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Pretty much all the baby monitors we considered had mixed ...
on 3 November 2015
We were in two minds about which baby monitor to buy. Pretty much all the baby monitors we considered had mixed reviews at best.
We went with this one for reasons mostly down to the price and features that it has.
We've been using the monitor for about 8 months now. Mostly the experience has been a good one.
The monitor has an option to have it either sound activated or constant. We've always used the constant setting, for no reason other than that's what it was already on when we got it. Its very sensitive to say the least, it picks up our son sighing in bed from a metre or so away. It has a talk back button, which we've never used but it works fine, a button that plays music, which we've also never used but, again, works fine (albeit not very sleep-inducing, sounds like a trumpet) and it has a very dim night light. We don't use the night light as we don't want our son to rely on it but i can imagine its a good brightness for sleeping.
The main feature (other than the sound) that has come in handy, has been the fact that the temperature of the babies room shows on the parent unit. It is pretty accurate and it is very useful.
There are alot of reviews about 'disco lights' which i personally think is untrue. Yes, the monitor flashes bright when the baby cries, but presumably, that wouldn't last long and it only flashes with relatively loud noises. Other than that, the only light that is on the parent unit is a green glowing light and fades in and out constantly. I find that as long as you turn it away so that it is not facing you, it is perfectly fine and it doesn't by any means keep me awake.
I've found that the one downfall of this monitor, is the battery. The battery life is not very good, at all. At the moment, it can last on about 6 hours of battery, which- considering it is supposed to monitor all night, is not great. I have a very small house, so leaving it on charge is not an issue for me as i can hear it at all times and i just stick it on charge upstairs when i go to bed, although i can see why this would definitely be a problem for those who have multiple rooms to navigate and need to take the unit with them.
It does make a loud beeping noise when the battery is getting low, and when you plug in the charger, not great either, but it has never woke my son up yet so it could be an issue for some, but not for me.
I also found the belt clip to not be great. On my device its very loose and just falls off me.
With all that in mind, it could be better- but all monitors seem to have a large list of pros and cons, i think the positives outweigh the negatives and i would buy this monitor again.