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I am, with my mum, my nans main carer. My nan has dementia and is disabled and so often wakes up at night or early hours in the morning and shouts- however sometimes it is impossible to hear her, even if we are only in the next room let alone downstairs so we thought it would be a great idea to get these baby monitors.
This in theory works well. One unit plus into the wall socket and stays in the room and the other is battery operated and so this portable component is what you carry round, and it will work throughout the house. The unit which is mains connected also omits a soft glow like a night light which is quite comforting.
The portable unit is not at all heavy or cumbersome to carry round and also has a belt clip for ease, this unit is also the main control from which you can adjust the various settings including, volume, language, sound alert, nightlight. It also has a function to enable you to communicate through this unit to the in the room which is very handy especially in my case as its is for an adult, so I am able to reassure that I have heard her and am on my way. Similarly it could be used to reassure baby.
Overall the unit itself serves its purpose well, however there are a few drawbacks. The first is that the main unit has to be mains connected which then restricts the position of the unit - we had to use an extension cable from the socket to enable us to put this on the bedside cabinet. The second drawback is the battery life on the portable one barely lasts a night. And the main problem is that it does have power and battery saving mode, which means that when there is no sound the unit essentially switches off. If you want to hear babies breathing with this - it won't work. It also means that we occasionally miss the first bits of what my nan is saying - and sometimes doesn't come on for ages.
We purchased the monitor from Argos for £35 so for the price, it does the job and we can't really complain about it.