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My Number 1 Baby Registry Item – Video Baby Monitor

I'm by no means a Baby Registry expert, but after having 2 babies I do know what I used and didn't use that was on my Baby Registry Checklist! 

Video Baby Monitor

When I was pregnant with Sophia {who is now almost 3 – EEK!}, hubby and I tossed around the idea of purchasing a video baby monitor.  We finally concluded that it was just too much of an expense and didn't think it was really needed.

Oh boy were we wrong!

That is one {along with a few more} of my biggest regrets.  It would have made me sleep easier with my first baby, I know! 


We did end up getting a video monitor when Moreaya was first born.  He helped me relax so much more at night when she was transitioned to her crib.  From that moment, any time someone asked me what should and shouldn't be on their Baby Registry, I always said a video baby monitor!  Although mine helped, it was far from perfect, but I didn't know that… until now!

NextStep IP Pro

I didn't realize just how much I was missing out on with our previous video monitor.  I haven't tested every video baby monitor on the market, but I'm pretty sure that if I did, the NextStep IP Pro would rank up there with the best of them – at a much better price, but more on that in a bit!

First, a little background on the NextStep brand and company itself…

NextStepBabyMonitors is a family owned and operated business based in Southern California, founded in 2004.  We've used our products with our own children and only carry systems we would use in our own home.

I've had exceptional service from the NextStep staff and have been offered all types of support.  Luckily, my hubby is a bit of a technology guru, so he was able to set our wireless NextStep IP Pro up completely by himself.  But their techs are just a phone call away… for as long as you own your monitor!  That's right, lifetime supportMatch that big box stores!

Video BabyMonitor

The Video Baby Monitor sits discreetly atop the girls' bookshelf and also comes with a bracket for wall mounting.  I was so excited when I saw that I can see both girls at the same time with the wide angle lens.  But guess what?  If I can't see one of them because they're too far to the left or right I can move the camera… with my iPhone!

The Pan/Tilt feature is by far one of my favorites with this monitor.


There are quite a few other features that the NextStep IP Pro boasts that I couldn't possibly share them all, so here are some of my favorites:

  • Secure Direct Connect
  • Upgraded Audio {yep, I can hear the girls through my iPhone, iPad, and computer}
  • Talk Back Capability {I can talk back through my phone and it's so funny because Sophia answers me, thinking I'm in the room.}
  • NightVision {picture on the right is with all lights turned off}

Video Baby Monitor Nightvision

You can choose to view the camera both inside your house, running on your wireless router and you can also set up the camera for outside of your home-viewing.  We have chosen to not turn that capability on, since we're using it as a Video Baby Monitor for now.  When the girls outgrow the need for a video monitor, we're definitely going to use this as a home monitoring system.  Because you are able to set volume and motion alerts too!

I definitely check on the girls more often during their nap times, just because it's convenient to open the camera up quickly on my iPhone and iPad.  I downloaded the recommended app so I could use all of the great, secure features.


The camera can be viewed through PCs, Macs, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.


Within the app, you have the option of leaving audio on even when your screen or iPhone is locked, so you've constantly got an ear in the room.  I have noticed that this dramatically decreases my battery life on my iPhone though, but it's a nice option if this is going to be the only baby monitor that you use – just plug your phone up at night – easy fix.

I can't stress enough how much a video baby monitor has eased my mind as a parent and I know I'll continue to use it for another couple of years as my girls get older and start playing more independently.

The NextStep IP Pro Video Baby Monitor comes in Black and White and retails for $149.99 on the


  1. I don't have a video monitor so all the features are great to me hahaha but having audio as well as visual will be so nice!!

  2. My favorite feature is the ability to view it from so many different devices!

  3. Kris Garvey says:

    I love that it can send you e-mail alerts with photos!

  4. Brittany S says:

    LOVE that you can move the camera remotely!!

  5. I love that it can link to the smart phone and ipad so my husband can even peek in on his lil babes from work.

  6. I like the Sleek & Secure
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  7. I like that you can connect it to your wi-fi.

