Nanit Pro is the Baby Monitor We Deserve But Hate to Pay For

Nanit Pro is the third generation monitoring system from the brand who’ve rolled out new features including height measurements and improved image quality. But all of this will come at a cost that have new parents questioning its worth.

The first questions most parents will be curious about are the the differences compared to previous generations. First, the body itself has a slimmer profile compared to the Plus and is now equipped with an updated chipset for faster processing, on-board storage and added security. The internal speakers also got a bump up, and most notably, the camera is now recording in 1080p, up from the 960p of the Plus model. While Nanit has always been a top-pick it one of its downsides had been its picture quality which is now much improved.

New for this year, the floor stand can be freestanding or propped against a wall which make it better for use with bassinets in addition to crib setups.

On the software side, Nanit’s Insights remains the focal point where parents will get value. It comes free after the first year but what may give you pause is the subscription hit that comes after which can cost upwards of $30/month. 

Insights is where you’ll find sleep tracking and analysis, the sleep dash, video history, and highlight reels to see entire nights of sleep. The combination of these things is what can give parents a picture of sleep habits and development. 

In my experience, while I found these to be pretty helpful, we let the subscription lapse after the first year and used the monitor as is without Insights. When another baby comes down the line, we plan to re-up the Insights subscription again so we can get access to the sleep data and breathing monitoring. After the first year, we were content with just using Nanit purely as a camera.

That said, the real product here is indeed Insights, not the camera itself. If you continue reading and find yourself thinking this is all a little much, Miku Pro has all the same features without a subscription and the Infant Optics DXR-8 Pro provides a wonderful camera without a Wi-Fi connection or high-tech features.

The magic behind Insights, is how it learns about your babies sleep habits and pings you with personalized sleep guidance tips from pediatric sleep experts as needed. Another place where many will be drawn to Nanit is going to be breathing monitoring.

For this feature, you need the breathing wear which is entirely fabric – no electronics are needed like the popular Owlet sock. Nanit sells proprietary swaddles, bands, sleeping bags and pajamas that have a specific pattern that allows Nanit to lock into the design and track breathing. Note that while the bands stay on well, some parents have reported shifting overnight which led to false alerts.

While I think Breathing Wear tech is cool and may fit some parenting styles, it’s always more important to abide by the ABC’s of safe sleep which is: 

  • Alone with no pillows, blankets, bumpers or stuffed animals.
  • On the baby’s back is preferred.
  • In a crib.
    Don’t rely heavily on the monitoring alone.

Motion & Sounds Alerts
You can toggle the sensitivity of this if you’re getting too many alerts. I know a lot of parents who like those but for me, I’ll only run with sound alerts or leave them off. 

Background Audio Monitoring
A standard feature I always love. You can have your phone asleep and still listen for the baby throughout the night. Hearing the baby cry always does a better job at waking me up than ding alerts from my phone. 

On-Board Light & Sound Library
Both of which are cool but we opted to use the Hatch Rest more as we enjoyed to quality of sounds and light output from an external source more.

Two-Way Talk
Not a function I found particularly useful until the later years when we talked to our toddler, not so much during the infant stage.

Growth Tracking
One of the newest features is growth tracking which doesn’t need to have Insights enabled, but it only works when paired with their sheets which unfortunately are sold separately for $35.

To take measurements, you have to do this when the room is well lit and not in night vision mode. The way it works is you’re basically taking a short video clip and finding a freeze frame, to then moving racking dots onto specific points of your baby, before it calculates the height. When we did it, it was surprisingly accurate.

This really isn’t a pivotal feature here for parents to use and dare I say – it’s completely unnecessary – but it does speak to the innovation that Nanit is trying to provide by offering a holistic view of your baby’s development outside of sleep. 

It’s important to know that this is a connected monitor if you haven’t already clued into that. You do need a Wifi connection for this to run smoothly. The advantage here being that you can access the feed from anywhere and it is compatible with iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, or Echo Show devices.

Smart monitors in general – not just Nanit – will always be susceptible to some kind of connection issue. In testing multiple connected monitors, I’ve experienced it least with Nanit. However, as a backup, I always have a cheap sound monitor going just in case.

This monitor is at a premium pricepoint at $299 for the wall mount version and $379 for the floor stand version. For folks in the U.S., note that all of Nanit’s gear is HSA/FSA eligible.

As a first time parent, I found Nanit to be invaluable and I staunchly supported the brand. While I still currently use Nanit on a daily basis and continue to recommend it, it’s hard to ignore similar brands like Miku who are rapidly catching up from an innovation standpoint while providing data at a without a subscription model.

As of this writing, Nanit remains the top pick for baby registries in my opinion. But that may be changing very soon.

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