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When it comes to a baby monitor you really need something that is reliable. I do not feel that this product is 100% reliable despite being made by a manufacturer whose products I do trust for my baby (I use their bottles and have their baby bath thermometer).
Even when it is fully charged our monitor has been known to loose connection from one part to the other, leading me never to fully trust it. It also takes a while to kick in when the baby makes a noise. I believe that this might be a battery saving function but I, as a paranoid parent would rather hear every sound and not worry about recharging the battery.
And when it comes to the battery on the walkabout part it does take a considerable amount of time to recharge. It has been known to be on charge for over an hour even after it had only been in use for the duration of a nap, (a period of up to an hour in my baby's case). This is not something that you would expect from the charge of any other electrical item, (mobile phone etc) and during her naps it's mainly on it's 'sleep' mode as the baby isn't making much noise for it to have to pick up on!
Overall I expected more of Philips Avent.
I've got tell the masses...!!!
We bought this product 3 years ago, and was originally very pleased with quality of sound and use. Unfortunately, we found out that this monitor (and all DECT/Digital products) gave off a tremendous amount of radiation. In fact, the transmitter (ie: the part that's next to your baby's head) is equivelent to having a phone mast by his head...you work out the dangers. So analogue although 'crackly' is best.
We bought this monitor after two failed attempts with the reception on analogue monitors. Following searches on the internet, this seems to be the only true DECT monitor available. We have an old house which has always had problems with analogue portable telephones and, it now seems, baby monitors. This baby monitor guarantees clear reception, and it has lived up to that guarantee so far. We have not received any interference whatsoever, let alone signals from other radio equipment. The baby unit has a sensitivity control, which can be set so you it is permanently on, not just detecting sounds over a certain volume level, and a nightlight. You also have the option of using batteries in the baby unit rather than a mains lead. The unit is also incredibly sensitve. It picks up our baby's normal breathing, sniffling and cooing from a couple of metres away. The parent unit is tiny! It comes with a rechargeable cell as it is entirely portable. To recharge it, place it in its cradle- which is connected to the mains. The talkback facility is also pretty useful, which i didn't think it would be. If my wife is feeding out child and i am downstairs, I can ask her where she's "tidied away" all my things to with having to go upstairs. We have dropped the parent unit a few times (on carpetted floors), and it has survived all incidents intact.
We bought the Phillips monitor after our original monitor (a Tomy Walkabout Classic) just stopped working after a few months. We've found it very useful. Both the parent unit and the child unit let you know if the other unit is out of range, or turned off. (The parent unit beeps, the child unit's antenna turns red.) You can tune the sensitivity of the child unit so it doesn't bother transmitting sounds below a certain threshold - we find this very useful so we don't get woken by it if a plane turns overhead, or a car horn goes off. The volume control on the parent unit is very useful, too. The "talk back" function was very useful when we first got it - I would often be nursing our son for twenty minutes or so before putting him to bed, and it meant my husband and I could talk during this time, without needing to shout! We've dropped the parent unit quite a few times now, and it seems to be holding up ok. The belt clip part is a bit loose, though. It is quite pricey, though. If our original monitor hadn't failed, we certainly wouldn't have bothered buying this one. But its guarantee of clear reception was very tempting indeed, and it's a gurantee that's been met.
I bought this monitor because I had gift vouchers for a department store and this was the only monitor they had. It was about 200 euro. on the plus side you can hear every little sigh and cry, and its digital so no picking up nextdoors baby or other interference. on the minus side its meant to have a talkback facility wherby you can use the hand set to talk to baby. This worked on the first day and hasnt worked since. I dont know if I would use it that much anyway but I paid for it. The night light on the base is actually useful. Not just a fiddly detail, actually useful. The range is exellent (100m?). But on the whole a cheaper version would do the job just as well I reckon. Addendum: It broke one month after I'd written the above - the antenna broke because it was dropped, the battery compartment cover also broke, and overall I think the design si pretty poor if it cant withstand the odd minor trauma!