“ Brand: Tommee Tippee / Safety Type: Baby Monitors „
When I was pregnant, I wanted to buy everything straight away as I was so excited. I found this Tommee Tippee monitor on offer at £35 in Asda which I thought was a really really good price. It is a slightly old model now (I bought it in May 2009) but still retails at approx £50 and is still quite widely available. I chose this mostly as it came with a motion detector, but also as it is a well known brand which I trust. Ironically my dad later told me that when I was born (1987) Tommee Tippee was considered cheap, like the own brand version of stuff. Nowadays it is considered to be one of the best brands.
The monitor promises 'Suresound technology' which is supposed to give 'crystal clear sound' and minimal static. This was another top factor in our choice of monitor, and we thought we would get an amazingly clear monitor relatively free of static. How wrong we were...
The monitor comes with power supply, baby unit (as in, unit to be in baby's room), parent unit and dock (aka listening unit), instructions and sensor pad. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, and setting up the system is very easy. You simply plug in the baby unit somewhere in baby's room, plug in the parent dock and select the channel that gives you the best sound. You also need to install batteries into the parent unit (not supplied). The sensor pad plugs into the baby unit and is placed under baby's mattress. We used this with both her moses basket and cotbed and it worked brilliantly with both. It is suitable for cots, cribs, moses baskets, toddler beds etc... but it is NOT suitable for hollowfibre or memory foam mattresses. We have used it in her travel cot too and it worked fine.
---THE SENSOR PAD---
The sensor pad is a white square shape and fits neatly under baby's mattress. It is quite thin and doesn't push up baby's mattress or anything. You can adjust the sensitivity (it has 3 settings) which means it can pick up even the lightest of movements, ideal for a newborn. If no movement is detected after 20 seconds, an alarm will sound and will not stop until it is manually switched off either by baby moving again or parent switching it off. It detects movement and breathing but is not specifically a breathing sensor - it merely detects movement which includes breathing. We found that the alarm falsely tripped a LOT and it took a lot of fiddling to get both the sensitivity and the position of the mat right, as if baby isn't in range then the mat won't pick up her movements. It tripped quite often which led to many moments of panic, and this is one of the reasons we decided to change monitors. Having said that, when it does work, it provides brilliant reassurance. A green LED light flashes on the parent unit with every movement, you can also set it to beep but I found that irritating and unnecessary.
---THE BABY UNIT---
The baby unit is an oval shape with a thin tab that lifts up to turn on the unit. It provides a soft amber night light which is a nice glow, and this can be turned on or off as desired via a switch on the base. When the tab is flipped up, the unit is on - to reset it or turn it off, you simply push the tab down. You don't need to unplug it or press any switches. There is a switch to turn the sensor pad on or off, as well as a button to change channel frequency. There is also an LED temperature display - we have found this to be very accurate, as accurate as her normal room thermometer and our handheld central heating control. It can be mains or battery powered and will revert to batteries in the event of a power cut. We never used this on batteries, we just left it plugged into the mains.
--THE PARENT UNIT--
The parent unit is a small oval shaped control with a grey rubber ariel. Unlike newer models, this does not charge in the docking station which is REALLY annoying, as it means you are constantly replacing batteries or recharging them and putting them back in. This monitor eats batteries like no tomorrow! We used the monitor for 2 hours in the day and then 13 hours at night, and we were lucky if the batteries lasted for that amount of time. When they run low, the unit will beep at intervals and a red LED will flash until the batteries are replaced. This wasn't something we knew upon purchase and in hindsight I wish I had never bought it! There are LEDs on the front which indicate the volume of baby, so even if you mute it, you can still 'see' how loud baby is being. There is a green LED at the top which flashes with every movement, it then turns red when the alarm goes off and remains flashing red until the baby unit is reset. This is handy as it means you always know if the alarm has been off. The unit is small and lightweight and easy to carry around, I often used the belt clip to clip it on my trousers when hanging out the washing. The range is good but not brilliant - I have a very large garden and the monitor beeps out of range before I get to the bottom - with my new monitor it does not.
--USING THE MONITOR--
The monitors allow you to select the channel on the baby unit and then the parent unit will automatically match it. The signal is digitally generated to ensure privacy and no interference.
I must say that I hated this monitor with a passion. Despite it's technology and promises, and despite several channel changes, this was SO noisy and the static was so bad that it soon got on my nerves. At night time it was virtually impossible to have it on as even on the quietest setting it kept me awake due to the static. That, combined with the alarm falsely tripping, made me decide to bin it and buy an Angelcare monitor within a few months. Tommee Tippee's careline advised me to move the monitors so they were further apart - but I live in a large 4 bed detached house, they couldn't have been further apart, and it didn't resolve the problem so I dread to think how bad it would be in a smaller house!
It is good for the price, but I absolutely would not recommend it unless you love static.
