The renewed Lollipop baby monitor was released to the market on January 7, 2019, and parents haven’t stopped saying great things about this baby cam. The 2019 release was an update to the earlier Lollipop that was initially released in 2016.
In this article, we’ll cover what this new one has to offer.
The new Lollipop is the first baby monitor with a reliable cry detection feature and has minimal false alerts compared to the previous model. Along with the cry detection feature, Lollipop also offers 24/7 on-cloud recording that used to be free but would now cost you $10 per month.
Lollipop connects to your phone (iOS and Android) and in addition to cry-detection and cloud recording features, Lollipop also has superior sensors that will instantly alert you. The sensor can do detect the following
- Air quality
By 2020, Lollipop anticipates to roll out a Lollipop camera that not only detects cry but also breath and sleep. Like other baby monitors that connect to your phone, Lollipop is a wifi-enabled baby monitor.
Lollipop also won the 2016 design awards in 2016. In this review, you’ll also get to read of its comparisons with Nanit, Nest, Arlo, and iBaby.
Lollipop is a baby monitor that connects to your phone and is one of our best wifi baby monitors in 2020.
As of this update in October 2019, Lollipop is currently ranked number 33 out of the top 100 best-selling baby monitors on Amazon and over 200 customers have rated it 4.0/5.
The snapshot below shows the sales numbers of three Lollipop sellers on Amazon and how they’ve seen demand grow over time. Monthly, Lollipop ships about 600 units per month.
Lollipop Video Baby Monitor Review
Below is a video review of Lollipop baby monitor.
When you purchase Lollipop baby monitor, you’ll get a package weighing 1,157 grams and has the following inside:
- 1 baby monitor unit
- 1 power adapter
- 2 extension modules to ensure the cord is not in your baby’s reach.
You should note that Lollipop is currently available on Amazon but is not prime eligible which means you cannot get it shipped within a day.
Pros of Lollipop Baby Monitor
Wondering whether to get the Lollipop baby monitor and not sure whether it’s better than some others in the market such as Nanit Plus, Miku or Arlo? Here are the key features that have made parents go for this baby cam:
1. Reliable cry detection feature:
Unlike several devices in the market that have an unreliable cry detection feature, Lollipop baby monitor claims to be 94% accurate. That’s only 6% false alarms and that should tell you how much of a relief you’ll get with this baby monitor. You won’t have to rush to your baby nursery thinking that your baby is crying when the baby is deep asleep. With no false alarms and anxiety, you and your baby can now get better sleep.
One happy customer had the following to say about Lollipop’s cry detection feature:
“The crying detection really does work. It only tells us when our son is actually crying, and any other noise comes through as a “noise detection” over whatever decibel we set to be the threshold.”
2. Split-Screen Viewing of multiple cameras:
Another feature that differentiates Lollipop baby camera from others is that supports several cameras. If you have twins, this is the first wifi baby monitor that allows you to monitor twins in separate rooms or in separate cribs and allows you to view them on the same screen using its split-screen feature. However, it is important to note that while you can view multiple cameras on Lollipop, LiveView is only possible with two cameras. To view more video feeds from more cameras, you’ll need to swipe across the screen.
3. Pair Lollipop Cam With More Than One Device (Phone or tablet)
You can also pair your Lollipop camera with more than 1 phone. It is possible to pair Lollipop with the phone of your spouse, your nanny or even your other friends and family. You should note that you can switch from video viewing to audio-only streaming mode. You’ll still hear the baby even when you Lollipop app is not open on your phone or tablet.
A happy customer said the following about Lollipop’s ability to pair with more than one device:
“I love that I can pull up the camera from wherever I am on my phone, and it’s as simple as using the “share camera” feature for anyone who’s watching my son”
Cons: Why We Don’t Like It Very Much
We wanted to be very thorough in our review of Lollipop as most reviews available online do not touch on ALL aspects you’d expect from a baby monitor. We dug through 627 customer reviews and over 300 Lollipop app reviews on Appstore and on Playstore and below are some of the negative things about Lollipop that we didn’t like:
- Lollipop App keeps crashing or losing connection
- The Lollipop app is difficult to navigate: Te App does not allow you to stream audio-only directly from the video screen as you have to exit the video screen and navigate to find the audio icon.
- It does not come with inbuilt temperature, humidity and air quality sensors like most baby monitors. You can, however, buy the Lollipop Environment Sensor on Amazon here. For some period, it was not available on Amazon but as of March 2020, it has restocked. Use the link to check if it is still available.
