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.)
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.
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.
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