The Babysense Video Baby Monitor Is a Backup Pick (2023)

We purchased the Babysense Video Baby Monitor so our expert reviewer could thoroughly test and assess it. Keep reading for our full product review.

To keep a watchful eye on their sleeping babies, many parents turn to video baby monitors. Today’s models offer plenty of other features besides a video feed—including two-way audio, temperature readings, and zoom. The Babysense Video Monitor (model V24) offers all of these features at a budget price tag. To see how this affordable baby monitor performs in real life, my husband and I gave it a go during our 1-year-old son’s snooze sessions. We were interested in how easy it is to set up, how the monitor performed, and if it could stand up to the competition. Read on to see what we thought.

The Babysense Video Baby Monitor Is a Backup Pick (1)

Setup Process: Quick and easy

The Babysense monitor is very easy to set up. It consists of a parent unit, a baby unit, and two power adapters. The parent unit has a built-in lithium-ion battery so we could charge it and carry it around, as well as a kickstand. We made sure to charge the parent unit fully prior to our first use (more on charging and battery life later).

Parents have the option of placing the baby unit on a flat surface such as a dresser or shelf (self-explanatory) or mounting it to the wall. We opted to do the former, making sure it wasn’t up against a wall or too far from the monitor, as the manual recommends (we’ll come back to this in a minute). We were disappointed to see that there were no instructions in the user guide on wall installation, but if you have any other issues during setup or use of the monitor, there is an included troubleshooting guide.

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Design: Simple with a too-small screen

The Babysense Video Baby Monitor has a very simple design. The face of the parent unit features only a few buttons: up and down for both volume and brightness, a magnifying glass for zoom, and a microphone for two-way talk.

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At just 2.4 inches, the LCD color screen is small—not the best for keeping an eye on our sleeping baby. And the unit itself is very lightweight, making it ideal for travel, but it didn’t feel very sturdy to us. When plugged in on our nightstand, it was a bit off-balance and seemed like it could be knocked over easily.

At just 2.4 inches, the LCD color screen is small—not the best for keeping an eye on our sleeping baby.

We could zoom in up to two times for a closer look, but that’s about where the camera capabilities end. Whereas other models can be adjusted digitally via the parent unit, this one offers only manual pan (360 degrees) and tilt (60 degrees) on the camera itself. You can also expand your view of one room or of different rooms by connecting up to four cameras, but we didn't need this expandability for our purposes.

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Features: Temperature but no time

This baby monitor has basic features including a sound-activated LED indicator. But one of its best features is the temperature display. A thermometer on the camera unit monitors the temperature, which is then displayed on the parent unit. Even better, there’s an alarm function that will go off if the baby’s room is too hot (over 90 degrees) or too cold (below 55 degrees). However, we did notice this number would fluctuate often, giving us doubts as to its validity.

A thermometer on the camera unit monitors the temperature, and there’s an alarm function that will go off if the baby’s room is too hot or too cold.

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You can also set an alarm to go off at a later time interval, but we wish that the actual time was displayed on the monitor. There were times when we woke up in the middle of the night to our little one making noise, and it would have been convenient to see the time right on the video feed instead of having to reach for our phones in the dark.

Video and Audio Quality: Wasn’t good enough for our daily monitor

Again, we felt the screen was too small for us to properly monitor our child. Also, the video quality was pretty poor compared to other monitors we’ve tested. Yes, we could see our baby at night thanks to the monitor’s infrared night vision, which kicked on automatically, but we couldn’t see as much detail as we would like when checking on a sleeping baby.

The audio was fine; we were able to hear when the baby woke up without issues. This monitor offers two-way talk, as well as pre-programmed lullabies to soothe your baby if needed (which we did not).

Range: Subpar

In short, we were disappointed with the performance of this monitor. We installed the camera in an ideal location according to the manufacturer’s directions: on a flat surface and away from walls but not too far from the monitor. We did multiple test runs, and each time we were having connection issues within minutes. The video would flicker, the feed would go black, and then a “Connection Lost” message would appear on the screen.