Lollipop Baby Monitor vs Nanit
Lollipop and Nanit are wifi baby monitors that utilize the 2.4 GHz frequency band to transmit audio and video signals from the camera to your smartphone app. The main advantage that Nanit and Nanit Plus have over Lollipop is that Nanit brands use both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands – making it easy to switch from one to another to avoid interference. Lollipop only relies on 2.4GHz frequency that regularly experiences interference.
While Lollipop is known for its unique and accurate cry detection feature, Nanit and Nanit Plus are known for its array of sleep tracking algorithms and insights.
The table below has more comparative features.
|LOLLIPOP BABY MONITOR||NANIT & NANIT PLUS|
|Known for having cry detection feature that is very reliable with limited false alarms||Known for having a patented sleep algorithm that will provide valuable insights to enable your baby to have better sleep.|
|105 degrees field of view||180 degrees field of view|
|Uses 2.4 GHz frequency band||uses both 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz frequency bands|
|Lollipop uses a lower encryption standard, AES-128 encryption bit but there haven’t been cases of Lollipop getting hacked. Learn how to secure your lower standard monitor here.||It uses a more advanced encryption standard, AES-256-bit encryption and considered more secure|
|720p HD video quality||960p HD video quality|
|8 LED infrared lights||10 LED infrared lights|
|2-way talk||2-way talk|
|Not HSA/FSA eligible||HSA/FSA eligible|
|It is compatible with Alexa home and uses Lollipop Alexa Skill which you can install to your phone here. You should note that 24 customers have rated Nanit Alexa skill 2/5 as of March 2020. In January 2020, Lollipop users can now integrate with Google Home Hub. Use these instructions to integrate your Lollipop baby camera with Google Home Hub and start using Google Assistant.||It is compatible with Alexa home and uses Nanit Alexa Skill which you can install to your phone here. You should note that 236 customers have rated Nanit Alexa skill 2.8/5 as of March 2020. Nanit and Nanit plus cannot be integrated with Google Home Hub as of March 2020.|
|Initially, Lollipop offered free monthly cloud storage but now charges $10/month||It has cloud storage fees. The storage fees and insights are free in the first year and thereafter, it will cost you $50/year for a 7-day stored history, $100/year for 10 days cloud storage and $300/year for unlimited storage history.|
|Has temperature sensors but you need to purchase an additional sensor on Amazon here.||Has temperature sensors|
|Sells for about $150 but can check its price today here.||Sells for about $285 (Nanit Plus) but can check its price today here.|
Lollipop Baby Monitor vs Arlo
We have done some rigorous analysis comparing Lollipop baby monitor and Arlo cameras including and specifically Arlo baby monitor. While Lollipop is known for its great cry detection feature which Arlo cameras do not have, Lollipop also has minimal video delays. In addition, Lollipop does not have monthly subscription fees.
The table below shows many features that we found out as we researched Lollipop baby monitor vs Arlo:
|Lollipop Baby Monitor||Arlo|
|Has cry detection feature||No cry detection feature|
|With additional purchase of a special sensor, Lollipop can detect temperature, air quality and humidity. You can check the price and availbality of the sensor here.||It comes with an inbuilt sensors that detects the following: temperature, humidity and air quality (VOCs level).|
|Initially, Lollipop offered free monthly cloud storage but now charges $10/month||No monthly cloud storage fees|
|Manufactured by Lollipop||Manufactured by Netgear|
|2-way talk||2-way talk|
|Made in Taiwan by an outsourced partner||Made in Taiwan by an outsourced partner, Foxconn|
|105 degrees field of view||110 to 130 degrees field of view|
|Works with Alexa but does not work with Google Home or with Apple’s Homekit||Works with Alexa, Google Home Hub, and Homekit|
|No nightlight||Has nightlight|
|720p HD video quality||1080p HD video quality|
|Has a room temperature sensor sold separately||Comes with an inbuilt room temperature sensor.|
|Sells for about $150 but can check its price today here.||Sells for $122 (on Sept 8, 2019) but can check its price today here.|
Lollipop Baby Monitor vs iBaby M7
Lollipop baby monitor’s features are close to those of iBaby Care M7 and we did some in-depth comparison to see which was is better between Lollipop and iBaby M7. Both are wifi-enabled baby monitors that stream videos to your phone through smartphone apps. Another similarity between the two is that Lollipop retails at a price close to that of iBaby M7.
