Keeping an eye on a restlessly sleeping baby is stressful enough without having to deal with a dud baby monitor that runs low on battery barely a couple of hours into the night. Make sure you’re getting one that will last the distance, because we’ve found a lot of them won’t.
We’ve examined the baby monitors we tested over a four year period and discovered that nearly a third – 32% – were rated average or poor for battery life. An average baby monitor will only last about two to four hours before giving up, and we found one that will struggle to reach the hour mark.
Baby monitors that lack staying power
You want to be able to rely on your baby monitor to let you know if you need to attend to your sleeping child, but more than one in ten – 13% – will run out of power after two hours, not very useful if you’re also trying to get some sleep, or if you want to take your baby monitor on holiday with you without having to constantly charge it or pack loads of extra batteries.
To make sure you’re getting what you pay for, consult our Best Buy baby monitors, because you can’t always rely on manufacturers’ claims.
We test baby monitor battery life using Best Buy batteries (unless they come with their own rechargeable batteries) and record how long they last before they run out.
Common baby monitor problems
When we asked parents to tell us about the mistakes they made when buying a baby monitor, and what they wish they’d known, good battery life came up as a key concern. One of the parents we interviewed described frantically trying to change the batteries of the baby monitor while simultaneously attempting to soothe and feed their crying child.
Parents also said they got caught out on things like poor wifi signal, getting a baby monitor with overly bright lights, and buying the wrong type of baby monitor to suit their needs.
For example, some parents said that for younger babies, they could have just used an audio baby monitor, but for an older child, they’d go for a video one.
But this might not be the right advice for everyone – find out about the other baby monitor mistakes parents have made so that you can make the best buying decision for your family.