Having a baby monitor for the car can be a big game-changer as it will entirely redefine your driving experience with the baby camera in the car. With the baby cam mounted on the dashboard, you won’t have to try to use the car mirror to try to get a glimpse of your baby. You can also use a baby mirror to get a view of your baby without necessarily using radio frequency that transmits the video or images of your baby to a monitor.
The images below show how you can use a baby mirror or a baby monitor to view your kid from the back seat as you drive.
Like many parents, I always got super anxious when I first started driving with my baby in the car and had to always pull over after every few minutes to check on the baby. For those in the US, most states now require parents to have the baby on a rear-facing car seat until they are at least 2 years old and this makes it very difficult to check on them when driving.
While the car camera was helpful, I always thought I wasn’t getting a good view and needed to actually stop and check on the baby physically. Sometime last year, I was told of a baby monitor for the car and it got me very interested as I imagined the possibilities the baby monitor would offer.
Below are some of the reviews of our best car baby monitors. If you want to see our reviews of the best baby car mirrors, you can jump here.
Car Baby Monitors Reviews / Car Baby Cameras
Always in view car baby monitor: Overall Best Baby Car Camera for Car
Infanttech’s Always in View Car Baby Monitor is our overall best baby monitor for use in a car. Its 3.5-inch monitor is attached to the car’s windshield with a suction cup. The camera is attached to plush toys and tied around your car’s headrest and buckle together for a secure hold.
This car baby camera is available in 3 adorable varieties – a puppy, a monkey, and a giraffe. Both the camera and the monitor use rechargeable batteries.
Here is a table with more details:
|Name||Always In View – baby monitor for cars|
|Screen size||3.5 inches|
|Cost||Check on Amazon|
Here is a video with more details
Zooby Car Baby Monitor Review
Zooby car baby monitor is our 2nd best car baby monitor that made it to this list. Unlike Always in View Car Monitor above, the camera and monitor of Zooby are powered by AC and is manufactured by the same company, Infanttech. It comes with car chargers.
|Name||Zooby WiFi Direct Portable Video Baby Monitor|
|Rating on Amazon (as of March 2020)||3.5/5|
|Reviewers on Amazon (as of March 2020)||30|
|Name and description of the manufacturer||Infanttech|
|Range||Range 600ft, 1000ft unobstructed|
|Key features||The camera connects to up to 4 smart devices (Not Included), 8ft charging cable, Android, IOS app connects with a simple and secure connection, comes in 4 styles kids love – Unicorn, Giraffe, Zebra, and Dinosaur.|
|Does it use wifi?||Yes|
|Is it wireless?||Yes|
|Does it have night vision?||Yes|
|LCD Screen Size||No, it uses your phone screen|
Jaycar Baby Monitor
Jacycar baby monitor is a 7-inch-monitor car baby monitor that you can get to use in the car. We searched the net for where parents can purchase this monitor in 2020 and it appears that you can only get it on the manufacturer’s website here. It is not available on Amazon.
Below are some of its features:
- 4 channel, support 4 cameras for one monitor
- 7LCD color screen
- Infrared night vision
- High sensitivity microphone
- 2way communication
- VOX function
- 1 x 6V DC Adaptor
- 1 x 12V DC Adaptor
- 1 x AV Cable
Garmin Car Baby Monitor
Garmin is a popular baby monitor brand that specializes in a brand that you can use to monitor your baby in the car. Garmin, however, discontinued this brand but you can still check the availability on their website here.
Yada Car Baby Monitor
Yada BT53901F-2 is the most popular baby monitor brand for use in a car and as of March 2020 and unlike other brands above, it is available on Amazon. It is also retailed by Yada on its website here. You should note that there are several brands of Yada baby monitor for cars and the one linked below is the most popular and perhaps the most sought-after car baby monitor brand.
This baby monitor for cars has the following features:
- 4.3″ Monitor
- The camera uses 12V power and transmits wirelessly to the monitor. You can use your car outlet to charge it
- It uses a wireless camera comes with 2 options for the headrest mount and a suction cup mount for flexible placement
- Night vision
- Weighs 14.7 ounces
- Rated 3.8/5 by over 170 parents
- Does not rely on wifi
Here is another video which describes how to install it.
To install Yada, you can follow these steps highlighted in their manual here.
