Withings Smart Baby Monitor, White

Withings Smart Baby Monitor, White

Withings designs, develops, and industrializes connected objects, as well as the associated network platform and software applications associated with these objects. Smart Baby Monitor, monitor baby’s safety and comfort from an iOS device.

Main features

  • Watch over baby in exceptional conditions on your iPhone, iPad or Android
  • High-resolution video, motion free and intuitive Pan Tilt Zoom, automatic night vision
  • Ability to talk to baby, play lullabies, or turn on the multicolor night light
  • Monitor noises, motion, temperature and humidity in baby’s room
  • Enjoy an unlimited range-watch over baby at home, on the road, or from work
  • Watch over baby in exceptional conditions on your iPhone, iPad or Android
  • High-resolution video, motion free and intuitive Pan Tilt Zoom, automatic night vision
  • Ability to talk to baby, play lullabies, or turn on the multicolor night light
  • Monitor noises, motion, temperature and humidity in baby’s room
  • Enjoy an unlimited range-watch over baby at home, on the road, or from work

Verified reviews

★★★★★

Way better than our old monitor!

We used to have theMobiCam Audio Video Baby Monitoring System. We always seemed to have problems with it, even from the start. Sometimes there was just no picture even though our room shares a wall with our baby’s room. I researched baby monitors for quite some time and was excited when I found the Withings smart baby monitor. The only issue was that it was not available in the US yet. After several months of waiting it finally became available so I snatched it up and I am so happy I did.Video quality is much better than our previous camera and I LOVE that I can access it away from home. It is so wonderful to see my baby sleeping while I have to work late. I haven’t had a problem with the limited time period away from home but it would be nice to have the option for extended viewing for free. The night vision is about on par with our previous monitor and gets the job done. I am able to tell what he is doing in bed without issues.The screen shows temperature and humidity which is nice feature that I would have really enjoyed having when he was a newborn.I love being able to use my phone to talk to him, my husband and I have both utilized this feature away from the house and it works very well.It would be nice to have another way to mount it (perhaps on the wall) besides on the crib because the other day my son had managed to pull it off and into the crib.I really enjoy having this baby monitor and have already recommended it to several of my friends. If you have an iPhone and the $$$, I would say go for it, you will not be disappointed.

Mara Brownsville, TN
★★★★★

Useless!

In our shopping preparing for baby, the Withings Smart Baby Monitor ended up being my biggest regret of a purchase.This was a splurge for my new baby’s nursery. I felt I could justify the price because it was for safety. The fact that you check in on the baby from anywhere was important since my husband is away often. It seemed like a good way for him to still be connected while out of town. I also liked the thought of just using my ipad or iPhone for a monitor screen.This ended up being a total waste of money. After complications with set up, we attempted to contact customer service, which was a complete joke. Discovering the problem on our own, we were up and running. The amount of delay time makes me nervous to rely on this. The delay is my biggest complaint. The app often crashes. And I have found that it makes more sense to have a monitor screen completely dedicated to the monitoring the baby- Not an ipad or iPhone, which is often being used for other tasks.The one thing I like about the monitor is its aesthetics. That’s it. It’s way too expensive for something pretty that doesn’t work correctly. After spending so much money on this and still needing a working real-time monitor, I had an issue with shelling out for another expensive monitor. Our solution has been a cheap $20 monitor and FaceTime when dad is gone.

Gale Spencerport, NY
★★★★★

Possibly the best baby purchase we made

We love this product and have had not problems with it since getting it. This has possibly been the best baby prodcut we purchased. I love the fact that I can watch my baby sleeping on my iPhone from work; its awesome! I also love the features on this device including the temperature and humidity of the room, the night light, noise maker, and alerts. Probably my most favorite feature is the fact I can talk to my baby while I am at work and watch her look back at me through the camera. The temperature and humidity reader is great to make me aware of the temp and humidity in her room especially at night. I can monitor it and make adjustments if needed. The night light and noise maker are fantastic for helping my baby sleep. Sometimes she just looks at the night light (we have it set on changing colors) until she falls asleep. The video monitor has been so helpful for night-time to ensure my baby is safe, and to see what the problem may be when she is crying before I have to get up out of bed. But of course the thing I love best is being able to watch her sleep or play in her crib while I am at work, and being able to talk to her through the monitor.

