Those of you who read all my posts, you’ll know that Phoebe G has been in her own room for a few weeks and we’re doing stonkingly well. The first few weeks were an absolute dream. Asleep at 7pm and awake again around 6. Now she can wriggle more and get her legs trapped in her cot etc we usually have to do a couple of trips a night (with our eyes still shut of course) to reset the baby or crawl around on the floor looking for a dummy that she’s helpfully poked through the bars – a game she seems content on playing.
Anyway, on to the point of the post. Along with a baby in a separate room comes a requirement for a baby monitor. We’ve been using a BT audio baby monitor that we were given however it decided it wouldn’t charge so we’ve been ramming new IKEA batteries in it for a while, which soon racks up a hefty battery bill even at £1.50 a pack (sod Duracell, IKEA batteries are just as good). It just so happened to be Amazon Prime Day and they just so happened to have a good deal on a Motorola MBP26 Video Monitor – with an RRP of £79.99, usual deal price of £67.88 and a Prime Day bargain price of fifty-seven quid, we decided to take the plunge. We decided on a video monitor because we seem to find ourselves going into the beast on a night when she probably doesn’t need us to. That’s a risky move that could wake her up. Now we can physically see that she’s managed to tie herself in knots around the cot, we can decide whether a visit is actually necessary or whether or not we can just go back to sleep for a bit – the latter option being a firm favourite of ours.
Next day delivery is always a bonus with Amazon, and the product soon arrived.
The monitor is in a neat little box and there’s no blister packaging so it’s actually easy to get into. No scissors required (hurrah). The batteries need to be charged for EIGHTEEN hours before you first use them, and for once I actually listened to this instruction and wouldn’t let Wifey used it until this mammoth time had elapsed.
Fast forward a day and Phoebe is tucked up in bed with big brother watching over her. The camera has to either be stood on a flat surface and pointed using it’s pivot base (which has quite grippy feet to stop it sliding around all over the place) or screwed to something. I’m not one for drilling random holes in the wall so it’s perched on a shelf overlooking the cot, and the shot is really quite decent. The power cables on both the camera and the parent unit charger are really long which makes positioning the camera in particular very easy which was a pleasant surprise as manufacturers often skimp and send everything with cables that are too short. The camera has infrared so you can see baby in the dark, and an On/Off switch in case you can’t get to the plug to turn it on and off.
The parent unit doesn’t feel too cheaply made, perhaps a little plasticky but fine for the money we paid. It’s got a colour screen, buttons for volume, digital pan/tilt (VERY handy if you can’t position the camera directly above her head, and doesn’t affect the quality too much either), an audio meter, talk button, and a pull out stand on the back (some reviewers on Amazon seem to think you need to ‘hang’ the unit on something. That’s wrong, it just stands up like a photo frame). The video and sound quality is perfectly fine for what we need. There’s some interesting reviews about battery life and I’ll update this post with how it goes. It’s on 2 bars already and it’s only been on an hour, so not sure how long it’s going to last. The display can be turned off without turning the unit itself off which will no doubt conserve a fair bit of battery.
The slogan on the box is “Watch them dream.” To hell with that, I’d rather be asleep myself thanks, but nice selling tactic. The novelty of watching Phoebe sleep has worn off already and it’s the first night we’ve used it. Time for some shut eye.
4 out 5 (for now. We’ll see what happens once we’ve used it a bit)