Why settle for an audio-only monitor? Devices like Vtech’s Safe & Sound let you not only listen in on your child, but also see and talk with them at the push of button, from the comfort of another room.
The adjustable camera mounts on or near the baby’s crib. The parent’s transceiver has a 2.8-inch color LCD, and can work with up to four cameras, so you can have one set up wherever you let your child rest. With the transceiver, you can talk to and sooth your child from across the house — or choose to play for them one of five lullabies built into the system. It even tells you the temperature in the baby’s room. A one-camera set is $130. (Affiliate link.)
The similarly-featured $180 Motorola model’s video quality is a bit better-reviewed. (Affiliate link.)
Susan Moss is an owner/partner in BabyNames.com and is a freelance bookkeeper in Chicago, Illinois.