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With my first child we were given a set of baby monitors. Given that at the time we were living in an tiny ex-council maisonette with paper walls we looked at them and laughed. We only used them once or twice when visiting relatives but by then she was sleeping through reliably and it was rare that we heard even a peep out of her. Once she was walking and we thought she would be an only child we happily passed them on in almost pristine condition. Roll on baby number two and it became clear that a three bedroom house was a different kettle of fish to a tiny maisonette, and four weeks in my husband was dispatched to buy this monitor.
***So what do you get?***
You get two units, a Parent Unit and a Baby unit as pictured above. Both can be plugged in to the mains or you can choose to unscrew the back and insert AA batteries instead. The units are tuned in via the channel select button on the back and then you can choose the volume level required. At the back of both units is a small plastic rest that pulls out so the unit will stand by itself, as well as a small hole which would allow you to fix it to the wall if you so wish. Both units have a power button and a small green light shows you whether the unit is working; you can also press the power button again and this activates a soft blue light around the black disk in the centre of the unit. This allows you to see your child and locate a dummy etc without having a harsher light on and disturbing them further. Also on the black disk are a sequence of lights that react according to the level of noise put out by your small person, green for light noise and red for when they really get going with the noise. Useful for when you don't want to have the noise of your child turning over or gently chuntering themselves to sleep disturbing you; instead you can use the lights as a guide to your child's needs....as long as you have your eyes open of course!
The Parent Unit has one additional button on the top- a Talk button. When pressed the unit no longer receives sound from your child's room, instead you can use it to talk to your child and calm them down (or tell them sharply to get into bed!).
We have been using this monitor system for over a year now and whilst it does the job it is supposed to do, it is certainly not perfect by any means. For a start you get a lot of static noise coming from the unit which can be immensely annoying. Thankfully this only comes through the Parent Unit but it worsens when the light on the Baby Unit is turned on; it becomes much harsher and more insistent and if you have inquisitive children (or a forgetful husband) its easy to make at least one trip a night to go and turn the light off again. According to the instructions you can turn the light off (and on) from the Parent Unit, but this function on ours has never worked which is a little disappointing. I suppose I am at least getting some exercise and improving my spy skills by sneaking into a lightly sleeping baby's room every night.
Another small problem we have had with this monitor is that you have to turn the monitors on within a minute of each other, which means a dash up and down a flight of stairs to accomplish. Annoyingly if you don't achieve this then you have to do it all over again. Also if one unit is turned on and the other isn't then it beeps....loudly and insistently until you turn it off, on again and then the other one on. Not brilliant if you have unplugged the Parent Unit to plug something else in without unplugging the Baby Unit. The units also don't automatically come on again after a powercut, something that didn't occur to us until our youngest had worked himself up into a suitably indignant fit, complete with hysterical sobbing.
Lastly the units don't tell you what volume setting they have been set at, so it is somewhat pot luck about whether you are going to be deafened or even hear the baby. Ours randomly reset themselves too which is loads of fun when you are doing the washing up in another room. I have also heard that they run through batteries very quickly and have an annoying beep to tell you when they are running out of power; however I cannot be sure of this as we have them plugged in the same position all the time!
So, lots of problems, any positives? Well, apart from the niggles above they have worked well all year, despite being constantly on. We have no problems with the range, despite the baby's bedroom being through a wall, staircase and several doors. The monitors are sensitive enough to pick up the baby's breathing and snoring, plus all the other little movements he makes as he sleeps, which would be helpful for a more concerned parent. My daughter and her friends love to use them as walkie-talkies between floors and I can hear anything untoward going on upstairs. I can hear if my eldest gets out of bed and can monitor her behaviour towards her brother if she gets to him after a nap before I do. In fact the monitors have captured just how sweet she can be towards him, which is lovely to hear as they spend a lot of their time pummelling and pushing each other. An unexpected bonus is that I can chivvy my eldest into getting dressed for school a bit faster without having to shout up the stairs.
These monitors retail at around £39.99 which puts them towards the lower price range of monitors. You can buy cheaper ones with the same features and also spend a fortune on whizz-bang exciting ones with all the extra features, such as video and breathing monitors. I know there are better basic monitors on the market and in retrospect would have preferred to pay less for something that has a short shelf life, but this works, it does the job and after a while you learn to live with the little niggles. It certainly is not a five star product, but it does the job it is supposed to do and has been very reliable for us so it loses one star for the annoyances! I don't know if I would recommend it though, I'd feel very bad if someone else was driven mad by the static and other little issues which we have learned to live with. Its also quite expensive compared with other basic models which can start at around £25.
