The M6 iBaby Monitor is a great way to keep your baby safe
This cute i Baby Monitor is a multiple award winning nanny cam with 2-way communication, pan & tilt, IR night time vision, sound and motion alerts, integrated social media sharing of images and videos, and lullabies as well.
Good points of the M6 iBaby Monitor
One of the great features of the i Baby monitor is the integrated social media facility, making it super easy to share your saved images and videos on Facebook and Twitter.
Another useful feature is that you can also have up to 4 people accessing the live feeds at any one time, so it is great for sharing your baby’s precious moments with grandparents or other family members.
You don’t actually have pre-loaded lullabies with the iBaby M6 nanny cam, but you can load your own lullabies or favorite songs, so that is a good feature as well.
Points to ponder
You cannot access the images and videos on a PC, as this nanny cam was designed only for mobile devices (which is usually not a huge problem for most people).
You only have cloud storage because the i Baby monitor does not have an SD card slot, but the storage is free so that is actually a good point.
Android users tend to have problems with the app, because the M6 iBaby monitor was initially designed to be compatible with Apple devices and the app is a bit ‘glitchy’ with Android devices.
More recently I have noticed an increase in customer complaints about this nanny cam. Bear with me here, because I think this might be due to the iBaby M6T – maybe.
Now about 6 months ago, iBaby introduced the iBaby M6T, which is the same as the M6 but has a humidity sensor as well. I think that the problems might be with the M6T, because until that time around 80% of the customer reviewers gave the iBaby M6 a 4 or 5 star rating.
Today, the 4 or 5 star ratings have dropped to around 60%. I think that iBaby have shot themselves in the foot, because they do not differentiate the customer reviews by product. So unless a customer clearly states that their review is for the M6 or the M6T, we don’t know which nanny cam is causing the problem.
Bottom Line of the M6 iBaby Monitor
The iBaby M6 is fairly expensive, so even though it has lots of great functions, it might be wise to read some of my other reviews for comparative purposes.
Review of the M6 iBaby Monitor/Nanny Cam
The iBaby M6 is a super little nanny cam winning the Mom’s Choice Awards, a Gold Winner of the 2015 National Parenting Publications and the Winner of 2015 Creative Child Product of the Year Award.
It has just about every function you need in a baby cam to keep your baby safe at home and while you are away at work. It doesn’t have every possible feature, but it does have a collection of great functions which suit just about everyone.
- 2-way communication, so you can talk to your children, partner or babysitter
- Pan & Tilt, so you can follow your toddler around the room
- IR night time vision, so you can see clearly at night
- Cloud storage, so your photos are always safe
- Sound and motion alerts via email or SMS
- Record your own lullabies or messages via the app
- Integrated social sharing with Facebook and Twitter
- Up to 4 people can view the live feeds at the same time
Pan & Tilt on the i Baby Monitor
The pan and tilt functionality is a great feature with 360 degree coverage and a 110 degree tilt. This means that with the touch of your finger, you can remotely move the camera lens to easily monitor all activity in the room or nursery.
IR Night Vision
With the iBaby M6 you also have high definition, infra-red night vision so you can keep an eye on your precious children during the evening and nighttime.
Lullabies on the M6 iBaby monitor
When you baby wakes, you can either play him or her a soothing lullaby of your choice (there are no lullabies pre-installed – you have to load your own) or you can calm and soothe your baby or toddler by talking to them in real time, using the two-way communications or even a prerecorded message of your voice.
Totally mobile friendly
The iBaby M6 is easy to set up (just plug in and it automatically connects with your WIFI), it has free iOS and android apps and can be viewed from your iPad, iPod Touch or smart phone, from anywhere in the world, so long as you have an internet connection. Unfortunately, the iBaby M6 is designed only for mobile devices, so you cannot use it on a PC.
Alert notifications with the M6 iBaby monitor
You have both sound and motion detection and as soon as these are activated by your baby, you will receive an alert notification along with a series of snapshots or a short video of the event. You can immediately, talk to your baby and let them know that you love them.
The iBaby M6 even has integrated social sharing with Facebook and Twitter so you can take snapshots of your baby or record video and share your most memorable moments with friends and family.
You have the benefit of cloud storage and the iBaby M6 security is the very latest and most up to date, used by cloud technology.
Multiple users and cameras for the i Baby Monitor
Another plus with the iBaby M6 nanny cam is that apart from having an unlimited number of invited users accessing the live video, you can actually have up to 4 people accessing the monitor feed at the same time. This means that you and your friends or relatives can watch your baby crawling or just walking and savor those wonderful memories in real time.
You can also have an unlimited number of iBaby cameras added to the network and can switch between them easily by tapping the name of the camera on your phone.
If you really want a nanny camera that is powered by a battery, then check out the D-Link DCS-855L, which can be powered by an external USB battery and has similar features to the iBaby M6.
