baby lucasWhether you’re pregnant, a new mom, or simply in need of a super cool baby gift, you’ll be impressed by how technologically advanced today’s baby monitors are. Nowadays, your options are vast in terms of both features and prices, so we’re here to help simplify things to make sure you get the one you love.

For starters, know that there are four basic categories most monitors fall into, starting with the basic “sound only” monitor for as little as $15. Cast a wider net and get motion detection features, video, or even Wi-Fi capabilities. There are quite a few monitors to choose from, ranging in price from low to high.

baby monitor optionsIf you’re not high-tech and don’t want to spend a too much, an analog audio monitor is all you need to hear those happy gurgles and comforting rhythmic breathing sounds. They work continuously or are voice activated.

Graco SoundSelect Audio Monitor, 2L03

Graco SoundSelect Audio Monitor, 2L03 $14.86

Angelcare 927 MHz Sound Baby Monitor $49.97

Angelcare 927 MHz Sound Baby Monitor $49.97

If you want to see how baby is doing, a video monitor is the way to go. You can watch from afar as well as listen, so you can feel a bit more relaxed during nap time and evenings.

Vtech Safe & Sound Full Color Video and Audio Baby Monitor $99.95

Vtech Safe & Sound Full Color Video and Audio Baby Monitor $99.95

Summer Infant Dual View Digital Color Video Monitor Set $279

Summer Infant Dual View Digital Color Video Monitor Set $279

For more advanced features, take a look at a monitor that senses movement, ever so slight. You can have it sound an audible alarm when baby starts to move when waking up.

Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor  $70.01

Angelcare Movement and Sound Monitor $70.01

Levana Keera Digital Baby Video Monitor with Levana Powered by Snuza Oma  $227

Levana Keera Digital Baby Video Monitor with Levana Powered by Snuza Oma $227

If you’re a working mom, or multitasking (ugh, who isn’t?), a Wi-Fi monitor lets you view baby from another room—or from your office. Doubles as a nanny cam, but you didn’t hear it from us ; )

Summer Infant Baby Link Wifi Internet Viewing Camera $169.98

Summer Infant Baby Link Wifi Internet Viewing Camera $169.98

Diamond PlugnView WIFI Baby Cam Monitor Kit D-Link DCS-825L WiFi Baby Camera  $179.98

Diamond PlugnView WIFI Baby Cam Monitor Kit
D-Link DCS-825L WiFi Baby Camera $179.98

This post is sponsored by Walmart, though the choices and reviews are that of GoTechMom.

Before you buy a baby monitor, have a look at what’s out there and be sure to read the reviews from other moms. If you like what you see, you can order one online here and save a trip to the store.

Got a monitor you love? We want to hear about it in the comments below. On a side note, have you sent out those baby announcements, photos, or Thank You cards yet? Here’s one of our favorite apps for sending real, printed photo cards right from your phone. Enjoy!

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