Parenthood and pet ownership can be both rewarding and challenging. When it comes to keeping an eye on your little ones and furry friends, a baby or dog monitor can be a lifesaver.
With advancements in new, innovative technology, for better or for worse, the market is flooded with various types of monitors to choose from. In the sea of products, it often becomes difficult to find the monitor that is suited to your needs.
To make your decision easier, we have compiled a list of 5 of the best baby and pet monitors available in the market. Whether you're looking for a simple audio monitor or a high-tech video monitor with extra features, we've got you covered.
Read on to find the perfect monitor to suit your needs and make your parenthood or pet ownership experience much more fulfilling.
1. TP-Link Tapo 2K Pan Tilt Security Camera
The TP-Link Tapo 2K is one of the best bang for the buck camera you can find on the market. The camera has a sleek white globe-like design, and it fits very well with most interior home designs. It’s 114 degrees of tilt and 360 degree pan features ensure that it covers lots of visual ground.
In terms of software, the TP-Link Tapo can record 2k video at 15 frames per second. While the frame rate may seem low, in practice, 15 frames per second at 2k native resolution is more than efficient for monitoring purposes. The camera also supports two-way audio and night vision, although night vision is only available in black and white.
By default, the camera stores footage on a micro-SD card, which you will have to purchase. With a 256 gb storage, you can expect footage of about 21 days. However, Tapo also has cloud storage service. This allows users features like 30 days recording, baby cry detection, privacy zones and motion tracking.
The biggest drawback of the TP-Link Tapo 2k is that it does not support Homekit or IFTTT. However, it still does connect to other smart home devices such as the Google Nest Hub or the Amazon Echo Show.
The TP-Link Tapo 2k delivers everything that you would want in a baby and pet monitoring camera. However, if you require extra features that make a camera stand out, it might not be the perfect product for you, for instance, its lack of connectivity with other smart devices or its subscription-based model. In the end, its use case is fairly simple, and it gets the job done.
2. Eufy Security Solo IndoorCam P24
Eufy Security Solo IndoorCam P24 is a standout baby and pet monitoring camera. The brand has been in the security camera business for years, so you can expect that they put out a quality monitoring camera.
The unique feature of the Eufy Security Solo IndoorCam P24 is its software. Its motion detection and activity zone detection is one of the best out there. Its two-way communication audio allows you to speak in real time to anyone who passes, and this is done via two way communication software built within the camera. The mobile app is also efficient. It provides quick alerts and can be customized to a great extent.
The camera itself provides up to 2k resolution of footage along with night vision capabilities. The camera can pan 360 degrees horizontally and 96 degrees vertically. It is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and also HomeKit.
The only drawback is into storage capacity. For local storage, one must purchase a micro SD card. While for cloud storage there is Basic plan and a Plus plan.
3. Wyze Cam V3
Hailed as a generational camera, the Wyze Cam V3 packs a strong punch. It’s minimalist design is accompanied by one of the best software on the market. And the fact its priced so low, makes it a true game changer.
The Wyze Cam V3 provides 1080p footage at 20 frames per second along with a 130 degrees field of view. It also has night vision capabilities and can detect motion and sound. Recently, the Wyze Cam V3 also introduced a person detection module. However, this can only be accessed by subscribing to the Wyze Cam Plus plan. Additionally, the subscription also allows you to use other AI features.
Smartphone integration is also one of the best in the Wyze Cam V3. With ergonomic button layout, and customization options, it very easy to adjust the recording time, notifications, and sound and motion detection levels.
Speaking of integration, the Wyze Cam V3 is compatible with Alexa, and Google Voice Assistant. However, it is yet to be integrated with Apple’s HomeKit. Additionally, it can also be integrated with other Wyze smart devices.
Overall, the Wyze Cam V3 is one of the best cameras that you can use for both pet and baby monitoring. With its price point and features, it is hard to beat and has become a staple for many families.
4. Kasa Indoor Pan/Tilt Smart Security Camera
The Kasa Pan/Tilt Camera is versatile camera and, for its price point, does everything you expect it to do. The device itself is relatively smaller than the other devices in this blog, yet it is as good if not better in terms of features and performance.
The Kasa Pan/Tilt Camera provides 1080p Full HD video resolution with up to 30 feet of range. Combined with 360 degrees rotational and 113 degrees vertical abilities, the Kasa Pan/Tilt Camera helps you capture footage for a very large space.
When activated, the device has motion tracking abilities, night vision, and also a patrol mode in which the camera focuses on particular pre-defined regions at specific, pre-defined times. The Kasa Pan/Tilt Camera also supports two-way audio.
Additionally, the Kasa Smart App is very easy to use. The app even allows you to stream live videos to any Alexa or Google Assistant integrated devices. Speaking of integration, the Kasa Pan/Tilt baby and pet monitor works both with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home devices.
In terms of storage, the Kasa Pan/Tilt Camera does struggle. While it does save footage 24/7, you can only store the footage in an SD card bought separately. Additionally, the highest sized SD card that the camera supports is only the 64 GB ones.
5. Nooie Baby Cam with Crying Detection
The Nooie Baby Cam is a state-of-the-art camera suitable for monitoring not only your baby but also pets and the elderly. It has superb integration with its app available on both IOS and Android mobile devices. Its 1080P FHD and night vision recording abilities provide sharp and clear footage. The camera itself has 101 degrees tilt with night vision up to 32ft (10m) in pitch-black darkness.
In terms of software, the Nooie Baby Cam supports sound and motion detection. If sound is detected, it immediately sends alerts to your phone. Additionally, it allows you to share camera access with your family. This means that your close family can always check up on the house and make sure that everyone and everything is safe.
With both Cloud or MicroSD Storage you’re able to store footage on highly secured cloud or on your own MicroSD card. The 256-bit encryption and two-factor authentication keeps your account safe and secure. It is also compatible with both Alexa and Echo Show.
Hailing from a company who believes that safety and security shouldn’t be a luxury, the Nooie Baby Cam can be a solid addition for anyone who wants to monitor their children or their pets. Its software is efficient, and its design is elegant with eco-friendly materials and flame-retardant cable concealers that prevent your curious one from playing with the cord.
So there you have it....
5 of the best baby and/or pet monitors on the market. They all have their own advantages so hopefully I've helped you to make a decision. Whichever one you decide on, remember your baby and pet deserve the best protection!
If you're looking for something a little different for your dog you might like to check out this article about pet devices.