Big Mother is watching you!
Up until shortly before Amy was born we had never used a video monitor. I rather thought that they were a bit pointless and would actually only serve to make me more paranoid! We had used the same monitor for almost 4 years and felt it more than served our needs – we could hear clearly what was going on upstairs, we could monitor the temperature in the room and it had a really useful talk back feature (it did have other features as well we just didn’t really use them!)
Before Amy was born I was sent a video monitor to review for Boots and we put that in with Ben & Chloe – it was a bit of a revelation. Being able to see what the pair of them were actually getting up to after they’d supposedly gone to bed was really helpful! (I’m sure you can imagine what monkeys the two of them have the potential to be!)
I still found myself dragging my heels a bit when it came to using one for Amy – what was the point? She wasn’t going anywhere? But actually it’s really useful – it means that when she’s crying I can see if she’s rubbing her eyes and almost asleep or actually just needs me to go up and sort her out, I can check she hasn’t got her legs stuck in the side of her crib (this happens quite a bit at the moment as she’s outgrown her crib really but we’re struggling with space in terms of getting her into her cot), I can check she hasn’t managed to wriggle down in her sleeping bag or pull something over her head (not that there is anything she should be able to pull over her head but it’s always nice to know!! I can peep and see if she is actually awake or not!
So yes I guess I’m a bit of a video monitor convert – I don’t think they’re essential (let’s face it my parents never had a monitor at all and I’m still here!) but if you can afford to spend that bit more then they are certainly reassuring and useful!
The monitor I’ve been using for Amy is the Tomy TFV600 Digital Video Monitor:
|I love being able to watch her suck her thumb!|
What we love about it:
* The camera unit can easily be wall mounted (although this does leave an unsightly cable trailing up your wall)
* The sound is clear enough for you to be able to pick up what’s going on
* There are clear lights on the top of the parent unit to show sound levels if you have muted it
* The colour picture is clear (both in light and dark situations by virtue of “night vision”)
* It’s very easy to set up – literally just plug in and go
* The parent unit can be unplugged and moved around – eg taken out into the garden while you’re dining alfresco or gardening! (It will also beep to warn you if you’ve moved too far away
* There is a talk back function which becomes increasingly useful as your child gets older
* The parent unit shows the temperature of baby’s room
* The monitor features an adjustable night light and lullabies but this isn’t something we have used
What we’re not so keen on:
* The cable for the camera unit is quite short making it tricky to position. With a standard monitor it doesn’t really matter where in the room you place it but a video monitor needs to be more precise or you won’t see anything! If the cable is too short you are completely limited by where your plug sockets are
* The camera is not as poseable as we would have liked, again making it tricky to get a good view of baby
* The parent unit is angled back which makes it difficult to see unless you are looking down on it – we can’t see the screen from the sofa and have to get up to look at it (this is not the case with our other video monitor)
* Occasionally there seems to be some sort of warping effect eg if Amy is crying very loudly the sound becomes distorted
* The screen on the parent unit is quite small but this doesn’t stop you from seeing what you need to!
Whilst the list of things I wasn’t that keen on is quite long they are all relatively small niggles and considering you’re getting a video monitor for less than £100 they are all things that can be lived with! This Tomy TFV600 video monitor is great value for money.
*Disclaimer – We were sent the TFV600 video monitor free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions are my own*