Author: 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, 12 and 16. He is passionate about promoting involved parenting, especially by fathers and also writes tech reviews.

Graco True Focus MSRP: $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 fits best in a nursery....

MobiCam Digital DXR MSRP: $229.99 3.5” color screen; night vision; 2-way audio; 450’ range; remote viewing via SKYPE and others getmobi.com Mobi 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 the DXR,...

[amazon asin=B006I0R1XA&template=image]  [amazon asin=B006I0R1XA&text=First Years Crisp and Clear Monitor] MSRP: $99.99 1.8” color screen; night vision; 600’ range thefirstyears.com While 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...

Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor with Infrared Night Vision and Zoom, 2.8 Inch  MSRP: $249.99 3.5” screen; night vision; pan, tilt, and zoom camera; 2-way audio; 590’ range Motorola’s top model is a full-function monitor with all the features you need except for off-site viewing via Internet. Like the...

[amazon asin=B008J4DQ0A&text=www.amazon.com] MSRP: $149.00 No screen; night vision; works with free apps for iPhone/iPad, Android, PCs, and Macs. Range only limited by WiFi The Samsung SmartCam takes full advantage of WIFI to increase the possibilities of a baby monitor. Setup is easy if you have WIFI in the house. This...

Mobi Secure Start MSRP: $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,...

[amazon asin=B005DE9IYC&template=image] [amazon asin=B005DE9IYC&text= Lorex LIVE Sense PT (LW2451)] MSRP: $249.00 3.5” color screen; 450’ range; night vision; remote viewing via SKYPE lorextechnology.com Lorex, 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...

Philips AVENT Digital Video Baby Monitor MSRP: $219 2.4” color screen; night vision; 492’ range usa.philips.com The 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 range will be good...

[amazon asin=B008ROJSUE&text=Peek Plus Internet Baby Monitor System] MSRP: $349.99 2.5” 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...

Who’s watching the baby?   You are—no matter where you are—with today’s high tech video monitors. In our product reviews, we’ve rounded up the best options, so all you have to do is decide. Long gone are the days when mom and dad had to lie sleepless wondering if they heard...