Wondering what the best baby monitors for twins are? We’ve got you covered.
If you plan on getting an audio-only monitor, you will only need one to listen in on the babes. If that’s all you’re after, check out our favorite baby sound monitors.
With twins, though, you might want to know which baby is crying in addition to why he/she is crying. In that case, you’ll want a video monitor. If you’ re going the video monitor route, there are a few specific features to consider for twins.
Depending on your nursery set-up, you can get one camera that can pan and tilt to see everyone — or, you can get multiple cameras (one parent unit with add-on cameras). The parent unit can either scan between the different cameras, or show smaller pictures of each camera on a split-screen.
VTech VM3261-2 Safe & Sound with Night Vision and Two Cameras ~ $175 — Good Bargain Pick #1”
This VTech monitor comes with one parent unit (the monitor) and two baby units (the cameras) — and up to four additional cameras can be paired with it.
I love the two-camera option for two big reasons:
- If your babies are in separate rooms, you can use the same parent unit and set up a camera in each of their rooms. Voila! Now you can see both your babes by either flipping back and forth between each of their rooms, or watching each peanut simultaneously using the monitor’s split screen capability.
- If your babies are sharing a room, you can simply set up each camera to point directly at each child’s crib for a perfect view of both of them. This is necessary because you can’t pan/tilt the cameras from the parent unit, which is my major complaint about this one.
Other solid qualities about this monitor include night vision, 2.8” inch high-res color LCD screen, two-way talk-back (I see you!!) through the intercom, plays your choice of up to five pre-set lullabies, can be mounted on the wall, and transmits a strong signal up to 1,000 feet.
It’s important to know that there are some quality complaints about this monitor, but overall, users generally seem to like it. Remember also that baby monitors are one of those products, like diaper pails, that are reviewed rather critically, meaning…very rarely do any of them have an average rating over 4.0. Reviews on this monitor are fairly mixed, ranging from amazing — great product at an awesome price; works well; love it! — to very poor — video functionality cuts out frequently; night vision fails; customer service is unhelpful.
But all in all, this is a reasonably priced and durable monitor, and the fact that it comes with two cameras (and supports up to four) makes it an awesome pick for parents of multiples (and multiple children in general).
BabySense With Two Cameras ~ $99 — Good Bargain Pick #2
For parents of multiples who don’t want to spend a ton of money on a monitor, this may be a good pick for you. It comes with two cameras, so whether your twins are in different rooms or the same room — this monitor will work for your needs.
It has a long range – up to 900 feet (though some users say it cuts out frequently…more on that later) — as well as two-way communication, auto infrared right vision, room temperature monitoring, high/low temp alerts, eco-mode voice activation (the picture shuts off when no noise is detected from your babies’ room(s)) and allows up to four cameras to be paired with it.
While many reviewers love this monitor, there are definitely some legitimate complaints, the most common of these are quality issues (i.e., you get what you pay for): some say it loses connection easily (even though it claims to have a range of up to 900 feet — this is often because of walls and other obstructions). Another complaint is that eco-mode stops working and the monitor remains on all night long. On the plus side, their customer service is very responsive and helpful.
If you do go with this choice, you can also add the BabySense 7 (~ $127), an under-the-mattress movement monitor, for additional peace of mind and security.
Infant Optics DXR-8 ~ $165
This monitor is a top pick among many parents. In fact, it won Popular Mechanic’s Best Baby Monitor award in 2018. Infant Optics makes interchangeable lenses that can pan and tilt (normal, wide angle or zoom 2x). This unique feature of Infant Optics allows you to see the entire nursery with the wide angle lens (make sure you get a wide angle made after October 2015 so it has night vision).
Another option for your multiples is to get additional cameras, and again, the parent unit will scan between all the cameras or you can manually switch.
Here are some stats about this monitor:
- 3.5″ display
- Remote pan/tilt/zoom
- Invisible IR night vision
- Two-way talk
- Remote temperature display
- Expandable up to 4 camera
This is a great monitor for twins, especially if they share a room. Unlike other monitors, this one has whole-room coverage, which means you can pan the lens 330 degrees to see corner to corner, as well as tilt 110 degrees to see floor to ceiling. With two babies in one room, it’s SUPER helpful to be able to pan back and forth to see both babies (hopefully sound asleep – HA) in their cribs.
