wifi baby monitors that now allow you to record and store footage on the cloud.

A few models that do not use wifi such as Hellobaby and DBPower have led the pack with impressive models designed with SD card slots to store footage – up to 4GB!

So, does the Infant Optics DXR 8 record?

A common question we get here at Motherhood HQ is, does Infant Optics record. The quick and correct answer is No. Both the old Infant Optics DXR and the new DXR 8 Pro do not record as it does not have a micro-SD slot and does not save video clips to the cloud. Unlike baby monitors that can record a video of your baby or keep snapshots of your baby when you are away, Infant Optics does not record.

If you are looking to specifically have a camera that does record and has playback, you can look at our list of top baby monitors with playback.

Benefits of recording baby monitors:

  1. 1) Being able to capture your baby’s milestones: All those “firsts” happen so quickly and before you know it, your baby is no longer a newborn. With a recording feature, you can go back and watch those first steps, first words, and other precious moments as often as you’d like.
  2. Being able to review any potential safety concerns: If you have a baby monitor with recording capabilities, you can go back and review footage if you’re ever concerned about your child’s safety. This is especially beneficial if you have a nanny or daycare provider that you’re not 100% comfortable with.
  3. 3) Being able to share the recordings with family and friends: This is probably one of the best things about having a recorded baby monitor. You can share those special moments with family and friends who live far away and may not be able to see your baby as often as you’d like.

Drawbacks of recording baby monitors

There are, of course, some downsides to recorded monitors.

  • The most obvious one is the price tag. Many of the best monitors on the market are pretty pricey and the recording feature is often an added cost.
  • Another downside is that it takes up a lot of storage space on your device. If you have a limited amount of storage, you might have to delete other things to make room for the recordings.
  • Finally, if someone hacks into your baby monitor, they could potentially access your recordings. This is why it’s important to have a secure password and to keep your firmware up-to-date.

Does Infant Optics have an app?

There is no Infant Optics baby monitor app, Infant Optics DXR 8 iPhone app or any smartphone app that connects to Infant Optics DXR 8 as it does not connect via the internet. Both the old model of Infant Optics and the new DXR 8 Pro do not have smartphone apps.

Can I make Infant Optics DXR 8 Record?

Unfortunately, Infant Optics DXR 8 and DXR 8 Pro do not have the SD card slot and it is impossible to improvise one as the wiring inside is not set up for it. The same goes for making Infant Optics DXR 8 save to the cloud – there is no way to do this as Infant Optics does not have an internet connection.

How do baby monitors record?

SD-Card monitors:

Monitors that have recording capabilities generally have a slot for an SD card. The footage is then stored on the SD card, which can either be kept inside the monitor or taken out and inserted into another device, such as a computer, to view the footage.

Hellobaby HB25 is an example of a non-wifi monitor that supports micro SD cards up to 32GB. When you get this monitor, you’ll need to purchase a 32GB SD card and insert it and it will record all the videos in real-time and store them on the card.

Cloud-storage baby monitors:

Another type of baby monitor that can record is one that saves the footage to the cloud. Cloud baby monitors usually have some type of subscription service, such as Nest Aware, whereby you pay a monthly or yearly fee and your footage is then stored on the company’s servers. The upside to this type of monitor is that you can access your footage from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. The downside is that if the company’s servers go down, or if you cancel your subscription, you will no longer have access to your footage.

Nooie Baby Monitor is an example of a wifi camera with cloud storage that saves all videos by default. However, you can also save videos to your device if you want.

To view your footage, you will need to download the Nooie app and sign in. Once you’re signed in, all of your videos will be accessible in the app. You can also view them on the Nooie website by signing in with the same account.

If you cancel your subscription, you will no longer have access to any of the footage that was saved on the company’s servers.


Q: Does infant optics baby monitor/camera record?

A: No, Infant Optics camera does not record. It does not have the slot to put the SD card to store footages locally nor does it connect to Wifi to be able to record and store the videos to the cloud.

Q: how do baby monitors that record work?

A: Monitors that have recording capabilities generally have a slot for an SD card. The footage is then stored on the SD card, which can either be kept inside the monitor or taken out and inserted into another device, such as a computer, to view the footage.

Q: how much does it cost to get a monitor that records?

A: The cost of the monitor will vary depending on the brand and type of monitor. Generally, SD-card monitors are less expensive than cloud-storage monitors.

Q: Does Infant Optics camera have to be plugged in?

A: Yes. Unlike Infant Optics’ parent unit/screen, the camera only uses AC power and needs to be plugged into the wall. Some camera features of Infant Optics camera such as night vision require a lot of power than batteries’ DC power wouldn’t be able to support.

Q: how does infant optics work with two cameras?

A: You would need to purchase the additional camera and mount it in the second location. You will need to pair the second camera to the parent unit and you’ll see a notification on the screen once both cameras have paired successfully with the screen. You can then view both cameras’ feed on the screen by switching back and forth between them. Infant Optics doesn’t have the capability to allow you to view two video feeds on one screen.

Q: Can I use my infant optics as a Webcam?

A: While it’s possible to use infant optics as a webcam, it’s not recommended because the quality of the video feed won’t be as good as a dedicated webcam. Additionally, you’ll need to purchase a separate USB adapter in order to connect the camera to your computer.