It’s certainly funny how things change over time…and where babies are concerned, things seem to have changed relatively quickly, even in the 7 years it has been between having Charlie and now Martha! I’m talking things like sleeping bags – they didn’t really have them 7 years ago and now they seem all the rage! And then there are the changes with weaning – they may be slight, but things are certainly different!
And the biggest change for us so far has been the widespread availability of video baby monitors. I have absolutely no idea if they existed 7 years ago – they probably did – but we just had a basic sound monitor that we had actually bought 2 years previously for our first baby. It worked a treat – and at its time was actually quite advanced!
But when my sister had a baby last year I was made aware of video monitors…not only could you hear your baby, but you could now see exactly what they were up to at the same time! And given the fact that we had actually lost part of our original baby monitor that we used with the boys, a new video baby monitor was something on our list to get when Martha was born!
You can imagine, then, my excitement when we were contacted by Babies R Us and asked if we would like to review a Motorola MBP 26 Video Monitor and Babysense bundle for them as part of the Babyologist program – not only a video monitor, but a movement sensor too!
Retailing at £179.99 the Motorola MBP 26 Video Monitor and Babysense bundle boasts many features that are designed to help you achieve peace of mind whilst your baby is sleeping.
The Motorola MBP26 video monitor itself features a 2.4” colour LCD screen complete with infra-red night vision, and a high sensitivity microphone. It has a digital pan and tilt camera, and a two- way communication system allowing you to talk to your baby through the monitor. It can be used up to a range of 300m, and if you should go past this range the monitor will alert you. The Motorola MBP26 is also data encrypted for your privacy and security.
Being in a bundle, the video monitor also comes with the only certified BabySense Pads which are placed in your baby’s cot. They register the actual rate of the slightest breathing movement over continuous periods of 20 seconds. If for any reason the Babysense does not detect movement for more than 20 seconds or if it detects less than 10 breathing movement per minute it will sound an alarm to alert you. The BabySense comes complete with two sensor pads to enable coverage over most of the cot.
Now when we actually received the bundle, Martha was still sleeping in our bedroom with us in her moses basket as she was only around 4 months old. Being a dainty baby she wasn’t ready to move to her cot until she was 5 1/2 months old (a week ago!). The current advice for babies is to move them into their own room at 6 months old…but we felt that with only 2 weeks to go, and with such a reliable sounding baby monitior bundle at the ready, we were happy to put her in her cot in her own room and this has allowed us to put the Motorola MBP 26 Video Monitor and Babysense bundle fully to the test! I also used it the week before as I took it on holiday with us. Staying in a caravan I had no problems hearing Martha if she woke, but I wanted to be able to keep an eye on exactly what she was doing in the travel cot!
The video monitor itself was so easy to set up. It comes in 2 parts – the camera which goes by the cot and the monitor which stays with you! Both parts run off mains power…but the monitor will charge and run without being plugged in making it mobile! The monitor itself sounds an alert if you are out of range or if the charge is running low. This is a really handy feature as it gives you the ‘heads up’ to plug the monitor in!
The camera is great – and the digital pan and zoom functions mean you can control it remotely from the monitor part. This is particularly handy to allow you to get the right camera angle, if baby moves slightly out of shot or if you want to see in more detail. The picture fed back to the monitor is really clear, even with the lights out, allowing you to see exactly what baby is up to and what funny angles they have got themselves into in their sleep! It also means you can watch baby all the time – even if they are awake – so you know whether or not to go into their room to disturb them, or if they look like they are going to settle on their own! For us this has been brilliant as Martha doesn’t cry very often…so we have been aware of what she has been doing even when she hasn’t been making any noise!
Though we haven’t actually used the feature yet, you can talk to your baby through the monitor at the touch of a button. We know it works well as we had a bit of a play with it… but we haven’t felt the need to actually use it with Martha yet!
I can’t tell you how impressed we are with the Motorola MBP 26 Video Monitor! It is fantastic – and well worth the money! We are so at ease with Martha being in her own room already and it is all thanks to this!
Not only was the video monitor easy to set up, but the BabySense pads were easy to sort too. They were easy to plug in to the ‘base unit’ and the instructions were really clear to follow, meaning it was easy to install the 2 sensor pads and have it working. In fact, it took little more than 5 minutes!
It was easy to test too, again following the instructions, so we knew it was working properly (and knew what we were in for if the alarm did sound!). It does have a flashing blue light on the front, which shows you that the sensors are switched on and working…thankfully we haven’t had the alarm going off though…but the peace of mind having this in Martha’s cot is immense!
My only improvement would be to allow the BabySense to run off mains power too – as it can only be operated by batteries. I am not sure how long the batteries will last (we have had it running a week so far)…but I would hate to be out of batteries without realising, or needing to replace the batteries really frequently. I suppose time will tell! .
As a bundle I can’t really find fault – just VERY high praise! It is packed full of useful and reassuring features making it perfect for parents new and experienced! It just gives that bit extra which should satisfy even the most worried of parents!
We can’t recommend this bundle too highly…and if it is out of your price range ( I know it would have been out of ours) then I would definitely say to just go for the Motorola MBP 26 Video Monitor on its own. It is just fantastic – and being able to see baby sleeping as well as hearing them REALLY DOES give peace of mind! It is perfect!