Whilst I was pregnant I wanted to make sure I have everything I would possibly need and more for when my daughter was born. One of the most important things in my mind was a baby monitor. I'm not one to worry a lot so I didn't think that it would be really necessary for me to have video and heart rate checker and all of the other gadgets they have now days. I am more of a traditional person, and all of that technology would scare me even more, thinking that something was likely to happen. Neither the less I did feel like I would benefit from a baby monitor so I would be able to hear when she wakes up and if she has a cough or cold.
I liked the look of the tomy walkabout baby monitors as soon as I saw it. Tomy is a well know make so it gave me piece of mind knowing that they would be reliable. They were presented well, with a clear description of the monitors on the box. The front panel opened by Velcro so you could have a clear view of the monitors before you bought them. My first impression is that they were small and attractive looking, (well not something that would look out of place in my daughters pretty nursery anyway.)
The monitors are of 2 different designs, one to go in the baby's room and one to stay with you. The one for the baby's room has a night light that can be turned on and off from either monitors. I didn't find this too hand because I would always go upstairs anyway just to check it had been turned off. The monitor that you keep has coloured dots going round in a circle going from green to red. This shows how loud the noise produced from the upstairs monitor was. The lights are also really bright so they capture your attention if you don't manage to hear the sounds. On this monitor there is also a volume control button, which if turned loud enough, is defiantly loud enough to wake you up. There is also a control which allows you to talk through to the other monitor. I found this very handy as I was able to sooth her until I got to her room.
These monitors can either be plugged in at the sockets or powered by batteries. When I first used them I put batteries in them but they ran out rather quickly. I didn't use them after that as I didn't really need to; I just kept them plugged in the sockets. I didn't need to go out of range far enough that I would be able to hear or see it. I still think it is very handy to have though, for people who do need to move around a lot.
These baby monitors are very durable, they have been dropped and played with and they do not have a scratch on them and still work perfectly fine. They have been very very useful to me and I would highly recommend them.
These can be bought for around £ 30 at Amazon.
When our first son was born we searched around for a while for a baby monitor as in our house it's hard to hear when the baby is crying upstairs so wanted a bit of peace of mind when he's gone up to bed. However, there is a lot of choices on offer and it can be quite daunting knowing which one to select. In the end we settled on the Tomy walkabout classic advance monitor and got the pair for about £20. They are not the highest priced in the range but are from a manufacturer I'd head of and felt I could trust.
The best thing about this monitor is that it's simple with no great flashy gimmicks but it does what it says on the tin so to speak. When you buy a monitor you want it easy to use and to just do the job it's designed to to and that's to enable you to hear your child in the night.
We have used this now for a number of years and found it to be great at hearing our babies and also doesn't seem to pick up any interference from other monitors around the area. On the monitor that you listen through there is a guage on the front where it lights up and if it is green lights then there is little or no noise from the room and if it's red then there is alot more noise. This is extremely useful if you have the TV up to loud or hosting a party for example and can't hear it as you can see from the lights what's happening. The one upstairs has a blue light that glows and then goes off on the front. You can also speak through one and communicate downstairs for example.
It is also quite sturdy and made with thick white plastic. You can plug this into the mains and have it beside you. Overall, I have had no problems with this monitor and would recommend it as a simple, mid range product which works.
I do not yet have any children of my own, but when my sister fell pregnant I decided to help her get everything she needed before the baby came, and I went on the hunt for certain items, one of which was a baby monitor.
The first and only place I actually looked for a monitor was on www.amazon.co.uk as not only did I have a gift voucher for the site, but they were having a 40% off baby stuff sale, sounded perfect to me, and off I went to Amazon to have a looksie.
I looked through what Amazon had to offer and found the Tomy Walkabout Classic Advance Baby Monitor. Tomy is a brand I new of before and also the Monitor was under £30, which was my budget for the monitor. After reading up on it, I decided to buy this monitor for my sister and hoped that it was good enough.
