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We have had this product for a few years now and still use it for peace of mind for our nearly 4 year old! We have used it for about 3 of these years and probably will for another few. Our child rarely wakes up but just incase.
We keep the sound part plugged in at night in the living room until we go to bed. It can also be run on batteries which is handy if youre doing things around the house. It also has a clip which be can attached to your clothes, but cant say i use it like that myself. It is also handy just to detach it from the mains to pop out of the room a while. The green light on the front just shows that it is on but the red lights flash accordingly to level of noise from the child, 1 being not very loud and 5 being a very cross baby!
The other part which stays in the child's bedroom has a handy pop on, pop off light which acts as a night light. Our child gets alot of comfort from this and the light is the perfect brightness.
There are two different signal settings, either a or b and must match on both parts otherwise it will cause interference.
It is very sensitive to sound which is great and even picks up the floorboards creaking when the heating is on!
When turning the product off you must ensure to turn off the sound detection part first. If this is done vice versa it will cause alot of noise. Im not quite sure this happens but is the only negative thing i can say about this monitor.
I love this product so much that im sad enough to be buying another for our second child for his room instead of using the same one!
We were given this as a present once our little boy moved into his own room at 6 months. It was a relief as I had been worrying about how I would know my baby was safe.
The montior's are quite easy to set up the night light part is plugged into your babies room, you can either have the light on or off just by pressing the light part in or out. My little boy used to like it on. It was a faint enough glow that it didn't wake my baby up but provided reassurance if he did. The other part plugs into which ever room your in. I have to admit it is slightly annoying that they have to be plugged in all the time.
Both monitors can be set on a A or B channel, to stop any interference you just need to make sure both are set up on the same.
The monitor in the adults room has lights on it so even if the monitor is down low the lights move up depending on the amount of noise in you babies room. It had a volume knob on the side, which I found went to a good volume, loud enough for you to hear while your asleep.
I will say though that as this monitor is analogue you get a lot of buzzing and humming in the background and I found this sometimes enough to keep me awake at night. Although when your baby cries or makes any sort of noise it is very efficient at picking it up and transmitting it crystal clear. We sometimes picked up another monitor across the road from us, and also some random radio channels! This again could be annoying, especially when your trying to sleep!
Overall the monitor does the job and it isn't a bad price I have seen them advertised for £24.99, however we have since bought dome digital ones and I much prefer these as they make no noise apart from when you baby does!
When I was pregnant with my baby we had a huge list of things to buy, some of which were easy and I knew exactly what to look for. Others were more difficult as I didn't know what features I would need etc as this was my first baby and I had no previous experience to draw on. A baby monitor, for me, fell very definitely into the latter category. It wasn't until I began researching that I realised just how much choice there was on the market - sound monitors, portable monitors, those with lights and even video monitors.
I decided that I needed a monitor that I could carry with me around the house and to the garden so I could get on with jobs whilst my baby napped. I also liked the idea of lights flashing to indicate the change in noise level in baby's room as well as hearing the actual sound as this would be a nice back up to have in case you don't hear the noise immediately. In the end, I opted for the Fisher Price Sounds 'n Lights Monitor which cost me £21.50 from Tesco.
The monitor is packaged in a plastic shell with cardboard backing. Within the packaging the two parts of the monitor - the transmitter and the receiver.
The transmitter part of the monitor is made of white plastic. It is a circular disc shape and sits flat on a surface in your baby's room. In the centre of the circle there is a nightlight with a plastic coating. This operates by pushing down on the circle to turn it on and pressing down again to turn it off. When on, a light yellow coloured light is emitted. The transmitter operates using an AC current and there is a flick switch on the rim to select one of two channels for it to operate in - A or B. You need to screw a white plastic coated aerial into the unit to allow it to operate - this is about 10cm long and very easy to attach. There is a push button on the rim to turn the unit on and off and a small green light glows when it is on so you can tell at a glance if it is switched on or not.
The transmitter has a power saving cord attached that will not use energy when the monitor is switched off. The transmitter operates solely by being plugged in to an electric socket.
