Where To Put Baby Monitor: Positioning the Baby Monitor
For safety reasons relating to baby monitors emitting radiation, you need to make sure that the baby monitor is positioned at least 3 feet away from the baby. You can choose to position the camera anywhere in the nursery as long as the camera viewing angle covers the entire crib.
If you are using a baby monitor with a camera and night vision feature, you need to check the night vision range of your baby monitor. If the night vision range is 15 ft., you should make sure you don’t position your baby monitor more than 15ft away from the baby’s crib. Surpassing the night vision range will render the camera useless at night as you won’t be able to see pictures of your baby at night. You also need to make sure that the microphone in the camera is not situated too far from the baby because you should be able to hear any sound from your baby.
One last thing that you should make sure of is to hide the cords so your baby is not at risk of strangulation. Many parents find DIY methods to hide cords but you can explore products such as Wiremold (shown below) which has been designed to specifically assist in hiding cords in a baby’s nursery.
You can mount your baby monitor on the wall or on the crib and you’ll have to consider a few things before you decide on the wall or the crib.
Locations to Put Baby Monitor In the Nursery
Most baby monitors come with mounting instructions that will guide you on where you can position the camera in the crib. You can get creative and choose locations such as:
1. Table Mount / Flat Surface Mount
A table or flat surface is the most common place to place your baby monitor. Some baby monitors do not give an option to mount it on the wall and are better mounted on a flat surface such as a table. If the camera has a flat surface base, you can mount it on a table next to the baby’s crib. Some of the baby monitors that can be mounted on a flat surface are Miku baby monitor and Arlo baby monitor.
Vusee flat surface mount can enable you to safely hide the cords and ensure your baby monitor camera is fixed to one position.
Vusee Flat surface mount is made of plastic and is very light making it easy to carry. It will also cost you less than $15 but you can check its current price on Amazon here.
2. Wall Mount
Wondering how to mount a baby monitor on the wall? It’s easy. Your wall is another location you can place your baby monitor. You can mount your baby monitor on the vertical wall as shown or you can design a shelf attached to the wall with a flat surface. Doing a proper baby monitor wall mount will provide you with an accurate bird-eye view of the baby’s crib and possibly the whole nursery. Your wall is the most secure place to mount your baby monitor as it will be out of the baby’s reach.
a)Flat Shelf on Wall Mount
Mounting your baby monitor on the wall gives you a lot of flexibility to move and position your baby monitor and avoid any blind spots.
You may need screws to mount your baby monitor on a vertical wall but you can also use an adhesive small shelf stand.
b) Adhesive Small Shelf Stand
The stand will let you avoid drilling holes as the stand shown below uses the adhesive strip to stick to the wall. Alongside is a shelf stand that has a baby monitor mounted on it.
The installation is damage-free, and the shelf can hold up to 2 pounds.
c). Flat Shelf with Cable Management
You can also use a flat shelf with cable management. A flat shelf is made to handle electronic devices such as baby monitors.
Instead of having to run the cables from your monitor to the side of the shelf, the wire goes through a hole in the middle of the shelf.
To blend into your kid’s room decor, you can pick the white or black option. Also, depending on the length of the surface you need, you can choose between the 9-inch or 12-inch wide with a 3.75-inch depth.
3. Crib Mount
Your crib is the third place you can place your baby monitor. Attach the baby monitor to the crib. Unless your camera is wireless and emits zero or very low electromagnetic radiation, this mounting method is not preferred or recommended.
4. Baby Monitor Ceiling Mount
Few baby monitors can be installed in the ceiling. While placing your baby monitor on the ceiling may not be common, if your baby’s nursery is squeezed, this is a great option. You can install your baby monitor on the ceiling using any baby monitor ceiling mount. Some baby monitors have ceiling mounts while others require you to improvise.
5. Electricity Plug Mount
Some baby monitors can be plugged into the regular electricity plug.
6. Corner Mount
Corner shelf with cable management- The VuSee corner sheld has a universal fit and can hold any baby monitor camera. It works with Infant Optics, Summer Infant, Angelcare, Avent, Graco, Samsung, VTech, and Safety 1st baby monitors.
Just like the other baby monitor shelf, the VuSee doesn’t require to be fixed permanently, has it uses a 3M Command strip to hold firmly on the room wall. But, if you want to make it extra secure, you can add screws and anchors. I would worry about making it more secure because the shelf can hold up to 2 pounds, which is more than enough to hold a small camera. This shelf is made in the USA, and it’s my top pick concerning safety.
