Searching for a nanny cam might feel weird, initially. You don’t want to spy on the nanny, per se, you just want to make sure your kid is doing OK without you. You might just want a nanny cam for different reasons too, including leaving the baby with your partner while you’re at work and being able to “check in” through an app on your phone. Maybe you want a nanny cam for your pets when you leave to go somewhere and are curious to see what they get up to while you’re gone. Especially if you’re a worrier, a nanny cam is really not an absurd idea — you just want to make sure to get the best one for your needs.
Whenever I’m not home, I’m constantly wondering whether or not my pup has somehow maneuvered her way under the bed or has knocked down the trash only to eat potentially-toxic bits of garbage. To ease my mind, I bought a doggy cam (AKA a nanny cam). This way, I can schedule a walker to come and scoop her up if she’s being destructive or getting into something she definitely shouldn’t be getting into. A lot of human and pet parents can agree that a nanny cam has helped put their minds at ease
A “nanny cam,” is exactly what it sounds like — a camera that’s placed somewhere in the home to keep an eye on your babysitter, nanny, or pet sitter. Although most parents prefer to install these cams in plain view, some feel keeping the camera out-of-sight is more efficient.
Whether you’re interested in keeping an eye on your babysitter or you’re just curious about your child’s thought process, here’s a selection of some of the best nanny cams on the market.
If you’re looking for a nanny cam that’s not only affordable but also allows you to see, hear, and speak to whomever is on the other end from your phone, tablet, or Echo device, this Ring Indoor Cam is definitely for you. What’s more? It’s super simple to set up, and comes with a versatile mounting bracket for easy install. One reviewer wrote, “Very easy setup, great image quality (light or dark), great audio quality, nice form-factor, perfect integration with my Ring network.”
Perfect for checking in on both human and fur babies, the Amcrest 1080P Smart Home Wi-Fi Camera is equipped with two-way audio, a built-in AI chipset with a human detection function, and night vision. If you want, you can set it up so that you can get notifications sent to your phone any time there’s movement. It’s also Alexa compatible.
With more than 28,000 5-star reviews, the Wyze Cam Pan 1080p is a solid choice when it comes to nanny cams. Unlike most plug-and-play cameras, the Wyze Cam offers a pan scan feature so you can see everything. Other features include: live-streaming in real time, night vision, voice control via Alexa or Google Assistant, so that you can use your voice to check out who’s at the front door or check in with your kids, and the ability to share access to the camera with others, like a partner. Some reviewers have admitted the Wyze cam is even better than Nest or Ring. “This little camera is VERY impressive. I currently own a Nest IQ indoor camera and have owned a couple Foscam indoor cameras in the past. This Wyze camera produces excellent picture quality and has a very easy to use app. The fact that you get 14 days of clips storage for free just blows the Nest cam out of the water,” one Amazon customer wrote.
For parents who want to be a bit more inconspicuous, this hidden spy camera offers a wide angle, top-notch resolution, and multi-user support, so you, your partner, and the grandparents can all check in at the same time. What’s cooler? It doubles as a fully-functioning alarm clock.
If you’re dead set on having a secret nanny cam, this hidden camera smoke detector should do the trick. It comes with all the features a regular nanny cam would have. It has PIR human body sensing, motion detection, high-definition video recording, automatic night vision, and 180 days standby time. Bonus: It’s a real five-alarm smoke detector, too.
Get instant person alerts and snapshots sent right to your phone with the Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor Security Camera. Want extra protection? Add a Nest Aware subscription for just $6 per month. There’s a reason why so many people love the Nest — it’s easy to use and super simple to interweave with all your existing tech.
The Wansview Wireless Wi-Fi Camera is ideal for parents who want a crystal clear view of their living room, bedroom, office, etc. without paying the high-end price. With a built-in microphone and speaker, you can reassure your baby (or check in with your sitter) while you’re out.
Although this camera is only $30, it has rave reviews. You can use it as a body cam, or as a super small camera you can insert anywhere around your home without being easily noticeable. Since it comes with a built-in magnet, you can just place it anywhere with an iron surface. Its features include motion detection and night vision, and it’ll send you push notifications to your app if it senses something is afoot.
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