So the M6 iBaby Monitor/Nanny Cam is great for:
- Watching your pets while you are at work
- Keeping an eye on an elderly relative in the home
- Observing your baby at night when they are sleeping
- Chatting with your baby, children, partner or babysitter while you are at work
Features of the iBaby M6 Monitor
- WIFI: 802.11 b/g/n at 2.4 GHz – compatible with 3G/4G
- Size: 6.7 x 6.5 x 6.5 inches
- Battery: No – requires mains power
- Recharge time: N/A
- Power supply: 110-220V AC
- Storage: Cloud storage
- Two-way communication: Yes
- Infrared: You have 16 feet night vision coverage
- Pan and Tilt: 360 degree pan and a 110 degree tilt
- Zoom: The M6 does not have a zoom lens
- Installation: Easy 60 second plug and play installation
- Live feeds/Remote monitoring: Yes, via WIFI
- Email notifications: Yes, motion and sound alert notifications
- Lullabies: Record your own messages, lullabies or stories
- Temperature sensor: No
- Password protection: Yes plus the Amazon Cloud for added security
- Warranty: 365 day limited warranty
- Video resolution: 1280 x 720 HD
- Frames per second: 30
- Color images: Yes during daylight, but grey and black at night
- SD card: No
- Motion detector: Yes
- Sound detector: Yes
Inclusions with the iBaby M6 Baby Cam
- You need to download the required software from the Apple Store or Google Player
- Quick start guide
- Power adapter
- Magnetic camera base
Compatibility of the i Baby Monitor/Nanny Cam
The iBaby Monitor is compatible with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad 2, iPad, iPod Touch 4th generation or later.
The specs say that it is also compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG Nexus 5, HTC One and most other Android smart phones.
iBaby M6 vs iBaby M6T
The only difference between these two models is that the iBaby M6T has an ambient temperature sensor and a humidity sensor. This means that you can check both the temperature and the humidity in the nursery remotely and reset them both of them to keep your baby comfortable.
What do people say about the M6 iBaby monitor?
PROS: Around 60% of all customer reviews have given the i Baby monitor a 4 or 5 star rating.
Customers like the high quality images and the fact that you can change the sensitivity of the sound and motion detectors.
They have found that the setup is easy and it is a huge bonus being able to watch your baby when you are working away from home. Another bonus is that there are no cloud fees, as with many other nanny cams.
I like it because I can tune in to interact with my son during my business trips.
It’s the perfect baby monitor our family needed.
I am amazed by both quality of the video (very clear picture) and the angle the camera allows you to see (basically the whole room).
Cons: Around 20% of customer reviews gave the iBaby monitor M6 a one star rating. The main problem for these customers was difficulty in the initial setup and with making it work on Android devices.
This seems strange as most customers didn’t have any problem with the setup, but then I realized that this nanny cam was designed for Apple devices.
The Android app is only new and is still in beta mode and whilst it is available on the Google Play Store, it appears that it does have some problems.
Other customers have had problems with connectivity and the signal dropping out, but that can be a problem with any of these WIFI cameras and does not appear to be a problem specific to the iBaby M6.
Although, as I mentioned at the beginning of this review, there has been an increase in complaints about loss of connectivity and buffering with the iBaby nanny cams, so this is definitely something to keep in mind
Shipping Options for the M6 iBaby Monitor
US Shipping: For deliveries within the US, shipping is free.
Australia Shipping: This product ships to Australia.
Additional information for the iBaby M6
The iBaby app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
You can add an unlimited number of cameras to the iBaby network, unlike other systems where you are limited to 4 cameras in total.
Compare the iBaby M6 with the M3 and the Ms2 monitors
- The iBaby M3s is the updated version of the M3
- Unlike the iBaby M6 and the M3s, the M2 has the versatility of a 3 hour rechargeable battery, so you can move it around your home without having it plugged into the mains power
- The iBaby M6 has better quality images than the other two models – the M6 has HD images, whereas the M3s and M2 have VGA images
- The iBaby M6 and the M2 each have a magnetic base, whereas the M3s can be wall or ceiling mounted (the M2 can also be wall mounted)
- Only the iBaby M6 has a recording device so you can play music or messages to your baby
- The iBaby M6 automatically connects itself once the app is downloaded, but there are a few more steps to set up the M3s and the M2 (the easiest setup is with the M6)
Summing up the M6 iBaby Monitor
Overall, the iBaby M6 is a super looking WIFI nannycam that has all of the functionality you need. It stores the live feeds to the cloud – but cloud storage is free – unlike many other nanny cams, has pan and tilt and good quality HD images. Many customers love this little nanny cam.
Currently however, it appears to work well with Apple mobile devices, but not so well with Android devices. So until the Android app comes out of beta mode and is more reliable, the iBaby M6 nanny cam might be best used on iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.
An increasing number of customers have had problems with connectivity dropping out and in the initial setting up of this nanny cam. The majority of customers however, are still more than happy with the iBaby M6 and the iBaby M6T.