Keeping an eye on your baby

Recently I was asked if I’d be game to review a Motorola Wireless Video Baby Monitor.    I was  tempted to keep the monitor at my house to conveniently spy on my teenagers   — no, no, of course I mean watch napping grandbabies.  😉  But serious, this thing has a TV screen, and a night vision camera you can control remotely– how fun is that?!  In the end I decided this cool gadget really needed to live at the house of one of my daughters so that it’d get regular use.  Since Amanda‘s little guy is still sleeping with them, she suggested I pass it on to Erika, whose little one just moved to his own bedroom.  Here’s what Erika has to say about this monitor:
Monitor set up over Ranger's bed
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A couple weekends ago my mom gave me a Motorola Wireless Video Baby Monitor that the company had sent her to review. I was excited to set it up and see what we could see.

The video monitor is fun to have, though of course not really necessary.  🙂  Most nights I still find myself relying mainly on the old monitors just because I already have them figured out, set up where I need them, and am in the habit of using them.

It’s interesting to see all the cute positions Ranger sleeps in and what he does in the morning before he yells for us.  🙂

 

 

Some pros:

  • Easy to set up.
  • Simple to operate.CCloseup of the monitor in use
  • Has really nice night vision and video feed shows up well on the parent screen.
  • The camera piece’s LED light isn’t ridiculously bright.
  • The parent end is completely portable with a built in rechargeable battery.
  • The audio is clear and as loud as necessary.
  • Not too big so pretty easy to carry around.  The parent end is just about twice as thick as an iPhone. I was able to fit it into a skirt pocket easily though I was worried about pushing buttons.
  • Seems to be durable: I’ve already dropped each unit at least once. Though I wouldn’t suggest doing it on purpose!
  • When the battery on the parent device is running low it beeps every few seconds until you plug it in.

Some cons:

  • It bothered my husband that the two units had different power supply cords and they were not interchangeable. The cords are marked though so once you have them spread out to their different rooms it becomes less of a problem.
  • The battery on the parent device is not night-long. If you were to plug it in next to your bed it would be fine, but I was woken by it’s beeping insistence to be plugged in around 3AM. This gives it about a 5 hour battery life, I’d say. Though I didn’t time it specifically.
  • The video camera has to be hung on a wall almost directly over your baby’s bed though I guess it’s not a problem as long as you hang it well and divert the cord to where the baby can’t reach it.
  • The buttons on the parent unit do not light up. This makes it a little more
    difficult to use at night though it is fairly simple to memorize their order.

I’ve appreciated being able to see if Ranger is actually awake and in need of help settling or if he’s just moving a little and happens to cry out when he adjusts his position. I am guessing this will also be helpful when we switch Ranger out of his crib and into a bed. We’ll be able to make sure he’s actually in his bed and not falling off, playing, or generally causing mayhem. The video monitor would also be useful when first letting your baby sleep on their own. I remember when Ranger was a few months old, if he happened to sleep without me right next to him (before I went to bed or at nap-time), I would be constantly checking on him to make sure he was OK.

Having the visual confirmation that he’s OK keeps me from making unnecessary visits into his room and risking waking him up.

All in all I like using it.  It seems to be well made and I can’t complain about the design. Personally, it would be too expensive for me to justify buying, but I can easily see why someone (especially a first time parent!) might like to splurge on one for better baby surveillance.

{ 6 Comments }

  1. We have been considering something like this with K’s baby due any day now. This was good to read. THe more informed the better! Thanks again.

  2. jennifer says:

    Itd be useful to have right now actually as our youngest recovers from surgery and like you said if she needs help. Sometimes the more sleep the better or sometimes she does need pain medication.

  3. We have similar cameras that we had in our kids’ rooms. But the video feed went to our TV. I found it much easier to actually see what the babies were doing on the large screen TV as opposed to a tiny, hand-held screen. I could also run the feed through the DVR and record if I wanted. It all depends on what you want, but I’m glad we had the cameras. 🙂

  4. Barbara says:

    These monitors are great. My mother in law who lives in a suite at my sister in law’s house broke her hip. As she was convalescing at home we installed two cameras in her suite, one in the bedroom and one in the living area. That way we could check and make sure she was ok and speak to her through the system. She could call up during the night when she had to go to the restroom. It also gave her privacy and us peace of mind, we were not always invading her space but could check on her from afar. She also had a steady stream of different care givers in the home and we could monitor that also. It might sound like overkill but for a few short months it gave everyone, (including her) peace of mind. Now that she has healed it is no longer in use. It was easy to install but expensive even with my 20% off baby coupons from a national chain.

  5. Cecilia says:

    We have the motorola one with two cameras and love it! At first I thought it was overkill, but our daughter makes noises while she sleeps that are hard to distinguish without seeing if she is awake or not. It is also nice that we can talk to her without going in the room (if she needs water, etc. I would rather be able to bring it up to her than go up, come back down for water and go back up). I agree about light up/glowing buttons though, that would be nice!

  6. Cool! I wish I had one when my kids were little.