What on earth would we do without the video montor? It’s a question I’ve considered many times throughout these past three years.
Sure, you could live without one. People certainly have. But why would you want to?
There have been countless times where our video monitor saved the day – or rather, our collective night’s rest. When Emma was young and very dependent upon her pacifier and then it suddenly went missing during the night. We would eventually have heard her crying and woken up, but at that point she’d be too awake for us to soothe her and get her back to sleep quickly. Timing is everything at that age, and the monitor alerted us quickly and effectively through sight and sound.
The monitor gave me the freedom to do some gardening outside while still keeping a watchful eye on my daughter during nap times. I thought I loved my video monitor. Until I tried out the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Video Monitor.
This one has so much more to offer in terms of features when compared with our previous unit. The monitor features a large 2.8″ LCD in full color and even displays the room temperature in the nursery. I love that you can zoom the camera lens for a closer look. And with the talk back intercom feature you can offer reassurance to baby without having to enter his room.
What happens when you can’t find the monitor? Tommee Tippee has thought of that too; there is a locator on for it built right into the baby’s camera unit. There is a also a built-in nightlight on the camera unit that parents can control remotely.
It was easy to set everything up in baby boy’s nursery. The system is as easy as plug and go.
The sensor pad is placed beneath the baby’s mattress and plugged into the camera unit. You have the ability to adjust the sensitivity to properly calibrate to your needs. Once you turn the unit on, and the monitor will find the best link and the two will connect.
The sensor pad alerts mom and dad when there is no movement in the crib for 20 seconds. As there was no baby in the crib at the time of testing, the no-movement alarm sounded and flashed on the screen. One thing I don’t like is that the alarm sounds in the baby’s room as well. I like the idea of the sensor pad, but we’ll have to wait and see if we actually use it when the time comes, as the system can also work without the sensor pad.
Other than all of these fantastic additional features, the basic technology far exceeds that of our previous monitor. I’m not noticing any interference or white noise that we’d become accustomed to which is a big relief.
How much? The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Video Sensor Pad Monitor sells for about $300. It’s definitely an investment without a doubt, but a solid one.