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      22.10.2002 23:41
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      The trick with baby monitor is not to be obsessed about it. I mean it is very useful but can easily make your mind play tricks. Have you ever watched a classic sketch from Billy Connolly about baby monitors? No, well what a shame. Go and get it now and you will see what I mean when I say it is hilarious and make you think twice about those smart sound boxes. The first time I heard about it is when I met my partner who loves Billy Connolly and he introduced me to his jokes. Back then my English wasn't great at all (I am not saying it is brilliant today but it is sufficient enough) and I couldn't understand a word of what he was saying. I was too ashamed of telling the truth to my partner so I faked laughing whenever he was. Isn't that terrible, isn't it? I felt pretty bad that I borrowed his video and watched it many times until I picked up every single word and finally got the joke. I realised afterwards why my partner has laughing fit when he listens to Mr Connolly. You can get rapidly dependant on monitors. You see those monitors allow you to hear anything from the room you put the unit in. you can even detect your baby's breathing (I have because my wee girl had a blocked nose). If suddenly no sound comes out of that magic box, you tend to be paranoid. I did. I used to rush into the room and check on my baby. When I was reassured enough I returned to my daily chores and routine and then again no more sound. So here we go running up the stairs and once I the bedroom relieved of seeing my baby so content. And I did it another few good times until I learned how to rely but not depend on them. As any other products, this monitor has different features. There is first the portable parents' unit: * very compact, easy to carry and to store (white colour) * it can be Mains or battery operated * it has an adjustable volume control (impressive sound) * two channel setting to avoid potential interferences
      * belt clip and sta nd. You can put it on your clothes and walk about freely. I never used the belt clip as whenever I go in the house I still have a perfect and clear reception. * looped antenna * mains adaptor included The baby's unit is basically the same but with few extras: * still stylish, compact baby unit (also white) * comforting night-light. I haven't put it on yet but may well be useful if Leah gets restless or afraid of the dark. * on/off switch night-light * looped antenna * mains adaptor included * 100 meter range Overall it is very handy and gives me piece of mind when my baby is out of reach. Even when I am in the kitchen and rumble about trying to prepare a dish I still can hear every single sound from my daughter. It is very affordable considering it costs about £25. Most of baby shops or even department stores have them on display. I got mine second hand through the newspaper. The previous owner had it for over 5 years and I own it for now a year. It hasn't had any deficiency yet and is in perfect working order. I even think of re-selling it providing it is still in a good condition. One tip though: don' t forget to unplug it or switch it off when not in use as it can be very embarrassing especially if you are up to naughty things with your hubby. The only bad point I see is that you can pick up other sounds than your baby's ones when someone uses the same channel than you in the area. Once I picked up somebody hovering.

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        07.07.2002 22:07
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        Hiya I am a bit out of practise at this as not been on for a while so here goes. I have just purchased this product 3 wks ago and think that it is great. My son is now 4wks old and I use the Tomy Walkabout at least once a day as I can rest if I leave him upstairs when I am down. It has crystal clear sound with no interference. There are 2 units, a parental unit which has the following features and the childs unit. The Parental Unit There are 2 channel buttons ensuring that you get the best sound and reception while your little one sleeps upstairs so you will always hear them. It has a switch at the side that has the on and off switch but also has a mute button which is great for when you need to turn the moniter off. The moniter has lights so that when the moniter is on mute you can still see if the baby is making any sound, the lights start of as green for a low noise and then show as red for when its a high noise ie the baby crys. There is a volume control so that you can alter the volume ie for when watching television or when you are on the phone. It even has a handy belt clip for attaching to you so when on the move you can still keep check on baby. The next unit is the childs unit, this is on the same lines as the parental unit but without all the features, it just has the channel controls. I think this product is really good value for money and gives you peace of mind when baby sleeps. Thanks

