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I got this monitor when my daughter went into her own bedroom so I could not only hear her but also keep an eye on her visually. I did have a fisher price audio monitor which was absolutely rubbish and all I could get on it was a nasty hissing and crackling. It was absolutely useless.
I went to Kiddicare and managed to get this monitor for £60 as it was on special atthe time and I had a 10% discount voucher. I am so pleased I chose this one now, I use it daily.
It had infared for when the room is darker, and also has a volume control, so when my daughter is in her room watching television or generally playing around I can turn it down but have it up when she's asleep so it is loud enough to wake me if she needed me. There hasn't thus far been a time I haven't heard her either.
There is a talk back function too, you press the top of the dial as you speak like a walkie talkie so if they call out in the night you can respond instantly without waiting for you to appear in their room. Now I am expecting my second baby, I will definately be keeping hold of this monitor to use again.
I don't think that it's unreasonable to assume that all brand new parents go through an anxious stage when preparing for their new arrivals, there are all manner of things that are targeted towards your baby's safety and for parent's peace of mind and a baby monitor was a must-have item that I wanted right from the start. Spoilt for choice when deciding which one to get I settled for the subject of this review; the Motorola MBP30 and paid just short of £70.00 instore at Boots a few months before my baby son was born and since then it has served me well though I can't say it's quite perfect as this review will hopefully explain.
The MBP30 is a digital video baby monitor, it has a colour screen and is made from a plastic material which feels of decent quality. The set comprises of the monitor itself and a camera along with a mains adapter and full instruction booklet but to be honest it's very simple to set up as all you need to do it position the camera above your baby's cot and the image it captures is displayed on the monitor. The camera has a built in microphone which is very sensitive and any noises it picks up activates the monitor so you can keep a watchful eye over your baby. The screen of the monitor measures just short of 2.5 inches and is very clear though perhaps not as defined as the picture here would have you believe, that said it is fine and I have no complaints on how the images are displayed or how responsive it is when any noises are detected. It does feature infra red night vision which is good for when it's dark, the images are displayed in black and white and whilst not as clear as daytime colour I would say that the images it displays are easy to see and any movement is clearly shown.
My son has been staying with me by himself since the age of 16 weeks and now that he's turning 10 months old I have had plenty of experience with the monitor and have found it to be trustworthy and reliable in that time. There is a volume control which I find useful at night as one of my initial fears was that I wouldn't hear him wake up if I was asleep so being able to set the monitor at it's highest output soon alleviated my concerns as it really is quite loud and definitely is able to disturb me from my slumber. I'm naturally more aware of the fact that my son is with me in any case but I find that the monitor does provide me with a good back-up to my instincts and even though I do always hear him it's still something that I have switched on whenever he stays. I like how responsive the monitor is, it's uncomplicated design and function should be appealing to many parents and for the money I do think it has been a good buy, however it is let down in one quite major area and that's it's portability.
Both the monitor and camera have clips so they can be hung from a wall, this is great on a night time when I go to bed as I can hang mine up for easy reach and because the monitor unit is quite small it can also be carried around at other times. This is very handy in theory as you can put baby to bed in his or her nursery and then have the monitor at hand in another room and be alerted to any noise. However, the rechargeable battery supplied with the unit is so poor that you only get around 30 minutes of time off-charge and quickly drains before a warning light comes on instructing you to plug it back in to the mains. This of course limits its portability and if baby is asleep upstairs and you're downstairs then the monitor needs to be plugged in - fine if you're in the living room watching TV but not so great if you're pottering around or have other distractions. Given how responsive the camera/monitor set up is it does pick up any noise and if you have a baby who takes some time to settle you will find that the monitor flashes on and off a lot each time draining the battery and limiting its time off charge. For me I consider this to be a disappointing aspect and the only negative thing that would stop me from giving the MBP30 a glowing recommendation, Motorola should have provided a much better battery for the unit and given how important portability of the monitor should be to a parent I do think that this is an area that they have cut corners in.
Would I recommend the MBP30? in all honesty no I wouldn't. I like mine, it's still in use today and is well made and reliable (when plugged in) but I would imagine that there are better choices of video monitors available from other manufacturers. The best thing it has given me is the extra peace of mind that my son is safe in his cot and has provided a back up to my instincts but I've had to make compromises with it and if I was on the look out for a replacement I'd buy a different model and would advise other new parents to do the same too.
Thanks for reading my review.