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My dad bought me this unit when I had my first son. It cost him close to £100 but I was so grateful and it was definately worth it.
It comes in a rather large box that flips open at the front revealing the two monitors in the box.
In the box you get 2 units, one flat unit, that has lights in an arc across the front, and a camera unit, which has an adjustable camera with six infra red LEDs dotted around it.
This is the part that goes in the babies room allowing you to watch the baby, and the other unit stays downstairs. The two units have to connected together and wired up to the T.V.
You can then watch the baby via the camera, a bit like a baby Big Brother!!
The sound it crystal clear as it the image displayed, the image is in black and white but it doesn't make a difference it's still really clear.
When the baby is older and you find yourself not needing to use them for monitoring the baby, you can use them as a security camera!!
Any noise is detected and shown to you via the lights on the parent unit, you can also programme it, so that the T.V flips channels, allowing you to immediately see the baby on screen.... A little annoying when your watching something really gripping and then baby has only kicked his leg or something, but they are very reasurering.
I also used these monitors for my second child but unfortunatly didn't have them when I had my third.
These type monitors have come along since I first had this 9 years ago, you can now get them in colour etc... but if you came across this on ebay or a bootsale I would recommend it as like I mentioned. It is reasuring.
I have a Tomy baby monitor, but no baby! Don't panic, this is not a biological clock meltdown, I didn't buy it 'just in case'. The reason I bought a monitor was that there had been a series of garage break ins in the area and I was concerned about my cycles, bike and car (OK, they're my babies!). Not being handyman of the year I was reluctant to fit an alarm, and too cheap to get a professionally fitted system. I also worried that if I bought a great alarm system just for the garage then the scum sucking crooks would feel it was worth breaking into. This unit from Tomy works great. I put it in the garage rather than a nursery and so I can hear everything that goes on, so far that has been nothing, but it does give me peace of mind. When I'm not lying awake worrying about crime I can take full advantage of the cordless nature of the unit. I leave the transmitter in the house whilst I'm pottering about in the garage or garden, and carry the receiver with me. That way I know if the phone is ringing, or if there is someone at the door. I have never had a problem with interference from other units, although as my neighbourhood is blessedly baby free I cannot vouch for this if you live in an area with lots of young families. The sound quality is excellent, and has a great range. The unit lasts throughout the day without recharging, and the base unit acts as a battery charger, so you don't need to worry about the batteries giving up and you not being able to hear what is going on. Although I have not used my unit for a human baby, it works really well as a listening device all over the house. When your child is older don't throw the unit away. The unit is also excellent for people living with elderly or sick relatives. Other people have used it to listen out for the 'ping' of a kitchen timer, or the end of a washing cycle in laundry emergencies. I dislo
cated my knee last year and was able to plead for food, drinks and company without yelling or beating my shoe on the bedroom floor!
The Tomy Baby Watch Monitor's features include six infra-red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for clear pictures day or night, adjustable camera lens direction and sound-sensitive moving light display on the parent's unit. The units are mains powered and link