Best Audio-Video Baby Monitor for under $75 using your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch and Foscam Camera + App

Best Audio-Video Baby Monitor for under $75 using your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch and Foscam Camera + App

This is my 2 year old boy peacefully sleeping in his bed. I am using my iPhone, the Foscam Pro iPhone app, and the Foscam camera for a complete audio/video baby monitoring setup.

This article will give you everything you need to know about how to use iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch as an audio video baby monitor with Foscam Camera and a Foscam Camera App – all for under $75!

When my 2 year old was born, one of the things I wanted was a video monitor that I could use to make sure my baby was safe and sleeping well. As I looked around at the options, I was disappointed by the low quality of the devices and the high cost. So, at first, I gave up. Then, I had an idea: what if there was a Wifi enabled camera that was compatible with my iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch where I could use my iOS Device screen as the audio and video monitor. After some searching, I found one on Amazon and was surprised at how low the price was. Then, I was able to find 2 affordable app options that offered all of the features one could want in a baby monitor (these are arguably the best baby monitor apps to use with Foscam cameras): Foscam Pro App and Baby Monitor HD. With my new setup, for under $100, I could have peace of mind knowing that I could check in on my baby at any time with both audio and video.

First the camera: I chose a Foscam camera for a couple of reasons. It had the ability to pan and tilt so that I can remotely change the viewing angles with the app on my iPhone allowing me to scan the entire room. Secondly, it had IR night vision capabilities (important if you want to see anything in the dark). With this feature, I can see everything in the entire baby room in the middle of the night without a light on – pretty impressive.

Best Audio-Video Baby Monitor for under $75 using your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch and Foscam Camera + App

This is the newest version of the Foscam camera that is ideal for using in the baby monitoring setup.

Next, the Foscam has a speaker on it and a built in mic. This means that you can have 2-way conversations right from your iPhone. I use this audio feature all the time. And, the Foscam Pro app, has background audio meaning that I can turn the audio on, lock the screen, and the audio continues to sound allowing me to work around the house or in the yard while still monitoring my baby. The camera even has capabilities to allow for remote access giving you the ability to monitor things when you have a babysitter and aren’t at home. Click here to see the Foscam Camera I recommend on Amazon: Foscam FI8910W

Next the apps.

1. Baby Monitor HD

Best Audio-Video Baby Monitor for under $75 using your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch and Foscam Camera + AppThis is the perfect app for using your Foscam camera as a baby monitor. The app easily searches for and finds any available cameras on your network. Once the camera is connected to the app, you can start monitoring your baby. The app features pan/tilt controls so you can pan around the room if need be. It also features a visual audio log that allows you to have the audio muted but still see the active audio levels. You can even set an audible or vibration alert to let you know when the audio has peaked over a certain level. You can also turn the audio to Auto Mute which allows the audio to be off for most of the time (to accommodate for white noise machines, etc), but then the audio automatically turns one when the audio reaches a certain threshold that you set. This is very helpful. You can even turn off the video feed and only use the audio feed to save battery. To activate these features, simply tap and hold on the video feed itself to bring up all of the customizable options. To mute and unmute the audio manually, simply tap and hold on the visual audio feed for a few seconds. There is an option to keep the audio on even when you exit the app or lock the screen of your device.

Overall, this is one of the best apps to turn your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch into a baby monitor with your Foscam Camera. Here is a direct link to the app in the App Store: Baby Monitor HD. The only downside to this app is that it doesn’t allow for multiple cameras to be visible on the screen at once and it doesn’t allow for two-way audio.

2. Foscam Pro App

This app is loaded with a ton of helpful features too. The Foscam Pro app allows for both two-way audio and audio in the background. It also has controls to pan the camera around the room, adjust the brightness/contrast settings, turn the IR night-vision on/off, take a snapshot, or record video. If you have multiple rooms with multiple cameras, this app can handle multiple cameras at once. Anyone in the house with an iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) can add this app and with a username and password be given access to the Baby Monitor setup. This is handy for a grandparent, babysitter, or roommate who might also need to monitor the baby.

