A baby monitor is considered an essential whether you opt for a simple audio version or go for the more complex video monitoring system depends on what you feel you need. They can cost anything from £20 to £300, so to help get you started we have selected our top 5

1. Motorola MBP8 Audio Baby Monitor

The Plug N Go function means that you simply plug the monitor and parent unit into any socket in the house, no cords required ; Plug straight into the wall for simple plug and go

With this device you will have two forms of notification: the audio coming from the speaker, and the LED sound level indicator along the top of the parent unit

Up to 50 m indoor range with out of range warning ; 10 Channels
1.8 GHz DECT technology
High sensitivity microphone ; ECO mode with night light

2. HelloBaby HB32 Wireless Video Baby Monitor

Digital Camera, 3.2 Inch Screen Night Vision Temperature Monitoring & 2 Way Talkback System

High resolution 3.2 inch digital color LCD screen; enhanced 2.4GHz wireless technology – 100% private connection and prevent signal drop outs

The video baby monitor offer high definition and stable audio video streaming with high performance automatically infrared night vision

VOX mode makes baby monitor intelligent, sound in transmitter side activate the monitor automatically, and makes life better
Baby monitor receiver can be paired with up to 4 cameras. One monitor and one camera included

Impressive Features: 3.2 Inch screen;VOX mode;No signal alarming;Low battery alarming;Temperature monitoring and warning; Two-way talk; Optical pan and tilt; Sound activated Led indicator; Screen-off audio only mode; 2X digital zoom; 8 lullabies;1 to 4 cameras

3. DIGITAL BABY MONITOR, TOMY TF525 Y7574 By TOMY

The TOMY Digital TF525 Baby Monitor is easy to use. Simply switch on for a crystal clear DIGITAL BABY MONITOR, TOMY TF525 Long 350m range in optimum conditions The monitor automatically selects from 120 channels to give you the best quality sound 2-Way talkback so parents can reassure baby from afar

4. BT Digital Audio Baby Monitor 400

Interference free Digital HD sound
Sound sensitive LEDs – for visual alert
Long range of upto upto 50m indoors and 300m outdoors so you don’t miss a sound

5. Motorola MBP36XL 5-Inch Colour Screen Video Baby Monitor

Large 5-inch curved colour display parent unit
Remote pan, tilt, zoom
Two-way communication wireless technology: 2.4 GHz FHSS
Infrared night vision
Wireless Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz
Lullabies