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We bought this monitor due to two of its fantastic features: the baby unit being a large dome shaped night light and that you can monitor the temperature in the babys room on the parent unit.
The main thing for us when looking for a baby monitor was getting a monitor which allowed us to hear even the smallest of noises, our son was born with gastroesophageal reflux which meant that as a tiny newborn he didnt understand why his milk was coming back up and often choked and struggled to breathe. We spent many nights laying awake listening to him breathing in fear of him choking whilst we slept and when we decided to move him into his own room at 6 months we needed a monitor that would allow us to hear if he began to struggle.
This monitor is by far the best monitor we've ever had. You can hear even the tiniest of sounds.
and if thats not your main priority the Tomy Digital td300 has a range of fantastic other features!
You can adjust the level at which you want to hear your baby so if unlike us you only went to be alerted when your baby has begun crying you can adjust the monitor to only make a sound when it detects noise of a certain volume.
It has a fantastic large night light feature which gives your babys room a soft green glow, it also lights up when it detects noise in relation to how loud the noise is so if you cant hear it you can see it!
I would definately recommend this monitor!
One important element of baby kit for us was a baby monitor, however when I started to look around at the monitors on the market, I couldn't quite believe all of the terrible reviews on many from well respected brands. It was my sister that recommended the Tomy monitors as she had an older version for her own children and thought they were the best that she had found, having gone through a few duff monitors beforehand.
I did a bit of research in Tomy monitors and decided upon this Tomy Digital TD300 monitor which costs around the £50 and upwards mark, although I got them on offer at TEsco direct at the time I was looking.
Tomy claims this product offers a 100% crystal clear digital monitor that can pick up sounds within a 350 metre range. It has DECT technology which is what gives you the clear sound without interference. The other main features of this product are the nightlight on the base unit giving a soft green glow in the baby's room, a temperature checker on the monitor to ensure baby's room not too hot or cold and a talk back button which allows you to talk to your baby when not in the room if you need to offer comfort. In our case this was used for mummy and daddy to communicate when one of us is trying to settle the baby!! Useful nonetheless.
The monitor also comes with a belt clip so you can be wearing it hands free which my husband likes to do, and clip it onto his trousers when he is in charge! I like to have it beside me so I can see any movement via the lights, which brings me onto the sound/light feature which I particularly like. You can decide how much sound you want to hear in terms of your baby. You can turn the setting up to maximum to mute, where you will only hear louder noises. I have to say that I have never had it on this setting, in fact I have it always at full reception so much so, that I can even hear the clock ticking in my baby's room.
There are a few downsides however such as the battery life. The monitor is able to be charged using the mains but I find that the battery onto lasts about a week before needing to be charged again, a full 6 hour charging. There is a warning that the battery is about to go, so you can charge it before it goes completely dead.
The other downside is that sometimes if you have the monitor in your hand or hooked onto you and you go too close to the base unit, there can be a lot of feedback which unfortunately has woke my daughter when I have went to check on her and forgot to turn off the monitor.
Despite these couple of negative points, this is a very good monitor allowing a parent to listen very closely to a baby's every movement. It also allows you to check the temperature and decide just how much noise you want to hear. All in all, I ma very pleased with these monitors and think they are worth the money.
I bought the Tomy Digital TD300 as it was mid-priced and would do all that i required it to do.
The sound quality is excellent and picks up every snuffle from my baby. It even picks up the sound of cars going past on the road outside!! At first i found that i was really conscious of every noise coming from the handset, but now it just blends into the background and i am tuned in enough to only notice the loud noises such as crying.
The nightlight function was brilliant for night feeds, it provided just enough light to see by without being too bright and overly stimulating. However, now my baby is in his own room we don't have it on as we didn't want him to get dependent upon it. The thermometer is also really useful, it allows you to check what the temperature is in the baby's room from the handset and you can therefore add or remove blankets/open windows/turn on heating as necessary.
The lights around the edge of the handset are also a good feature. They light up with intensity as the noise gets louder, if it lights up blue the baby made a slight noise whereas if the lights make it into the red, it indicates that the baby is having a tantrum and probably needs attention!! It is good as it means that there are two ways that the handset can attract you attention, by sound and sight.
Battery life of the handset is good, however, it is mains charged so just requires plugging in every now and again. The range of the handset is also really good, I can go to the bottom of my garden and still be in range. When you do happen to go out of range, the handset lets you know by beeping loudly. The handset also has an intercom function, allowing you to talk to your baby without entering the room. This is aimed at soothing your baby without disturbing them. I have never used this function.
The handset is small and lightweight and is easy to carry around. The base unit is small and looks good in the child's room, a little bit like a space ship!
All in all, I would recommend this baby monitor. It is excellent value for money and has lots of features as well as good sound quality.
I had spent a long time browsing monitors and did not need one straight away due to my Daughter staying in the same room as us. However, once she had moved into her own room I wanted a monitor for peace of mind.
I liked the look of the Tomy Digital Monitor as the baby unit is shaped a little breast like or spaceship like and the parent unit is almost like a pager that you can clip onto your clothes.
One of the features I was most interested in when choosing this monitor was that it is interference free as some monitors in the past have had bad reviews due to interference.
This monitor has 120 channels and a range of up to 350m outdoors. I prefer to have the sound on the parent unit so that I can hear my Daughter. I can then tell if she is going to wake up before she does.
I really like the way that the lights show up when she moves but if she starts to make a sound, they light up even more. If she got distressed then all the dots would light up.
You have the option of the following displays:
*No sound at all but lights only to indicate movement and sound of your baby
*All of the above but vibration in addition to the lights to indicate movement
*All of the above with sound.
This monitor also warns you if you are out of range by sounding an alarm. You can then move back into range and you would not fear that you will miss your baby waking. However, if you were entertaining, you could turn the volume off by a switch of a button and have the unit on vibrate and visual lights display only.
Another great feature is the two way talkback which enables me to speak to my Daughter to try to pacify her verbally rather than having to physically go to her. I can also speak to her to reassure her that I am on my way to see her or that I am nearby and this is all done by the pressing of a button at the side of the parent unit.
The parent unit also has the temperature of the baby's room on it's display so that you can work out if it is too hot or cold. The units also have nightlights on them which you can use instead of having to switch the main lights on and waking your baby. You can control this function via the parent unit.
What more can you ask for in a baby monitor. It really does do what it says. There has been no inteference and it is so clear that I could even hear the rain falling outside.