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BabbyCam is an advanced baby monitor that offers features not seen on any other baby monitors today.  Below is a personal review that goes into more details of BabbyCam. 


Opening the BabbyCam box, I was immediately greeted with the long 13.4 inch camera neck.  The clamp is tight and easily handles a stationary crib scene.  The 720p HD camera isn't the prettiest looking but what do I care, I drive a minivan.

The camera comes with a USB cord that is over 15 feet long.  It's enough to stretch across any large room, so if you don't have many outlets this is great. 

Here's a bookshelf I attached the camera to next to our baby's playpen. 

The setup is quick.  I don't have to make a user account somewhere only to forget the convoluted password I was forced to make up.  BabbyCam connects to your WIFI network only on the stronger 2.4GHz frequency and allows you to watch the video stream directly from your cable modem.  Most IP cameras send your stream to an outside server, so if you are worried about privacy, your choices are limited.  BabbyCam doesn't do that.  Right out of the box, nothing is shared with the outside world.  BabbyCam can also run solely on your home network, which means it keeps chugging along even when your internet goes down.  

This is the brains of BabbyCam.  It's a small white module that houses a Raspberry Pi 3.

Software is important because it's what you interact with on a day to day basis, but camera apps are usually hit or miss.   Dropcam/Nest do a good job with their app.  Samsung not so much.  Here's me trying to load my Samsung SlowCam (sorry Samsung, I'm impatient so extra seconds and tapping drive me nuts):

BabbyCam is faster and requires just one tap to get to your baby.  Since it feels so lightweight and snappy, I find myself launching it more often to check on my baby.  I recommend adding the bookmark to the home screen on your phone so it behaves like an app.

Watching a machine watch your baby is fascinating.   Let's set some realistic expectations though.  It's not perfect.  There were times when the baby was asleep but BabbyCam thought she was awake, and other times BabbyCam thought she was crying when she was not.  The percentage is how confident BabbyCam is, so higher percentages mean BabbyCam is sure of what it sees.  Setting up the camera to have a good view of your baby's face is super important.  To improve the accuracy, you can enable the deep learning checkbox in Settings.  BabbyCam can get smarter if you give it a chance to learn.

BabbyCam is like an over-protective parent that you can turn on and off.  There's a 15 minute limit for each alert. So if you get a crying alert, you won't get another one until 15 minutes later if your baby is still crying.  This way you don't get bombarded by alerts every second.  Our doctor warned us against stomach sleeping so I used the face covered alert liberally until our baby could roll over by herself.  After she learned to roll, she constantly sleeps on her stomach so I disabled the alert.  

There are some subtle nuances to the alerts so I'll explain how they work.  All the alerts except the sound alert are based on images.  "Face covered" means BabbyCam sees a baby's head but cannot clearly see the nose or mouth.  The sound alert activates only when it sees a baby.  My baby sleeps with a white noise sound machine and it triggers when she cries so it works the way it should.  The sleeping alert is activated when the baby transitions from a non-sleep state to a sleep state.  Since the baby will spend the majority of time sleeping in the crib, BabbyCam doesn't want to keep alerting you throughout the night.  Thank God, I need my sleep.

BabbyCam can typically store 2 to 4 months of history.  Wow.  BabbyCam has an algorithm to remove duplicate image data so you don't have to scroll through hours of an empty crib.  I don't understand why all baby monitors don't come with history since the baby spends so much time in the crib unsupervised.  Other baby monitors that do have history make it inconvenient to access (take out SD card and manually copy) or make you pay monthly fees.

The best camera is the one you have with you.  It's easy to share your BabbyCam pictures.  In Android, by pressing and holding on the History image, you can share it via Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Line, Insert-Your-Favorite-Social-Media-Platform...

The charts are useful to get a glimpse of what your baby's sleeping schedule looks like.    You can save the charts as a PNG, JPEG, SVG, or PDF file.  As a groggy parent, all the days seem to meld together and it's hard to keep track of how much sleep my baby has actually been getting.

The sound volume is much better on my computer than my phone since my phone has tinny speakers, but it wasn't in sync with the video.  It's noticeably a few milliseconds off from the video so if live streaming sound latency is important to you, be aware of this. I rarely watch with sound but the sound meter is useful for when you close the bedroom door and are hard of hearing like me.  Or you can just enable the crying alert.  Or the sound alert.

As a biased reviewer, this device rocks. I hate to be so dramatic but there are realistic situations where BabbyCam can save your baby's life.  Specifically, situations where it alerts you that your baby's face is covered.  My other favorite features are the camera clamp and history viewer.  The camera clamp makes it easy to move as your baby's life expands around your home.  The history viewer makes it fun to catch memorable moments and wonder why your baby is awake at 3am just chillin' in the crib.

Product Recommended A++++++