The monitors turned up in a yellow box with the main points of interest about the item written on the box and a picture of a baby on it too. The monitors themselves are quite a nice size, just perfect to fit in my hand without feeling too bulky, but not so small you won't know where you have put them. They are both white with blue aerials and the baby unit has a nightlight on it, and the parent unit has a light screen with red and green LED's to let you know when to panic lol.
Both units can be run by mains power or batteries, and they turn on and off really easy. There is a push button on the top of each unit, you just hold this down for a second to turn the unit on, or to turn the unit off. If the baby unit is turned off, the parent unit will sound an alarm to alert you to this fact, and also there will be a warning alarm if the batteries in the unit start to run low. This usually warns you about 6 hours before total battery death, but the noise is quite annoying as it goes off every 20 seconds or so until you change the batteries or plug the unit in.
The sound quality on these units is crystal clear, and there is a button which enables you to talk to your baby through the monitor should you need to, which I thought was a great idea. They have really good range on them too, my sister can run out to the car with the parent unit and still hear the baby in the flat upstairs, so if you need to quickly pop out of the house or into the garden, you can be rest assured you can still easily hear your baby.
When I baby sit for my niece, I always make sure these are on and working, as I am quite paranoid when it comes to looking after her. My sister is much more relaxed, but being a parent you understand a lot more what you are doing when it comes to children. I have found these to be invaluable when I look after my niece, as you really can hear every little noise she makes and it puts my mind at rest. They are also quite fun to sneak into my mothers room and make her think she is hearing voices ( Me and my Sister found this fun to do when we both still lived with my mother! )
I found these monitors to be perfect, and my sister loves them too, she has had no problem with them what so ever and she says they are very simple to use. She is easily confused by technology, so for her to say these are easy to use, they must actually be easy to use. The box comes with a manual of instructions and help should you need it, and you can set these monitors on many different frequencies, so if anyone else near you has these, you won't have worry about intereference or listening to someone elses baby!
My niece is now 15 months old, but my sister still uses this monitor every night, especially now as my little niece has an adult bed ( She literally refuses to sleep in anything else! ) There has been no drop in the quality of these monitors at all, they still work the same as they did the day of first use. This to me shows a total sign of great quality, and makes them amazing value for money.
I bought these for £29.99 and got free shipping on them too with Amazons super saver delivery. They arrived quickly and they really are the perfect item, I could not recommend them enough. If you are expecting a child, or if you already have one, I recommend you buy this monitor as it really is the perfect one, and it won't brea the bank too. If it does break, it comes with a years guarentee, so you can rest assured that you will have another one or it fixed very quickly, should any problems arise.
I give these monitors a 5 out of 5 and I totally recommend them for anyone with children.
*This review is also posted on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
I was bought the Tomy walkabout Classic advance from my friend when I was pregernant with first baby. It was recommended to my by my sister.
The monitors were very easy to set up, the baby unit in babies room and parent unit stays with parent. The units can run on batteries or mains, one disadvantage is that the batteries run down really fast, so I often have to plug in at the mains.
The parent unit has a talk feature that enables you to speak to baby, I suppose to try and calm them, although I have found it upsets my little boy more, also has a power / light button which can be pressed once to make the light go on in babies room or held down to switch unit off. The parent unit also has the Channel select button to scan for the correct channel, and the volume button at the back. It also has a gauge on the front which shows a row of 5 green lights followed by 3 red, if all 5 and any red are flashing up you know baby is pretty upset!
Sound is very clear and I have yet to pick up any other noise!
The units are small enough to pack away for holidays ect. and easy to set up in new place.
I wish I had looked into what was available a little more as I think in the early days when you worry a lot the ones with the Temp. gauge and the video monitors may have been helpful. However that said this unit has done its job and is serving us well.
Also wanted to add quite often and randomly the unit screaches really loudly a little annoying?!
At first we hadn't considered buying a baby monitor as we were in a flat and thought if we couldnt hear her crying in another room then we should be getting our hearing tested. However, soon after our daughter was born we decided that a baby monitor may not be the worst buy we make. She spent most of her time in the same room as us so we didn't worry to begin with but as time went on we wanted us time and not to have to worry about being sat in silence for fear we wouldn't hear our little girl. My husband also thought it was a good idea as he is a smoker and he has been told he must smoke outside from now on, having the baby monitor with him could help him not worry whilst he was at the front door.
