Saturday, 25 May 2013

Motorola MBP36 Baby Monitor Review

I enjoy reviewing products. But, I’m selective about what I put my name to, so when Kiwi Mummy Blogs sent me this Motorola Digital Wireless Video Baby Monitor to review, I wondered how it would go.

I should explain. Despite previously having 2 other babies this is the first time we have owned a baby monitor. We hadn’t previously felt the need to own one as being of the attachment parenting philosophy we’ve had our babies in our room for pretty much the first 6 months of their lives and, to be honest I wondered if a monitor could potentially make a new mother over-paranoid, glued to it all the time, responding to ever little movement or tiny noise made by their baby.*

(*I should at this point state that if our babies had been born premature, unwell or unable to sleep in our bedroom then I probably wouldn’t have held this opinion. I should also state that I have ‘helicopter’ Mum tendencies anyway, so Mum paranoia is something I personally, have to actively guard myself against.)

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I shouldn’t have worried. Instead of finding it a source of paranoia, I’ve found this baby monitor to be an excellent tool that I can use settle my baby and to confidently care for her.

The Motorola MBP36 Baby Monitor is a rather high spec devise as far as monitors go. I’ve found that I can use it’s advanced technology to suit my specific needs. Our bedroom (where Pipi also currently sleeps) is right next to the kitchen and lounge where I spend most of my time, so I’ve found that I don’t need to use the monitor as much as I would if it was in a more remote part of the house. But I still find myself using it a lot.

These are the features I love and why:

1) It’s wireless and has a video display

- Perfect when I want to have a shower (I just take the wireless video display (parent unit) into the bathroom and position it on the vanity so I can see it from the shower, then if Pipi starts crying I can hear and know to hurry up. Previously I would have just worried the whole time and not got to relax and enjoy my shower!)

- When I’m out of the room and want to keep an eye on the besotted siblings vis-a-vis the baby. (See photo below!)

2) It has up to 300m range

- Great if I want to pop out to hang a few things out on the washing line when Pipi is sleeping.

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3) The Lullaby Function

- It has 5 lullaby options (see above left). If I put Pipi down and she is having difficulty settling I will often put on lullaby (obviously after already making sure she isn’t hungry, needing a nappy change etc). 8 times out of 10 this will help settle her down and she will go to sleep.

Likewise, I imagine as Pipi gets older the ‘Talk Mode’ whereby I can talk to her through the parent unit; may also be a helpful tool when it comes to settling. (At the moment Noah thinks it’s his own personal walkie talkie!)

4)  The Temperature Display

I find it so helpful that the parent unit displays a temperature reading (see below) – especially since Pipi is my first Winter baby! This way I feel confident that the temperature in her room is kept at a warm and consistent temperature.

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There are lots of other aspects of this monitor that have made it really helpful to us, such as:

- Ability to pan, tilt, zoom and adjust the brightness of the display;

- Night Vision Mode (Infrared – yeah baby!); and

- All round ease of use – for a reasonable high tech devise, it is remarkably initiative and easy to use.

In summary – Despite initially being sceptical as to how the Motorola MBP36 Baby Monitor how slot into our lives, I’ve found it to be really useful and something that builds my confidence as a parent rather than detracts from it. It’s many features mean that a parent can use it as little or as much as they need, depending on their situation. Although I wouldn’t have thought it would be something I’d be willing to fork out for (its relatively pricey at RRP $399), now I’m wondering how I’d do without it!

Thank you to Kiwi Mummy Blogs and Motorola for providing me with this product to review

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5 comments:

Alyna Higgs-James said...

we upgraded after baby one to a monitor with lullaby modes...um awesomeness, we still use it as now Alice associates the lullabies with sleep...a video would be cool though and kinda interesting to see what they are up too!

thingsforboys said...

We never had a monitor with Roman, but got one this time as the house is a lot bigger. Will be interesting to see how it goes. My Mum bought it so got a crazy fancy one...does all kinds of things!

Sarah Martin said...

We have this one too and love it! I like that I can see whether she's just making noise or if I really need to go in there in the middle of night so I don't have to get up if I don't need to. I started sleeping much better after we got it too. I was up all night wondering if she had made a noise before.

Toni-Maree from Sew Jereli said...

I had a monitor but never used it! Oops. I was in a small house and didn't really have a need for it at the time, but now I use it when the kids are in the bath! I set it up a good distance away so they don't splash onto it, but it allows me to go in the kitchen and do the dishes after dinner without having to constantly check them. I can just watch them play. So monitors are such a handy thing to have in the house :)

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The baby monitors are highly beneficial at time when babies are sleeping. Through these monitors parents can keep eye on their child. Monitors allow the attendants to hear or see when a baby wake ups or cries. For the babies who sleep in their own room, baby monitors would prove to be very much helpful.