Best Audio-Video Baby Monitor for under $75 using your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch and Foscam Camera + App

This is a screenshot of the camera when used in daylight. It is full color and you can pan around the room to keep an eye on an active toddler.

The FoscamPro App combined with the Foscam camera can also double as a security camera giving you notification when you are away if there is motion detected. The app is universal meaning that you buy it once and it can be used for both iPhone and iPad.The other big advantage to using this setup is that it is all built on your wifi network. Typically, a good wifi network will extend far beyond a conventional baby monitor’s range. Earlier today I was out working in the front yard and had full baby monitoring capabilities while my 2 year old and 3 month old were sleeping peacefully inside. I knew exactly when my 3 month old woke up and was ready to eat :).

I highly recommend this setup for any parent who wants an affordable way to add audio and video monitoring for under $100. It is the best setup that I have discovered for this price. If you have any questions about installation or setup, feel free to post them in the comments section. Here are links to both apps: Foscam Pro App, Baby Monitor HD and the Foscam Camera on Amazon.

*If you use these links and purchase the apps and camera, I will get a small commission on each purchase which goes to help support further developments of this blog. Thanks for your support!

26 thoughts on “Best Audio-Video Baby Monitor for under $75 using your iPhone, iPad (Mini), or iPod Touch and Foscam Camera + App

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  2. What happens when your phone goes into sleep mode like at night? Does the app still run some how? Will it still play any sounds made in the nursery?

    • Good question. Yes, the app has background audio meaning that when the audio is active, you can close the app or lock the screen and the audio will still continue. Just be sure your iPhone is in Wi-Fi range and that it is plugged in to the charger all night so it doesn’t run out of battery.

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  4. Hi Doug, thanks for your review. You covered the last topic I needed to understand before I want to purchase the 8910. I will also use it for monitoring my baby. Couple of questions though:

    1. Does the Foscam Pro App also visually indicated if there is any sound, just like an audio baby phone does? This so that I can use my Ipad as the main interface device.

    2. Is it possible that I get an alarm or notification if the sound goes over a certain threshold? For when my phone is in my pocket.

    Thanks!

    • Thanks for the questions. The Foscam Pro App does have a motion detection feature that will give an audible beep for whenever motion is detected even when the audio is disabled. It can also capture a snapshot or short video whenever motion is detected. However, unfortunately there is not a visual indicator of the audio and no way to get a notification when it reaches a certain threshold. This would be nice and will hopefully be added in the future.

    • I did discover a different app called Baby Monitor Foscam with Audio. This app allows you to set up all the features you are looking for with audio notifications, vibration, and a visual indicator of the audio feed. I’m going to update this post now with a link to this app so you can check it out.

      • Thanks! Good additional app you found for more audio features. This is for me the final argument to purchase the Foscam and your suggested apps.

  5. Thanks for the recommendation! I am not a all computer savvy, and I was (fairly easily!) able to set up two cameras to simultaneously monitor both of my boys in separate rooms. I’m using the Foscam Pro app on my iPhone. But here’s my question: Is there any way (on the app) to receive audio from both rooms at the same time? Or have a sound alarm set to let me know when either / both of them are making noise? Or cycle back and forth between the audio from each camera? The way I understand it now is that if I’m in the home screen I can see both rooms but can’t hear anything; in order to hear I have to actually select and open just one camera? Is that right? Did I just misunderstand your review (i.e. do your kids both sleep in the same room?)? Is my only option to monitor audio from both cameras to have the app open on two devices? Thank you for clarifying!

    • Glad to hear that the setup went well for you! Unfortunately, due to hardware limitations of the iOS Devices, I don’t know of any way to have the audio source from two cameras play at the same time on one device. The best option is to install the app on another iOS device (if another person in the house has an iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad) and then use two devices to monitor the audio on both cameras like you mentioned. And yes, both of my kids sleep in the same room so we only have one camera to monitor both kids. Great question though.

