Best Baby Monitor Apps of 2020

Turn any device into a baby monitor with one of these popular apps.
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Are you pregnant or a new mom, or shopping for someone who is? Either way, you know that the list of “must-haves” for today’s parents is long, and only getting longer. It often felt like my pregnancy was defined by buying new items and spending hours learning to use them.

The search for a baby monitor was no different. The options were endless and, honestly, overwhelming. In some cases, the prices rivaled the cost of a computer.

Luckily for new parents out there, advances in technology have created a host of baby monitor apps that can be downloaded straight to your Android or iPhone. These apps eliminate the need to buy costly traditional monitors and, at the same time, can offer more exciting features.

Let’s look at what baby monitor apps are all about, including features, functionality, and more. We’ve got you covered.

Baby Monitors: Old vs. New

When my first child was born, baby monitors had already come a long way from the ones my parents used when I was a newborn. Many of them allowed you to play music. Or, in the case of my toddler, gently reminded them via speaker to “go to bed.”

Despite all of these new features, there were two persistent problems. First, the signal range could barely make it to our back patio — not ideal when friends are over after bedtime. Second, traveling with it was a nightmare, and installing the camera was time-consuming and difficult.

The exciting thing about baby monitor apps is that parents no longer have to “make it work.” Do you have an old smartphone lying around that can still connect to the internet? If so, you have the option to use it as a baby monitor and forgo the cost of a traditional monitor system.

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What Do You Need in a Baby Monitor?

When it comes to baby monitors, there’s an endless array of additional features that make monitoring easier and, in some cases, more fun. But, before you get sucked in by the ten different lullabies it can play, you’ll want to ensure any baby monitor (app or otherwise) has the basics.

  • Reliable alert system: You don’t want to stress after putting the baby down that you can’t hear clearly whether they’re crying. Many monitors now have audio and visual alerts when the baby cries, to provide backup in case one system fails.
  • Strong signal: The monitor won’t give you any true freedom if the signal doesn’t make it downstairs. A strong signal radius will help you ensure that the baby is still sleeping while you enjoy a glass of wine on the porch.
  • Good battery power: Monitors go where you go, and you don’t want to be attached to an outlet. Good battery power will make sure you can go wireless for hours, without the constant beeping that comes with low battery alerts.

What Additional Features Do Baby Monitor Apps Provide?

  • Activity Logs: One of the hardest things about parenting is adjusting to the ever-changing sleep schedule. Many baby monitor apps can create activity logs for your child. These logs allow you to find trends in your baby’s nighttime schedule and ensure they’re getting the recommended snooze time (1).
  • Photos and Videos: Does your little one talk in their sleep? Or play games in their crib before they finally doze off to nap? Many of these apps give parents the option of saving those candid moments to their phones or computers.
  • Dual Monitoring: If you have more than one child, it often means buying two different sets of monitors. Some of these baby monitor apps will allow you to watch two children from the same parent station. This minimizes the equipment you need to carry around the house. Most baby monitor apps also allow for two-parent stations, giving both parents a set of eyes and ears.

For most new mothers, it’s a challenge to get baby adequate rest. Before we launch into our favorite monitor apps, here are some tips to help you out:

The Best Baby Monitor Apps of 2020

Every family is different, and your baby monitor should support the life you live. If you’re wondering if a baby monitor app is a good choice for you, check out our list of the most popular ones for every kind of smartphone.

1. Baby Monitor 3G

Best All Around

Product Image of the Baby Monitor 3G

In today’s tech-heavy world, we have our choice of “smart” devices. This array means you can turn practically any device (a phone, a tablet, or even a TV) into a baby monitor, as long as the app is compatible.

The Baby Monitor 3G app works with almost any device you can think of, including both Android and Apple products, giving you the option to use multiple devices as a monitor.

It also works with both Wi-Fi and cellular networks. This means you don’t have to worry about losing power during a storm or traveling to a location where you may not have Wi-Fi.

It comes with all the usual additional features offered in today’s market, including the ability for multiple phones to connect to the child device. Creating activity logs is also an option.

What really made this app stand out? The app support team responds quickly to user questions and feedback.

  • Compatible with both Android and Apple devices.
  • Works over Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
  • Baby activity logs.
  • Easy-to-reach support team in the event of app issues.
  • Allows multiple caregivers to watch the baby at the same time.
  • Must be purchased.
  • Cannot monitor multiple children at once.