We had a look online and was shocked at the range of baby monitors you could get! Ones with cameras and a video display, others with sensor pads. We didn't feel we fall into the market of the first two, and prices getting into the hundreds it wasn't ideal. We wanted a baby monitor where we could hear out daughter, adjust the volume, have the lights to indicate sound if we were watching a film or on the phone etc and one where we were able to make shhhhh noises to her when she stirred, as notoriously she would stir to make sure she wasn't on her own.
We chose the Tomy walkabout advance as the price was right at around £30.00 and it fitted our needs well. The display clearly shows the lights and picks up high quality sound. It has a belt clip on the parent unit which can shut off the other unit if need be without disturbing baby. What I really liked was that you can't switch the baby's unit off without the parent units alarm going off, this eliminated any worries of the monitor not working or failing for whatever reason. The baby's unit also has a night light function on it to help soothe babies that don't like the dark, although for our daughter it just bemuses her.
I feel this baby monitor is value for money, we have had it almost 4 months now and we strongly beleive it was one of our best buys as it takes alot of worry off us at night time and leaves us time to relax in the evenings when shes having a nap.
If you don't need one of the baby monitors with the sensor pads or camera function, and that is completely personal choice, then I highly recommend these monitors. Anything that makes your life slightly easier or less stressful as a parent is definately worth looking into.
Recently the video baby monitors that I had been given (second hand) gave up the ghost so I had to purchase a new set. I decided that I didn't need a video one again or one with any other fancy gimmick on it (one that plays a melody etc), I wanted a nice basic and reasonable cheap monitor just so I could hear when she wakes up in a morning etc.
After looking online at the hundreds of monitors available (most of which are very expensive) I found the Tomy Walkabout Classic Advance and after reading a couple of reviews I decided that this one should do the job just fine.
Whats in the Box?
In the box you get a set of instructions whish tell you how to get started and how to use all of the various features these monitors have, you also get two baby monitor unit, one is the baby unit and one is the Parent Unit and you get two mains adaptors (one for each unit)
The units are quite a nice size (about 8cm wide and 20cm tall inc aerial) and are made from a very sturdy plastic, the main body is white and the aerial (a rubber material) and various buttons are a light blue colour.
On the parent unit you have the power button on the top and next to it you have a talk button this allows you to talk to you child if necessary, it works like a walkie talkie, you just press and hold the button and talk into the unit (the talk back function also has adjustable volume).
On the front of the unit you have eight lights (five green and three red) these will light up when your child starts to make a noise, the first couple of lights if the baby is just chatting and they go up into the red if the baby starts to cry or scream.
On the back of the unit you have a belt clip which allows you to walk around with it attached to you, there are also the volume buttons which has nine settings, I find the second setting is more than loud enough to hear the little one.
The baby unit is the same size as the parent unit but has different features, you have the same power button on the top but on the front you have a blue coloured circle which has four blue lights set into it, when both units are turned on you can activate the lights by pressing the power button on the parent unit, this acts as a night light, you can turn it on before you enter the room and it allows you to check on the little one without having to turn the main light on and disturb them. The light also fades out after five mins so if you forget to turn it off the unit will do it.
You don't have any volume buttons etc on this unit as it is all operated by the parent unit, although inside the battery compartment of the baby unit is a switch that activates the Sound Activated Transmission feature, if this is turned on the parent unit will remain silent until you baby makes a noise, it will then turn itself on so you can hear your child. This feature means that you are saving power which is handy if you are running it of batteries all of the time.
Both units take AA batteries, the parent unit needs three and the baby unit needs three AA batteries.
What do I think?
Overall I am very pleased with these baby monitors, they are a nice compact size so don't take up to much shelf room, both units can run off batteries so if you don't have a socket nearby it's not a problem and both seem to be very sturdy so if you are clumsy like me and drop them they tend to bounce rather than break.
Some of the reviews I read said the units had a constant interference and the range of them was terrible, I have had neither of these problems, you do get a low white noise type of sound coming from the parent unit but if you have the volume set low then you can hardly hear it & you get used to it, or do as I have and set it to the sound activation feature, the units are then silent until your child makes a noise.
As for the range of these monitors I have also had no problems, I live in a three bedroom house and in a evening my little girl is in bed upstairs and I have the unit on downstairs whilst I watch TV and as yet I have had no problems with loosing connection.