I must add - no baby monitor can replace adequate parental supervision, you shouldn't rely on it. In addition, it does not prevent injury or cot death, it merely alerts you as soon as possible so that you can provide first aid or get help as soon as possible. You should always check your baby yourself.
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In my opinion this is a must for any parent, my little girl is 19 months and still find myself unable to unplug it and turn it off :-/
The unit has a night light (can adjust brightness or turned off), temperature monitor (not transmitted to the receiver) 5 channels to select, and a green led with a beep for the breathing monitor (beep can be adjusted or turned off)
This unit does kick out a few false alarms, depending on how you place the sensor mat, but there was a few instances when our daughter did stop breathing for a while (20 odd seconds) when she was unwell with a chest infection. Every now and again you could see her chest stop compressing and the unit not responding (correctly). Scary at the time but was nothing to serious and proved the unit was doing its job correctly.
There a few flaws which could make the unit a little better. The temperature of the room should be transmitted to the reviver, maybe along with an alarm if the room is to hot or cold. Another is that the reviver takes normal batteries and when the unit it de-attached from the receiving unit, the batteries kick in. Would be much better if the receiver took rechargeable batteries.
I have one of these baby monitors for my 9 month old son i think it is a brilliant product to use as they both plug into the wall which means the batterys are not going to go dead the one to put in the babys room has a night light which is just enough to see and check on baby which can be switched on or off and also it has a temperature which you can see by the night light to make sure your baby is not too hot or too cold, i love the idea of being able to clip the parent monitor on your belt or somewhere so you can walk around the house with it. There is no interferance on these monitors, they are very reasonably priced and they are very clear to hear your baby i also like the way when your baby moves or crys the parent monitor has green sensor lights on it which go up and down. a great purchase of mine puts me at ease when my baby is in his own room.
As a nervous first time mum, this was my monitor of choice. When a baby is newborn it is sometimes hard to see them breathing, but the sensor pad attached to this monitor picks up the tiniest movement and converts it into a reassuring flash on the receiver, you can even have a "tick" sound so that you can "hear" them breathing. The sound quality is also very good. Once baby is bigger and starts moving around the cot the movement pad can be disconnected to stop the alarm triggering.
I've been using this monitor every night for 4 years now as I've now got 3 children and used it with each subsequent child. I've never had a problem with it. It's been dropped (and thrown by toddlers) several times and as yet remained undamaged so it's a fairly robust piece of equipment. The parent unit also takes batteries and has a belt clip so you can carry it round with you. It has a good reception range as I've taken mine out into the garden and always got a good signal.
I have never had ny problems with the movemenbt sensor - I know it works as on the odd occassion I lift the baby out and forget to turn it off, the alarm goes off!
This is a must for any nervous parent, worth it's weight in gold just for the reassurance it provides
I bought this monitor when I was pregnant as I knew it would help me sleep when my baby arrived, the first few months were great, I had the tick sound on with the breathing monitor so I could hear it without having to watch the flashing light, when my son got to 6 months I braved turning the tick off to try and slowly gain confidence not to have it.
In the first 6 months we had 2 false alarms with the monitor, scared me but baby was fine and I would rather false alarms then anything happening. my baby has always been very fidgety in his sleep and I would always get him up somewhere other then the middle of the cot, yet the monitor still picked up his breathing just fine.
since about 6 months we have had several false alarms for no apparent reason. I changed the sensitivity as advised but it still kept going off and every time baby was sound asleep but visibly breathing.
He is moving more now and more often ending up at the top of the cot so I have tried moving the sensor up abit in the cot, we have hopefully cracked the problem. my only concern with so many false alarms is I will never know the true meaning behind the alarm going off, if it is breathing, and I will struggle to wean myself off of using the monitor.
The worst bit about the monitor is the signal when the parent unit is on the power stand, I have spent many nights trying to position it correctly so the fuzziness of it has cleared up, I think this is another one we finally cracked when the plugged it in on my husbands side of the bed and had the unit on my side of the bed, maybe it was because the unit was too close to the mains, was very annoying though.
Overall I think the problems we have had have been over come. I am glad we chose a monitor with a sensor pad.
I bought this when pregnant with my daughter as I was so worried about cot death and thought this would give me huge reassurance. It did! We used this with the sensor mat from when we brought our daughter home (even when she was in the Moses basket next to our bed!) until she was maybe a year or so old and then just used it as a monitor as she was moving around so much the alarm kept going off when she was around a year old.
I have read some of the other reviews and the comments about false alarms. We did get these I suppose once - three times a week but I didn't mind to be honest. It gave me great reassurance that the unit was working and I never minded checking on her and re-setting the machine.
We carried on using this as just a monitor (without the sensor mat) until my daughter was around 2 years old when it stopped working so reliability may be a cause for concern but overall I was very pleased with this product and the reassurance it gave me.