How to a universal baby monitor – Vusee
The video below describes how the Vusee Corner can be used to mount your baby monitor on the corner of your baby’s nursery:
Dangers of Baby Monitor Cords
The video below describes a tragic incident of a baby who died
How to Hide Baby Monitor Cord & Safety Tips
You need to hide baby monitor cords as your child is in danger of strangulation if you don’t. Since 2007, 7 babies have died of strangulation and a study showed that 60% of baby monitors chords are installed in unsafe places. In the picture below, the baby is not safe because the baby monitor cord and the monitor are not 3 feet away from the baby.
A common problem that parents make is mounting the baby monitors in the crib or on the crib railings. If the camera is not wireless, this presents a significant risk. Similar to cameras mounted on the wall with the cords touching the baby’s crib. You can use a wire mold or cover to hide the baby monitor cords. This will make sure that the baby is not able to play around and get to loose baby monitor cords. This video shows how you can use the wire mold to hide the cords:
You can also make sure that none of the wires are loose or touching the crib or edge of the crib.
Universal Wall Mount
Most baby monitors come with mounting tools and guidance on how to mount the particular baby monitor. If you purchase a baby monitor with bad mounting features and accessories, you can get a universal wall mount capable of holding a baby monitor camera of up to 2 pounds.
The universal wall mount is capable of holding a baby monitor camera of up to 2 pounds. It is very easy to install, requires no tools and you’ll only need a 3 M adhesive strip to hold to the wall.
The VuSee universal wall mount is compatible with most baby monitor models. If you own an Infant Optics, Summer Infant, Angelcare, Avent, Graco, VTech, or Safety 1st monitor, it will work. If it doesn’t fit, the company will refund you, no question ask.
This wall mount is 6 x 6 inches with a 1.5-inch edge. The VuSee universal wall mount made entirely in the USA can be used as VTech’s baby monitor wall mount bracket
Infant Optics Wall Mount and Mounting Instructions
You can mount Infant Optics to the wall without needing any additional accessories. When you purchase it, it comes with a screw and anchor which you can insert on the hole at the bottom of the Infant Optics camera and mount it on the wall. The hole is located at the base of the camera. It will take you less than 10 minutes to mount the Infant Optics camera to the wall in your baby’s nursery.
Below are the installation instructions on the Infant Optics manual.
If you find it difficult to use the free screws and anchor that comes with it, you can try other mounting devices that are available on Amazon. Below are my favorites:
#1. Featch Wall Mount for Infant Optics
Featch Simplest Bracket Stand for Infant Optics DXR-8 is easy to install and holds to the wall with only 3M adhesive strip.
Plus, you will have two pins to insert in your wall, but they are very tiny, and I wouldn’t worry about it since they won’t leave obvious holes in your drywall.
This monitor stand is 4.9-inch by 3-inch with a 1.3-inch edge, and it will look neat with your DXR-8.
#2. Infant Optics Wall Mount Adjustable Angle
Gumball-developed Infant Optics wall mount bracket holder with adjustable angle. You can adjust it 45 degrees up or down to get the best view of your baby.
#3. Aobelieve Crib Clamp Mount for Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor
Aobelieve crib clamp is another important accessory that enables you to mount your Infant Optics DXR 8 into any nursery furniture such as a crib or table.
Flexible Video Baby Monitor Stand and Mount
If you want a baby monitor mount that doubles as a stand, PlayActive designed the video baby monitor stand below. It can be used to mount most video baby monitors in a small room such as Infant Optics, Eufy Spaceview, Babysense, Vava baby monitor, Hellobaby, and many more. This mount can be attached to the crib, cot, bed, shelf, window sill or any object with up 2 feet diameter.
Universal Adjustable Angle Wall Mount for Infant Optics, Motorola, Babysense, Hellobaby, and Eufy Spaceview
For less than $10 you can get yourself this wall mount ideal for several baby monitors such as Infant Optics, Motorola, Babysense, Hellobaby, and Eufy Spaceview
How to mount Arlo baby monitor
To mount the Arlo baby camera on a wall:
- Make sure that the camera has a good view of the area that you want to monitor using Arlo Baby.
- Place the wall plate and secure it with three screws.
- Align the wall plate with the holes on the base of the camera and rotate the base until it snaps into place.
- Use Arlo Baby’s tilt and swivel functions to position the camera so that it captures the area that you want to monitor.
