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      10.11.2011 11:07
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      Good value for money

      When my daughter was born I was still living at home with my dad and my partner was with his parents too. We wanted to save as much money as possible so living at home was the best options until we'd had our daughter Hollie. About a month later, we moved into our home and had to go on a big shop to get everything we needed and baby monitors were top of the list. We decided to go with something mid range, not too cheap and not too expensive. These walkabout advance monitors are brilliant! I can go in the garden when I've popped her down for a nap and keep my ear out for any mischief. She is 2 and a half and we still have to keep the monitors on as at one point she was taking her nappy off when in bed and we can hear her doing it over the monitor.
      In the box, you get 2 monitors, one for which ever room you use when they are sleeping (ours is in the living room) and one for their room. The one for their room only has a on and off button but the one for us to use has a button for turning the volume up and down and a Talk button so we can talk to her usually saying "go to sleep!". She doesn't like it when we talk into it because she then starts yelling "Mummy I'm scared! monsters!" or you will hear a lot of scrambling and covers being put back on and not another peep will come from her. If you have forgotten to turn the one on in the child's room, the main one will beep after around 1 minute of turning it on and will continue to do until you do so or turn the main one back off again.

      I think that's the only problem i have with them. I think they needed to be able to turn them both on and off with the master monitor so you're not running up and down the stairs and then waking them up or disturbing them trying to get to sleep if you've had a rough time trying to get them to lay down.
      We have taught Hollie to turn them on now so she will turn the one on downstairs then when we get into her room she will turn hers on.

      If you turn the one off downstairs for example, if it is night time and you are going to bed, you can turn the master off and it will turn the one in their bedroom off in around 5 minutes.
      They are a very handy thing to have when you have children. Our house has the stairs in the living room and Hollie's room is only at the top of those stairs, but the monitors make sure we can hear everything she is doing. You'll be glad you bought them when you do!.

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      10.02.2011 16:49

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      worked for what we needed - got our moneys worth

      We got these for our first daughter as a gift costing around £40 3 years ago. They are very simple to use and have the option to use the mains or battery on the parent end. There is more than one available channel so you can pick the clearest although we put one on and never had to change it again.

      If the monitors lose connection for any reason then the parent unit beeps to let you know giving you added reassurance that even if your not say right on top of the monitors they are working witholut any issues.

      There is a volume control on the side so can be turned up over tv etc and then turned down for when theres no surrounding noise.

      We used these monitors for 3 years after which they began to get very crackly so we had to change them for our second daughter. The only issue with these was that the sun discoloured the parent unit and the range wasn't the best - fine around the house but couldn't nip to the neighbours.

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      14.01.2011 11:42

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      Great value baby monitors!

      The Tomy Walkabout Baby monitors are very user friendly as they are so easy to use. You get a parent and a baby unit - one for the baby's room and one for you to carry round to listen out for your little one. I have found that they both have a very clear reception with no crackling noises and they allow you to move freely about your home and garden with your monitor, they are very lightweight so they're easy to carry.

      The parent unit also allows you to talk back to your baby which is handy. I've found that these monitors seems to be very secure and they don't pick up the sound of any other monitors in the area. You can choose to either plug the monitors in at the wall or they also take 3 x AA batteries if you don't want them plugged in. I believe the range on them is about 300 metres outdoors and 50 metres indoors which i think is more than enough.

      These monitors are great value for money and cost around £30, they are just what you need in a baby monitor and you won't get confused with loads of different functions and technicalities!

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      17.05.2010 14:55
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      quality reflected in the price

      -Introduction-

      The Tomy walkabout baby advance consists of a parent and baby unit. Each unit can be plugged in the wall with its own socket. The parent unit has a 'talk' button so that the parent can talk to the child. They also have a clip on the back for attaching to trousers etc. and a volume (up and down) button.

      -Positives-

      I think this is a really great design, nice simple buttons and not too snazzy and high-tech. Te simple blue and white colours are great.

      We bought these from new from mother-care for about thirty pounds, i think. Great value for money compared to the other brands and it had a 2 year guarantee as well.

      The power button is great, as you can easily switch the parent monitor on/off.

      It has a little green light on the front to tell you when the monitor is on, it means when I go to bed, Im sure the monitor is on, as I only need a peak to see the light.

