Looking for cameras for the nursery can be tough. There are so many to choose from, where do you even start? Then you have that age-old question now. Do I get a regular analog (closed) camera or wifi enabled one? You will see more arguments against using a wifi enabled camera because of the possibility of it being hacked and people spying. Unfortunately, we live in a world where our data is accessible wherever we go and to whomever, cameras are everywhere. They are on our smartphones, our laptops, our tablets. Fact: If it has a camera it can be hacked. Let me back up here. They don’t hack into the camera per say, they hack into your wifi network and since that camera resides on that network, its subject to control just like everything else attached to it. There are of course steps to take to secure your network which you can find here? If you follow simple steps such as changing your default password to something less known, and making sure you have all the included security features enabled. Your network will be safe from those around you. Now that is it out of the way, lets discuss the ever so budget Wyze camera.

I came across this camera after doing some research. We were in the market of adding a second camera to where our toddler sleeps to better keep an eye on her as she transitioned to the ever loving toddler bed. I wasn’t really in the mood to spend another $100 on a second unit of our Optics camera, so I decided to go ahead and purchase this from Amazon. If you haven’t heard of Wyze before then please check out their website over here. The camera I purchased was the Wyze Cam 1080 HD indoor wireless camera. It has night vision, 2-way audio and works with Alexa and IFTTT for those tech gurus. I am not going to go too much into the specs but the camera is very compact and light weigh. It offers live streaming via the app and has a pretty good night mode that is clear for up to 30 feet away in total darkness. This little baby also has motion and sound detection as well as something called “smart sound recognition”. What this means is it can detect the unique sound of smoke alarms and CO monitors all while sending notifications to your phone or tablet.

Another great thing about this camera is that it has a micro SD card slot so you can record continuously, or if you’re like me take advantage of their Free, yes Free 14 day rolling cloud storage. There is one downside to this free service, it only records 12-seconds of “Event Video” when it detects motion or sounds. We find this very useful as it alerts our phones when our toddler moves away from a configurable zone. Wyze makes two cameras currently, a regular tilt and swivel model (manual adjustment) or one that can Pan 110 degrees. On the Wyze website, they are $19.99 and $29.99 plus $7.99 for ground shipping. On Amazon, they are $25 and $37.98 and if you have Prime, you will get it in two days. So to me, Amazon is the better deal. Click here and get yours