Rosella Tangerine, FL
★★★★★

really useful!

I use it every day, and it is delightful to take a look at my baby boy during the work. And be sure everything is all-right.At home, I can close the dor and se everything, including at nigth, from my living room, at the comfort of my bed… You can even see the eyes, if are open or closed!It is also useful to play lullabies and to talk to your baby, during the work.Loved it! Would by it again!

Eva Medora, IL
★★★★★

Best Monitor Ever!!!

I’m updating this review but I’m thrilled to report that the iOS7 update has greatly improved the performance of the viewing app on the iPhone 5! I’m am so thrilled! I’ve struggled with it for a year, still loving the monitor despite it’s imperfect performance on iOS6 and the iPhone 5. It really is a one of a kind monitor! I also love that you can finally view the monitors (at the same time) from any computer. This is huge!!!Favorite features: the two way talking feature, the light (I used a green & red light to show my toddler when it was time to sleep and when it was time to get out of bed), and being able to remote monitor. These three features made the monitor unique, even among other iPhone compatible monitors.The two main complaints I’ve seen in reviews on various sites about this monitor are true, tho neither were deal breakers for me-1) the monitor shuts down/ loses connectivity once or twice a night, and if you’re sleeping you don’t know this has occurred, which is troubling if you’re monitoring a small child. I just solve this by using a cheap ($15ish) audio only monitor during the night. If baby wakes, I hear him on the audio monitor and can then turn on this monitor to see what he’s doing. I’m totally fine with this arrangement.2) The night vision isn’t awesome, but I’ve used several other regular video monitors and didn’t find this one any worse than those. Certainly the closer to the child the camera is, the clearer the picture is. Sometimes the night vision adjusts itself and makes the picture a lot darker (making the picture very hard to see) or a lot brighter (which shows the child clearer). You can’t adjust the night vision yourself, it just does it on its own, and not always for the better. However, all in all, the night vision is fine. I appreciate being able to see even my child’s outline.Note: When using with more than 1 monitor, there is NOT a great way of switching between monitors- there are about 7 key strokes to get between monitors and you have to do it manually. It doesn’t rotate between monitors automatically. That makes viewing on the computer nice. I think of this monitor as my way to see my kids napping during the day and at night when I’m away from home (say on a date and a babysitter is home viewing on my iPad or computer). I love that I can see my kids sleeping when I’m not home with them. Withinings told me they were working on a way to swipe between monitors (swipe right/left to see the various monitors) but that it could be awhile before that’s available.I love love love love this monitor and I welcome any further questions!

Peggy Gays Mills, WI
★★★★★

I owned this for a month and had to return it. Read below…

I owned this for a month and while in theory the iphone aspect seems perfect it just wasn’t convenient to have to rely on my phone for notifications of my baby crying. If the phone wasn’t configured correctly, or was in do not disturb mode it wouldn’t make any noise at all. Plus I always had to make sure it was on me and turned up so I could hear it. I quickly decided that I was going to need a dedicated unit that would make noise as soon as the baby did. I decided on the motorola unit below and couldn’t be happier. My favorite part about it is how sensitive it is to the baby making real noise but at the same time how the speaker will actually turn itself off when there’s no or next to no noise in the room. That way you don’t get this constant stream of white noise and hear every single peep, snore, and rollover.http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004VL2VRY/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp;=1789&creative;=390957&creativeASIN;=B004VL2VRY&linkCode;=as2&tag;=stupisms-20