      Being able to take the monitor in the garden is great, it has quite a long range and clips easily onto clothes.

      -Negatives-

      Once you turn the baby monitor on, you have to turn the parent monitor on pretty quickly (under 5 minutes) or otherwise the baby monitor turns itself back off again. THis is really frustrating as it means going back into the room, disturbing child, to turn it back on!

      I have this monitor on at night, to hear for my little boy when he wakes up in the morning. I have to have the volume on quite loud to hear him, but there is quite a lot of background noise at higher volume, which is very irritating. I have tried different channels but this doesn't seem to make any difference!

      The parent monitor if left on and the baby monitor is switched off, gives an ear-piercing beeping noise, I understand this is helpful, but a bit quieter would be nice!

      I think the talk facility is a bit rubbish, the signal is not really good enough to be coherent over it and it tends to scare children, not sooth them, in my experience.

      -Conclusion-

      I think its good value for money, I'm not sure I would pay some of the massive prices for the other brands, but I have found these monitors rather frustrating.

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      23.04.2010 19:49
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      dont buy this

      Very mixed feelings about this monitor. Its hardly the most expensive on the market and i got it for £30 from tesco which is really good i think. It has a handy clip on the back so you can take it around the house without having to carry it. It also had a volume adjustment button so if you were doing something like cooking you could turn it up loud. One plugs into the wall and the one you carry takes 3aa batteries.
      Annoying parts were you would have to find a place for you baby's bed that was near a plug socket to save having extension leads trailing across the bedroom. I also found that if i went down the garden it starting making a fuzzing sound.
      After about 3months it starting picking up wierd signals and a few days later packed up completely. I tried everything to get it working but just gave up in the end. If your going to buy a baby monitor spend a bit more.

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      25.06.2009 12:09
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      good value simple monitior to ensure your child is safe

      I never had monitors with my first child because we shared the same bedroom for the first year and he was alway with me I usually went to bed when he did.

      When I had my daughter I had so much stuff that I had to do when the kids went to bed that I invested in these monitors so that I could hear her. I wasnt bothered about the move sensor or heat sensor ones and thought that the tv ones were a wase of money that could be better spent on your child.

      These cost me £25 from boots and I have been using them for almost 2 years now due to the children now sharing a room I can hear if they are keeping each other awake.

      You have 2 monitors one stays in the childs room and one stays with you. The one for the parent can either have batteries in it so that it can be carried around with you or plug it in. Mine is always plugged in so I am not sure how the other feature would work. There is a blue button on the top of both that when you press them a green lights should come on to let you know they are working. There is also a talk feature on the parents monintor that mine unfortunatly has never worked. Also there are 4 reception setting that I seem to pick up other peoples flats noise there is only one clear channel from the bedroom to the livingroom.

      Mine are quite old now so they are starting to make a crackling noise and have a habit of switching themselves off from time to time so I am in need of new ones for my new baby.

      They have done the job they were required to do just is a shame they havent lasted a little bit longer.

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      06.04.2009 21:17
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      Highly recommended!

      This is a great baby monitor. As usual there are two handsets. One stays with the baby, one comes with you.

      The parent monitor is both mains and battery powered which means you can take it around with you if you need to. The baby half has a temperature sensor. The temperature shows on a digital screen on their monitor and also shows on the digital screen on the parent monitor. This is really useful. At first I thought it was a gimic but soon found it handy to check the temperature in the room - especially during the winter when central heating means it can change from cold to hot quite quickly.

      The other really useful trick is that you can press a button on the parent monitor to talk to your baby and a tiny speaker relays what you are saying to your baby. We do not tend to use this much but it is nice if they are screaming and you can't get to them quickly, just to reassure them with a few words before you get to them.

      There is a volume control to change how loudly you want to hear your baby cry and lights flash when there is noise coming from the baby monitor - again this is useful if you are in a noisy room yourself.

      I love this monitor and would recommend it to anyone

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        12.01.2009 10:54
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        A brilliant little monitor that is inexpensive aswell.

        I bought these monitors as I live in a small house and felt they would suit our needs best. We have the version of this monitor which doesn't have the nightlight and they cost £25 from Mothercare.

        There are two units, one for beside the cot and the other for the parent to use wherever you are in the house. The parent unit has four different channel functions so you can find the best reception and frequency. We have never had a problem with static noise with these monitors but that would probably depend on your house and the area which you live in. It also has a talk back function which is really handy to soothe your baby without going into the room and completely disturbing your child.

