Saturday, May 11, 2013

The New Parent TV...Baby Monitors

As a new mom, I researched baby monitors very carefully and finally threw my money down on a product called AngelCare Baby Movement and Sound Monitor.  It got great reviews and I kind of ignored the not so positive reviews on Amazon.  I should have read them and I wish I had.  As I recall, the monitor was closer to 200 dollars when we purchased it.  They no longer cost that on amazon anymore as I have noticed.  It is probably because they are too complicated to use.  Hubby even said he considers himself a pretty savvy technical guy and I would have to agree with that, but when something frustrates him then its definitely not a good product.

So what was frustrating about the AngelCare you might ask.  Well we were definitely excited when we got it.  It was the after getting it that was when the trouble started.  We had a heater in her room and a sound ocean machine to help her sleep.  We didn't think those would be an issue, but the AngelCare was so sensitive that it picked up the slightest noise and we had to go back to looking at the settings.  We fixed the setting so it wouldn't pick up the ocean sounds and heater and go off, but then you couldn't hear it at all.  We would test it and couldn't hear the other even speak in a reasonable tone.  So it was either going off all the time or not going off at all.  By the way, when it starts beeping, it is the most irritating sound.  

With all the hassle of trying to set it up for sound level, we did not even make it to the motion detector phase.  Although some of the reviews of having to turn it on and off in the middle of the night because you picked the baby out of the crib to change their diaper made me realize it was not the most convenient monitor.  Amazon was fantastic about having this item returned and it is one of the reasons I enjoy shopping with Amazon.  I had waited quite some time to finally box it up and send it back and Amazon did not give me any grief about it.  

Our next baby monitor was the Motorola 3.5 inch video screen with night vision and zoom.  It did not have the baby motion detector, but definitely had video which AngelCare did not.  I absolutely loved it!!!  Now the life of the battery is not my favorite part of the Motorola baby monitor and they really need to increase battery life because it seemed like I was always grabbing the electrical adaptor for it and plugging it into an outlet.  You can definitely get another battery which is something I need to do now, but sometimes you just don't have the time or keep forgetting you need to get one.  

We started using it right after we stopped using the co-sleeper in our room and put her in the crib.  So far it has been going strong for almost a good year.  I have had no issues with it and yes I can hear the heater, but its not so sensitive that it the only thing I can hear.  It is more of a background noise and the sound of my daughter is very clear on the Motorola.  The video is the best part I think and we watch her with this parent glee and it has become our newest entertainment.  There are buttons on the monitor so you can position the camera and keep up with your young ones movements in the crib.  Our daughter was not a fan of the music option on the monitor, but maybe yours will enjoy it.  Of course they have a volume control and I believe we have ours set on the second lowest one and that is enough for me to wake up.  I am a pretty light sleeper so it really depends on how deep you sleep.  Motorola even has a walkie talkie feature on it so if you need to speak to your child through the monitor you can. Overall, a very cool set up for us.

I recommend this baby monitor pretty highly.  However, I have a friend who purchased one through Babies R US online and paid for it by a paypal account.  Motorola guarantees the purchase for a year.  Well Babies store only will accept returns I believe for 30 days after purchase.  Her Motorola worked great for awhile then started to have lines at the top of the screen where she can no longer see the temperature setting on it.  Motorola had been giving her a bit of a run around because she used her paypal account.  Well finally I took it upon myself to get a hold of corporate regarding my friend's issue and they did help her with this issue, but it should not have taken this much effort to get such a simple issue fixed.  So if you plan to buy their baby monitor I would NOT use paypal as a form of payment.

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