Reviewing the instructions to see where things might’ve gone wrong, we were puzzled by the following note on placement: “Avoid installing the camera where there are thick walls or obstructions between the camera and the monitor.” Isn’t that the point of a monitor? In our opinion, having the camera in the baby’s room with the door closed and the monitor in the living room (which was a very short distance on the same level) shouldn’t cause so many issues.

Additionally, the instructions stated that “Any large metal object, like a refrigerator, mirror, filing cabinet, metallic doors, or reinforced concrete between the baby and parent unit may block the radio signal.” Basically, a lot of what you have in your home could cause connection hiccups.

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Perhaps this unit would be ideal for someone in a studio space where the baby monitor and camera are in the same room with literally no interferences. If you live in a home that is any bigger, get ready for issues.

Battery Life: ECO mode saves battery

Charging this baby monitor requires plugging it into a wall outlet, as there is no option to charge via USB. A full charge took about eight hours, which is a little longer than some other models, but it lasted a full day without having to charge until nighttime. A battery-saving setting called ECO mode causes the screen to shut off during quiet times, but it lights back up when it detects sound again. A battery level indicator shows how much juice is left.

In regular mode on a full charge, we charged the monitor when we went to sleep to ensure it didn’t die overnight. In ECO mode, we were able to make it through the night without the battery dying, but we did have to charge it in the morning.

Safety: Private transmission

Instead of Wi-Fi, which is susceptible to hacker interference and Internet outages, this baby monitor operates via 2.4GHz digital wireless transmission. Of course, no Wi-Fi means a less reliable connection, as we discussed earlier, and no checking in via an app on your phone, but for some parents, this loss of convenience is worth the added peace of mind.

Price: Affordable, but comes at a cost

If you’re looking for a budget baby monitor, then the Babysense Video Baby Monitor will check the box for affordability. At about $80 when full-priced (and even less on sale), this monitor is easy on the wallet, but as we discovered, tough to use in real-world scenarios.

Babysense Video Baby Monitor vs. Infant Optics DXR-8

We also tested the Infant Optics DXR-8. At around $165, it is the pricier monitor option, but we found that it excels when it comes to video quality, connection success, and features like digital pan and tilt and interchangeable optical lenses for a closer, sharper view. It also has a larger screen than the budget-friendly Babysense Video Monitor. We’d go with the Infant Optics model given the choice.

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Final Verdict

Too flawed for everyday use, but may work for travel.

The Babysense Video Baby Monitor is a budget-friendly but flawed model that we wouldn’t use every day. However, thanks to its lightweight design and low cost, we might consider packing it for a trip or keeping it on hand as a backup.


How does Babysense monitor work? ›

"Babysense" continually detects the baby's motion and breathing movements, and will set off a sound and visual alarm if movement stops for 20 seconds or if the breathing rate slows to below 10 breaths per minute if the baby's breathing.

Is Babysense a good brand? ›

While we like having a parent device and the adjustable sensitivity found in the competition, we still think the BabySense is a quality, reliable option, especially for parents who may find the setup and user interface of the more complex competitor somewhat daunting.

Why is my Babysense camera not pairing? ›

We recommend deleting the paired cameras, powering the monitor ON and OFF and then resetting the device. Once completed then re-pair the desired cameras. Another possible cause could be issues with the power adapter. Please switch between the power adapters of the camera and parent unit.

How far will a baby monitor pick up? ›

It can work up to 150 feet in the home with no outages. So if you need to run to the basement to do some laundry, you'll have no worries with this monitor by your side. The audio on the monitor uses DECT technology, which cuts out background noise, such as music, and prevents interference.

Do baby monitors save recordings? ›

The Baby Monitor 2 Camera supports using a Class 10 microSD card with a capacity of up to 128GB. The length of the time that the Baby Monitor 2 can store video recordings is based on the microSD card capacity and the total number of video recordings in a certain time period.