  8. Ashley Chassereau Parks says:

    I also like the  MobiCam DXR Video Baby Monitor! :) 

  9. This is an amazing idea for a product! Love it!

  10. Melissa G. says:

    I like that it can connect to your wireless internet. It is also nice that it can pan remotely.

  11. I love that you can pan and tilt the camera remotely.  We have three kids in one room and this is the only video monitor that I've seen that will allow me to see all three of the kids.  I suspect the talk-back feature will also come in handy for the many time the boys are playing in the room instead of sleeping.

  12. Michele P. says:

    I like the wireless feature and the fact that it also supports windows based phones.

  13. Nicole L

    Love that it can connect straight to my wireless network!

  14. Sarah Hayes says:

    i like the baby touch monitor from the site

  15. Chany

    I love the Talk Back feature.  That is one of the things that I wish our current monitor did.  Very cool!

  16. Olivia Rubin says:

    wouldn't mind the Safety 1st Color True View moniter

  17. Jenn McClearn

    I like the sleek and secure but would be happy to win any video monitor for baby #3 :)

  18. I like the Audio Detection Alerts!

  19. Claire Rheinheimer says:

    You can monitor baby through your phone, and even when you're not home. Amazing!

  20. jeanette sheets says:

    connects to wiifi

  21. Beth K.

    our house is split between an iphone user and a Droid user, so it's great to see they connect with both.

  22. Erin G

    I love the email alert part!

  23. Margaret Smith says:

    Love the Wireless-N feature.  Love that I can connect wirelessly to my wi-fi network.

  24. I like the Baby Touch monitor

  25. I love the smartphone and computer accessability!  I, too, couldn't live without a video monitor and having another baby on the way, I love the versatility with this one!!

  26. Nicole Bear says:

    My favorite feature is that it works with all different types of phones, not just iPhones.

  27. I love that you can see it from you smart phone!

  28. Ginger G. says:

    The best view looks great as well!

  29. That's awesome! My kids are now grown but my future grandchildren will have so much technology in their lives.

  30. Being able to turn the camera remotely is an awesome feature!

  31. Angela Yeremenko

    I love that it is wireless and that it send you an email alert with snapshots.

  32. I love everything about this monitor. It has all the features that I want in a video monitor, but the price is WAY better than most stuff on the market. 

  33. Brian s

    My wife and I bought iPhones just for this amazing product hope we win 

  34. I love that you can pan the camera and see the whole room! This is great for an older child.

  35. An easy to read manual written in plain English is always a plus, & if you do have trouble they can remotely help you through your Pc or Mac. Lifetime Support! IR Cut. so I can See what I want and not "shadows". Audio Detection Alerts with Snapshots! simple user interface so I don't get Confused (easy for me to do lol) & it has smoother more responsive pan and tilt action, in order to see the "whole" picture. 

    Thank you for this opportunity :)

  36. Addison Kat

    My favorite feature is that I can connect my iphone or ipad with it!

  37. I love that the NextStep IP Pro comes in white and black, and is also android compatible!

  38. Breezy Moyer

    I like that it connects to WIFI!!

  39. Love the iPhone feature, for sure!

  40. This is so perfect! I am making my baby registry right now. Thanks for the post- and advice!

  41. I have never had a video monitor, so just being able to see them. Also, that you can use your iPad with it.

  42. Heather Palmer says:

    Hands down, my favourite feature is that it works with your iPhone. 

  43. i LOVE that you can use it with your iPhone.  I regret buying the one I have now!!!! 

  44. I really like the option of being able to pan and tilt remotely. Very cool

  45. Lori Seedes

    I love that I can move the camera with my I phone. It is fantastic. I also love that I could shush shush my little guy from another room. 

  46. I love that you can access it from the computer. I just find that really neat. But I also like the two way communication feature! I think that would have been really handy with my first.

  47. Love all the features – especially that you can use it in your phone

  48. teresa herrera-honores says:

    i love that you can move it and talk to your kids and they can talk back, so many cool features!

  49. joanna garcia says:

    Summer Infant Sleek & Secure

  50. The pan and tilt is an amazing feature! And it looks so easy to use. I also love the option to have snapshots emailed to you.


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