The receiver is made from white plastic. It has a square base on which it stands and the top is rounded into a semicircle shape. Again, a white plastic coated antennae needs to be screwed into the unit, at the top left hand corner. There is a switch at the side of the receiver to select the correct channel (A or B - whichever the transmitter is set at) and a dial on the other side that turns the receiver on and selects the volume level. On the front of the receiver there is a speaker at the bottom to emit the noise and a clear plastic coating at the top covering the lights. There is a green light in the centre of the top section of the unit that illuminates when it is switched on. Along the rim there are five red lights that light up - the first one or two remain lit when on and the others light up to indicate the noise level in the room where the transmitter is.
The receiver can either be powered by plugging in to a mains socket or using 3 AAA batteries - meaning that it is portable. There is a plastic belt clip on the back of the handset so that you can clip it to your person to make it hands free.
The monitor is said to have 'crystal clear reception' up to 400 feet. I have never had cause to test this but have not had any problems where reception is 'out or range' or anything like that. The choice of the two channels, A and B, whichever is clearer is a good feature to have but, for us, there was little difference in the clarity between the two channels. Both A and B offer us a good, clear reception.
The transmitter sits well in my son's room - it is not wobbly and does not take up a great deal of space. It is a short distance from his cot but picks up all noises he makes well (I can hear his breathing if it is particularly heavy). The lead on the plug is a good length so the transmitter can be positioned a little distance from the socket - not too far though (although it's not a good idea to have trailing wires in a baby's room anyway). The nightlight is easy to operate and I think this is a lovely feature for a monitor to have, my only complaint is that it is not actually that bright and I certainly couldn't see anything by the light it emits (the idea of this being that it helps you to see when you 'peek' into your baby's room).
The receiver is lightweight, even with batteries in, and fits neatly into the palm of your hand. The lights shine brightly and catch your eye as they light up if baby is making noise. I also like the green light feature on both the transmitter and receiver to indicate that they are on - it is handy to see at a glance that you have switched them on. The belt clip is a nice idea to make carrying the receiver easier but I find that if I clip it onto my clothes the antennae gets in the way and often knock it off or inhibits my movement.
The reception is usually very good. We have experienced a little interference on occasions - usually when there is a storm or bad weather, much like you would with your television signal. Even then, you can still hear the sound ok. The receiver does 'buzz' slightly at times and you need to turn the sound down - which is why the lights are helpful.
Overall, this is a reasonably priced monitor - it is pretty mid-range on the price front. It allows you to hear your baby's nursery clearly and monitor your child when they are in bed. The light features are very good and useful - particularly if you are watching the TV and any noise may be slightly drowned out. I also love that the handset is portable as it allows me to get on with things but still supervise my baby completely. Definitely recommended.
I bought this monitor from Argos for £24.99, and selected it over the other monitors available as they all seemed to offer pretty much the same settings, but this one was easily the cheapest. When I got home the monitor was incredibly easy to set up, and involved simply plugging in the two separate stations and adjusting the volume to suit.
I have used my monitors at opposite ends of my house and have always been able to achieve good signal and clear sounds through the monitor. Also, even without reaching maximum volume, the sounds produced by the monitor are comfortably loud enough to wake me up when necessary.
The portable sound receiver has a central green light which indicates that the unit is working, and also has a series of five other lights. These lights are inactive unless a sound is transmitted, when the number of lights displayed will reflect the volume of the noise received. Although I personally have not found the need to use this function, it is clear that it works reliably and well and would be really useful should someone want to use the monitor in a noisy environment.
I am absolutely thrilled with this product, it is easy to use and basic but does everything I could expect to need of a baby monitor. Also, it is small and discreet, and is not unpleasant to look at. Overall, this monitor is excellent value for money and I would highly recommend it.
Having previously misplaced a more expensive baby monitor, I bought The Fisher Price Lights and Sounds baby monitor for £23 from John Lewis to see me through until I found my other one. However, it immediately became my preferred choice. The units are easy to use. There is a choice of two channels, both of which provide a clear and reliable sound. I have never experienced any interference or sound cut off, unlike my more expensive version. The baby unit (the one that stays with your baby) is plug in only. However, the adult unit can be plugged in or battery operated. With a range of 120 metres, this allows the parent much freedom.
