Pack a baby monitor and holidaying with a baby or toddler doesn’t have to mean hovering in the same room. A baby monitor you can trust allows you to have some quality time alone or with your partner, while your little one sleeps soundly next door.
While the majority of baby monitors are pretty portable, there are some which are much better suited to taking on a family holiday.
We’ve picked out three below we’ve tested that could be worth packing in your suitcase for their size and price.
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Summer Infant Liv Cam – £70
If space in your luggage is an issue, then the Summer Infant Liv Cam fits the bill. You’ll only need to pack the camera unit – which is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. This is because the Liv Cam is a wi-fi-enabled baby monitor, which means it pairs to iOS and Android smartphones and tablets to enable you to easily check in on your baby.
It certainly has some nifty features, including one-minute replay, digital zoom and the ability to save photos and videos that you can share with friends and family.
To find out what you need to know about its connectivity before you buy read our Summer Infant Liv Cam review.
BT Audio Baby Monitor 400 – £30
Who wants to run the risk of packing a pricey monitor? The BT 400 is a basic, no frills audio-only monitor that’s robust and compact.
This inexpensive monitor also has sound-sensitive lights that alert you to noise in your baby’s room when you don’t want to be disturbed by every sneeze and snuffle.
Find out whether its range will be good enough by reading our BT Audio Baby Monitor 400 review .
Motorola MBP481 Video Baby Monitor – £70
Video baby monitors can have rather large screens, but the Motorola MBP481 has a compact two-inch colour display that can easily fit in your pocket. The camera has infra-red night vision and a zoom function, so you can easily check in on your little one without needing to turn on a light and disturb their sleep.
You can connect up to four cameras to the parent unit, a big tick if you have multiple children to look after. But find out what we discovered that could mean this monitor isn’t right for you by reading our Motorola MBP481 Video Baby Monitor review.
Five baby monitor extras that make life easier
Whether you go for a video or audio baby monitor for your holidays, it’s vital to choose one with excellent battery life, signal range, video and sound quality. But it could be worth forking out a bit extra for a monitor with these five features to make caring for your little one easier:
- Two-way talk back – soothe your baby without going in the room.
- Temperature display – check if the room your baby is sleeping in is at a safe temperature, which is between 16-20°C according to safe sleep charity the Lullaby Trust.
- Sound-sensitive lights – alert you visually to any sounds coming from your baby’s room, which is handy if the sound is turned down low or you’re in a noisy place.
- Vibration mode – it’s not as common as sound-sensitive lights, but it’s especially useful for deaf or hearing-impaired parents.
- Out-of-range alarm – if you wander out of signal range your monitor will let you know so you can move closer to your baby.
Our baby monitor reviews list all the extras, so you can pick a monitor that perfectly suits your needs.