The Best Baby Monitor (Plus 4 Ways to Reduce EMF Exposure)

Find out what the best baby monitor is, plus learn why some of the most popular options available today aren’t recommended at all.

Stumped by which baby monitor to buy? Analog? Digital? Do they all emit EMFs? We cover why digital monitors are not ideal and what to choose instead.

With a baby monitor, you can feel secure knowing that you can easily keep an eye on baby while you wash cloth diapers or bask in a little me-time. But which is the best baby monitor? Do you need a video monitor or is an audio-only monitor okay?

Best Baby Monitor

There are tons of amazing baby monitors out there with video screens that not only provide you with a clear picture of your sleeping baby, but also have added functionality like movement sensors, breathing rate, and more. The problem? These baby monitors—though, admittedly, tempting—emit harmful EMFs.

But like me, you probably wonder if there any any viable options out there to give you the peace of mind you’re looking for. Truth be told, the best baby monitor is something that’s been used for centuries: your own ears. 

Of course, in today’s modern society, most parents won’t accept that as a valid solution. If you really want to use a baby monitor (no judgement—most of us do!), an analog monitor emits the least amount of EMFs.

The best low-EMF analog monitors

Many companies are wising up to the dangers of too much EMF exposure and creating low emission monitors. Admittedly, these aren’t the most tech-savvy monitors; in fact, they’re very basic. Still, they will amplify baby’s sounds, helping you to rest a little easier.

Some good, low EMF options include:

First Years Crips and Clear Audio Monitor

The First Years Crisp and Clear Audio Monitor – The Best Baby Monitor (Plus 4 Ways to Reduce EMF Exposure)

This audio monitor is analog so you won’t be gazing at your little one’s slumbering face, but you will be able to hear her clearly. Both the baby and the parent monitor come with AC adapters, which means no Wi-Fi and no Bluetooth are necessary. The only downside? You might get interference (picking up someone else’s signal)—especially if you live in a big city.

Safety 1st Sure Glow Baby Monitor

Safety 1st Sure Glow Audio Monitor – The Best Baby Monitor (Plus 4 Ways to Reduce EMF Exposure)

At $36, this audio-only monitor is hands-down one of the most affordable options out there! Both the receiver and the transmitter can be plugged into the wall. Unlike the First Years monitor, the Sure Glow has four channels, which means you can switch channels if you’re picking up interference.

Angelcare Baby Sound Monitor

Angelcare Baby Sound Monitor – The Best Baby Monitor (Plus 4 Ways to Reduce EMF Exposure)

This monitor is not as low emission as the previous two monitors, but the Angelcare makes a compromise: It only turns on if it detects noise. As a plus, this monitor records temperature, has a range of 1000 feet, and has less “noisy” static than other options.

Bebcare Hear Audio Baby Monitor with Ultra Low Radiation

This monitor boasts ultra-low radiation thanks to DSR radio technology. This means it reduces wireless emissions by up to 90%! This Bebcare monitor doesn’t stop there — it also does double duty. It’s a starry nightlight that plays up to six relaxing lullabies. Oh, and did we mention it’s good for up to 2000 feet? Pretty awesome!

What About Video Baby Monitors?

Seriously, what can’t video baby monitors do? When it comes to video monitors, the best baby monitor can:

  • Display video
  • Offer two-way communication
  • Provide live-streaming to apps and monitors
  • Be remotely controlled to tilt the angle of camera
  • Play lullabies
  • Monitor the temperature of the nursery
  • Alert you to potential problems (such as a nursery that is too chilly)

With a list of features like that, it’s almost too tempting to pass video monitors up. There’s no doubt that baby monitors (especially video monitors) have come a long way since the first baby monitors were invented.

But Video Baby Monitors Emit High Levels of EMFs

Unfortunately, these devices next to your child’s provide more EMF exposure than being 150m away from a cell tower. (source) We’ll get into the health implications below, but for now, let’s just say that’s reason enough to say goodbye to the lullaby-singing, temperature-recording video baby monitor.

The following video measures the EMFs given off by the most commonly recommended video baby monitor, Infant Optics. You’ll see that the video baby monitor receiver (the part in the parents’ room) emits up to 5000 uW/m2 of radiation, while the part of the monitor that stays in the baby’s room (the transmitter) emits 30,000 uW/m2. Yikes! (source)

The exception…

If you really want the piece of mind a video baby monitor offers, the Philips Avent Video Baby Monitor is a decent option. While it does emit EMFs, it is sound-activated, so the monitor isn’t always on. Plus, you also have the option to use an audio only mode.

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What About Wearable Monitors?

If you’re looking for the best baby monitor, a wearable monitor definitely isn’t it. Unfortunately, these seem like the safest choice (for monitoring purposes), but they are actually the worst choice. There is no space between baby and the monitor; baby is literally attached to the monitor for hours at a time.

Even the American Academy of Pediatrics cautions against using all wearable monitors, including sleep socks like the Owlet monitor. These devices not only expose babies to radiation, but they also have high incidences of false alerts due to the natural (yet irregular) breathing patterns of newborns. (source)

Unfortunately, these baby monitors are marketed to nervous parents who are bombarded with information about sleep safety, SIDS, and newborn breathing issues.