        The parent unit not only plugs in using an ac adaptor, it also takes batteries and has a belt clip, thus making it completely portable to use in places such as the garden. Although we have never used this function.

        Both units are mainly white with a blue aerial and are quite modern looking. They are compact in size and blend into the room nicely without looking out of place or sticking out like a sore thumb.

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        14.10.2008 15:52
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        Fantastic monitor that will last for a long time due to the additional features

        We were bought this monitor by my parents following the birth of our baby and we are now just starting to get the use out of it.

        There are two units, one for baby's room and a parent unit and cradle.

        On the baby unit there is a night light which is blue in colour and has a very soft light so doesn't disturb baby and you can see without having to turn on the main light. The night light can also be switched on and off via the push of a button on the parent unit.

        There is an option that you can set up so that the monitor will only transmit when baby makes a noise in order to save power.

        The baby monitor can be plugged into the mains or can be used with 4 x AA batteries which makes it fully portable (although we leave ours plugged in as it is always in the same place). If you do decide to use batteries there is an alarm that will sound to warn you when the batteries are running low.

        Another good feature on the monitors is that it displays the baby's room temperature at all times.

        There is a button on the parent unit that you can press which allows you to talk to your baby to provide reassurance if they start to stir.

        If you have the volume turned down on your parent unit you will still know if your baby makes a noise as there is a sound sensitive light display on the unit.

        The parent unit is rechargeable - when it is placed in the cradle which is plugged into the mains, the rechargeable battery charges. This means you can carry the monitor about with you say for instance if you popped outside. There is a 300m range on the monitors. As with the baby monitor, should the battery run low on the parent unit an alarm will sound.

        We have found the monitor useful and as it has the talk back and night light features on it I am sure we will find it useful for many years to come.

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        03.09.2008 15:36
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        A nice basic uncomplicated monitor

        We bought these monitors just after our baby was born from Mothercare for around £25.

        I didnt want one of these all singing all dancing monitors. I just wanted to hear when my baby made noise and thats it.

        These monitors are perfect for us, we dont have a big house but still require these monitors when our daughter is in bed and we are downstairs and we dont carry them around with us.

        They can be plugged in with an AC adaptder or you can use batteries. I have never used batteries so have no idea how long they last. The parent unit has a talkback button so you can speak to your child (or your partner if you are lazy like us and cant be bothered going downstairs!) We keep the baby unit under my daughters cot and even on the quietest setting on the parent unit the noise level is fine.

        They are quite noisy though, you can get some static from them and can only really get rid of it by having the monitor on the lowest setting.

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        02.08.2008 21:59
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        All the features you will use, none of the ones you won't!

        Our Tomy Walkabout Classic Advance monitors were bought for us by hubby's parents and are in use as I type.

        Ours vary slightly from the picture in that the baby unit also has a blue LED night light on it, but they are otherwise the same.

        They have approximately a 300m range, which is more than enough for the average household.

        The parent unit can be plugged in or battery operated. We plug it in mainly but have the batteries incase we quickly want to nip to another room, or incase of a power cut. The on/ogff switch is on top of the unit, you pres it once to turn it one, again to switch on the night light on the baby unit and press and hold it for a few seconds to turn it off. There is a blue button on the side of the unit to activate the parent talk back feature so you can either talk to your baby without going into them or discuss specific needs with your partner. The only thing we have found with this is that you need to press it and wait a few seconds before speaking as it takes a while to cut in and otherwise you miss the foirst part of what is said and then spend 5 mins trying to get them to repeat what was said so you can understand without missing the first bit! The unit also has flashing lights on the front which light up when baby makes a noise, depending on how loud they are depends on how many lights light up and a proper shout/cry will give you red lights. This means that you can also turn the volume down if you wish and just watch the lights to see if baby is crying. There is also a frequency selector on the unit, you can change the frequency to make sure you are listening to your baby and not next doors!

        The baby unit also can be either plugged in or battery operated. Again we have batteries in as a back up but plug it in most of the time. The on/off switch works in the same way as the parent unit.

        We find the clarity is great, we can hear whenever our daughter murmers. Sometimes it can make us jump though as it occasionally cuts in with loud static.