2. Dormi - Baby Monitor

Best for Android Users

Product Image of the Dormi - Baby Monitor

Today’s baby monitor apps provide a range of services. However, the core task of a baby monitor is to ensure baby is safe while sleeping and notify parents whenever that is not the case. This well-tested app does that extremely well.

This app works over both Wi-Fi and cellular networks, in addition to offering options for when the internet isn’t available (Wi-Fi direct and hotspots).

It also allows multiple users to watch the same child, provides vibration alert options, and offers two-way communication with your child. Battery usage hasn’t been forgotten, and Dormi claims one charge will carry you through for hours.

What we like the most is the app’s info center, which gives parents everything they need to know in one place. If you’re using your current smartphone as the baby device, it also alerts the parent device if they’ve a missed call or text message!

  • Info center gives users critical status updates on devices.
  • Works over Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
  • Allows for multiple caregiver use at the same time.
  • Vibration alert option.
  • Two-way communication.
  • Only works with Android.
  • Must be purchased for unlimited monitoring capabilities.

3. Cloud Baby Monitor

Best for iPhone/Apple Watch Users

Product Image of the Cloud Baby Monitor

For all you parents of multiple young children out there (bless you), the days of carrying two monitors, a cell phone, and a cup of coffee around can come to end. This Apple-friendly app allows for multi-child monitoring!

Cloud Baby Monitor provides service over Wi-Fi and cellular networks and also offers a Bluetooth option for areas with limited connectivity. For parents that want to have access to their smartphones, the app allows an Apple Watch to act as the caregiver unit and will push live video and noise alerts to the device.

This app’s unique feature, however, is the ability to watch multiple children at a time from the same caregiver unit. A lifesaver for parents of two or more small children!

  • Works over Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
  • Has a Bluetooth option.
  • Allows for multi-child and multi-parent monitoring.
  • Compatible with many Apple devices.
  • Still in development for Android devices at the time of writing.
  • Must be purchased.

4. Alfred Home Security Camera

Best Multi-Functional

Product Image of the Alfred Home Security Camera

If you think about it, a baby monitor is really a security camera, right? For periods when baby is awake, this app doubles as a security camera for your house (or a candid camera for the dog).

When used as a baby monitor, this app provides many of the traditional monitor features. It has night vision so you can see your baby better at night, and provides instant sound and motion alerts. It even allows you to manually record videos from the caregiver station.

The app also comes with a web viewer that lets you watch the live stream video from a PC. Two-way communication is an option as well.

What makes this app unique? It works with your phone’s camera to provide a 360-degree view of the area, allowing you to adjust the camera for a better view.

  • Provides instant noise and motion alerts.
  • Compatible with most smart devices.
  • Camera flexibility.
  • Provides live video feed.
  • Two-way communication.
  • Free to use.
  • Does not allow for multi-child monitoring.
  • Requires internet access.

5. Wi-Fi Baby Monitor

Something for Everyone

Product Image of the Wi-Fi Baby Monitor

If you don’t use apps often, or you just want to try one out before you completely abandon the idea of a traditional baby monitor, there’s an app for that!

The Wi-Fi Baby Monitor app offers different versions of the app at various price points. At no cost, users can try an audio-only version to see how they feel about it. After that, they can continue to upgrade to include features like a video feed, signal range, and two-way communication capabilities.

The app is also designed to work with other traditional monitoring tools, such as temperature gauges and humidity sensors.

What makes this app so special is that it allows for password-protected entrance, and provides full encryption, even in the free version.

  • Compatible with most smart devices.
  • Offers a wide range of features, a la carte!
  • Password protected for an extra level of security.
  • The free version has ads and no video or photo included.

6. Nancy Baby Monitor

Best for Simplicity

Product Image of the Nancy Baby Monitor

Once installed, traditional baby monitors are easy to use. This app has brought back the art of simplicity with its easy setup and streamlined interface.

Nancy Baby is compatible with all major platforms (Android, Mac, Windows) and is able to run over the internet or cellular networks. Instant alerts and two-way notification let you see and hear your child at any time.

A unique feature is that users don’t need to set up an account or provide an email address. Phones are paired using a verification code system, allowing for easy setup and use.