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          01.04.2002 05:52
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          New parents do you want freedom and security? Is this not having your cake and eating it too? As I sit here writing this opinion, little Archie lies asleep above me, I can hear his breathing, listen to his snorts and grunts and be happy. We are your usual paranoid parents and we need the reassurance that all is well with him. For seven months we have relied on the Tomy Walkabout 2001 as our peace of mind. The Tomy Walkabout is a radio transmitter-receiver that allows us to have time away from our sleeping child yet if he awakes and get distressed we can hear him. He gets reassured as we come to comfort him and we are reassured that we can hear him. Why do parents need this? Well we need to know he is all right when we are not with him. We therefore need to hear his breathing and hear when he becomes distressed, but we also need time to ourselves. This piece of kit allows us to do both; in seven months we have come to trust the Walkabout 2001 completely. It has been reliable, it is portable, and it is hardy enough to survive being dropped, crashed and even chewed by the dog a little. Tomy have made baby monitors for many years. Their model range expands yearly and the Walkabout range has been in existence for about five. Made from durable white plastic each monitor comes with a carrying handle and belt strap. Each monitor has mains power and battery options and the receiver has both audio and visual modes so you can see a flashing light show as well as hear noises. This is useful in situations where your ambient noise levels are high or when you want to turn off the sound. It has a range of about 50 yards in our house so we can access all areas of the house and the garden and still hear those reassuring little noises. It operates on two channels so that any interference from other radio transmitters can be minimised. Battery life is a reasonable 7 days when being used away from the mains. A word of warning, if you leave th
          e monitor switched on all the time you must remember where the transmitter is as it will pick up any noise, even your voice. So if you have guests in your living room and you are in the nursery, don't say anything you may regret, they will hear all if the monitor is switched on. Remember the advertising campaign for MacDonald's of a few years ago ? it happens. Walkabout is an interesting choice of a name for a baby monitor. It conjures up images of escaping responsibility, a calm serenity that one sees in aboriginal culture, and freedom. The name was probably chosen very carefully to carry these messages. It, therefore, is a real advertising executives' coup to have come up with this name. Does it live up to these standards? As you can see, we have discovered a sense of freedom. We have achieved a life outside of our baby's nursery and we have calmed down in our fears of cot death. So yes the walkabout has lived up to some of it's image for us. What about the ability to shelve responsibility? I believe that the Walkabout is an aid to better parenting so we have done the responsible thing and given our baby and ourselves security. Happier parents make a happier baby. This was not the first monitor we bought. That honour goes to the Tomy digital model. This was not a great monitor as it only comes to life when your child squeals. Tomy missed out on the most important reason that we as parents bought it, we like to know he is all right and we like to hear his gentle breathing. We were not happy so we exchanged it for the Walkabout model. This is analogue and it transmits all sounds continuously. Every parent has a fear of cot death as well as the need to hear your child's distress and the Walkabout 2001 addresses both these fears, the digital monitors don't. More information can be found at Tomy's web site http://www.tomy.co.uk/default.htm The cheapest on line sites that I have found where you
          can purchase The Tomy monitors are: http://www.viponline.co.uk/tomy_security.htm http://www.mailorderexpress.com/TomyShop/TomyShop.html About £35 will get you the monitor, expect to pay about £40 on the high street. In summary; The Walkabout 2001 is a great monitor. It gives you a little more freedom for your sanity yet gives you the reassurance of the security that listening to your child can give you.

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            21.06.2001 03:17
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            Having purchased the Walkabout 2001 from Argos for around £40 we were well happy with it. It had 2 settings on the side for different channels just in case someone close by had the same monitor! Well that was just fine, UNTIL, everryone in our street had babys. Just the other evening while watching Eastenders I heard someone whistling behind me! Thinking I was hearing things I ignored it until I heard them fart and start to use the toilet, well this was interesting, so I looked behind the sofa and low and behold it was just the baby monitor. After running upstairs to check who was using our toilet and finding nothing ,I came to the conclusion it must have been the neighbours. So we used that handy little switch and changed the channel, only to start listening to twinkle twinkle little star. How frustrating. But anyway, The walkabout 2001 is a very sensetive little thing, I can usually hear the kids breathing and every sound upstairs is also quite audible. There is a handy set of LED's (lights) on the front that illuminate in respect to the amount of noise that is being picked up, very handy if you have company and dont want to have your guests listen to other people on the toilet. The parent unit is fully mobile and with the use of a battery can be carried about or clipped to your clothing (but that looks daft!) It can also be plugged into the mains. Another downside to it is that it will pick up when your mobile phone is about to ring and makes really loud clicking noises. Apart from that we couldnt live without it. A very useful bit of kit!

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              04.02.2001 04:53
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              I bought the TOMY WALKABOUT 2001 when our child was born. It's perfect for us , if out tot is asleep in her cot we can her if she is awake, coughing, or in distress. The set has two units, one which you put on the side of the baby's cot which picks up any sounds your baby makes. The parent's unit has the speaker which has LCD's on it, 5 green ones the detect smaller noises, 3 red LCD's detect larger noises so you can tell, whether your baby is sighing or crying if you have the mute setting off. It has 9 volume settings, which is good as we can have it on maximum and hear our tot turning over, snuffling and sighing in her sleep. The sounds are really clear and the monitor is really senstive. The parents unit has a mute or sound settings. The monitor works on public radio waves and has two settings A and B. If someone in the vicinity has their monitor set on your channels you can get interference and hear what your neighbours are up to. This problem can be overcome by switching channels. The monitors have a good range and can be plugged into the mains or battery operated. It's worth using rechargable batteries if you plan on doing the gardening while your baby is sleeping as the monitors do drain the batteries quite fast. The parents unit has a clip so you can attach it to your jeans and wander about the house or the garden. They cost about 24.99, I bought ours in Toys'r'us but I've seen them in mothercare and other baby stores. Kiddicare.com always have special offers on baby monitors so it's well worth a look! The monitors come with a guarantee of about 4 years I think. The instructions are are clear. The booklet also includes a section on the problems you might have with your moniotrs eg concerning interference ,and has a section on how to overcome the problems. I think there is also a helpline you can call if you are experiencing real difficulties. All in all these monitors are ideal, we always chec
              k on our tot every 20 mins or so. The monitors just tell us if our tot is asleep , awake or crying . It justs lets us get on with the gardening and the tidying up but we know we can still hear out tot. .... Right on cue, a little wimper on the monitor our tot has woken up .....