Only downside to these is they tend to go through batteries very quickly even if the power save mode is used, as yet I have not managed to get these to work from rechargeable batteries. I tend to leave the baby unit and parent unit plugged into the mains and the parent unit is put on batteries when I go to bed.
These units cost £35 from Amazon so they are one of the cheaper units around and I think for that price they are well worth buying.
I purchased this monitor just over one year ago shortly before my daughter was born. We wanted a good value monitor without all the gimmicks of many other monitors.
We have had no problems with the monitor and have used if several times when we have stayed with friends and family. We often use if when we are in the garden and still no problems.
The only negatives with this product are:
* the leads are not very long and it can be difficult to find somewhere to plug the monitor in occasionally. However you can get round this if you put batteries in the monitors. I would not recommend using battery power all the time as they dont last that long.
* when moving the monitor it often falls onto the floor as it is so light. However this does not affect the overall quality of the product and goes to show that with lots of knocks this product still works effectively.
Overall this monitor is great value for money and does exactly what we wanted from a monitor.
We bought this baby monitor when my son was born 2 and a half years ago. It seemed like a middle-of-the range monitor which would do the job it is supposed to do, without gimicks.
I liked the monitor for the following reasons:
1) Other monitors I have used have had lullabies etc. on them, which have been more of a hindrance than a help to me as I would often end up pressing the 'lullaby' button by mistake on the parent unit, if trying to press another button, which would start the music up in the baby's room without me intending to. For this reason, for me, the fewer gimicks the better when it comes to baby monitors.
2) It didn't get interference like so many other monitors. Some other monitors crackle with interference or pick up other sounds from other monitors in other people's houses (I am told).
3) It did the basic job it was designed to do - i.e. let you hear your baby when you weren't in the same room.
I found the following problems with the monitor:
1) It broke after about 18 months and we had to replace it. This seemed like a pretty short shelf-life for a monitor, as I felt that a monitor should have been able to see us through until we no longer needed it for our son.
2) It picked up every single sound in the baby's room, which could be annoying. For example, we played music to help our baby go to sleep. When we went downstairs, we could hear this music via the monitor until it stopped. Also, we often rushed in when hearing a sound on the monitor, before we really need to. With the monitor I have now, you only hear the sounds above a certain volume (basically once your baby is crying). Below this volume, it just displays the sound with lights. This means you are not hearing every snore, grunt, etc. that your baby makes, but do hear the sounds you need to hear. Personally, I prefer this.
Yet another 'necessity' for your new baby.....baby monitors. We actually didn't buy a monitor prior to the birth of our baby daughter. We knew that to start with she'd be sleeping in the same room as us, and during the day we'd probably never take our eyes off her, so there was no need!
However, a few weeks down the line, I realised there were times I wanted to be in a different room to my daughter, but still able to hear her. There are a vast selection of monitors available, from the very basic to all-singing-all-dancing models.
We decided we had no need for the breathing sensors, temperature monitors and other posh features. We just wanted a way of hearing if our daughter was making any noise. And so we chose the Tomy Walkabout Classic Advance.
It cost us around £40 from Kiddicare, but is available from high street shops such as Argos, Mothercare and Boots for a similar price. It consists of 2 units- the parent unit and the baby unit. Each unit comes with a mains adaptor, but can also be powered by batteries (4 x AA for the parent unit and 3 x AA for the baby unit).
The parent unit transmits sound from the baby unit, and also has a light display consisting of a number of dots which light up depending on the noise level (going from green to red). There is a volume control, so you can have only lights rather than sound if you prefer, which is something we find very useful when trying to eat our dinner in peace! There is also a talkback button allowing you to use the monitor like a walkie talkie and speak to your baby (or other half if they happen to be in the room!).
The baby unit picks up any sound your baby makes. It also has a nightlight function (a soothing blue light) which can be remotely operated from the parent unit.
We really like these monitors. They are analogue, and there is occasionally a small amount of interference, but this can be rectified by moving the unit slightly. The battery life seems good, we don't use it that often but haven't needed to replace them yet after 3 months. Having the option of portability is great though. They may not have a massive number of features, but do the job we need.
The advance range of Tomy monitors feature Tomy's exclusive new advanced system technology, with the following features: 4 channels, 300m range, two-way communication & privacy guaranteed. It comes with a sound sensitive light display & nightlight on baby unit which can be remotely operated by the parent unit.