  6. Hi

    Great Post.. I’m definitely going to invest in this.

    A question i do have though..

    IS THERE A DIFFERENCE IN THE MODELS?
    Foscam F18910W or F18918W

    Do both work with both of the apps you reccomend?

    I’m just trying to see if i can opt for the cheaper model and still have all the same options. Also will i be able to view either app on my iPhone when i am not home?

    • Thanks!

      There are some key differences between the two cameras. The F18910W is the newer of the 2 and it boasts quite a few improved features. It is easier to set up, it gives you better quality picture, the night vision is improved, etc. It is an all around better camera. Both are compatible with both apps and can be set up to be viewed when not at home.

      I personally have the older model and it works just fine. So, you can’t go wrong with it. The upgraded features are nice but definitely aren’t essential.

      Hope this helps. And, thanks again for the positive feedback!

  7. Hi – With the app, is there a way to prevent your iPhone/iPad from going into sleep mode so that you can keep the audio/video viewable at all times? (So you don’t have to wake up in the middle of the night and log into your phone.)

    • Yes. Simply open the Settings App and go to General –> Auto-Lock. Adjust this setting to Never and the iPhone/iPad display will not go to sleep (be sure the iPhone/iPad is plugged in). Make sure to switch it back to 1 to 5 minutes in the morning so that you don’t run out of battery throughout the day.

  8. Hi, I am looking into the Foscam to use as a baby monitor and I appreciate your review of both the camera and the apps. Do you find it difficult or annoying that the Foscam requires an iphone/ipad/ipod to work? My wife and I have 2 iphones, a 2nd-gen ipod touch, and a 1st-gen iPad that we will think we will use interchangeably to monitor baby, but we’re wondering what you do when you turn off the video feed and only use audio. Do you just keep your iphone/pad/pod on with the app running? Or is there a way to, perhaps, hook up a separate baby monitor to receive audio only to use when the video feed is off (and, i suppose, it could be used when the video feed is on as well) to save batteries on the iphone and also just give ourselves a break from screen-time?

    I hope that makes sense. Thanks in advance!
    KC

    • Thanks for the comments and questions. Yes, both apps recommended allow for background audio. This means that you can exit the app or lock the screen and the audio will continue to be monitored. The battery life is significantly extended when you have the screen locked while monitoring audio only. However, I still recommend that you plug your device in if you plan to monitor the baby’s room overnight. I would imagine there are other devices that you could use besides the iPhone/iPad/iPhone to monitor a Foscam camera but I haven’t used any of them. Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any more questions.

      • Oh, that makes perfect sense. I guess I should have known what you meant by ‘screen lock’! Very helpful, thank you!! With that option it really does seem like this is the best deal for a video monitor out there. Looks like I’ll be picking one up soon.

        Thanks again!
        KC

  9. I got excited about this and went ahead and ordered the camera and the Iphone app. The camera instructions (both hard copy and on the CD) are absolutely terrible – they are written in poor english and critical steps involved in the setup are missing. After 3 hours I’ve been able to make the camera work while hardwired to my router, and (once) to operate while unplugged from the router, after detecting the wireless device while it was still connected to router. After unplugging I can’t replicate this without reconnecting to router, which means I am unable to take the camera upstairs to install in baby’s room. Haven’t even tried the apps yet, maybe they overcome this I don’t know. The camera comes with a CD, so I can’t connect to either Ipad or Iphone. So far very frustrating, although while I had it working it appeared very promising.

    A further point that I haven’t seen touched on yet – there does not appear to be a zoom feature on this camera, although the pan/tilt works well.

    • So sorry that this has been frustrating to set up. Which version of the camera did you get? The newer one is much easier to set up. Regardless, the key to easier set up on this is to log in to the device via a web browser. You do this by typing in the IP address of the camera. Here are much better instructions than the printed ones that came with the camera on how to set up a wireless connection to your Foscam camera: http://foscam.us/blog/index.php?p=47?

      Let me know how this goes and if there is anything else I can do to help you get this set up.

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