Discover how to transform your cellphone into a baby monitor using a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet. This comprehensive guide will also review the three most useful apps currently available for this purpose.
Do you need confidence that your kid is safe and sound while sleeping in the bassinet or crib? Look no further than the smartphone in your hand. Your tried-and-true mobile device, on which you can download a plethora of different apps, can easily serve as a baby monitor.
One of the advantages of a monitor that is based on a mobile phone is that it enables parents who are away from home to check in on their child at any time and from any location. And setting it up is a breeze, even for new parents who are sleep deprived.
Despite this, some parents may be reluctant to stream what is happening in the nursery, particularly in light of recent news stories concerning baby monitors that have been hacked. Be reassured that even though it is frightening to consider the possibility, the likelihood of it actually occurring to you is not very high.
According to top technology expert and author Scott Steinberg, who is also the creator of the Modern Parents Guide Series, “Realistically speaking, as long as you are utilizing a secure solution and a properly protected network and account, you are probably safe.” Nonetheless, taking a few additional precautions just in case doesn’t hurt.
“Be certain that your Wi-Fi network is protected by a password, and make sure to always use the most robust password available,” he advises further. For example, you shouldn’t choose something obvious to use as your password, like “password,” your birthday, or “123456.” Additionally, fight the want to post the monitor stream to the web so that you can show it to your loved ones and friends. Resist the urge.
How to Use Your Smartphone as a Baby Monitor
You will need two mobile devices to pull off this hack, so choose an old smartphone or tablet hanging around and give it a good cleaning. The good news is that you will not need to pay for cellular service in order to use your additional phone or tablet as a baby cam. All you will need is internet connectivity, and it should be able to connect to the same Wi-Fi network you use with your primary phone while at home.
After that, you will need to download the app of your choosing onto both of the devices. Install the supplementary device in the nursery, and position the camera so that it is facing the infant’s bed or bassinet. Steinberg offers the following advice: “The essential thing is putting the phone far enough to see your infant, but not so far away that you won’t be able to know what’s going on.” Remember to ensure that it is linked to your Wi-Fi network and plugged into an outlet for power (you wouldn’t want the battery to die in the middle of your snooze, would you?).
One piece of equipment will act as the camera, while the other one will serve as the monitor. Make sure that the app’s improved security measures are turned on before you flip the switch. This will ensure that the video streams of your kid remain private and can only be accessed by you.
The Best Apps for Baby Monitoring
How can you tell which of the several monitoring applications currently available is most suited for you and your loved ones to use? We consulted Tim Baran, an app specialist and blog editor at Rocket Matter, a firm that specializes in legal software, to assist us in determining which apps were the finest of the group. The following are his top three choices for mobile applications that monitor babies.
Cloud Baby Monitor
The Cloud Baby Monitor app, developed by VIGI Limited and available for purchase on the App Store for $5.99 and on Google Play for $4.99, is a sophisticated piece of software that transmits video and audio, enabling you to monitor your child’s every gurgle, watch their movements, and even lull them to sleep with soothing songs. All communication is safeguarded by industry-standard encryption, providing an additional layer of peace of mind. Both Apple iOS and Google Android users can download the software.
According to Baran, “It also delivers noise and motion alerts so that you are quickly aware of your baby’s discomfort,” in addition to offering built-in lullabies, a variety of white sounds, and a night light, all of which can be controlled remotely.
A bonus is that you can transform your Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac into a baby monitor station by simply downloading a companion app for any of these devices.
Dormi Baby Monitor
The widely used and widely available Dormi software developed by Sleekbit, which is available for free for Android users, features both audio and video streaming, allowing you to remotely hear and see your kid as well as converse with them. In addition, if you are having a conversation on your phone with another person and your child begins to cry, the phone will vibrate to alert you to the situation. In addition to connecting to an unlimited number of Android devices, Dormi functions via both Wi-Fi and cellular networks, making it possible to use regardless of distance.
Baby Monitor 3G
The Baby Monitor 3G software from TappyTaps costs $5.99 and, similar to Cloud Baby Monitor, enables you to mix and match devices that have either iOS or Android powers. “It delivers live pictures or video streams from your baby’s room, as well as gives vibration warnings and enables your baby to hear your voice,” explains Baran. “It also allows your baby to hear your voice.” The app is compatible with all Internet connections, and all communication is encrypted to an industry-standard level before being sent (read: Wi-Fi or cellular). In addition to that, you can check in from the convenience of your own Chromebook, Mac, or PC.