About Paul Banas

Paul Banas is the San Francisco-based publisher of Pregnancy Magazine, as well as editor of GreatDad.com, a parenting resource for fathers. He is married with two children, 9 and 13. He is passionate about promoting involved parenting, especially by fathers. Paul has BA from the University of Minnesota, an MA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Thunderbird School of International Management.

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Lorex Baby Sweet Peek video baby monitor

Lorex BB2411 2.4-Inch Sweet Peek Video Baby Monitor with IR Night Vision and Zoom$169.99 (but under $100 at Amazon)The Lorex Baby Sweet Peek monitor is a basic monitor entry in comparison to their other WIFI and networked security monitors. It has the simple functions you would expect …

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Review: Withings Smart Baby Monitor

Withings Smart Baby Monitor MSRP: $299.00Night vision; works with iPhone/iPad only; WIFI/Ethernet/Bluetoothwithings.comThe Withings Smart Baby Monitor is another screenless monitor that has a simple clean design. The monitor itself is almost like a white jewelry box that unfolds to …

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Review: Graco True Focus Baby Monitor

Graco True FocusMSRP: $149.99 2.4” screen; night vision; digital zoom; 1000’ range gracobaby.com Graco’s entry in the monitor is a sturdy, practi - cal unit with a good-sized screen at 2.4” and moms will appreciate the rounded edges that make this the monitor that …

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Review: Mobi Secure Start Baby Monitor

Mobi Secure StartMSRP: $149.99 2.0” high res color screen; night vision; 2-way audio; 400’ range getmobi.com The Secure Start has a lot of the basic features you will be looking for in a baby monitor: two- way talk, high res screen and night vision at a lower cost. However, …

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Review: MobiCam Digital DXR

MobiCam Digital DXR MSRP: $229.993.5” color screen; night vision; 2-way audio; 450’ range; remote viewing via SKYPE and othersgetmobi.comMobi makes the more geeky entries in this category with all the bells and whistles of the Withings and Peek Plus, but at a lower price. With …

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Review: Lorex LIVE Sense Baby Monitor

MSRP: $249.00 3.5” color screen; 450’ range; night vision; remote viewing via SKYPElorextechnology.comLorex, a leading manufacturer of security cameras also makes a baby monitor line. Their LIVE Sense packs a powerful punch with a lot of features not found on most monitors as well …

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Review: First Years Crisp & Clear Baby Monitor

MSRP: $99.99 1.8” color screen; night vision; 600’ rangethefirstyears.comWhile this First Years monitor doesn’t allow for remote viewing, it is one of a very few under $100 video monitors available. The lower price also means a few other sacrifices that might be worth making if …

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Review: Philips AVENT Digital Monitor

Philips AVENT Digital Video Baby MonitorMSRP: $219 2.4” color screen; night vision; 492’ range usa.philips.comThe Philips AVENT monitor is a solid, but relatively expensive digital monitor. It uses DECT technology for a private connection. The screen is a good size at 2.4” and the …

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Review: Motorola MBP 36 Baby Monitor

Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor with Infrared Night Vision and Zoom, 2.8 Inch  MSRP: $249.993.5” screen; night vision; pan, tilt, and zoom camera; 2-way audio; 590’ rangeMotorola’s top model is a full-function monitor with all the features you need except for off-site …

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Review: Peek Plus Internet Baby Monitor System

MSRP: $349.992.5” color screen; night vision; 2.4 Ghz; 600’ range; free app for iPad/iPhone, Android, Blackberry, PCs and Macs  The Peek Plus has all the features you want, combining the best of off-line and WiFi models. You can carry the included video monitor on …

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