What Is a Car Baby Monitor, and Do I Need One?

A car baby monitor helps you keep an eye on your infant without taking your eyes off the road. Watching out for your baby while you’re driving is challenging. A car baby monitor helps make this task easier and safer for the driver and the child.

Car baby monitors work just like a baby monitor that you use inside your house. The system focuses a camera on the baby and sends the image to a screen located within easy viewing of the driver. This allows you to see how your baby is doing without needing to take your hands off the wheel or turn around to check.

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Car baby monitor features

Some car baby monitors use a traditional camera that can be strapped to the back of the seat that is in front of the baby’s car seat. The corresponding monitor screen is used much in the same way as car navigation devices, and it should be installed near the center of the windshield.

The most convenient types of car baby monitors are wireless, which means you don’t need to worry about any cords between the camera and the monitor. While you’re driving, all you need to do is turn on the camera and the monitor to receive a live feed of your child during the trip.

There are also cameras available that work in both daytime and nighttime conditions. If you do a lot of driving at night, it’s worthwhile to look for a camera that includes night vision in its features.

Tech that puts safety first

A car baby monitor is not a necessity like a car seat. However, if you spend a lot of time in the car or are planning a long road trip, it can make things easier—and safer—for everyone. If you can afford a couple hundred dollars, it can be a wise investment that helps keep you and baby safe while in the car.

Another option that provides similar safe monitoring results for the driver is a baby car mirror. Baby car mirrors make it easy to check on the baby with a simple glance in the rearview mirror. They are also significantly less expensive than baby car monitors, but that cost savings comes with very limited functionality compared to a camera monitor.


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Celeste Tholen
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Celeste Tholen
Celeste has dedicated her decade-long career to reporting and reviews that help people make well-informed decisions. She oversees editorial strategy and production for SafeWise, with a goal to help everyone find the information they need to make their homes and lives safer. Prior to SafeWise, she worked as an editor and reporter for KSL and Deseret News. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. In her free time, she volunteers at the local botanical garden and writers for the community newspaper.

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