May Winona Lake, IN
★★★★★

Thank heavens for great customer service

UPDATE: JULY 2014:I raised my review from 2 stars to 4 stars because of Withings fantastic customer service. One of my twins broke the monitor, I think she kicked it really hard and not only broke the micro usb cord itself (part of it got stuck in the monitor), she also broke the micro usb connection to the circuit board inside the monitor. I contacted Withings customer service and they helped me figure out that this wasn’t a simple fix, and since I was within the warranty period, I sent the broken monitor back and they sent me a new one! I thought for sure we’d go through some long process of sending it back to fix it and I’d be without a monitor for months, but this went really quickly, and I soon had a brand new monitor in hand.I still have some connectivity issues), but you can’t beat customer service like that. Thank you Withings!ORIGINAL POST:I really want to like this, it looks beautiful out of the box, set up was relatively easy, and then the issues started… My iphone and ipad both drop the signal from the monitor ALL THE TIME! It seems like is nearly always either loading or just plain disconnected. I live in an apartment, so I can actually hear any baby noises from one end to the other, so I rarely rely on this for sound, but the video is why I registered for the monitor.We’ve tried reconfiguring the location of our wireless router to see if that would help to no avail. One thing I did find that helped some was just unplugging the monitor and plugging it back in when the connectivity fails repeatedly. The old “have you tried turning it off and on again” trick…Overall, for this price, it needs to maintain a connection. I literally just lost to the connection to the monitor as I wrote this review. Better go check on the babies, since I can’t rely on my expensive technology to work.

Margo Hyndman, PA
★★★★★

Poor picture and not reliable,

This seemed like a neat concept, but the product left a lot to be desired. For one thing (the main thing for me), the night vision is TERRIBLE. I have the camera about 7 feet away from the crib, and while other monitors I’ve owned have not had a super clear nighttime picture at this range, with this camera I couldn’t even tell there was a baby in the crib! One of the neat features of this device is that it tracks and can alert you to movement in the room; however, since you can’t see the baby, this doesn’t work either at night/in the dark. Since the only times I’m monitoring my daughter is when it’s completely dark in the room, this was a deal breaker for me.The other major issue is that it only ever stayed connected for 5-10 minutes. Then it would tell me that I’d lost connection and an attempt to reconnect failed. Sometimes I could go into the app and manually reconnect, but too often it wouldn’t even let me. I can hear my daughter naturally from her room if she cries at night, so that’s why this wasn’t my main issue. If you are relying on this monitor to hear what’s going on in your baby’s room, that is a huge problem (I used this monitor for 5 nights and it never once stayed connected.).I also realized that I actually didn’t like my monitor being on my phone. I like to make calls, answer emails, and do other things on my phone when my daughter is napping, and I didn’t like having to sacrifice being able to see her. You can keep the app running in the background, but then it’s only sound (so does no good if you are making a phone call), and whenever I did that it disconnected even quicker. I have since purchased the Infant Optics DXR-8 and am loving it!

Virgie Baylis, IL
★★★★★

wish could be better

I am disappointed it goes offline way too often… not sure what the problem is. I love this monitor, but for some reason it doesn’t work properly sometimes. Also, have been trying to find support and have not been able to.

Leila Mammoth, AZ
★★★★★

Has it’s issues; only worth it for wifi users

First off, this thing will not work over wifi. I had to hardwire this to my network to get any use out of it. I also have trouble accessing the video feed with my phone. You’d think that this alone would be enough to make me return the monitor but the fact of the matter is that it works great at home or when connected to wifi remotely.Pros:Family members can access video feedHumidity readout helps bring comfort to baby when sickNight vision works well and it’s light varies in intensity depending if in use which is comforting as IR is harmful to the eyesWorks great at homeCons:Wireless mode isn’t consistentTrouble access feed from phone networkLagI find the audio and nightlight feature useless because I own another device that does this better, but I can see how someone looking for an all-in-one solution would utilize it.

Marva Hoyleton, IL
★★★★★

6 month review

I have had the unit for about six months now. To be clear, this is a great monitor for portability and to see your children while away at work or wherever. Yes, two second delay. This was annoying. At first but I got used to it. We still use a regular in home video monitor for the baby but the withings is used for my three year old and to take with us if we go somewhere. It will drain your battery on your phone if you are streaming so please be aware of that. I think it is great that my wife and I can always jump on and see what is going on at home with our phone or ipad.