How do baby monitors work without WiFi? ›

As the name suggests, non-WiFi baby monitors do not require a wireless internet connection; they deliver video and audio in real-time via FHSS or DECT. Because they use non-static channels, their transmission will not be delayed and is more secure, but the transmission distance is minimal.

Who are Babysense competitors? ›

Who are Babysense 's competitors? Alternatives and possible competitors to Babysense may include Lapador , Million Dollar Tan , and Bazooka .

Which baby monitors are safest? ›

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  3. Reolink E1 Pro: Best for budgets. ...
  4. Infant Optics DXR-8 Pro: Best closed circuit baby monitor. ...
  5. Eufy Video Baby Monitor: Best audio alerts.

Does Babysense use WiFi? ›

The Babysense is wifi-free, making it safe from remote hackers.

Does the Babysense monitor have an app? ›

With the BabysenseSee HD app you can monitor your baby in real time, remotely adjust the camera, record, snap photos, play back moments, view in night mode and much more!

Why do baby monitors need to be 3 feet away? ›

This is the minimum safety distance recommended to limit exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Research on digital cordless baby monitors shows that monitors placed less than 3.2 feet / 1 meter away from a baby's crib emit almost the same level of radiation as a cell phone tower 500 feet / 150 meters away.

Can scanners pick up baby monitors? ›

The receiver in a radio scanner is typically quite a bit more sensitive than the receiver portion of your baby monitor, and the scanner can pick up the transmission from perhaps half a mile away. Radio scanners are relatively easy to find at consumer electronics stores.

How long should a baby be on monitor? ›

There isn't a set recommended age to stop using baby monitors, but Dr. Hershberg believes there is an expiration date for using one. "When a child is developmentally able to express their distress, to have a sense of their own space and privacy—I would say somewhere between 3 and 5," says Dr. Hershberg.

Do video monitors reduce SIDS? ›

"Research studies have not shown a decrease in the incidence of SIDS with the use of a home monitor," says Melissa Manrique, M.D., a pediatric hospitalist at Lurie Children's at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. "In addition, monitors do not guarantee infant safety.

Why not to use a baby monitor? ›

Some of the possible dangers and side effects of exposure to elevated levels of electromagnetic radiation include: Incomplete or problematic development of the brain. Disruption of a baby's sleep cycle. Negative impact on the immune system.

Why do baby monitors have WIFI? ›

If you need remote monitoring

A Wi-Fi monitor allows them to check on their baby anytime and anywhere, giving them a little more peace of mind while they are busy. Most Wi-Fi monitors also support family sharing, allowing all family members to access the camera.

Can someone hack a baby monitor without WiFi? ›

While non-WiFi baby monitors are not connected to the internet, they can also be hacked. Non-WiFi baby monitors communicate at specific frequencies over short to medium distances. To hack non-WiFi radio monitors, hackers need to be within the physical range of the signal and know on which frequency to communicate.

How does a baby monitor work with phone? ›

Using baby monitor apps is easy – simply download the app from the app store, set it up with your baby's room, connect it to your Wi-Fi network, and then launch the app. You can then use your phone as a baby monitor by streaming audio or video directly from your baby's room.

Can you screen monitor without WiFi? ›

Use DeX Cable or a USB-C to HDMI cable (Android Phones Only) You can view the screen of your Android device on a TV by mirroring it without WiFi. You will need to DeX cable, USB-C cable, or an MHL cable to HDMI cable for it to work.

Are Babysense monitors safe? ›

This monitor was made to alert parents to sleep apnea in infants. Their core focus has been keeping babies safe and giving parents peace of mind. Babysense monitors are considered reliable, secure and have been used by many parents across the world.

Should you have baby monitor on all night? ›

While regular sleep interruptions are to be expected when your baby is young, the monitor shouldn't be keeping you awake all night. Many parents opt to turn off their audio monitors when they sleep.

