“ Brand: Tomy / Safety Type: Baby Monitors „
We originally bought the Walkabout Platinum because it was half price, and have found the unit to be very good, but like everything, nothing perfect and it does suffer from a minor flaw.
First of all the good. The units come in a pair of two, with the Baby Unit having a very sensitive microphone to pick up the slighest movement of your child, and it is possible to hear them breathing if you listen closely enough. It also has a powerful night light on it for when the child gets a little afraid of the dark, and relays the room temperature back to the parent unit, allowing you to decide on wether to open windows in the summer or turn on the heating in the winter. Very useful stuff.
The Parent unit is very portable, and charges itself when put back on its stand, just like a portable household telephone. It has a digital volume control and also the option to switch the unit onto vibrate mode, which is useful for when your watching television or listening to music, but probably not the best thing to use when your in bed trying to go to sleep, because chances are it wont wake you up when it goes off.
The battery life is satisfactory but should always be put back on charge when not in use!
One thing i have found to be a little pointless is the ability to talk back to your child by pressing the talk button and speaking into the parent unit. I have found that this is just a good way to inadvertantly confuse the poor child, but it does have its uses e.g. if your partners looking for something in the nursery and cant find it, you can use the parent monitor to tell them where it is from your living room.
Now for an annoyance that this product gives me.
The Parent unit has Eight led lights to indicate the volume of noise that is being picked up by the microphone on the baby unit. Occasionally one of these lights will flicker for no reason, and it is highly unlikely to be just my unit which does it because in another review i noticed that they had the same problem too. I cant seem to figure it out, it cant be interference because it only happens on occasions. This can be a real pain when you are trying to get some well deserved shut-eye.
Overall this product was a pretty good buy, but i may have considers an alternative if i was paying full price, it deoes seem a little expensive.
We bought this monitor last year when our 2nd daughter was born. The units are very easy to use and I get a briliant reception on the parent unit. One of the reasons that I picked this model is that it has the temperature guage on the from of both the parent & child units, this is handy for making sure you have enough covers or your baby. The parent unit can be taken off the base and carried about with you - I have never had a poor reception yet and picks up every noise in my babies room. There is 9 channels that you can select from, so that you pick the best reception. The parent unit has a button that will activate a light on the baby's unit - the light is quite subtle and when activated I have never disturbed my baby. There is also a talk button, once you press this you can talk into the monitor to settle your baby, I have listened to my husband speaking through the parent unit to the baby unit and its very clear. Both units are plugged into the mains, the parent unit is charged up when on the base and then uses battery if you are carrying it about with you - the battery last for a good few hours and then makes a beeping sound to alert you that it needs charged. There is also a volume on th eparent unit, which is handy if you have the unit in another room and watching TV etc, you can turn the vloume up so that you can hear it, and then when you go to bed you can turn the volume down a bit. Hope you find this useful.
This baby monitor by Tomy is called the 'Walkabout Platinum Digital'. It has the main features of digital telecommunications between the units, a night light and a few other things. Out of the box you will get two units, two power cables and a charging cradle for the parent unit. Essentially one unit is placed near the baby with a microphone and one for the parent with the speaker. Both had the option of plugging into the mains or running on batteries, which meant they could in theory be taken with you if you left home.
The baby unit is mainly white, it's about the size of a large orange with a flat base so it can stand up, or it has a hanging slot on the back so it can be fixed to the wall. The power button on top doubles up as the night light button and when depressed turns on the unit, a blue button to the side resets the min/max temperature monitor. The unit has a blue screen with an LCD display that displays everything in black numbers and symbols. Here you can view the current temperature, the min/max temperature range and battery status. Hidden around the screen are 4 LEDs that provide the blue lights for the night light function, which only light up when in use. Finally there is a small microphone antenna that pokes put of the top to record every sound near the unit.