Here is a video showing how to mount arlo baby monitor
How to install and mount Motorola baby monitor
You can use Motorola star grip as your Motorola baby monitor mount kit. The design is very unique and easily attaches to the wall or shelf.
- Make sure you download the Hubble app from google play store and iTunes
- On your Android™ device open Play Store and search for Hubble for Motorola Monitors or use this link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blinkhd&hl=enOn your iOS device open App Store and search for Hubble for Motorola Monitors or use this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hubble-for-motorola-monitors/id796352577?mt=8
- System Requirements: The app is supported on all phones and tablets running Android™ 4.4.2 and later as well as on iOS 9.0 and later (compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch)
- The Motorola baby monitor comes with the parent unit, baby unit (camera), power adapter for parent unit and power adapter for a baby unit. In multi-camera packs, you will find one or more additional camera units with power adapter units. Before using the baby monitor, make sure you fully charge the battery in the parent unit so that it continues in case you disconnect it from the power supply.
- Before getting the Motorola baby monitor to work, it is important to get acquainted with the parent and the baby units.
1. Display (LCD screen) 2. Video ON/OFF Key V; Press to turn the LCD display ON/
OFF 3. Talk Key – Press and hold to speak to your baby 4. Up Key – Normal Mode: Tilt Up
Menu Mode: Up 5. Down Key – Normal Mode: Tilt Down Menu Mode: Down 6. Microphone 7. Menu Key 8. Ok key 9. Left Key 10. Right key 11. Power adapter 12. Unit – on and off 13. Audio level LED 14. Power Key 15. Volume key 16. Reset key 17. SD card socket 18. Micro USB socket 19. Stand 20. Speaker 21. Antennae Overview of the Baby unit
Important guidelines to mount Motorola Baby Monitor
- To use your Video Monitor Baby and Parent Units together, you must be able to establish a radio link between them, and the range will be affected by environmental conditions.
- Any large metal object, like a refrigerator, a mirror, a filing cabinet, metallic doors or reinforced concrete between the Baby and Parent Unit may block the radio signal.
- The signal strength may also be reduced by other solid structures, like walls, or by radio or electrical equipment, such as TVs, computers, cordless or mobile phones, fluorescent lights, or dimmer switches.
- Use of other 2.4 GHz products, such as wireless networks (Wi-Fi® routers), Bluetooth™ systems, or microwave ovens, may cause interference with this product, so keep the Baby Monitor away at least 3ft from these types of products, or turn them off if they appear to be causing interference.
- If the signal is weak, try raising the Parent Unit’s Antenna, moving the Parent and/or the Baby Unit to different positions in the room(s).
Here is a youtube video explaining the pairing process of a motorola baby monitor;
WARNING: Strangulation Hazard: Children have STRANGLED in cords. Keep this cord
out of the reach of children (more than 3ft (1m) away). Never use extension cords with AC Adapters. Only use the AC Adapters provided.
Here is the motorola baby monitor user’s guide.
Vtech Baby Monitor Wall Mount
Check for reception strength and camera angle before drilling the holes
Step 1 and 2
Vava Baby Monitor Wall Mount
Mounting Vava baby monitor in a flat wall is quite easy because the Vava camera comes with a hole on the bottom, specifically for wall mounting.
The snapshot below shows the hole at the bottom of the camera that you can insert screws to get it mounted on the wall:
Once you mount it, it will remain intact as shown below. Pretty neat! No need to purchase additional gear to mount it.
Below are the best options you can purchase for VAVA baby monitor wall mount:
- Aobelieve Flexible Mount for VAVA Baby Monitor and Hipp Baby Monitor
- TIUIHU Baby Monitor Crib Mount for VAVA Baby Monitor Mount for Toddler, Easy Installation No Tools Required
Eufy Baby Monitor Crib Mount
There are two models of Eufy Spaceview baby monitor, one called Eufy Spaceview and another called Eufy Spaceview S. The Eufy Spaceview S, which is more expensive (about $199) comes with a crib mount and corner mount saving you the hassle of purchasing additional mounting items.
When mount, the camera will appear as shown below:
If you purchased your Eufy baby monitor on Amazon and want to get the crib mount, you can use the following options to mount your eufy Spaceview baby monitor to the crib:
You can also purchase the Eufy Spaceview crib mount on their website for $9. You can use it to install the baby camera on the cradle’s guardrail. This mount is compatible with all Eufy baby monitor models.
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.