Is a video baby monitor worth it? ›

Baby monitors are considered an essential tool for most parents of little ones. After all, it's simply not possible to keep an eye on your baby 24/7, and having a device that allows you to see and hear your baby when you are not in the room with them is worth its weight in gold.

How do I know which baby monitor to buy? ›

  1. Health and Safety is the single most important criteria to take into account when choosing your baby monitor. The device that is used to help you keep your child safe should not endanger them. ...
  2. Privacy and Security comes next on our list. ...
  3. Range is what makes a baby monitor helpful.

What company owns Babysense? ›

Hisense Ltd. was founded in 1991 and thereafter developed the world's first non-touch breathing movement monitor for detection of apnea in infants, known under the trade mark – Babysense.

What security cameras Cannot be hacked? ›

Any device connected to the internet can be hacked, and that includes home security cameras. Wired cameras are less vulnerable than Wi-Fi cameras, and those with local storage are less vulnerable than cameras that store video on a cloud-based server. However, all cameras can be hacked.

Why buy a smart baby monitor? ›

Wi-Fi-enabled monitors are appealing to parents who want to keep tabs on their baby when they are out and about, when traveling, or in any other situation where they may need to monitor at a longer range. They also tend to have smartphone alerts that many parents can't live without.

Do I need a baby monitor for a newborn? ›

Video: Video baby monitors are not essential but will allow you to see your baby during nap times and whilst they slumber at night using infra-red, via a mini screen on the parent unit.

Do BabySense cameras have to be plugged in? ›

Both! The Babysense monitor has a rechargeable 4000mAh battery which is charged via the mains, so you can use it both plugged in or use the battery if you wish to move it around the house.

Where is BabySense based? ›

Founded in Israel in 1991, our products are manufactured here and in China at medical grade factories. We adhere to the highest international quality production standards and are trusted by thousands of hospitals. Babysense proudly holds medical certifications in Europe, Japan, Australia and Israel.

What is Eco mode on BabySense? ›

This mode allows you to control the sound level from your baby's room to automatically activate the sound and video transmission on your Parent Unit. When using the ECO function, the sound and video transmission will stop (standby mode) if the Baby Unit does not register any sound within 30 seconds.

Can you zoom in with BabySense monitor? ›

You can comfort your little one with advanced two-way talk-back functionality, built-in lullabies and white noise. And you can also see the whole space with 360-degree view, remote pan, tilt and zoom.

Why is BabySense monitor beeping? ›

If your baby monitor beeps or sounds an alarm, it may be related to specific alerts, power supply issues, or a loss of video feed. To troubleshoot a beeping monitor: Ensure the power switch on the baby monitor is set to ON.

How does BabySense 2 work? ›

Babysense2 continually detects your baby's breathing movement rate and will set off a sound and visual alarm if the breathing movement rate slows to below 10 breaths per minute or cannot be detected for more than 20 seconds. Check that the alarm can be heard in all locations throughout the home or place of care.

How do I connect a second BabySense monitor? ›

Press and hold the PAIR button in the back of Baby Unit until the connection is established. Once paired, an image from the paired Baby Unit will display on the screen. Press the EXIT turned to exit the menu.

What to do if baby monitor stops working? ›

Check the power supply and make sure it's securely plugged in. You should only use the power supply provided with your baby monitor. Make sure the electrical outlet is working and not controlled by a wall switch. Make sure both the parent unit and baby unit are turned on.

Why does my baby monitor only work when plugged in? ›

Drained/bad batteries

Plug in the power cable to the parent unit to check if the device will turn on. If your device will only turn on when plugged into the power cable, then you may have to replace the batteries in your device.

When should you stop using a baby monitor at night? ›

The Six Month Milestone. The earliest milestone that could signal you to stop using a baby monitor is when your child can sleep through the night with ease. Usually, that will begin to happen at about six months old.

