This stylish baby monitor uses AI technology to send cry alerts, detect danger, take pictures and videos as well as enabling multiple family members to use their smartphones as a monitor no matter where they are.
Here's what Natalie, mum to James, eight months, thought of the Cubo Ai Plus Smart Baby Monitor...
How did this product make your life easier?
This beautifully styled bird-shaped camera arrived just in time for our baby’s transition into the nursery, which was a bit nerve-wracking for us and unsettling for him, but the Cubo Ai Plus Smart Baby Monitor helped to put us all at ease thanks to its clever features. The monitor works by downloading the Cubo Ai Smart Baby Monitor app to your smartphone, the home screen of which shows you the room temperature and humidity and a continuous livestream of the cot.
The AI technology uses face detection to alert you if your baby has covered their face or rolled over and can take photos and videos automatically based on their movements and expressions (this can be turned off). The night vision is great quality and I’m able to zoom in as close as I want to check that everything is okay.
I love that you can add multiple accounts to the App, so my husband was also able to access all the settings from his phone and we didn’t have to rely on the one monitor. It appears to work no matter how far away you are, so when my husband had to go away for work, he didn’t have to miss out on bedtime, especially as you can use the microphone to talk to your baby.
Another favourite feature is the 30 Day Sleep Analytics report (free for 1 year and £8/mo or £80/yr after), which tells you how many times your baby woke up, how long they cried for and how much they slept throughout the night and after several days it gave us a great insight into our baby’s sleep schedule which was really useful for planning his daytime naps and night feeds.
I also found it reassuring that you can have the background noise switched on even when you are not using the app or your phone is locked, so you don’t have to be constantly on your phone to be aware of what’s happening.
Our son found the lullabies very soothing (we had previously tried several white noise gadgets with limited success) and knows that it’s time to sleep when he hears them, and he loves to look at the bird when he wakes up in the morning.
Would you recommend this to other parents?
I would recommend the Cubo Ai Plus Smart Baby Monitor to tech-savvy parents who want the reassurance of being alerted to their baby’s face being covered and rolling over and the convenience of having a monitor that isn’t restricted by a maximum signal radius.
It’s also great for those who want to share videos and pictures with others using the ‘Family sharing Settings’ which allows them to access the livestream and moments wall (you can restrict how much they can see/hear) by inviting them with a secure link.
Would you choose this product above all others on the market?
The Cubo comes with some fantastic features and has proven to be incredibly useful to our daily routine, but that being said, the monitor does come with limitations. The app is only compatible with iPhone iOS 10 or Android 5 and above and your WiFi connection must be secure and at least 5Mbps for the camera to work. This also means that the monitor may not work if you wanted to take it on holiday with you as the WiFi might not be compatible.
Another flaw is that a software update can either improve or dramatically hinder the performance of the monitor which can cause lagging and inaccurate sleep reports, which can be very frustrating at times. The online Cubo Ai Community on Facebook does keep users constantly updated with the latest software updates and the customer service response does seem to be efficient and polite. Because of these problems, I would prefer a monitor that doesn’t rely on Wi-Fi to work, if this is something Cubo could include I would definitely choose it above others on the market.
What changes would you make to this product?
The biggest one would be for the Cubo to come with a dedicated parent unit in case your device isn’t compatible with the software and for it to be able to connect to the camera without Wi-Fi so that you could use it anywhere.
It would also be helpful if the cry alerts didn’t have to be turned off in order to use the lullabies as you have to keep constantly checking your screen to make sure everything is okay and an option to mass delete notifications (they can build up pretty quickly) would also come in handy.