Can you imagine the feelings that finding out you are going to be blessed with twins can conjure up? How on earth are you going to keep tabs on two babies?
You can’t be at their side 24 hours a day, seven days a week, much as you might like. Having two babies, especially when they decide to be a tag team, feeding, diaper changes, crying and sleeping, can be a nightmare.
This is where a good baby monitor can be your second pair of eyes and ears. But there are so many choices, where on earth do you begin? We have done the legwork for you.
Take a look at what we think are the best baby monitors for twins.
One Monitor or Two?
Before you head straight out and buy a monitor for your twins, there are a few considerations to take into account. If you plan on having your two precious bundles in the same room then a single monitor should be enough.
However, if you are going to use separate rooms, then it’s a whole different ball game.
You will either need two separate monitors or a monitor with more than one feed. This could be two audio or camera units that send signals to a single monitor. Some monitors have split screen facilities for this purpose.
You might be comfortable with using a monitor that provides an audio feed alone. For me, having the option to see what was happening on-screen in real time was invaluable.
Although not used for twins, it lets me watch my toddler getting up to make mischief in one room while the baby sleeps peacefully — hopefully — in another. Said toddler’s latest trick is trying to scale the cot and escape. Now I can avoid a catastrophe before it happens.
Features in a Monitor for Twins
Let’s look at some of the main elements to look for in a good monitor to use for twins.
- Screen size: Sometimes size does matter — a larger screen will pick up more details, and the viewing area might be greater. This means you will be able to check on your babies’ movements at a glance. However, there are times you may find a smaller screen has a clearer picture.
- Cameras: Ideally, you want a camera you can control from the monitor because it will let you move the camera angle so you can scan the room. This is especially useful if you have your twins sleeping in the same room with a single monitor. The better quality the camera, the better quality the image will be.
- Night vision: Many monitors have infrared night vision, so you can see what’s happening, even when the lights are out.
- Range and signal: Consider how far away from your babies you are likely to move. If you have to go out to the backyard for something, you need a monitor that can transmit over that distance, or maybe you live in a large house. You want to make sure when you move around your home the signal is not lost, and digital transmission is the better option to prevent this from happening.
- Battery life: The last thing you want is a monitor that restricts your movements because you are constantly charging the battery. It kind of defeats the purpose. Choose one that has a good battery life.
- Durability: There are times when your monitor may take a few bumps. It’s inevitable it will get dropped, or in my case launched across the room by my toddler. Make sure the monitor can take a few knocks and scrapes.
- Cost: Having twins means your costs have already skyrocketed. However, there are some things, like peace of mind, that you can’t put a price on. Choosing one at a higher cost will be a worthwhile investment, when you can clearly see your cherubs and check on what they are doing.
- Extras: The more useful extra features include visual crying alerts that send a signal to a buzzer or a light on the monitor. Temperature gauges sense if the nursery is too hot or cold. Two-way communication lets you soothe your little ones with your voice, or ask your loved ones to bring you something you need.
Best for Twins Sleeping in Same Room
We have now learned a bit about what we need from a baby monitor. Here are our top picks for your twins who will be sleeping together in one room.
1. Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor
Keeping your twins in the same room? This camera is awesome and can be controlled from the handheld monitor. You could sit for hours zooming, panning, and tilting the lens.
However, that kind of defeats the purpose of giving you the freedom to do other things.
This monitor will grow with your twins as well. You can add up to four cameras and a wide angle lens.
A nice-sized 3.5-inch screen gives you a clear, crisp picture in a real-time video stream. You won’t be squinting to try to make out what your little treasures are doing.
What I particularly like is the battery life, eight hours in use and 12 hours on standby. A bonus is a spare battery as well — keep them both charged and just change them out when you need to.
No need to worry about interference or privacy with the 2.4 GHz wireless transmission.
