When I was pregnant with my son, I was overwhelmed by my to-do list. Figuring out which baby monitor I wanted only added to my stress; there are hundreds to choose from. While trying to pick one that had features that were actually useful, I stumbled across the Babymoov Zero Emission Baby Monitor. It had one feature that made it stand above the rest. And that one reason was enough to make me give it a spin.
- 360 Degree Rotation
- Automatic Night Vision
- Zero Electromagnetic Emissions
- Not Cordless
- App Performance
- Low Resolution
Babymoov may look like it belongs in a science lab but it is packed with features that make it useful for baby. It is unique in that it doesn’t give off any electromagnetic waves. Considering that there’s not much research on the effect of these waves on babies, I don’t want to risk exposing my son to unnecessary electromagnetic waves. As a first-time mom drowning in worry, the zero wave emission of the Babymoov is an appealing trait.
The Babymoov has other useful features. It connects to Wi-Fi and the video can be viewed on an app from any Apple or Android tablet or smartphone similar to the D-Link baby monitors. However, the app did not perform well for me. I use an Android device, where the current app rating is 2.6. Users complain that it crashes. I had the same problem where the app would frequently close out which is frustrating when you are trying to do something as important as keep an eye on your child. The good news is that the app did work for monitoring at home and remotely. For example, sometimes a new mom needs fresh air! I was able to sit on the porch during my son's nap but could still monitor him.
Babymoov monitor also lets you control what’s going on in your baby’s room without you being in there. This has been useful for trying to get my son accustomed to sleeping in his crib at night. Instead of going into his room to soothe him when he complains at night, I can speak to him over the monitor using two-way audio. Usually, the sound of my voice is enough to comfort him back to sleep.
You can also play lullabies to soothe your loved one to sleep. Songs are included on the camera and ready to go from the moment you open up the box.
The app also gives users control of the lights as well. You can turn them off without making a sound. Conveniently, you can do all of these actions from anywhere so long as you have the Babymoov app open.
Finally, the fact that the camera displays for up to four users at once was a major bonus for me. When my mother is babysitting while I work, she can watch my son on her app and I can watch him from outside of my home on my app. When we’re both home, we can still watch separately.
Babymoov: Baby Monitoring At Its Best
All of the aforementioned features are great, but the most important thing a baby monitor can do is, not surprisingly, monitor your baby.
Babymoov can be set to tell you when your baby moves using motion detection. It even has a temperature sensor that tells you when the temperature of the room changes. The alerts are always accurate; I’ve never had any false alarms.
Everything else aside, the sound quality of the Babymoov is fantastic but the image quality is just okay. It doesn't seem to live up to the $200 price tag. The resolution is 480p at best which is okay during the day but I usually keep it pretty dark in my son's room during nap time or I monitor him at night. The low resolution is apparent in low light conditions. And though the camera has night vision, it is still disappointing. The trick is to get your camera close to your baby. There is a clip to attach it to the crib, but who really wants all those cords near your baby? I don't! Also, the wiring itself is a drawback. You need to position the camera fairly close to an outlet as it plugs into your wall for power. The wiring is one of the ways Babymoov has eliminated radio waves but in doing so they traded one problem for another.
Babymoov sells for under $200. It has allowed me to keep an eye on my son while he sleeps (and sometimes while he doesn’t), and has even helped me to get him to sleep in a crib. However, I'm not sure that zero electromagnetic emissions is enough to overcome all of the other issues: app function, poor resolution, and issues finding a spot where I can get power that's still close to my son. In the end, I'm keeping it. Because I'm stubborn like that. Even though I'm keeping it, I can't put my stamp of approval on it for others.I think there are better options out there for the money. Unless you are seriously concerned about electromagnetic emissions, I would suggest looking elsewhere. Checkout our other baby monitor reviews here.