“ Brand: Tomy / Safety Type: Baby Monitors „
I bought these when I was pregnant with my twins, really I didn't need them as my mum and dads house is so small you can hear a pin drop upstairs if you're downstairs anyway. But these were my first and I wanted baby monitors as I 'thought' I would need them.
I didn't want fancy monitors, you know the ones you can get with screens on etc all I wanted were basic monitors which allowed me to hear my babies when I was elsewhere in the house and they were in bed. So I found these in Mothercare £17.99 I paid for them. Cheapest ones I could find some were £40 plus but they all do the same thing don't they? How wrong was I to think that!
I took them home and plugged them in to try them out, Bonus they didn't need batteries, they just plugged in to the mains, so I would plug one in in my bedroom where my boys would sleep and one downstairs. I had to test them, so I sent my brother upstairs to make some noise to see if I could hear him or not. On one there is a volume switch where you can just slide it across if you want to hear any noise loud and obviously the opposite way if you want it to be a little quieter. Shame it didn't stop the buzzing noise though when turning the volume down low! Once plugged in a little red light would show so you know they are on.
This noise though? It was just a continuous buzzing noise, a hum I suppose. Surely they are not supposed to do that. I only wanted to hear noise if it was my babies not a constant annoying buzz and whoosh just because it was plugged in. I thought maybe they were faulty so took them to Mothercare and complained. They opened their show box of Monitors and tried them in front of me to convince me they don't all do it as I said I wanted a refund rather than exchange. In fact this 'new' show box of Tomy Baby Link Monitors made exactly the same annoying buzzing noise. I know I bought the cheapest monitors in the store, but still for nearly £20 I still expected Monitors which only gave me the noise of my children I didn't ask or expect any added extras with them unless it stated on the box which it didn't.
I came to my senses anyway and decided I didn't actually need any baby monitors and had a full refund, but if I were to buy more I would of spent a bit more money to get decent monitors which done what they are meant to do. I don't reccomend these to anybody who is expecting a baby and looking for a monitor to hear their little ones, I would suggest spending extra to get better quality and something that works properly.
My son is nearly two and the main reason we still have a baby monitor is because you really cant hear him in his bedroom if your downstairs, he can be screaming his head off and and I would be blissfully unaware. Tempting, but I know without one I'd end up sat on the stairs all night in case he needed me.
So that's the back story, so off I trotted to Boots with the sole aim of buying the cheapest baby monitor I could get my hands on. I didn't want anything fancy, its only function needed to be to let me hear the thud as he fell out of bed. So I spot this Tomy Baby Link, it looks basic, no fancy 'see your baby, talk to your baby, monitor your baby's breathing' nonsense. And it's $(pounds)14.99 (I will eventually get a keyboard with a pound sign, until then please bare with me). Bonus!
So I get it home and out of the box. It consists of a baby unit which transmits the sound and a parental unit which recieves it. As the name suggests theyare designed to simply plug into plug sockets. The box tells me to expect these basic features:
#Power 'on' indication
#Easy to use
Now when I try it out I find I have no problem with some of these (they are fairly basic). It plugs in easily to the mains, the power 'on' indicator lights up. But, unfortunately, with it comes a high pitch noise (I was gonna say squeal but really it's more like a continuous tone or hum). So I go to the problem solving section of the manual which tells me in the event of 'unusual' or 'howling'(although I'm not quite sure that describes it) noises that the first thing is to make sure the baby unit is located far enough away from the parental unit. Well the baby unit is upstairs in the boys room which is where I need to listen to, and the parental unit is downstairs with me which is where I need to listen from, so I can't do too much about the positioning. Besides my house is quite small but I would think that the distance between an upstairs bedroom and a downstairs (not directly below) living room should be sufficient.
So I look through the manual again, apparently it doesn't like being plugged in near other electrical equipment. That's fine, I had it plugged in near the telly, that must be it. So if I plug it in over here, the other side of the room from any other electrics then, oh, no it's still making that hideous noise.
Ok back to the manual, okay it doesn't like sharing a double plug socket, well I have got a Stereo system plugged in next to it but the plug switch isn't on so I doubt that is affecting it, anyway out it comes just to see. Nope. Hows about the kitchen? Nope. Hows about the kitchen if I unplug everything else in the kitchen? Nope.
In addition the more you turn the monitor up the louder the hum gets but at the lower levels it is nearly impossible to hear any actual sounds through it. This is despite the box claiming that 'a pre-set minimum volume means you never turn it down too low'
Eventually we settled on a tolerable medium where we could hear the boy well enough, and our ears didn't bleed from the still persisting high pitch hum.
I would like to say this had a happy ending, with me returning the product the following day for a refund to invest in a less headache inducing monitor. Unfortunately I was away that day and didn't get back til the evening. So we endured another evening, and by the next day we decided that we were starting to get used to it, besides we didn't really want to spend anymore, and I didn't really like complaining anyway, and had either of us seen the manual because you can't return something without a manual. Okay so I chickened, but you really don't notice it so much after a while, and the headaches are getting less frequent now.
Anyway I cant recommend this, it's an awful baby monitor. Cheap, yes, but I would advise you spend a little more simply for decent sound quality
Trust Tomy to make sure you and your baby are never out of touch. Day and night, youll be the first to know if your baby makes a sound. Leave your little one to sleep soundly with the Baby Unit nearby. Then monitor even the quietest of sounds on your Parent Unit.