Antionette Plato, MO
★★★★★

Pretty good monitor – some connectivity issues

For the most part, this monitor is great. However, I have noticed a significant amount of down time… (connectivity issues) and we had to move it out of our baby’s sight since the infrared light can be too disturbing in the middle of the night – hence we now can’t really see her face.We still use it and it has the potential of being great, but the connectivity issues are a real bummer.

Ivy Cooperstown, NY
★★★★★

Not worth the price

Good idea to be able to stream when you’re away from home. When it works, it’s good (not great).If you are able to set it up easily, you’ll like the baby monitor (hence all the positive reviews). When you run into ANY issues at all (and most people will run into some issue at some point), you will hate the monitor, it’s trouble-shooting guide, and Withings customer service.I’ve had connection issues in the past (I had one phone connected and wanted to connect another phone). I followed the steps set-up guide/FAQ (and I’m usually pretty tech savvy) and it took me about an hour of button pushing to "fix" it. The instructions were useless, and I still don’t know exactly how I got it to do what I wanted it to. And mind you, there’s all of ONE button, it’s how long and how frequently you push it that determines what the resulting action is.I also get annoyed with the color/infrared camera. There are some types of light where the monitor has trouble picking the correct viewing mode. It would be vastly (and easily) improved if you could force the monitor to use a certain camera seeing as how your eyes are the ones viewing the screen…Finally, I’ve had the monitor for under a year now, and it refuses to charge. I have an email out to Withings Customer Service, but I’m not very optimistic. I will get back and update my review once I hear from them.If this monitor cost around $100, the issues I’ve had to deal with would be reasonable. However, for the price tag and the Apple association, I expect both product and customer service to be flawless. They are not.

