(Disclosure: Motorola sent me their baby monitor to review but all thoughts are my own.)
At the ages of 4 and 5, my children are old enough to play on their own in our home but young enough that they still occasionally get into things they shouldn’t. We live in a small home and have a pretty open layout so I can sit in our living room on the first floor and hear them while they play in their room on the second floor. Normally they are playing with their toys but a few months back Lucas found a stray crayon and decided to color on the wall with it.
I can’t, and don’t want to, shadow my kids 24/7. They need a little freedom but I still want to know what they are doing so one solution we’ve found is to put a video baby monitor in their room. Anytime I hear things get quiet (which all parents know is the sign that your child is up to something) I can just turn the monitor on and peek in.
The Motorola MBP41 is a 2.8” video monitor that gives parents the ability to keep a close eye on their children. Some of the great features include:
- • 2.4Ghz FHSS Wireless Technology
- • 2.8” Color TFT LCD Screen
- • Pair up to 4 Cameras
- • Infrared Night Vision
- • Remote Pan, Tilt and Zoom
- • Visual Sound Level Indicator
- • Two-way Communication
- • Range Up to 590 Feet
- • Out-of-Range Alert
- • High Sensitivity Microphone
- • Low Battery Alert
- • Support Stand
Setup of the unit was quick and easy. Make sure to let the parent half of the monitor charge fully before you try to use it. The parent’s unit has a stand but is also small enough that it can fit in a pocket so it’s easy to carry around while doing laundry or cleaning. This is so much nicer than the bulky monitor units that I used with my kids.
I love that the parent can speak to the child through the monitor and it reminds me of those room-to-room speakers some homes have. Being able to pair up to four cameras is a great feature as well to track multiple areas of the home at the same time. The night vision mode is nice. My favorite feature has to be that the unit in the child’s room has a moving video camera which lets the parent see the whole room just by pushing some buttons on the parent’s monitor. Isn’t that awesome!?
I wish they had monitors like this when my kids were babies! Do you use a video baby monitor like this? If so, what’s your favorite feature?
(Please note: A baby monitor does not replace adult supervision.)