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Nanit Camera Review

Updated Version

This review is for an older version of the Nanit camera, click here to read our updated article and review on the Nanit Pro model.

Our Verdict on the Nanit Smart Baby Monitor

The Nanit Smart Baby Monitor is the best baby monitor of 2019. It’s expensive, but its price is justified if you care about the data-driven insights it will give you every day. The picture quality is outstanding, clearly surpassing all the other baby monitors on the market at the moment. It’s easy and safe to install. Its mobile app is intuitive to use. And it comes with tons of helpful little features, such as room temperature and humidity tracker. No wonder people call it the “Tesla of baby monitors“.

Warning: I have to admit that at Baby Gear Essentials, we’re all a bit geeky. We are very much aware of our bias towards new tech stuff that can help improve our lives. But we also recognize that tech gadgets aren’t for everyone.

Helpful Note

There is a newer version of the Nanit camera, the Nanit Plus. It’s very similar to the first version that we reviewed below but comes with a few extra features that we had wished for. The main difference is that the Nanit Plus offers two-way communication with your baby, nature and white noise and more control to decide who has access to the video and audio of your baby.

If you’re comfortable with the latest smart devices and want to discover the best in high-tech baby monitor, keep reading. But if you aren’t, I suggest you skip this review altogether and check our review of the Eufy SpaceView instead. The Eufy is a much more straightforward baby monitor at a reasonable price and is overall the best video monitor you can get at the moment.

With that said, let’s dive in our review of the Nanit Smart camera to see if machine learning could really help you and your baby sleep better.

Our Rating: 9.7 / 10

Summary

We like:

We don’t like:

  • It’s one of the most expensive models in our tests.

Where to buy it: check price on Amazon

Alternatives:

  • The Nanit Plus Smart Camera if you want the best WiFi video baby monitor with improved video quality and insights to help improve your baby sleep (check price).
  • The Eufy SpaceView is the best Plug & Play monitor on our list at the moment. It comes with a dedicated parent monitor, a high-resolution video quality, and the prettiest design (check price).
  • The Lollipop camera if you want a budget-friendly WiFi monitor with great video quality. It’s one of our favorite monitor of the year as well (check price).
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The Nanit baby monitor box.

Overview: Nanit Baby Monitor

 
 
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The Nanit baby monitor wall-mounted box.

Features: Nanit Baby Monitor

 
 
 
Baby Gear Essentials monitor nightlight

 

Nightlight
YES

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Video Recording
YES

 
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The Nanit with its wall mount.

Our Hands-on Review of the Nanit Baby Monitor

Is a data-driven baby monitor using Machine Learning to create a morning briefing filled with insights into your baby’s night worth it? Sure. If you have the time and interest to review the report and understand what might help your baby sleep better.

The Nanit mobile app is smart enough to help you identify certain patterns that might affect your baby sleep quality. Nanit will send you personalized recommendations made in collaboration with pediatric sleep doctors. It will also keep track of when your baby is awake or asleep and how often you had to come to check on them through the night.

That said, there are much cheaper video baby monitors available that are less complicated to use and will do the job just as well.

In the end, it really depends on what you expect from a video baby monitor. The Nanit is a great camera. But it’s first and foremost a sleeping monitoring system. Its high price is only justified if you want to take advantage of all the extra insights that it will give you.

“The most advanced baby monitor ever.”
– Nanit

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Your new morning briefing: the Nanit Insights time-lapse video.

Helpful Note

For more details on the audio and video quality, the camera installation, the mobile app and Nanit’s insights subscription, please head over the our updated version of the Nanit Plus review. We’ve updated the content with the latest version of the software that’s also applicable for this first generation Nanit.

Nanit smart camera: What’s in the box

Wondering what’s in the box? Here’s everything that will be included in the standard Nanit package:

  • 1 x Baby monitor unit (the camera)
  • 1 x Power Adaptor
  • 1 x Wall mount base
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What’s in the box: the Nanit camera and wall mount.

You can also purchase the Nanit floor stand mount package if you don’t want to drill holes in your wall. Note that it won’t include the wall mount.

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The Nanit camera and floor stand mount box.

Nanit Baby Monitor iOS and Android Mobile App

You can download the Nanit mobile app on the iOS App Store and Android Play Store.

Alternative Options

  • The Nanit Plus Smart Camera if you want the best WiFi video baby monitor with improved video quality and insights to help improve your baby sleep (check price).
  • The Eufy SpaceView is the best Plug & Play monitor on our list at the moment. It comes with a dedicated parent monitor, a high-resolution video quality, and the prettiest design (check price).
  • The Lollipop camera if you want a budget-friendly WiFi monitor with great video quality. It’s one of our favorite monitor of the year as well (check price).

Nanit Baby Monitor: Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • Question: Can I use multiple cameras with the Nanit?
    Answer: Yes. If you have multiple Nanit cameras paired to your account, you can switch between them by tapping your child’s name at the top of the Live, Activity, and Nights tabs. You should contact their support team to request pairing more than five cameras though.
  • Question: Can I see more than one camera at a time?
    Answer: No. The Nanit mobile app supports multiple paired cameras at the same time, but you can only see one video stream at a time.
  • Question: Does the Nanit work with Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri?
    Answer: No, not at the moment. But Nanit has indicated that they are looking into future integration with smart assistant.
  • Question: Does the Nanit have an iPhone App?
    Answer: Yes, and an Android app as well. See the section at the bottom of this page for the links to download either mobile app.
  • Question: Can it be voice-activated?
    Answer: Yes. The Nanit has a VOX mode that allows you to turn off your phone screen and still hear the audio. The app will also alert you of movement and sounds through phone notifications.
  • Question: Can I speak to my child through the Nanit camera?
    Answer: No. The Nanit baby monitor does not have a talk back function.
  • Question: Is the Nanit multi stand included in the box?
    Answer: No, you will need to buy it separately. You can get the multi-stand mount from Amazon.
  • Question: What is the Nanit baby monitor warranty?
    Answer: The Nanit camera comes with a standard one year warranty. We recommend you contact Nanit if you experience any issue with your model after purchase. You can call them during normal office hours or email their customer support team. Their response time is relatively quick.
  • Question: What is Nanits’ customer service number?
    Answer: If you’re calling from the US, you can contact Nanit by phone: 001 866 696 2648. You can also email their support team. Their email support center should get back to you within 24 hours.

Images by Baby Gear Essentials, Jennifer LaBracio and Nanit.

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