The adult unit also includes red lights that light up when the baby makes a noise, so you can turn the sound off and still be alerted if your baby wakes up. The only downside is the nightlight. It is not very powerful, and does not give out very much light at all.
The on/off switches are great - very quiet and easy to locate in the dark. It may not seem very important, but when my baby had finally fallen asleep, the last thing I wanted to do was wake him up by switching the monitor on. Also, the units do not have to be switched on in a certain order or within a certain amount of time. This is unlike my expensive model, for which I had to run up and down stairs over and over again, all the time trying to be quiet, trying to get the units to sync up.
It doesn't have any of the fancier features such as talk back, a temperature or movement monitor or screens. However, if you are looking for a basic, reliable and inexpensive baby monitor, I recommend this one.
When I was pregnant with my son (now 2 1/2) I was looking around for baby monitors and my sister in law decided she wanted to buy one as a gift for us. Not wanting to make her spend a fortune I had a quick look in the Argos, and found a cheap but decent looking one, which happened to be the FP Sound n Lights. Upon recieving the gift I was pleasantly surprised but didnt expect much for £20 and had started looking around for more expensive versions to keep this one as a reserve........ How very wrong I was! I can not rate this product any higher if I tried.
The first thing that impressed me about this was the built in night light on the base unit, which stays with baby - it gives off just enough light so that it doesnt bother baby and hinder them going off to, or staying, sleep but is enough for mum or dad to be able to peek in on bubs and make nappy changes and give night feeds without too much disturbance. Easily turned on and off, you just press on the actual light area and voila, on or off!
Secondly I was very impressed with the parent unit - with a selection of lights that allow to see when baby is stirring/moving/crying if you are unble to hear easily or would like to keep the level turned down to avoid a sudden shock at a screech from your little one! This came in very handy on nights where we had visitors round and naturally would be talking, or if watching something on the tv, we could see when our little one needed our attention or was at risk of waking, rather than having to strain to hear what they are up to. The parent unit can be used with the mains plug or battery operated so you can carry the around with you - this is very handy when baby is sleeping and you need to pop the rubbish out or undertake some housework - the quality is still as good! I live in a ground floor flat and was able to go out into the washing lines to hang out washing and still hear if my little one woke. The unit is very light and has a clip enabling you to attach it to yourself whilt you get busy! I would recommend that you watch out for the antenna on the unit if doing so though, I got a poke in the face a couple of times!
The sound quality is very impressive for something so cheap.... No you cant hear every single breath baby takes, but if you wanted to then you may aswell be sat next to them all night, but you can hear noices they may make and also see so on the parent unit.
There are two channels to use to minimise any problems with interferance, and this has never caused a problem for us, we have had continued clarity.
I would rate the durability of this as extremely high - when I had my daughter it naturally came back into use for us, and my son thought he had a fabby new phone and would often walk off chatting into it, and being a typical 1 year old he would drop it, throw it - anything he could to be a destructive boy - and yet aside from a few cosmetic scratches you would never know it has been manhandled! The antennas are very sturdy and flexible, they would take some severe pressure to break!
Overall I would say this monitor is a winner - and we shall surely be saving this for potential baby number 3!
When I was pregnant having not needed a monitor with my first child due to living in a 1 bed small flat I wanted to get one that was all singing all dancing with the movement mat etc, I ended up purchasing this Fisher Price one when saw just how much the others were and not really essential to have the movement mat.
This Fisher Price sounds and light monitor cost me £22.99 from Boots.
It is basic and easy to use which is great seeing as I can't get my brain to function 100% yet lol.
My daughter been pretty much at my side since birth so only just starting using the monitor so can leave her upstairs sleeping whilst I get back into routines of doing housework etc. Once I managed to get the monitor out of all the packaging which was not quite as bad as my sons toy packaging (parents will know what I mean) It cam with a main base unit the walkaround unit and two aerials which were simple to screw into each unit. The main unit has attached a cable and plug and the walkabout unit also has a cable and plug which is optional to use as can also run off batteries. Requires 3 x AAA batteries
I'm using it off the mains at present as prefer the security that I don't need to check the batteries still have life in them. The unit shows you if batteries are running low.
There is a power on button on the main unit and a green light to show that it has power.