  • Free of cost.
  • Easy setup.
  • Compatible with all major platforms.
  • Allows for two-way communication.
  • Doesn’t offer lullabies.
  • Doesn’t allow for multi-child monitoring.

7. Ahgoo Baby Monitor

Best for Visual Alerts

Product Image of the Ahgoo Baby Monitor

Baby’s sleep time offers endless possibilities. It’s an opportunity to work, fit in a quick workout, or have friends over for some much-needed girl time. In any of these scenarios, a visual alert system can come in handy.

The Ahgoo Baby Monitor app is another app that prioritizes simplicity. Setup is easy, using a QR code system that pairs devices for the future. It’s compatible with both Apple and Android devices and can be downloaded to multiple devices.

We really love that the live video screen also visualizes sound disturbances. This is great for caregivers with hearing difficulties, or for times when you have to call into the office during nap time! Furthermore, it provides the option to play music for your child, remotely operated.

  • Compatible with Apple and Android.
  • Allows for download on multiple devices.
  • Visual and audio alert systems.
  • Compatible with Wi-Fi and cellular networks.
  • Remotely plays music for your child.
  • Doesn’t allow for multi-child monitoring.

8. GeoLocator App

Best for Parents with Older Children

Product Image of the GeoLocator App

As your baby gets older, you might feel that you don’t need video images anymore. This not only offers your child a sense of privacy, but it will also help save on battery power.

This app, made for Android devices only, can be used for older babies and young children. In the same app, you can listen to your baby and make sure your older child is still playing safely at their friend’s house. The two-way communication system allows parents or caregivers to communicate directly with their baby or child.

The lack of video imaging will allow you to run it for hours without noticing battery problems. This is handy for when caregivers are away from an outlet for a long time. Last but not least, you can create routes and track movements to help you keep organized.

  • Battery saving.
  • Allows for multi-child monitoring.
  • Offers two-way communication.
  • Create routes and save movement histories.
  • Requires internet connection.
  • Must be purchased.

9. Baby Monitor - MVA

Best for Parents on the Go

Product Image of the Baby Monitor - MVA

Most baby monitor apps require steady internet connectivity for streaming purposes, but this app offers parents another option.

This app provides the bare basics and is perfect for caregivers who don’t have access to multiple smart devices. All you need is one smart device, Android only, and an emergency contact number. The phone monitors the child’s room for sounds, and calls or texts the number when the baby cries.

What’s great is that it only requires a cell signal to work. On top of that, a “sleep diary,” or activity log, allows you to make notes and clock those sleeping hours.

  • Only requires access to one smartphone device.
  • Totally free of cost.
  • Doesn’t require internet access.
  • Produces sleep diary of baby’s movements.
  • Only compatible with Android devices.
  • Doesn’t live stream sound or video.

10. Baby Monitor - Faebir

Best for Minimalists

Product Image of the Baby Monitor - Faebir

Some parents don’t need all the extra features in today’s market. They just want the basics!

This app monitors noise levels in your baby’s room and calls, text messages or Skypes you when there’s a disturbance. It allows you to manually set the threshold at which it alerts you, which is great for parents of babies who talk in their sleep (or snore loudly!).

A handy feature is that you can text the child device for status updates, or to turn it off or on. This allows you to have more control over the child device without going into baby’s room. What’s more, calls received will be automatically silenced to ensure they won’t wake the baby.

  • Doesn’t require internet connectivity.
  • Allows for manual adjustment of the alert threshold.
  • Sends texts, calls or uses Skype to contact caregiver.
  • Free, with no ads.
  • Doesn’t provide video feed.
  • Doesn’t allow multi-child monitoring.
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Are You Ready to Go Digital?

Our personal favorite, as Android users, is the Dormi app. We use our work phones as the child device, and we love that it sends missed calls or texts so we can keep working when needed!

The right baby monitor app can provide everything you need from a traditional monitor, and give even more. Apps will allow you to have longer signal reach, more information, and multiple caregivers have the opportunity to watch the baby.

Have you had experience with both a traditional monitor and an app? Share your story in the comments section below!

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Jennifer Schlette, MSN, RN

Jennifer Schlette MSN, RN, is a pediatric intensive care nurse at Children's Hospital of New York for the past 14 years. Jennifer also has extensive experience teaching Maternity and Obstetric Nursing, as well as Pediatrics Nursing.
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