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                03.08.2000 22:46
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                I had the earlier version of this monitor for my first son, which I bought second hand. It was as good as new and I remember thinking how could you buy one and not use it. Well we used it for our first constantly for a good year, unfortunately the rabbit chewed through the wire and we did try and repair it but gave in. So when our next son was born we thought better get one but dont seem to rely on it as much this time. It is however a fantastic monitor and with the two I have had they have been brilliant. They have never picked up inteference, they are clear and easy to use. My only advice would be if you are having a second child reconsider buying one, you are much more relaxed second time round and it may not be the necessity you thought it would be.

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                30.07.2000 05:17
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                We bought the Tomy Walkabout 2000 baby monitor set when our daughter was first born and we have used it every night (and daytimes) ever since. The parent device has a useful set of lights which range from green to red LED's, so you don't always have to have the sound on if baby is sleeping soundly. There is a variable sound dial on the side of the unit, so you can turn up the volume if required, and even a mute button if you just want to rely on the lights. The units do have quite a range - in the daytime, we sometimes take the monitor out in the garden whilst our daughter has a daytime nap, and she can still be heard very clearly. The monitors work on radio waves and two selectors can be used if required. This can be very useful if there are two monitors being used on the same street as you can actually hear conversations in other people's houses! This can be un-nerving and was actually quite spooky at first, and unless you want your privacy to be invaded I would advise changing the switch positions pretty swiftly. We plug our monitors permanantly into the wall socket, as the batteries are soon zapped. This is actually really convenient, as if either of us wants something from downstairs, we just have to speak into the monitor rather than shout downstairs!

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                25.07.2000 17:56
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                I bought this monitor which was about £25.00. I only bought this because of family said i would need this too keep an eye on your baby while they are asleep. It was good because the baby unit sat next to the cot, and the parents unit was with me downstairs,or if you are walking around it had a clip on the back, so you could clip it to your trousers, which comes in handy if you are in the garden. But i did not use it long as i still worried about him and still kept checking on him, because it was always quiet, too quiet at times. And he was always asleep but i needed to reassure myself, so if you are like me you might find you still keep checking on them, but they do work but you are only a caring mum after all. If you can find a cheaper one that is ok i would buy it, because i would of done. It also good because they either run on batteries on plug into the wall plug with an adaptor so take your pick, but be warned batteries run down very quick being on all night, and i got a clearer reception on the adaptor in the wall.

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                  07.07.2000 02:29
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                  I've had this monitor for two and a half years now and it has proved to be reliable and invaluable for both of my two children. The child's unit simply plugs into a wall socket in their nursery and the Parents' unit can be plugged in anywhere in your home. If you want to sit out, for example at the bottom of your garden, during the summer months.. the Parents' unit also works using 3 x AA size batteries. In line with this, the unit has a clip, on the back to fit onto your belt/trousers, so if you're wandering around downstairs, you can have the monitor with you at all times. There is a light on the Parents' unit to indicate the strength of the range and the system alerts you to baby's noise by a half circle of lights at the top of the monitor. These lights react to noise and go from 6 green lights(which can simply show that baby is snoring) to 3 red, where the noise level is high and baby will usually be crying. You can either switch the monitor to "on" and hear baby, complete with a volume control or switch to "mute" and see only the lights (not sounds). One word of warning though.. like many of these monitors on the market.. If you switch off the Parents' monitor and leave the baby monitor on in the nursery, there is a high chance that other people in your road/neighbourhood, with a monitor (any monitor), will be able to hear everything going on in your house. I found this out by accident... ie, we picked up our neighbours conversations and some time later, the problem was reported on Watchdog. It's simply down to the fact that the monitors only have two radio channels for the transmitter and receiver.

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                This baby monitor enables you to choose either auto sound, which is activated only by loud cries, continuous sound which allows you to hear everything. Includes a belt clip for portability.