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Road Test: Parent-approved monitors

Keep tabs on your tot with a surveillance system suited to the task.

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Philips Avent uGrow Smart Baby Monitor, $240
Capabilities: audio, video, smart device compatible
“We just welcomed our first baby and are so pleased with the uGrow. It allows us to keep an eye on him from our smartphones or tablets, which is very convenient. Honestly, I check in all the time now that I’m back to work, just to watch him sleep. Up to three of us can tune in at once, so my husband, our sitter and I all get to see him.”

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Total package

Angelcare AC1300, $200
Capabilities: audio, video, movement
“The AC1300 really does it all. It has an under-the- mattress movement sensor pad that sends an alert if no motion is detected after 20 seconds; plus, it offers audio and video features, including a sleek LCD screen. We’ve been sleeping well knowing our baby is, too.”

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Give a hoot

VTech Safe&Sound VM344, $200
Capabilities: audio, video
“In addition to being one of the cutest monitors out there, the VM344 is also super practical. I love that the camera can pan, tilt and zoom, so we can really get a good look at our son. I have a feeling it’ll be handy when he’s a toddler, too, and moving all around the room.”

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Best foot forward

Owlet Baby Monitor, $250
Capabilities: movement, smart device compatible
“With the Owlet, you slide a Smart Sock on baby’s foot, and it uses pulse oximetry to monitor her heart rate and oxygen level. Although you can check in via an app on your phone, I like that there’s a base station, too. Surely I’m not the only one whose battery is always at 3 percent?”

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Watch and learn

Summer Infant Babble Band, $60
Capabilities: audio
“As a mom of three, I am an enthusiastic fan of the Babble Band. Because the parent unit can be worn like a wristwatch, I’m no longer at risk of forgetting to bring it with me to another room or losing it between the couch cushions. The sound- activated lights and vibration mode are also awesome when my husband and I watch TV at night.”