Both units need to be at the same frequency which is A or B. I tested that it was working ok by turning on the tv next to unit and going off downstairs to listen to walkabout unit, Sure enough I could hear Jeremy Kyle shouting away.
There is a constant buzzing noise that comes from the monitor but not loud and already I block it out.
The distance for use of this monitor is 120 metres.
As well as being able to hear if baby is awake you can see the lights on the monitor too. There are red lights and the first one is constantly on and if moving or noise happens then the other lights will light too depending on level of noise.
This part is handy if you are making noise or hoovering etc so you can see if they are awake and unable to hear monitor.
The whole unit is very light weight and I do feel that is dropped it may shatter to pieces so i will do my best not to let that happen.
The top of the main unit also has a night light on it which you operate by pushing it down to turn on and off.
Glad I have this monitor and even though I do spend my time watching and listening to the monitor for when my daughter will wake again I'm sure is a novelty. The price is good and hoping it will last for several years.
Fisher Price Lights and Sounds Monitor.
I bought this baby monitor from Argos when my youngest son was born. I paid around £25 for it and that was in 2007.
I found it very simple to set up and the main reason I bought it is because it was wireless. The main unit does plug into the mains but the two units don't need to be connected together. They have a 120m range and 2 channels to minimise interference.
The part that goes in with the baby has a little touch light on the top of the unit so it doubles as a night light.
The parent unit has a display of lights which go up when the baby cries so even with the sound down low you can still see if baby has woken or not.
When baby cries the sound is crystal clear, so you won't be rushing to make a bottle just to find baby sat laughing at you!!!
In all it's a fantastic baby monitor for the £25 I paid but you can pick them up in bootsales or ebay for under £5 sometimes.
I loved these baby monitors, they were simple to use and could be taken from room to room, meaning I could keep a listen out for the baby at all times. I liked the little night light on the baby unit, it was comforting for the baby but wasn't bright, just a nice gentle glow.
I have a very high opinion of these and would definatly recommend them to any new mum. I know if I had anymore children I would dig these out again.
When I was pregnant with my son a must for me was to get baby monitors which I thought would be easy to pick but when I went to get them I was bowled over by the vast amount of monitors there was available. All types from simple ones which you can simple hear your child through to ones which light up as well and even ones which have a small camera on the end you place in your child's room so you can see them! We eventually decided upon these fisher price lights and sounds monitors which cost around £22 but are well worth the money as 3years on they are still working brilliantly!
These monitors are very easy to use. You simply plug the monitor into a socket in your baby's room, press the on button and select the channel (2 different ones A and B to help minimise interference). Then plug the receiver into your desired room and turn onto the same channel as the one in your child's room. The receiver can also be battery operated so that it can be portable but we have never used batteries in it as the pack comes with two receivers so we have one placed in our living room and one in our bedroom so we can always hear wherever we are in the house. The monitor which is placed in the baby's room has a night light on it which you can control so it does not need to stay on. It is handy for if your baby wakes up through the night and you need to go in as you can put the night light on and see fine without disturbing them too much like you would if you had to put a big light on.
The receiver has a range of 120m so if you are sitting out in the garden when your child goes to sleep you can take it out with you and it will still pick up and sounds made. The volume can be altered to suit so I usually turn it up a bit if I decide to do clean the dishes when my son goes to bed so that I can still hear him should be awake. Another feature of the receiver is the five light display which when your child makes a noise it lights up. So should your child make a small noise only one or two lights may light up but if they start crying loudly all the lights will light up on and off depending on the volume of noise they are making.
I think these are a great buy for excellent baby monitors which will last from birth to when they are not needed any more. My son is now 3 and they still work perfectly so it definitely was money well spent in our case as we did not need to buy any others. Would highly recommend them!
Like any parents, a baby monitor for us was a must. And at the time, we never had a set idea what we wanted apart from not paying ridiculous prices, so we picked up this one in up toy-r-us on our baby shopping travels thinking it cant be bad if it a fisher price one. It was reasonalbly price at a mere £19.99 so it looked like a bargan especially as it had a touch light on as well. Unfortunally that was the only good thing about this baby monitor. It suffer quite badly with interefernce and constanly had a general droning or humming in the background even when placed away from anything electrical. We even tried it on different plugs and moved the transmiter as far as we could away from the power pack. The final straw came for us when one night, when asleep, the monitor began to talk and play music in the back ground. In the early hours of the morning, trust me its a chilling experience. It turned out that it was picking up we we could make out to perhaps Dutch or danish radio> Even switching between the two different frequency setting didnt help and it did it alot especially at night which lead us to turn the volume down until we bought a new one.