Night vision is provided via infrared giving you a clear view of them sleeping, or not, at night. You can always use the two-way talk feature to try to soothe them back to sleep.
The versatility of this monitor gives you lots of options. If you prefer to watch and listen, turn on the audio and screen.
Want peace and quiet while watching the latest Netflix series? Then use screen only. The monitor will alert you to babies’ cries with illuminated LED lights.
Spending too much time watching the monitor screen? Switch over to audio only.
Additionally, this monitor has a good range, perfect for moving freely around the house or popping out to the garden. Don’t worry about moving too far away — a beeping alarm will let you know you need to go back in range.
It even monitors the nursery temperature and displays it on the monitor screen, and an alarm will tell you when the camera batteries are low.
- Clear vision with a good-sized monitor.
- Good battery life.
- Changeable camera lenses.
- Excellent range.
- Camera charges via wires.
- Some experience interference from other devices in the same wireless frequency.
2. DBPOWER Baby Monitor
My eyes are not the best, so having a large monitor screen was a must-have for me. This one is larger than most at 4.3-inches.
Although you get one camera with this monitor, if you want, you can add up to a maximum of four. While you might not need it, you could have multi-angle vision easily seen on the split-screen. It’s a bit like directing your own baby movie from your armchair.
If you want, you can record this onto a TF or micro SD card for playback at a later time. This function can even be sound triggered when automation is switched on.
Moving around your home or garage with this monitor is a breeze, it has a massive 1,000-feet unobstructed range. In the real world, where there are walls and doors, this is likely to be far less.
Night vision is automatically activated when the light gets low. However, the display size for this is reduced to about 2 inches in the center of the screen. Not so good for those tired eyes.
Built-in microphones and two-way talkback let you speak to your little ones remotely. It might soothe them enough to save a trip to the nursery.
The 2.4 GHz wireless FHSS transmission protects your digital privacy.
This baby monitor has other features, including a room temperature, night light, lullaby, and sound-activated LED lights. The interface is easy to use.
The alarm system sounds when the battery is low, if baby is crying, when the temperature is not as it should be, or if the monitor is out of range. The volume of this alert can be adjusted.
- Good monitor range.
- Good vision with record facility.
- Helpful customer service.
- Some report a poor battery life.
- The screen cannot be turned off.
Best for Twins Sleeping in Different Rooms
Having your little cherubs in separate rooms can pose different challenges when monitoring from a distance. Here are our top monitors for twins in two rooms.
1. VTech VM321-2 Baby Monitor
Crystal Clear Sound
Having two separate rooms means you’ll need two cameras. The VTech baby monitor is supplied with a parent unit and two cameras, perfect for twins sleeping in separate rooms. The system is also expandable for up to four cameras.
Keeping tabs on your little bundles of joy is no problem with a powerful zoom and automatic built-in night vision. This lets you make sure they are safe and sound.
The screen on the parent unit lets you choose to switch between cameras or have a split screen view. So handy for watching both babes at once on the good-size color screen.
The audio on this unit is exceptional — it uses DECT technology to cut out background noise and prevent interference. This ensures a crystal clear sound, which you can adjust from the monitor. You can even filter out sounds like music playing, so all you hear are your babies.
Both video and audio are transmitted securely via a 2.4 GHz frequency to ensure security and privacy.
The monitor has a room temperature sensor and plays five different lullabies, and talkback allows you to reassure your child remotely.
Great for when the monitor is in your pocket, the parent unit has a vibrate alert function. The range advised by the manufacturer is 1,000 feet.
The wires on the cameras are a little on the short side so an extension cord might be required for mounting on a wall. Also, while the camera zoom can be adjusted from the monitor, the angle can not. You have to go to the nursery to change it.
- Crystal clear sound with background noise elimination.
- Vibration alert function on the monitor.
- Good range of reception.
- Some found thermometer readings inaccurate.
- Battery life may not last through the night.