How to Safely Monitor Baby

So what’s a mama to do?

For naptime:

  • Wearing baby in a wrap or sling for naps can help you feel relaxed knowing baby is safely snoozing.
  • Plan ahead for baby’s nap.If you know you’ll be folding laundry, lay baby down for a nap in the same room.

For nighttime:

  • Get a bedside bassinet, like Guava, or a co-sleeping pillow, like SnuggleMe Organic, so that you can stay close and let your mama instincts alert you if your baby needs some assistance.

How to Reduce EMF Exposure From Baby Monitors

When all is said and done, the best baby monitor is the one that makes you feel most comfortable. So regardless of which monitor you use, you can limit EMF exposure with these tips:

Consider the crib location

Place baby monitors 10 feet or more from the crib. The further you are from EMF-emitting devices, the better. (source, source)

Use voice activation

If you use digital monitors, using the voice activation feature can reduce your EMF exposure. (source) Voice activation refers to a setting on the monitor; when the monitor picks up voices (or cries), it will turn on. This keeps EMF low, because the monitor isn’t always on.

Turn it off when not in use

Studies show that electronic devices emit microwave radiation even when not in active use. Turn the baby monitor off when not in use; standby mode is still considered on. (source)

Consider a Greenwave Dirty Electricity Home Kit

Greenwave Dirty Electricity plug-ins reduce dirty electricity, or surges of electricity that come through the electric wires in your home. They are easy to use—simply plug them into your outlets and then plug your baby monitor into them. You can use these in your whole house, not just the nursery.

How About You?

What do you think is the best baby monitor? How do you reduce EMF exposure in your house?

Genevieve Howland

About the Author

Genevieve Howland is a childbirth educator and breastfeeding advocate. She is the bestselling author of The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth and creator of the Mama Natural Birth Course. A mother of three, graduate of the University of Colorado, and YouTuber with over 85,000,000 views, she helps mothers and moms-to-be lead healthier and more natural lives.

13 Comments

  1. Almost all of these are out of stock of discontinued, do you have other suggestions for brands/models that are low EMF?

  2. Half of these have been discontinued.

  3. We use a sound machine in baby room at night -will the Philips Avent voice activation be activated by the sound machine?

  4. The Philips Avent monitor; if it’s on audio only, does it emit less EMR than the video mode?

  5. As i understand this set up we are protecting baby, but then sending wifi to the parents phone to monitor instead? I want to protect the whole family….Not just fry the parents instead…. is this possible?

  6. I purchased and set up the powerline ethernet adapters in order to set up a baby monitor as described in the “What if you can’t hardwire” section. I have a Trifield EMF meter, and noticed very high readings at every electrical outlet after I installed the adapters. It seemed as if the adapters took the signal and turned the house electrical system into a great webbed antenna. I turned off a lamp and pointed my RF meter at that, and the readings were also very high, though the light was not turned on (it was still plugged into an outlet). Does anyone know what these readings mean? It was as if I was getting readings for wifi signal, though the wifi was turned off and only the adapters were installed. Just to be certain I was getting signal resulting from the adapters, I also measured the same outlets and lamps with the adapters unplugged, and the readings were at 0 – no RF measured.

  7. Great article, thanks for sharing. I will point out that this doesn’t eliminate the EMF problem, but rather it moves it from being radiation EMF to dirty electricity EMF. The power-line ethernet adapters, by nature of the way they work, put off large amounts of dirty electricity when transmitting data. The high voltage from this dirty electricity will create an electric field that your home power cables (the cables behind your walls) were not meant to contain, resulting in the electric field extending through your walls and into your rooms. Even so, I’d choose this method with a wired monitor over a wireless monitor, while being mindful to unplug the power-line ethernet adapters when the monitor is not being used. Better yet, hire a contractor to wire your house for Ethernet and skip the power-line adapters altogether!

  8. Hi! Any camera that can be hardwired with ethernet cable is ok? Or is there something specific about the D-link?

  9. Hi there!

    With the D-link camera what did you do at night? Do you receive an alert if your baby is crying?

  10. Thanks for the article! If I turn off the parent unit of my baby monitor, will that cause the EMF exposure to stop transmitting? I can hear my baby in the room next to me, and would only turn on the parent unit if I need to see why he’s crying, but I’m wondering if since his camera will still be plugged in in his room, if that will solve the radiation issue?

  11. Thank you for sharing the facts about this issue. So helpful! I do want to point out that the Owlet is, yes, marketed to parents who might be nervous, but they are also marketed to parents who have lost their babies. I just wanted to make sure you and the readers know that the desire to have a device that monitors your child’s heart rate and oxygen saturation level is not just a hysterical, “nervous parent” thing, which is how it read to me, even thought I’m sure you did not mean it that way. Again, thank you for this post, very helpful information!

  12. I had no idea! I thought I was limiting emf exposure (though not great yet, but taking steps) but didn’t think about the video monitor! I have the exact one in the video for both of my kids! I will be unplugging those and have shared with my husband to work out something better from now on.


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