The volume control was handy as i did pick up my sons snores in the night very well and only had to have it up a few notches for us to hear him amongst the general interference. And as stated, the night light was the best part about this unit. It omits a soft orange glow which doesnt ligh the room up full but just gives it a nice ambience to take the darkness out of the room.
This was the first baby monitor we purchased for our baby son, and did not see any point in paying loads for features we wouldn't use. However, this particular one really suffers from reception problems and interference. We have the monitor upstairs, and the parent unit downstairs, but we would have thought that this would cope with that.
As well as a LOT of background hum (making watching TV and so on very difficult without turning it right down; kind of defeating the point), this unit is prone to interference from external sources.
We would often hear faint music coming through the speaker, or what sounds like a radio with people talking. This does seem to be affected by nearby electrical items (for example, phone chargers or other power supplies), but even when away from these devices it's still not much better.
I don't know if this is a general problem with analogue devices, but we decided not to take the risk for the next one and got a digital device. The one we opted for was twice the price, but worth every penny. The digital ones don't seem to get any interference and are much clearer.
The two points are for volume (it goes quite loud) and microphone sensitivity (despite the background noise, you can hear every little breath.)
We bought this baby monitor when my son was a newborn. It cost £20 and we bought it from Toys R Us. When we were comparing prices we looked at a wide range of monitors, all claiming to do different things. Some were costing in excess of £100! We just wanted a basic monitor that we could use to hear our son in case he was crying. I was a little dubious about this Fisher Price one as it was so much cheaper than some of the others, but my wife assured me she had read favourable reviews of it so we bought it.
Setting it up is incredibly easy. The microphone bit (please excuse the lack of technical terms!) just plugs in. The microphone is a long stick that you can point in different directions so we just point that at our son's cot. This part has a nightlight that you can touch on or off and is useful when we need to check him in the middle of the night.
The receiver part can also just plug straight in, or it can be ran on batteries. We nearly always have it plugged in, only tending to use it on batteries if we are in the garden. The receiver has a volume dial at the side, ranging from 0-5. After trying it on setting 5 once, I really wouldn't recommend it unless you are having a very noisy party! If a baby cries with the monitor on volume setting 5, it really seems loud enough to shake the walls! I can see this would be useful if you are in a loud setting, or for someone who is hard of hearing. We tend to have it on volume setting 3.
The monitor has 2 channels, an A and a B and this is useful if your monitor is picking up a radio signal as ours occassionally does! We just swap both parts of the monitor to the other channel and it sorts it out.
I have found this to be a great little monitor. I admit I was worried that it wasn't going to be any good, particularly because it was so much cheaper than the others, but happily I have been proved wrong. I have recommended it to a few other people already and will continue to do so.
I bought the Fisher price sounds n lights monitor when my third child was about a month old and I was trying to get him to go to bed before me. It is a very good monitor in white plastic with two frequencies.
The base that goes in babies room has a night light on it which is was a great comfort for my child and also comes in handy when checking on baby, or going in to feed him without putting bright lights on and waking him up to much.
The receiver end can either be plugged into the mains or used with batteries and take it around the house with you, there is also a clip on the back so you clip it to your clothes, the range when using this monitor with the batteries is good and picked him up when I was at the far end of the garden.
There are five red lights which light up when a noise is being made in the room they are very sensitive and one will tend to light up just because he has moved, so this monitor is a good choice if you are hard of hearing.
I think this is a good buy as at £20 from toys r us it is great value and gives you peace of mind without you having to go up and down the stairs every five minutes.
This review is also on ciao under apple chuff.
I purchased this baby monitor when my daughter was born and can honestly say that after trying 2 other brands, this one was by fair the best and I have never had a days problem with it. In fact, 4 years later it still works just as it did the day we purchased it (which was handed when my daughter was a bit dubious when we moved into our new home).