I bought this monitor when having my first child, it promised to give reassurance from the threat of cot death. It is supposed to be the best, so we paid £109 and ordered it from a baby catalogue company.
We liked the fact that it came with the sensor mat to monitor movement, night light to give a soft glow and has a room thermometer on the nursery unit. There are flashing lights on each unit to provide reassurance at a glance. It provided all the aspects that we wanted. The only complaint at that time was the multiple false alarms we experienced. The first time it happened my heart all but stopped.
We used the unit for approx 8 months before it experience complete unit failure, we were able to return it no problem as it was still under warranty. We then bought the same unit from Tesco which was a bit cheaper at £99 - the first one my husband brought home did not work at all. Tesco replaced it again and this unit did work. We used it for my child until she was about 12/13 months old by which time she was moving around the bed so much the false alarms were coming thick and fast. We then packed it away for a short period as I was already pregnant with number 2.
When my second child arrived we used the unit and at first it worked fine, but after a couple of months whilst away for a weekend the sensor mat began to fail. I spoke to Customer Service at Tommee Tippee who weren't very helpful but did agree to send a new mat, which seemed to solve the problem but not for long after a few days we experienced complete unit failure again.
This is a safety product which should be reliable and unfortunately this was not the case. I would not recommend this product anyone - buy the Angelcare system instead!
When I was pregnant we knew we'd have to get a baby monitor, this one peaked my interest with the sensor pad for added peace of mind, however, the price put me off. My husband then said 'if we don't get this and something does happen you'll wish you'd have spent the extra money' and, as it happened I got £70 from work as a leaving gift and I managed to get it on offer on boots.com at £85. I have to say this is the best £85 I have spent on my little boy to date (he's 18 months now and I still use it).
At first we had an issue, like a lot of others, of it going off constantly, however, we realised that you can adjust the sensitivity of the pad and ours wasn't set high enough thus it couldn't monitor his breathing unless he was deep breathing. After we changed the setting the only 'false' alarms we have now are if he's crawled to the top/bottom of his cot away from the pad.
The 'alarm' is a high pitched continuous beep which doesn't stop going off until it registers a 'breath' and then the light on the parent monitor will flash red just so you know that at some point it has gone off, it wont stop flashing until you go to the baby unit and turn it on and off again.
I do find the wires annoying but we just altered his bedroom round so that his cot is against a wall one side and at one end we have a unit to stand the baby unit on, the wires then tuck behind the cot so they don't dangle.
Our little boy had a febrile fit just before he turned one, quite common apparently, whilst he wasn't in his cot at the time, after we brought him home from hospital I found knowing the breathing pad was there laid my mind at ease no end thus no sleepless nights (apart from having to get up every 4 hours to check his temperature just in case!). It was also handy having the temperature gauge as it's an easy way to see if your baby perhaps needs an extra sheet or not. The unit also has a night light but we've never utilised this so can't comment on it.
You can turn the sound up so that every breath makes a pulsing noise on the monitor, but I chose not to do this, just being able to see the flashing green light is reassurance enough for me when I wake up in the middle of the night. We've never had an issue with interference and I'll continue to use the monitor and the sensor pad until such a time as either he moves in to a big boy bed or he disturbs us by setting the alarm off by moving off the pad.
All in all it works out that it's cost me £4.72 a month since he was born (£85 / 18months) which I think is a bargain.
I bought this for my second child as I wanted the reasurance for the whole cot death thing. They did save my sons life as I set them up in his moses basket and one night after a feed he stopped breathing.The alarm sounded and I grabbed him he started breathing. (Thankfully he never did it again but I am so glad i had these monitors!)
it works fab. You know its working as it flashes a red light and theres also a clicking sound you can have on at different volumes but you turn this to off as it is a bit annoying after a bit.
It hooks up to the monitors easily. The wires quite short so you have to have the monitor close.
Yo can use the monitiors seperatly without the mat which is fabulous as they then last longer. The parent unit is good as it is able to be carried around or plugged in.
The baby unit has a little light on -doesnt give off much but it can help. On there is the button for the sensor mat so you can turn on/off. REMEMBER to turn the mat off at the baby unit when moving your baby from it as it will bleep one thing we always forgot to do! But we knew it worked.
On the parent unit there is also a light that flashes for the sensor mat so you can see when your not in the same room that its working. It will turn a different colour if no movement.
The parent unit also has coloured dots when sound is detected so if the volme if turned low you can still see. If only small sound will be 1/2 lights will flash green. If loud will light up more lights and flash red.
Very good monitors defineltly recomend!