        I think these cost about £40.

        These are a great basic monitor and all you really need in a monitor.

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        21.07.2008 22:49
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        A great, value for money monitor.

        Rather than buying new monitors, my friend lent me these to use for our baby. We put our baby in his own room from 4 weeks so it was important to us that we had good monitors so that we could hear him throughout the night.

        The first thing that impressed me with these monitors is that they are so sensitive you can hear your child breathing, this really set my mind at ease when I woke through the night and also saved my legs as I didn't have to keep getting up to go in his nursery, which no doubt I would have if I couldn't hear him breathing on the monitor!!

        There are two monitors, a baby unit and the parent unit, you can have batteries in them so they are completely portable or you can plug them both into the mains if you don't really need to take them anywhere.

        They both have a blue button on the top that you press when you want to use them. The parent unit also has a volume control on the back so you can have it as loud or as quiet as you like.

        There is also a button on the back for tuning in the frequency, sometimes you may find that there is slight static interference, but when you press this button it tunes into the best frequency.

        The parent unit also has a button you can press so that you can speak into the monitor so that the baby can hear your voice, which is sometimes enough to soothe your baby without having to go into the nursery.

        Key features:
        *4 channels
        *300m range
        *Analogue
        *Two way talk back
        *Crystal clear sound.
        *4 channel selection and privacy feature.
        *2 way talk back to baby.
        *Portable parent unit with belt clip.
        *300m range.
        *Mains operation via 2 adaptors.
        *Requires 3 x AA batteries for portable use (not included).
        *Manufacturer's 2 year guarantee.

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          02.08.2007 14:52
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          a great monitor at a great price

          Baby Walkabout Advance from Tomy




          Living in a flat I felt I did not really need the most high tech and expensive of monitors and just needed one that really did the job. I was looking at all the ones available to buy on Amazon and this one sprang out at me.


          It was not the cheapest monitor going but it certainly was not the most expensive either. Monitors range from about £15 up to an astonishing £100 plus. The latest ones out on the market offer a television screen where you are actually able to see your baby as well as hear their sounds and monitor room temperature. I feel however the television screen is a little bit much and think I would find myself glued to the screen while all the time away from the baby.


          This particular baby monitor set me back only £29. I think this is a fair price for what you are getting and this included the postage and packing. The monitor arrived within two days and was so simple to set up and start to use.


          The Walkabout Advance Monitor comprises of two separate units, one for the parents and one for the baby. The parent monitor takes two AA batteries and can be moved throughout the home. The baby unit can take either two AA batteries or can be plugged in with the adaptor provided. I use the plug to operate this unit as it invariably stays in the same place and this ensures that the batteries will not run out. Both units look the same and are large chunky and white in colour with a blue aerial.


          The monitors have the option to choose from four different channels so that you are able to get the clearest sound possible. On the parent unit there is a volume button that I always have turned right up and as Jack is a bit of a snorey baby I can even hear him sleep! The sound is very clear and I only occasionally get interference when buses pass by our flat.


          There is also the option on the parent monitor to speak to your baby or indeed anyone in the baby’s room. This is ideal when my partner is seeing to jacks nappy and he is due for a feed, I can press the talk button and let my partner know that a bottle is on and will be ready when needed. There is not a talk button on the baby unit but I don’t feel there needs to be as you can hear anything that is said and reply to it with the talk button on the parent unit.


          The monitors have a 300 meter range and this is more than enough for us as the monitor works so well positioned anywhere at all in the flat. The Walkabout Advance monitor is suitable from birth and I would say it is a real bargain and well worth the money paid.


          The monitor gives peace of mind as well as being a great way to monitor if your child wakes in the night or after a nap. It really enables you to get on with the other things that need doing in the house and not be tied to sitting with the baby. Of course checking in on the baby is still a must every now and again as there really is no substitute for human contact. This monitor however does everything you would really need from a monitor. The sound is clear and the volume loud enough to hear them snore. The price is very reasonable and I am very pleased I did not pay out as whole lot more money for a more hi-tech one as I feel this does the job perfectly.

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          This Baby monitor is a fully portable parent unit monitor, featuring all the benefits of Tomy's Advanced System technology, with the following features: 2 way communication: handy for when baby needs a word of reassurance from afar and to extend the usefu