I’ve used many video monitors over the years and I have to say: VTech has hit a HOME RUN with this one! It has ALL the functionality I’ve been missing in other monitors. It grows with you, the parent. Let me explain. When my first son was very small, he slept in our room, in a bassinet, touching the bed, with my hand on his chest making sure he was breathing. For five months. I crammed all 28 inches of his five month body into that itty bitty bassinet for as long as possible. Then we moved him (the HORROR) across our bedroom to a full size crib, a huge step for this overprotective mom.
Once we moved him into his own room at six months, I will never forget that first night when I held the video receiver IN MY HAND while I slept (one eye open), with the volume blaring so I could hear every breath. It was zoomed in so I could see his chest rise and fall. I needed that reassurance. You can have that with the VTech Safe & Sound Pan and Tilt Full Color Video Monitor! The zoom function is fantastic and your baby is there in beautiful color if the room has light, or in black and white if the room is dark. You can hear everything, see everything. There are bells and whistles and configurations that you think you’ll never need, until…
Fast forward a few months…. Your baby or babies are a little older (or you are on your second or third) and you no longer need to respond to every whimper. You’ve gotten accustomed to a mostly full night’s sleep or maybe you are sleep training, but whatever the reason, those little noises don’t make you jump out of your skin and bed and race to the nursery. You can set the monitor’s sensitivity level wherever you’d like (LOW for me) and the volume however you want (OFF for me) and the Parent Unit stays dark until audio is captured at the sensitivity level you have set. Our nighttime Parent Unit screen comes on only if the baby is making noise as picked up by the predetermined sensitivity level. It’s amazing.
The camera also pans across the room, which can come in handy (especially later when you have a toddler in a toddler bed to track around the room!). A huge gripe I’ve had with monitors in the past is the extremely slow pan across the room – it would NOT keep up with my son! This camera is SO fast, I felt like it was going to fly off the bookshelf where I had it sitting! It’s fantastic.
There are also alarms you can set. I use the Temperature sensor and alarm because our daughter’s room can get a little cold. I can set it so an alarm rings if her room gets below 68 or above 78. This is a great feature I’ve found to be extremely useful. We’ve also used the Talk-Back Intercom button to communicate parent to parent while someone attending to the baby (I won’t say which one of us) who doesn’t know HIS or her way around the nursery and might need some help. You can also use it to reassure your baby or sing a lullaby (that would just scare mine, so I don’t sing on the monitor, LOL).
The Parent Unit is a nice small size (it’s smaller than my Galaxy S4) with a kickstand and an adjustable antenna! We get perfection reception without the antenna even though our daughter is on another floor and in the room farthest away from ours. We have had issues with interference and crackling with our old monitors, NONE with the VTech.
Do you have more than one child? The Safe & Sound™ Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Baby Monitor supports viewing of up to 8 total cameras from one parent unit. Viewing modes include single view (one camera only), split view (cycles through cameras on single view before stopping on split view) and patrol mode (single view that transitions to a different camera every 7 seconds)!
Check out the complete list of features for the Safe & Sound™ Pan & Tilt Full Color Video Baby Monitor by VTech®:
- High-resolution 2.8” color LCD
- Full Motion video – 22 frames per second
- Automatic infared night vision
- 1,000 feet of range
- Temperature sensor
- Vibrating sound-alert on the parent unit
- Digital transmission
- Rechargeable battery with low-battery alert on the parent unit
- 5-Level sound indicator
- Data encryption for security
- Volume control
- Out of range indicator
- High sensitivity microphone
- On/Off indicator
- AC adapters included for the baby
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.