The device also claims an impressive range of 1,000 clear metres - impossible to substantiate in all but the most palatial of homes and reduced indoors - and comes with a lifetime guarantee. Motorola MBP853 Baby Monitor: £107, Amazon This is an investment, but relatively reasonable for a video device with so many functions, which is also easy to set up.
The chargeable, portable 3.5-inch LCD parent display unit delivers clear images which you can pan around and zoom into, monitors the temperature of your baby’s room with alerts when it’s too hot or cold, enables you to play five different tunes to your child (sombre classical melodies rather than soothing lullabies) or speak to them through the built-in microphone and speakers.
And bear in mind that the more functions a monitor features, the more you’re going to be looking or listening out for during those precious moments your child is asleep. Motorola MBP160 Audio Baby Monitor: £35, Amazon Employing wireless DECT technology, this affordable, fuss-free monitor takes minutes to set up (though you have to factor in an initial 16 hours’ charging time) and takes up minimal space, making it a good option for travelling, particularly since the charged parent unit can be used without its power adapter.
The video quality is impressive in both daylight and darkness, though there’s no option to pan or tilt the lens remotely, which is disappointing considering the high price tag.
The ticking function will reassure you that the sensor is working during calm periods though you may wish to opt for the less distracting visual flashing light. Babymoov Touch Screen Video Baby Monitor: £150, Amazon This premium digital video monitor offers the ease of a touch-screen parent unit and the option to slot in an SD card (not included) for recording photos and videos and link up to three additional cameras (ideal for twins or triplets).
The picture quality could be a little sharper and the menus a little more user-friendly, but the unit has a decent clear range of 250m and sensitive audio monitoring.
Then there’s the technology – do you want interference-averting digital or analogue?
Some argue the latter avoids the long-term effects of microwave radiation from wireless technology on the developing brains of children, although scientific studies have yet to prove a link (also, remember that most houses hum with invisible waves already, through wi-fi, mobile phones and so on).