Mariana Wilmot, AR
★★★★★

Great, but needs improvement

I’ve been waiting nearly a year for this thing… It came out in January 2012 but my husband and I decided that it was a bit late in the game to be buying a new monitor, especially a $300 one, since our son was nearly a year old at the time. However, 15 months to the day after we set it up, our old monitor gave out, so we decided to buy this one.+We love that my husband can check in on our son when he’s at work or away on a trip. I believe initially, you had to pay to view more than 15 minutes per day, but as of late May 2012, that doesn’t seem to be the case. My husband has been spying on the nursery all day long.+I love not having to drag another thing around the house with me. If the house is quiet, you can hear the baby anywhere, but you can’t hear him over the TV. It’s really nice to just start the app on my iPhone when we turn a movie on, and not have to worry about going and dragging out the monitor handset, finding a place to plug it in AND set it up so we can see. I just peek at my phone if we hear a noise, and check whether he’s just stirring in his sleep or if there’s a problem.+Multiple devices at once!! We have two iPhones and an iPad viewing him at the same time, very frequently. I leave the iPad connected upstairs and never touch it, and use the iPhone app when I’m downstairs. I haven’t tried any more than that, but I haven’t noticed any change in performance with more or less devices connected.+Runs on a battery! Sure, it won’t last all night, but the sucker doesn’t stop running when the power goes out or when you accidentally unplug it! Apparently it’s rated for one hour of video or two hours of audio monitoring, but I haven’t tested that, and I’m not sure I will any time soon.+ Easy to set up, right out of the box. I plugged it in, turned it on, and was monitoring within 5 minutes.+The alerts are awesome. I love knowing what the temperature and humidity are in the room, and I can set up a motion alert that will wake me before my son gets upset in the mornings.+Creepy disembodied voice feature lets you use the monitor like an intercom, and talk to your child.+Lullaby feature is cute. There aren’t a ton of songs, but it’s not a crib soother, it’s a monitor. It’s a neat feature.+The night light is 100% adjustable, and each color varies in brightness, so you can set what’s right for you. The night light does not appear to interfere with the camera’s night vision.-Lag. Unless the kid has a gun in the crib, a 1-second lag isn’t going to be a problem, but it is annoying. I’ve noticed that if you leave a device connected for an extended period of time, the lag time increases marginally, but if you turn monitoring off then back on, it goes away. It’s generally about .5-1 second in my house, over wifi connection.-Design flaw in the night vision. I noticed that the picture was very clear most of the time, but had a strange brightness to it when night vision was activated, but that sometimes it wasn’t present. As it turns out, the “night vision” lights are reflected off of the shiny plastic base, and interfere with the camera. I covered the base with a small piece of fleece I had lying around, and the night vision is incredibly clear. It doesn’t bother me, but for $300, I shouldn’t have to do that.-This is more of a note… the plug is kinda wiggly. It’s not normally an issue, but if you touch the monitor a lot, the plug can come loose from the base, and the camera will die. Fortunately, the monitor tells you that! And hopefully your little one is blissfully unconscious so you can sneak in and fix it.-No discount for multi-room viewing. A lot of monitors are set up in such a way that you can just buy an extra camera and view it on the same connection. However, since this is an all-in-one bit, you have to buy the whole thing twice if you have two rooms to monitor. I will probably never NEED two rooms monitored by video, but I probably would have bought the extra camera if it was offered (and cheaper), rather than using just a cheap audio monitor for the toddler when baby #2 comes along.=No REAL pan/zoom. Our previous monitor had a joystick-controlled mechanical pan/zoom function. This camera just uses a very wide angle lens to get the most complete picture possible, and you can digitally pan and zoom around that picture, but the camera never moves. It hasn’t been a problem for us, but there it is.=Camera/base design flaw. You do have to point the camera on the base at a certain angle, otherwise the base interferes in the camera, and you get even more of that awful glare. When it comes to video baby monitors, this whole situation is tricky anyways, since there’s the whole problem of trying to see over the rails of the crib. No matter what, you’re probably going to want the thing mounted high up, and pointing straight down. This goes for any baby monitor. Temporarily, we have ours propped up so that it’s pointing kind of downward, but I’ll be mounting it on the wall later. It comes with an attachment to secure it to the crib, but that will only work for smaller babies who can’t yet sit up and grab things. :)=iOS ONLY! I’m not listing this as a negative item, because it is also positive, while it can possibly be inconvenient. No, I can’t watch from the computer (YET- rumor has it that Withings is working on this, and there may be an OSX app in the future). However, this means that for anyone to be able to access my monitor, they have to be within range of it to make the initial connection, which then alerts all my devices that a connection has been made. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks like I can disable accounts from viewing my monitor.Some people have reported problems getting connected and staying connected, but I haven’t experienced it personally. I also haven’t needed to contact customer service, so I can’t elaborate on that either.Overall, I like the monitor, and I’d still choose this one over others on the market. It has a few minor issues, but they’re more like annoyances, and there are no security issues or major flaws. It would be a different story if the world of baby monitors was as advanced and high-demand as smartphones, but it’s not. And so far, this monitor is one of the best available.

Cassandra La Moille, IL
★★★★★

Best monitor ever!

I love this monitor. It is the perfect monitor for a mom like me who went back to work when her little one was only a month old. I could watch him anytime of the day to see what he was doing and talk through the monitoring program. When the room is dark it has night vision so you can still see your baby. Best of all it is portable so when he goes off island to visit his grandparents I can still check up on him. it has a nightlight, a lullaby song that can all be turned off and on from my iphone, ipad or computer. I paid big bucks but it was and still is all worth it to have access to my baby boy! The live stream is only delayed by two seconds

Julia West Park, NY
★★★★★

Love the app- wish picture was clearer

We have been using this monitor for the past 10 months and we really really like it. I basically live for this so that I can see when she actually goes to sleep, check if I REALLY need to enter her room or if she’s just being restless, etc.Pros-The app means you can look in on baby wherever you are (which one of us will often do if we are out while the other is at home with baby)Love that you can turn on music via appLove that you can turn on nightlight via appLove that you can talk to baby through appMovement and Noise sensors are neatThreshold alerts are usefulLarge viewing area (can see a lot of crib and room)Cons-Not super clear picture- especially when not in night vision mode (works infinitely better at night in the dark)Noise sensor is only useful if you don’t keep music/sound machine noises on all night (which we do)Movement/Noise sensors only go back 15 minutes

Doreen Sterling Heights, MI