When our older two girls were babies, we had a very tiny (and very cheap) baby monitor. But, we had a small house and they were loud, so it wasn’t really necessary to even use it. Now that we have two older girls that are moving and shaking (and still loud), it’s nice to peak in on our littlest. We can look in on her when she’s sleeping and see if she really needs us or is fussing herself back to sleep. So a video monitor has become a necessity!
This is really helpful with a baby that takes a pacifier. If we look at the monitor and she has it in her mouth, we know she’s okay.
(This monitor has also caught some lies with some certain other little people going in and disrupting their sister’s sleep..in fact, it would come in handy in their room during bedtime. It has a talk back feature, like a one-way walkie talkie, so we could tell them to get back in bed or stop talking when they are up…that would freak them out!).
We’ve been testing out the Tommee Tippee closer to nature digital video sensor pad monitor. As the name says, it has both a video feature and a sensor pad.
The Sensisleep™ Pad monitors baby’s movement by sitting under baby’s mattress and if no movement is detected for 20 seconds, an alarm sounds.
The camera is an Infrared Night Vision Camera so you can see your baby day or night (if the room is bright enough, you can see color, if it’s darker, it will appear black and white). It also shows the baby’s room temperature displayed on parent unit (which made us realize just how hot it is upstairs). On the back of the camera unit is an adjustable gentle night light with a remote control feature from parent unit if you need just a little more like for your peaking in.
The parent unit allows a talk-back feature to comfort and reassure baby with your voice from afar with an easy to read LCD displays and a choice of languages for global use. Sound level indicator to monitor sound from baby. This is another cool feature. You won’t hear the sound from the monitor all the time. The sound will only come through if there is a change in the room (you can change the sensitivity). We use a white noise machine in the room. It drives some people crazy to constantly hear it. We just adjust the sensitivity on
Parent unit locator to locate misplaced parent unit. (why doesn’t this come on all of our keys?)
There is a video on their page which shows how to set it up. I should have watched that first. It would have made things a lot faster than reading the manual!
I placed the sensor under the crib mattress and set up the sensitivity and got it all ready.
And, per the instructions, fed the cord out the bottom of the mattress and out of the walking path. It was then attached to the camera unit.
I had a little trouble deciding where to put the camera. For now, since she doesn’t move much, it’s balanced on the edge of the crib. But, we’re going to have to figure out another solution for it. With the shape of her room, there isn’t really a piece of furniture to set it that we can still see her. It does have a screw on the bottom, so I might set up a tripod or something? I haven’t figured it out, yet.
With the lights on in the room, you can see the color in the monitor (yes, we have a bumper up in her crib, that’s our choice!) You can also see the signal strength, the temperature in the room, and the battery (which I should mention comes with a charger and lasts quite a while).
With the lights off, the display looks more black and white, but you can very clearly see our little girl sleeping soundly with her pacifier in her mouth.
I have to admit, I’m not good about remembering to turn the monitor off before I go get her. When this happens, after 20 seconds of having her out of the crib, the alarm will sound (because it doesn’t detect movement). And, you can’t just turn it off at the child unit to make the alarm stop. After a couple times, I just decided to not use the sensor pad. I just unplugged it, and obviously, the sensor pad function no longer works, but we are okay with that.
We’ve been very pleased with the video monitor (which is available at Target, Babies R Us and Toys R Us). It is so nice to be able to see our sweet baby sleep and know if she needs us or not. This will really come in handy as she gets older (we’ll just have to figure out where to put the camera!)
*I received the Toppee Tippee Monitor to facilitate the review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.