If your twins are in separate rooms, no problem — it now comes with two cameras!
Another nice feature is that the SpaceView monitor has a large 5” 720p display that shows a sharp picture with 10 times more detail than ordinary 240p display baby monitors. It also comes with a wide-angle lens, which expands the view to 110 degrees.
Something that may be a pro or con (depending on whether you like to be woken by alerts about your babes in the middle of the night…) is the “instant alert” feature — it alerts you right away when your baby is crying (or when SpaceView detects that the level of ambient noise is louder than what you have indicated to be “normal”).
Generally speaking, the Eufy Security SpaceView monitor is well-reviewed and liked with a few common user issues. Namely, a few reviewers report an irritating humming noise when it’s turned on, and the temperature displayed isn’t correct or consistent. Despite all of this, the Eufy Security SpaceView is a great pick for twins who are in the same or separate rooms — and the price is right.
Movement & Breathing Monitors
Yup, preemies are at a higher risk for SIDS. Movement monitors check for babies’ movement and breathing.
If you’re doing the movement monitor thing, just be prepared for some false alarms…
Angelcare ~ $99
The Angelcare sensor pad goes under your baby’s mattress — so it doesn’t even touch your baby — and can sense your baby’s movements. If 15 seconds go by without detecting any movement from your little one, this monitor will beep to try and rouse your baby. If 5 more seconds goes by without movement, an alarm will sound to alert you. While this movement monitor offers great peace of mind to parents of preemies (and any parent, really!), I will tell you that we owned it when my oldest was a baby, and had multiple false alarms (in other words, I woke in sheer panic many a night!). You’ll need one for each baby.
Babysense 7 ~ $129
The Babysense 7 movement monitor is the new-and-improved version of the very well-rated Babysense 5s. It’s an “under the mattress” monitor that’s very easy to set up and provides reliable service. The device sounds an alarm if it detects a stoppage or irregularity in breathing patterns, and the 7 is distinct from the 5s for its enhanced sensitivity. If you already own a sound or video monitor and are only looking for a movement monitor, definitely check it out.
Another type of movement monitor is an attachable device: these units are small, battery-powered, and clip directly onto the diaper or the baby. They are also much more likely to fall off or become displaced, which means you’re going to get a lot more false alarms. The benefit is that they’re great for travel or “sleeping around,” especially if your babies don’t sleep consistently in the same place. You’ll need one for each baby. Note that most of these don’t come with audio/visual capabilities unless otherwise specified.
Snuza HeroSE ~ $129
You’ll need one for each baby. The Snuza clips onto your baby’s diaper and monitors abdominal movements. If movement stops, it vibrates to rouse your baby, and when this fails (three times) it will alarm you. Since it attaches to baby’s diaper, the Snuza can be used anywhere baby happens to be sleeping (as opposed to the Angelcare, which is permanently(ish) installed under a mattress); this makes it great for families who travel a lot or use different sleeping surfaces around the house. *However, since it can pick up on external movements, the Snuza is not designed for bed-sharing, or use during motion (i.e., in a stroller or car seat). Generally speaking, parents are very happy with the Snuza.
Snuza Pico 2 ~ $189
The latest clip-on device from Snuza, the Snuza Pico 2, takes things a step further and sends real-time updates to an app on your smartphone via Bluetooth.
Like the Snuza HeroSE, the Pico 2 clips onto your baby’s diaper, but in addition to just monitoring movement, the Pico 2 also monitors breathing, body position (i.e. you can set an alert to let you know if baby has rolled onto her tummy), skin temperature and sleep patterns. The Pico 2 will sound an alarm if breathing is not detected. All of this information can be viewed on your phone via the Snuza Connect App.
Owlet ~ $299
Yet another step up (technology-wise) is the Owlet Baby Monitor. Owlet uses a soft sock (the Smart Sock) that goes on baby’s foot, which uses pulse oximetry to monitor your baby’s blood flow and oxygen saturation. Again, you’ll need one per baby.
Pulse oximetry uses a small light that shines through the skin to estimate the amount of blood flow; oxygen levels are estimated based on how much light is transmitted to the sensor. It sounds an alert to your wireless device (iPhone, etc.) if your child’s heart rate dips too low, rises too high, or if her oxygen level drops below a certain threshold.
That’s all I got for now. Happy baby-viewing (x2!), fellow parents of multiples!