So how well does the Nest cam work as a baby monitor? The quick answer is “just okay.”
Lots of new parents want a way to monitor their kid’s crib, Pack n Play, etc. There are cheapo standalone video solutions out there on the market, but they’re from companies that don’t usually do video, and it shows in the quality and overall features.
Nest does video really well, so a lot of parents end up using Nest cams as baby monitors.
There are a lot of upsides. Nest cams can see in the dark, have Wi-Fi (so you can see your little one remotely or from any computer or phone), store video history for up to 30 days, and are reasonably priced.
The biggest downside, though, is that in order to view the stream from the camera, you have to pull up your phone or a computer. Dedicated baby monitors usually come with a little video tablet you can carry around. The quality of the tablets aren’t great, but they’re fairly reliable and always ready. If you want to monitor your baby at night with a nest camera, you’d have to leave your phone open and streaming all night.
How well a Nest Cam works for you, then, probably depends on what you want to use it for. If you want to be able to watch your baby from the computer while you’re in a different room of the house, or you want to have really good nanny cam (ask permission!), or you just want to check in periodically, Nest is a great baby monitor. If you want always on video, though, you might want to look at a dedicated baby monitor instead.