During our 3+ years of parenting, we have used a few different baby monitors, and had issues with them all. Most of the problem with the first few models we used was their limited range.
We have a single-level home, and it’s a bit spread out. The master bedroom is on almost the opposite side of the house as the girls’ bedroom, and there are a few doors and hallways in between.
After trashing the last model just weeks after purchasing it (it was that cheap and useless), I started looking into slightly higher-quality models and came across the Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor.
- Digitally Enhanced Cordless 6.0 Technology for superior clarity, privacy and range
- Rechargeable batteries (included)
- Sound lights display
- Page Indicator
- Out of range/low battery indicators
- Volume controls
- Belt clip for portable convenience
- 1000+ ft range
- Energy-saving AC adapter (for optional, plugged-in use)
- Page feature
- Upright or slight recline positioning
- Power on/off indicator
- Energy saving AC adapter
We were at first very pleased with every feature, especially the range, of this monitor – I am even able to take the monitor outside with me all the way to our chicken pen (at least 200 feet from our house,) and can still hear clearly the slightest noise the girls make. It picks up any sound nearby very well, so you can have it set anywhere in your child’s room and be sure to hear any noise they make…you might even be able to hear them breathing!
It worked great and was a perfect fit for us in every way for the first month or so of use – no interference or even static, unless you got too far out of range. I tested the range and it eventually disconnects and beeps at you if you get too far away.
Then weird things started happening and now even at the very lowest volume setting, (even if there are no noises in the girls’ room) the parent unit makes a nasty static sound that keeps me from sleeping, so I have to keep it down on silent mode. I can still see if there are noises because of the light display, but that’s not very helpful when my eyes are closed. Also, if the volume is on (again, even at the lowest setting,) and one of the girls does happen to make a noise, it’s deafening. I’m not sure what caused it to start doing this, but it’s been very disappointing and severely reduced the usefulness of the monitor for our family.
Based on the 142 current reviews on Amazon for this monitor, I think this is a fairly rare problem. Other people have had different minor issues with it, but almost half of the reviews are glowing 5-star recommendations, some even mentioning that it has given them years of great monitoring.
When working properly, this is a great monitor, and a good value at it’s price ($55 on Amazon.com) compared to some pricier monitors on the market today.
Safety 1st is generously giving away a High Def Digital Monitor set to one lucky Mama Chocolate reader!