How far should a monitor be away from the user? ›

◾ Put monitor directly in front of you and at least 20 inches away. ◾ Place monitor so top line of screen is at or below eye level.

Why do you need 2 cameras for baby monitor? ›

One of the main reasons to use a baby monitor with multiple cameras is to have eyes everywhere at all times. Even if you only have one kid. You can set up a camera in the nursery and one in the play area without the need to constantly move around the camera. As a new parent, you do not have time for that.

Can a baby monitor which has a camera be used by a hacker to take pictures? ›

No, You Don't Have to Stop Using It. The scary stories about hackers hijacking video baby monitors are true. But IP cameras are still safe to use, provided you take some basic steps to improve your home network security. If you've already heard them, I'll spare you the recap of the baby monitor hacking horror stories.

Can scanners listen to cell phones? ›

How can a cell phone conversation be heard through a police scanner? It can't. Since cellular phone communication moved to digital from analog in the late '90s - early 2000s, it has been impossible to intercept voice communication using a scanner.

When should I switch my baby to a toddler bed? ›

When Is the Right Time to Switch to a Toddler Bed? Approximately one-third of toddlers transition to a bed between the ages of 18 months and 2 years old, and another third transition between ages 2 and 2.5. In general, most toddlers make the move from a crib to a bed between the age of 18 months and 3 years old.

When can you leave a baby alone with a monitor? ›

Babies should be in the room with you until 6 months so they hear you - you help them regulate their breathing and the noise of you moving about stops them falling into a very deep sleep. Monitors are great but they don't allow the baby to hear you.

Does the Babysense monitor connect to phone? ›

All Babysense Video Monitors are based on safe hack-free technology and do not connect to WiFi cellphones or apps.

Can you hear both monitors on Babysense? ›

A: The monitor is a split-screen monitor so you can see the images from both cameras side-by-side but will only hear 1 camera at a time.

Does Babysense monitor use Wi-Fi? ›

The built-in lullabies are a little old-fashioned and tinny, and while it displays room temperature it does not show the time. The Babysense is wifi-free, making it safe from remote hackers.

Does Babysense monitor have to be plugged in? ›

The Babysense monitor has a rechargeable 4000mAh battery which is charged via the mains, so you can use it both plugged in or use the battery if you wish to move it around the house.

Can someone watch my baby monitor? ›

Virtually every baby monitor can be hacked. But the type of monitor that you use will greatly determine how hard or easy it is for a hacker to do so. Radio monitors communicate over short to medium range on a specific frequency.

How do baby monitors work with WiFi? ›

How do WiFi baby monitors work? These monitors do not transmit directly to a receiver. Instead, these monitors transmit to a local wifi router. In this way, the monitor functions like anything else on the network, making it possible to see your baby from anywhere in the house, or world, with the correct login.

Can you connect baby monitor to TV? ›

Topic How do I view my baby on the TV? Connect an AV cable into the AV OUT socket on the side of the Parent Unit and into the AV input of the TV. Scroll to select TV on the Parent unit. Scroll through the AV inputs on the TV menu until the Baby monitor picture is visible.

Do baby monitors pick up white noise? ›

A sound activation feature will filter out white noise – and turn on when it detects your baby crying. - DECT technology. Baby monitors that use common radio frequencies will pick up signals and interferences from all over the neighbourhood – not ideal.

Can you see baby breathing on monitor? ›

In addition to tracking movement, some monitors also track stats like your baby's breathing, heart rate, oxygen saturation levels and temperature. Some even provide sleep analytics that can help you gain insights around your baby's sleep patterns.

What frequency is BabySense monitor? ›

BabySense - Video Baby Monitor with (2) 2.4GHz Cameras and 3.5" Screen.

How do I connect a second Babysense monitor? ›

Press and hold the PAIR button in the back of Baby Unit until the connection is established. Once paired, an image from the paired Baby Unit will display on the screen. Press the EXIT turned to exit the menu.


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