The monitor which goes in your baby's room also doubles up as a night light. It is not overly bright but it is a nice, soothing and comforting glow. Whether you use it or not is entirely up to you, it can be switched on or off without interferring with the actual monitor.
The base part which stays downstairs with you not only allows you to hear your baby but it also allows you to "see" if your baby is moving. On the base monitor, there are 5 lights which are not lit when you turn it on but if there is movement from your baby or near your baby the lights start to turn red, gradually each one lighting up depending on how much movement there is.
The sound on the monitor is very good. The only thing which I found interfered with it was a mobile phone or radio. Also, you can turn it up or down to whichever noise level you are comfortable with.
There are 2 frequencies which you can use on the monitors and the frequencies have to be set on both bases so always double check you can hear what is going on the room and that you have the right frequencies on or you won't hear anything because you could, for example, have the base monitor with you set on frequency A and the monitor with your baby on frequency A and it won't work, although you will hear noise, it won't be the noise in the room with your baby, it will be picking up static from elsewhere if that makes sense?
All in all, it is a great monitor and highly recommended to any parents out there. I felt totally safe and confident using this monitor.
My sister is 3 tomorrow and this Fisher Price Sounds N Lights Baby Monitor has lasted from when she was first born, and that means using every night even though she's too old to need a baby monitor now! I brought this monitor for my mum when she was pregnant because I saw them dead cheap in town, I only paid £13 for it and that has been a bargain because of how well they've lasted and the fact that they are a lot more expensive than this now.
When my sister was a baby we used it in her room as a proper baby monitor so we could hear her from downstairs if she cried or if there was a problem. Now though we tend to switch it on in the daytime if she's playing in her room on her own so that we can listen in to what she's doing in case she's causing chaos upstairs!
The monitor doesn't look the business, it's very basic looking I think compared to a lot of baby monitors I've seen..... some of them look madly space age and actually I prefer the basic look of this one because it's a functional item and not one that you are displaying for the sake of it.
The transmitter part of the baby monitor has a built in night light and even though you don't get a massive amount of light out of it I think it's comforting for little kids instead of having to sleep in a pure dark bedroom. Actually we've hardly used this for my sister because from when she was tiny she's slept better in a dark room but sometimes when she's been ill or when she was teething we'd put the night light on so that if she woke in the night there was a bit of light in her bedroom.
The receiver can either be plugged in or you can use batteries so that you can carry it around with you. We've only used batteries once but they died sooooooo quick that it would have worked out too expensive to keep it up..... anyway, we've got shedloads of plug sockets in our house so it doesn't make sense to use batteries.
The reception is quite good, you've got 2 channels to choose from and they both work fine. I don't know why there are 2 channels because we've ALWAYS stuck with channel B, but I think it might be for people who can't get a good enough reception on one of the channels and they've got the choice to switch. It's weird though because if we've got the transmitter on channel A and the receiver on channel B we can pick up the little boy who lives a few doors down..... and his mum said they can pick up my sister playing in her room if their transmitter is turned off but the receiver is on! That can't be very good for child safety but I reckon that must be something to do with this being a cheap monitor.
The lights are a nice touch but they don't tell you anything that the sound won't, the idea of them is that the noisier your baby is being the more lights will light up. That works but the lights don't seem very sensitive so sometimes even a full blast cry will only light 2 of the lights up but if she drops something out of bed all of the lights will flash! I deffo wouldn't want to rely on the lights of this monitor and make sure the volume is turned up instead.
These monitors are made out of plastic and are deffo durable... I know that because I dropped the receiver on concrete when it was only a week old and even though it made a crack in the back the monitor has never stopped working and it deffo doesn't interfere with how the monitors work.
Recommended..... £13 for 3 years SOLID use!!!
For the mum who wants to stay in touch with baby, this monitor's clear view light display lets you not only hear, but actually see the different levels of baby's activity. The bright arcs of light increase with the sounds baby makes meaning you can see baby's call clearer than ever and from a greater distance. Durable, flexible antennas allow for greater range and excellent clarity. Two channels minimise interference and the receiver is AC-powered or battery-powered for portability.