If you are looking for a camera that has a very wide field of view, iBaby M7 is probably your best choice as it has 360 degrees field of view covering your entire nursery. The table below shows more details of Lollipop baby monitor vs iBaby M7.
|Has a cry detection feature||Does not have a cry detection feature|
|Uses only 2.4GHz frequency band||Uses either 2.4GHz and 5.0 GHz frequency bands|
|720p HD video quality||1080p HD video quality|
|Does not have pan and tilt||Has pan and tilt|
|105 degrees field of view||360 degrees field of view|
|Streams to iOS or Android devices. iOS users ave rated it 1.9/5 and Android users have rated it 3.7/5||Streams to iOS or Android devices. iOS users ave rated it 4.5/5 and Android users have rated it 3.2/5|
|Sells for about $150 but can check its price today here.||Usually Sells for about $250 but on Sept 8, 2019, it was on 42% off offer. You can check its price today here.|
Lollipop Baby Monitor vs Nest
Nest and Lollipop are both Wifi baby monitors that stream from the camera directly to your smartphone app. Similar to Nest, Lollipop also allows you to set up motion detection feature which is not very common in baby monitors. Both Lollipop and Nest have won the Design Awards in different years. Lollipop won the ward in 2016 and Nest IQ won it in 2018.
While Nest is designed as a security camera and has features suited for a surveillance camera, it can be turned into a baby monitor just like Lollipop. It, however, lacks some features you’d find in Lollipop such as nightlight feature, lullabies, and cry detection. The table below explores more features that differentiate Lollipop baby monitor from Nest.
|Lollipop baby monitor||Nest|
|Has nightlight and lullabies||No nightlight and no lullabies|
|720p HD video quality||1080p HD video quality|
|Compatible with Google Home Hub and Alexa Home.||Compatible with Google Home Hub|
|Has a motion detection feature||Has a motion detection feature|
|105 degrees field of view||130 degrees field of view|
|Initially, Lollipop offered free monthly cloud storage but now charges $10/month||Has subscription fees|
|Streams to iOS or Android devices. iOS users ave rated it 1.9/5 and Android users have rated it 3.7/5||Streams to iOS or Android devices. iOS users ave rated it 1.7/5 and Android users have rated it 3.3/5|
|You do not need to keep the app open to hear audio only||You need to keep the app open to keep hearing audio only|
|Sells for about $150 but can check its price today here.||Sells for about $168 but can check its price today here.|
Lollipop Baby Monitor Security & Hacking
Lollipop uses AES-128 bit encryption which means it is secure if you follow all the necessary security procedures to set it up. Unlike Nanit Plus or Miku baby monitors that have AES-256 bit encryption, Lollipop uses a lower-security encryption standard but as of this publication, there haven’t been any reported cases of Lollipop hacking. You can read more about baby monitors that have been hacked.
If you are worried about the security of getting your Lollipop baby monitor getting hacked, you can choose the lollipop baby monitor privacy mode. Lollipop baby monitor privacy mode allows you to view videos directly from your Lollipop camera in the nursery to your app without loading it to the Amazon Web Servers(AWS). The event videos will not leave your home as the privacy mode will basically disconnect the connection of the camera to the AWS. You, however, need to be connected to the same Wifi network
Lollipop baby monitor radiation/EMF
Lollipop baby monitor is a wireless digital baby monitor and like all other digital devices, Lollipop emits EMF radiation. It is, however, voice-activated which means it only streams video and audio signals when activated by your baby’s crying.
According to Lollipop’s SAR, Lollipop passed the FCC’s EMF radiation guidelines and does not exceed the max EMF limit of 4W/Kg.
Lollipop Baby Monitor Apps
The Lollipop baby monitor app is rated very poorly by iOS users. We checked its current rating on Appstore and 152 users have given it an average of 1.9/5. There was an update to the Lollipop iOS app around June 2019 and several users have reported cases of the app not connecting to the camera at all. You can read more about Lollipop iOS app reviews on Appstore here.
On the other hand, 150 Android users have given it a decent rating of 3.7/5. Similar to the issue raised by iOS users, Android users also complained about the app freezing frequently after its latest update. More than 10,000 users have downloaded this App on Google Playstore.
Where to buy lollipop baby monitor
You can buy Lollipop baby monitor on online retail stores such as Amazon which is preferred for most Lollipop customers. Actually more than 600 users purchase Lollipop from different Amazon stores in the US, Canada, Australia, UK, and Europe. For some time the Lollipop baby monitor was not on amazon but is now available and you can check it here.
Lollipop Baby Monitor FAQs
Yes, Lollipop baby monitor is compatible with Alexa Home and you can take advantage of Echo Show and Echo spot and turn your Lollipop baby monitor into an Echo show baby monitor.
Lollipop baby monitor’s camera is not battery operated and therefore does not work if not plugged into AC power outlet. If you are looking for battery-operated baby monitors, you can navigate from the menu bar of this website or search this site for our 10 best battery-operated baby monitors.
You can choose to stream video and audio or you can choose to stream your Lollipop audio feed only. Read more about how you can do this on the review above.