LeeKooLuu Backup Camera
Leekooluu backup camera is a camera used in cars such as SUVs and is currently the second best-selling (link to list)car backup camera brand on Amazon. Over 2,700 users have rated this backup camera 4.3/5 and parents like it most for its 4.3-inch color screen and 720p camera.
This camera is not exclusively used a baby monitor as users prefer it also as a backup camera if your car camera is broken.
Here are some features that will make you like this highly rated baby camera for cars:
- IP 69K Waterproof camera although you will be installing it inside the car and wouldn’t need it to be waterproof
- HD 720P Display
- One Power System – powered by a cigarette lighter
- Two ways to install mount monitor: 3M adhesive and Magnetic bracket
- Upgraded 6 Glass Lens
- Superior night vision which can view up to 30 ft in complete darkness.
- HD license plate camera with 149-degree viewing angle provides you with a broader visual angle
- Designed for sedans, pickups, trucks, SUVs, Minivans, UTVs, ATVs, Trailers, etc.
Baby Car Mirrors
Totview Baby Car Mirror is our overall best car mirror you can use to monitor your kid. It is a crash-tested mirror for use to get a clear image of a baby in their rear-facing car seat. It is highly rated, with over 700 parents giving it a 4.8/5 review.
When installed, below is an image showing how you can view your baby:
Let’s look at some of the great features of this mirror:
- Large size, 10.2 inches
- Very cheap compared to wireless monitors in this list
- Very easy to install – it takes less than a minute to install
- It has sturdy straps that secure the mirror with no shaking or vibration.
- Weighs 1.19 pounds
- Currently #126 in Rear Facing Car Seat Mirrors
Lusso Baby Mirror
For less than $25, you can get yourself a baby mirror that has been rated 4.8/5 by over 1600 parents on Amazon. it came second on this list of baby car mirrors.
You can choose from three colors; black, tan and grey. It is currently the 10th best-selling rear-facing car seat mirror on Amazon (in March 2020). It is manufactured by Luso Gear, a company that was established in 2016 and specializes in baby products used in the car – and aimed at making the car safer for kids.
So Peep Baby Backseat Mirror
Shatterproof Baby Backseat Mirror for Car is another baby car mirror that featured on this 2020 list of car mirrors and monitors for use in cars. It is manufactured by So Peep and as of March 2020, it has 4.8/5 rating on Amazon (by over 2,200 parents). It is the 7th best-selling baby car mirror (rear-facing mirrors) on Amazon, ahead of Lusso and Totview
Shynerk Baby Car Mirror for Car
Over 4,700 parents have bout this baby mirror on Amazon and have rated it very highly 4.8/5. That’s why it made it to this list of best baby mirrors of 2020. It is currently the #1 in Rear Facing Car Seat Mirrors
Itomoro baby car mirror is another baby monitor mirror you can get to use in monitoring your baby in your car. It was released to the market in July 2019 and it is currently the 3rd best-selling rear-facing car seat mirrors with a decent rating of 4.5/5 by over 1,400 parents.
Here are some of the features that make Itomoro stand out as a great mirror for baby monitoring:
- It has a large display that measures 4.3-inches in diagonal
- The view angle of the rear camera is 120°
- Very easy to install
- It remains stable while your drive
You will need to attach Itomoro car mirror to the headrest of your car seat and with this, you’ll get to see your baby’s image back to you when you glance at the rearview mirror. Aside from using the rearview mirror, Itomoro Company also offers an option of viewing your baby using a 4.3-inch LCD screen. You’ll need to adjust the Itomoro camera to the perfect angle.
The video below has more details:
- It does not have night vision
DIY car baby monitor
As I first started doing research on how I could find some DIY solution to install a baby cam to monitor the baby on the rear-facing seat, I found some tips and tricks online. Below is one picture of GoPro used as a baby car seat cam and it got me really interested
The below DIY baby cam video streaming trick got me into some serious research session as I really wanted to figure out how to do it. I thought it’d be very easy for us to have a baby cam such as Go Pro shown above streaming on a display screen shown below.
That said, this was one of the options but we ultimately ended up with Yada car baby monitor reviewed above as our car video/tech system couldn’t work with the Go Pro.
Baby monitor car design
Tips When Driving with Kids
- Stay focussed:
Buyer Guide for a Car Baby Monitor:
- Camera and lens: Look for an anti-glare camera lens. Also, if you plan to monitor twins in your car, make sure you choose an expandable baby cam that can monitor multiple kids
- Screen Display/Monitor:
- Night vision
- Power source
- Ease of installation