We had a conventional monitor whilst our son was in own room in his moses basket, but when he was due to move into his cot there was no room for it our room and given the advice about baby sleeping in the same room till they are 6 months old we didn't feel safe with the normal monitor. So a trip to mothercare later we brought this monitor home and the peace of mind this monitor and sensor has given us is priceless. We still use it to date, even though our son is probably past the cot death risk period it just gives that much more sense of security. There has been the odd false alarm in the early days when we got used to where to position the sensor and set the pressure setting a bit higher as we had a thick mattress. I would definitely recommended this product and have to say out of all the baby equipment we bought this was in our top ten.
This was the first monitor I brought when my son was born as I was so nervous about the cot death issues. So to hear the continuous 'beep beep' sounded like an excellent idea to keep me sane! Along side this the temperature was displayed, I could 'hear' sounds too and there was a night light. The idea was excellent but the alarm would sound almost EVERY night!!! I ended up nearly a nervous wreck! I rang the helpline who advised me to put a peice of wood above the base of the cot (as it is slatted) and to make sure it wasnt next to any mobile phones, well I did as she said and it still kept going off. I was starting to wonder if there was something wrong with my baby. I brought the Angel care monitor instead, which I have had nearly 6 months now and it has NEVER gone off.
Need I say more ... The Tommee Tippee one was £110 in Tesco, the Angel care was only £80. Maybe i had a faulty one, who knows, but my personal opinion is dont waste your money on this monitor.
When I was pregnant with my daughter I made a list of all the stuff we'd need & monitors were one of the "non-essential, but good to have" items. I looked through various catalogues & websites to see what was available & the Tommee Tippee SureSound Monitor caught my eye. They aren't just a listening monitor but also have a movement sensor pad.
A big worry for many new parents is the threat of cot death (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), and this product plays on those fears, as an extra safeguard you can take. That's why the movement sensor appealed to me and even though it was a fair bit more expensive than other more basic monitors, I parted with the cash and bought one.
It consists of two monitor units and one movement sensor pad.
~~ The monitor units ~~
There is one unit that picks up sound which should be placed in baby's room, and another unit which relays the sound picked up, and is for the parent, to be placed in another room or carried around.
The listening unit is a kind of oval shape with a bit that flips up when the unit is in use. When flipped up a mini control panel is revealed on the base. There is an LCD display showing the room temperature, a button to change the frequency channel, a switch to turn the sensor pad on and off, and a nightlight button. The flip up part features a nightlight that you can switch on and off.
The parent unit is extremely lightweight and easy to carry around, even having a belt clip on the back. If you don't want to carry it around you can place it in the compact base unit which has a plug attached (base unit must be plugged in). It has a small speaker on the front, a volume/off switch on the side, soft aerial, and lights which light up if any sound is detected from the listening unit. If the sensor pad alarm goes off the red light lights up. This is useful if you have the sound turned down.
The units can be mains or battery operated, and have power cut protection.
The Tommee Tippee monitors use an exclusive technology called ACS, which allows you to select the channel on the baby unit and the parent unit automatically changes to the same channel. They also have a digitally generated signal, ensuring increased privacy, and a much lesser chance to interference from other monitors.
~~ The sensor pad ~~
The pad is a thin hard plastic slab with a wire attached, that is placed underneath the cot mattress. If no movement is detected after 20 seconds an alarm will sound. The alarm is a high-pitched continuous beep.
The pad should never be used as a substitute for recommended advice for preventing cot death, and isn't a medical device.
~~ Verdict ~~
The movement sensor pad was good when my daughter was in her moses basket which had a relatively thin mattress. It gave us increased peace of mind to know she was still moving around. But when we moved her into the cot bed, with a much thicker mattress, as soon as she was in a deep sleep the alarm would be going off all the time. Despite it saying the sensor pad is suitable for all mattresses it was just useless with a thick mattress. After a couple of nights of keep getting up in a panic when the alarm went off, the movement sensor was switched off and never used again. It was also a pain when she was in the moses basket and up a few times in the night for feeds, in my sleepy haze I'd forget to switch the sensor off, and after 20 seconds the alarm would sound waking my husband up!
Looking back, we didn't use the listening monitors a great deal, especially after the first couple of months. Even though we live in a decent sized house we could still hear her if she cried, even downstairs with the TV on. And because babies tend to stir regularly and have a whinge now and again before falling back to sleep, we'd be up and down at the slightest noise heard through the monitor even though we needn't have been.
The temperature display on the listening unit is useful to ensure baby's room is at the correct temperature, although a simple room thermometer would suffice.
The nightlight was very dim, so never used.
The monitor retails for £109.99 and can be bought from Boots and other leading baby equipment suppliers.
I'm not sure I would have even bothered with buying a monitor, let alone one with a sensor pad.
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Crystal Clear SureSound technology ensures clarity of sound and minimal interference and features a movement sensor pad that sounds alarm if no movement is detected for 20 seconds, as well as, a movement alarm light that alerts even if the sound turned down.