Helicopter mom, paranoid, overprotective... call it what you will but if you were to look up the definition of an overprotective parent in the dictionary, my picture would be right there with it. Especially when it comes to sleep times. I absolutely hate leaving my children-especially as babies and toddlers- in a different room than myself while they are sleeping. So many times I have heard others say that sleeping in separate rooms will allow for a better night's sleep, but that's certainly not true for me. In fact, quite the opposite! I find myself tossing and turning and getting up frequently to check. Sure, there are baby monitors out there that allow me to hear noises, but in many ways that adds to the anxiety...what if baby is being TOO quiet? Are they up to no good? Sick? Out of bed I go to see what's going on with my own eyes. And it's not just bedtime but naptimes as well, I don't want to leave my sleeping baby in one room while I get done what needs to be done in another...there had to be a better solution, right? With the Motorola MBP36S video baby monitor, there IS! This monitor is the perfect solution to keeping an eye on your little one at sleep or at play when you can't be right there in the room with them! Let's take a look at some more in depth product details:
- Wireless technology 2.4 GHz FHSS
- 3.5” diagonal screen
- Remote pan, tilt and zoom
- Crystal clear two-way communication
- Infrared night vision
- Room temperature display
- 5 lullabies
- Sound level indicator
- Volume control
- Range up to 590 feet
- Out-of-range alert
- Rechargeable battery
- Low battery alert
- Flip out stand (on parent unit)
- Expandable up to 4 cameras (additional baby units sold separately, Model: MBP36BU)
- View two baby units simultaneously with picture-in-picture technology
Sounds pretty great, doesn't it? I thought so too, and was thrilled to have been provided a monitor of my own to try out and share. Let's break it down into some of my favorite features:
Video & Sound Quality. When looking at a video monitor (or any monitor), this is perhaps the first thing that should be considered. After all, what's the point of a video monitor if you have to worry about delays in picture or poor quality images or sound. This monitor certainly reached my expectations and then some. Even at night, the quality is better than anticipated and I feel like I am getting a clear view of what my little ones are up to. When they are making noises, I can clearly hear them and keep a visual eye on noise level as well. I can also adjust the volume to my preference.
Multiple Camera Units. While I personally only received the one camera unit, you can purchase additional and expand up to 4 cameras. Whether you have multiple children, or just prefer to keep one camera for each area of use (playrooms, bedrooms, etc) without worry of moving it around, this is a fantastic option. As a mom of two, this is certainly an appealing option to me. Sure, at seven years old my son may be above the age typically thought of when using baby monitors, but he also has a diagnosis of autism and a tendency to elope.This is very scary and a common fear among autism parents, so I found even more than for my younger daughter who still sleeps in our room anyway, this monitor provided peace of mind in keeping an eye on him. When my daughter DOES move to a room of her own, I can easily monitor both on the same screen!
Two Way Sound...and Lullabies. I've already discussed the sound quality of being able to hear my kiddos on the parent monitor, but I can also talk to them as well. By simply pushing a button (much like a walkie talkie), I can comfort them or remind them they need to be sleeping! And because it requires pushing and holding the button to talk, that means they cannot overhear adult conversations either. For a little extra help in getting to sleep, the lullabies are a great feature. You control these via the parent unit and can choose from various songs and adjust the volume as well. You DO hear the lullaby through the parent unit as well when the volume is on, which can perhaps be a little annoying but certainly worth it if it helps the little ones sleep. The one downfall I did find is that if you do need to use the unit to talk to your little ones, the lullaby will automatically stop and have to be completely restarted when you're finished. This isn't a difficult task, but it certainly would be great for it to pick back up on its own without the extra steps.
Remotely Controlled...and Portable Too!! As mentioned, the camera easily pans, tilts and zooms allowing you for the best view of your little one wherever they might be in the room, and the great thing is, this is all controlled remotely via the parent unit! It is extremely easy to maneuver and is quite quiet as well, so if baby moves out of view, you simply adjust the camera from where you are...no need to go into the room and worry about disturbing baby unnecessarily. Lullabies, volume, etc are all controlled via the parent unit as well. As if that weren't handy enough, the parent unit features rechargeable batteries so that you can take it with you throughout the house as you go on about your chores! No need to keep it plugged at all times allowing for more portability. And when the batteries get low, you'll get an alert giving you plenty of time to recharge!
Overall, I was thrilled with our experience with the MBP36S video baby monitor. Whether you are watching your littlest of littles sleep, keeping an eye on a toddler during sleep or play or looking out for the safety of an older special needs child, it truly does give us worrier moms that little extra peace of mind so that we too can get a good night's rest!
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.