Use Alexa as a Baby Monitor

By SmartHomeBit Staff •  Updated: 01/02/23 •  6 min read

Most people have Alexa in their homes.

They are practical devices, capable of doing anything from writing a grocery list to playing your favorite music.

If you have a baby, you might wonder – can you use Alexa as a baby monitor?

Will it keep your child safe in their room?

 

Download Alexa App

First, download the Alexa app on your nearest smart device.

It’s a choice on iOS and Android stores, allowing access no matter what type of phone you have.

Once you have the app, log in with your current Amazon information.

Once you’re logged in, it’s critical to pair your Amazon to your device.

Hold down the action button on top of the Alexa.

Wait until the light around the button turns blue, then follow the steps listed in your app.

When everything is paired, you’re ready to move forward.

It’s time for further installation.

 

Install Amazon Echo

Next, it’s time to install your device.

We recommend the Amazon Echo as our device of choice for the baby monitoring system.

Take your Echo to your child’s room and plug it into a wall with a view of the area.

Ensure it’s on the same network as the baby’s room before proceeding.

The Alexa app will then be able to monitor your child’s room for you.

It will keep track of things like the temperature and levels of sound.

Plus, you can play music and other noises to comfort your baby as they sleep.

 

Use Alexa as a Baby Monitor

 

Name Your Technology 

Once the device is under the proper network, name your technology in the system.

Although you don’t have to name it, providing this identification makes it much more fun to work with your Amazon Echo.

To rename your technology, you should:

  • Open the app and select settings
  • Pick your device
  • Look for the name on the list
  • Tap it and write the new name, then save

Your Amazon device will have a new name after this point.

A name will help identify your Amazon Echo, especially if you have more than one in the home.

Next, it’s time to move into the details.

 

Turn On Drop-In

To see your baby, it’s necessary to activate the Drop-In setting.

Open the app and navigate your way to the settings.

Then, move to calling and messaging.

Pick the device in your baby’s room and turn on the Drop-In settings.

You can even rename your device if it makes it easier to identify on your app.

Once you have Drop-In on, it’s time to test out the system.

Tell Alexa to drop in on your baby’s room and see what you can see.

If it goes right, there should be no delay in connection.

If you see nothing, go through the setup process again.

 

Try Three Try-Out Approaches

There are three ways to approach trying the baby monitor after this point if you want to complete more testing.

Let’s talk more about how to use Alexa as a baby monitor.

Here are the three approaches:

  • Test in the nursery with the child in the room, testing to see what happens and how it impacts them
  • Test with background noise to see how well the device works in all situations
  • Test through the app from an outside location to see if you can check from afar

These will ensure your baby monitor works.

Once you know Drop-In works, it’s time to adjust the system.

The camera should provide the best possible view of the baby for the best results. 

 

Adjust the Camera

Adjust the camera to ensure you can see everything.

Open the app, pick your device, and move to the camera accessories.

Then, click on the link for your camera.

Once inside, adjust the camera through the app.

You should also manually shift the camera to ensure a quality view of the room.

 

Activate Night Vision

Without night vision, it’s tricky to see your child.

Activate it by opening the app, moving to settings, moving to device settings, then turning on night vision for your device.

Some amazon devices automatically turn on night vision when it gets dark.

You can also command your system to turn on night vision if going into the app isn’t ideal for your life.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Can you use Alexa as a motion detector?

There are tons of benefits that come with Alexa, and one of them is the motion detector feature.

With the right setup process, it’s possible to use Alexa as a quality motion detector.

This tool is helpful when using the device to monitor your baby’s room.

When activated in your setting, Alexa will let you know when there is a movement through an alert.

It will bring you peace of mind in the evening.

 

Can you use Alexa as a sound machine for your baby?

Not only is Alexa an excellent choice for a baby monitor, but it also works as a sound machine.

All you need to do is tell Alexa to “open Sleep Little Babies”, and she will play comforting music on repeat.

You can tell Alexa to stop playing whenever necessary.

It’s possible to monitor your child and put them to sleep simultaneously. 

 

Can Alexa let me know if my baby is crying?

Your Alexa can listen to many sounds, including crying.

Your Alexa will let you know when a loud noise goes off.

You can also use Alexa to monitor the room and listen for crying.

It’s a valuable tool.

SmartHomeBit Staff