2. AXVUE E632 Baby Monitor and Two Cameras
Super Split Screen
Axvue brings us a two-camera baby monitor. One for each room if your twins are separated or you want a camera facing each child.
You can tilt the camera to almost any angle, but you cannot do this remotely. This can be a bit of a chore once the babes are old enough to move around their cribs.
Thankfully, you can zoom in from the monitor. This one has a large 5-inch TFT-LCD color screen.
The high-quality picture from the video stream is clear and easy to see. This is even at night when the automatic infrared night vision kicks in.
There is a two-way talk function, perfect for speaking to your babies if you are unable to go to them right away. The volume can be adjusted through five different levels and there is a room temperature gauge.
Battery life is good for up to eight hours and the range is effective to about 800 feet. This should let you take the garbage out or collect the mail while still monitoring your little ones.
You can switch between screens as you wish, or leave the monitor to change them every eight seconds. The power-saving function lets you turn the screen off and use audio only. There are LED indicator lights to alert you to baby’s crying.
Digital 2.4 GHz technology supports your privacy when transmitting.
- Large, clear color screen with split screen function.
- Two cameras included.
- Power-saving feature to prolong battery life.
- Cannot adjust camera angle from the monitor.
- Some found battery life can be poor.
3. Babysense Video Baby Monitor with Two Digital Cameras
This affordable baby monitor from Babysense may be a good solution when you want your twins to sleep separately. It comes supplied with everything you need to get set up, straight out of the box.
Once installed in your nursery and angled at where each baby sleeps, you can use the high-definition, 2.4-inch monitor to check on them. You can even pan around on zoom mode letting you get in close to see exactly what they are doing.
You can watch their eyelids flutter and see their chests rise and fall as they breathe. I found this particularly reassuring with my little one when she was sleeping.
Privacy and security are always a concern in this age of technology. The 2.4 GHz digital wireless connection ensures a private, uninterrupted transmission up to a range of 900 feet.
Other features which are useful include a two-way talkback function, built-in lullabies, and a room temperature gauge. It has a good infrared night vision.
Want to have a quiet romantic dinner with your partner? A sound-activated LED light display on the monitor will alert you when the babies are crying.
The alarms on this unit are plentiful. Built-in alarms notify you when the battery is low, if you are out of range, or the temperature becomes too low or high. You can also set alarms to remind you of feeding times, diaper changes, and more.
The battery life is good for about eight hours and there is an eco mode you can set up, which reactivates when the unit detects sound. This unit can be expanded to take up to four cameras.
- Built-in, preset alarms.
- Good battery life.
- Good reception range.
- The power cord is quite short.
- The thermometer function is reported to display incorrect temperatures.
Using Baby Monitors Safely
There are a few things you need to consider when setting up your baby monitors. The main thing is the safety of your babies.
Here are some tips for setting up the baby monitor and other electrical equipment in your nursery (source):
- Do not place the monitor on the crib: A monitor is not a toy. Even a cordless device should not be located on or in your child’s crib.
- Secure cords away from the crib: Make sure any wires are at least 3 feet away from the reach of curious little hands. Don’t forget these little bundles grow quickly, so reassess the positioning of monitors and wires regularly.
- Stay away from water: Never put a baby monitor near a water source.
- Privacy and security: If you have an analog monitor, be aware that other devices within range can intercept and listen in. Digital monitors are more secure, encrypting the transmitted information. Some devices even allow you to set up a password protected “digital lock” (source).
Winding it Up
Of all the monitors we have looked at for twins, my favorite is the Infant Optics DXR8. While it is only supplied with one camera, three more cameras can be purchased and added. This makes it perfect for either scenario, one room or two for the little treasures.
It has a clear screen, good range and battery life, talkback function, and temperature gauge. One of the outstanding features is the control you have over the camera from the monitor, and the option of different lenses.
This monitor will meet the needs of most families, from birth and beyond. However, the decision is ultimately up to you.