The parent unit is also white, however it has a belt clip and won't stand up on its own. For this it needs the charging unit, which is a docking station to enable the unit to recharge. This unit is really meant to be portable and can be moved around the house or even outside. The parent unit has a similar face and design to the baby unit, but is different as the display has more information, more buttons on it and more coloured LEDs. Firstly the top button has the same power/night light function, then there is a blue button to the side, which allows the parent unit to transmit sound to the baby unit, such as a reassuring 'go to sleep' Next there is a volume control on the back, which can also be cancelled by the 'vibrate' alert button if you're in a noisy environment. Finally one last feature button is the 'last feed timer', which brings up a handy timer in hours and minutes to let you know when you last fed baby.
The parent unit display will give you a battery icon, temperature reading, a last feed timer (if its on) and a signal display. The one thing that is different about the display on the parent unit is that there is a visual display that relates to the audible sound transmitting. The 5 green LED's and 3 red ones show the noise level that the baby unit is picking up, this is mainly for when the vibrate mode is engaged, but it is a constant feature. The LED's will light up in order from the lowest green LED on the left side clockwise to the lowest red LED on the right. Baby doesn't have to scream to hit the top red LED, but you should be able to hear them crying a few rooms away.
Initially when we set up the units we had the baby unit on the floor near the cot and the parent unit in our bedroom with the volume at 9 the highest setting. Naturally we didn't sleep well that night as either we couldn't hear breathing which brings in the new parent panic attack or baby was crying and the sound was massively amplified through the speaker. Gradually the volume got turn down until it was on silent 'vibrate' mode. This one buzzes when the sound is in the red LED zone, but eventually we found even this was an annoyance as we could hear baby crying before she was loud enough to make the unit buzz.
By the time baby was three months old the parent unit had been moved into the lounge as our sleep was being interrupted by the LED lights on the unit flickering intermittently in the night and waking us up even when baby was sleeping perfectly and making no sound. We later discovered that with the baby unit on the floor, it was possibly picking up the creaking of the floorboards in the night so I moved it up onto the wall, however the problem still remains today.
The parent unit isn't problem free and issues included the portability of this particular unit. Firstly the rechargeable battery supplied never reached the 10 hours use time that the manual supplied stated. To start with it was about 6 hours, but a year later and the unit will only work for 30 minutes when it is removed from the charging cradle. Also the cradle will always need a power supply for it to charge up the rechargeable battery in the parent unit so the product cannot be used for say a camping trip. Then the belt clip supplied with the parent unit is next to useless as it is weak and will not stay in position. A little bit of upward pressure and the unit will lift up and fall off. Also Murphy's law means that it will always hit one of the two large buttons on the outside and activate either the night light or the talk button.
Despite the problems with the parent unit we did use a lot of the functions that came as part of this monitor. The night light was particularly useful in the early months for changing babies nappy as the blue LED's are bright to light the room in a blue glow. The temperature function is still used today to check and regulate the temperature of the room. The last feed timer is very useful in the early months as time between feeds is short and it helps you work out whether baby is crying because of hunger or something else.
In summary then this baby monitor was good for a while, but it does have a lot of drawbacks mainly due to the manufacturers statements in the manual and on the box. They say on the box that it is '100% portable', it is not as power will always be needed to recharge the parent unit. The parent unit itself has many faults, like picking up sounds that are not there, the battery time is very short and the belt clip is rubbish. The digital communication between the units is very good, but the communication distance between them is not the 300m stated in the manual, it's nearer 30m, which is when the annoying bleeps kick in as the parent unit loses the baby unit's signal. The temperature function, night light and last feed timer are excellent additions, but I can help thinking that the basic package could be better. This product set us back about £70, but I feel cheated out of my money. A year later and the parent unit needs replacing and that is not good for that amount of money. In short I cannot recommend this product to anyone as I believe that this type of baby monitor is pandering to the new parent neurosis that we all experience in the first few months. Now I'm calmer and more experienced I think that the only things we really needed were a night light and a temperature monitor. A baby is designed with a ear splitting squeal that will wake the nearest sleeping person if it requires attention. A microphone and a speaker as supplied in this product is not really required. If you do want a baby monitor with sound do, by all means get a cheaper one.
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Tomy walkabout baby monitor(s) gives you added reassurance and lets you know your baby is safe at all times, also monitors your baby's room temperature recording the minimum and maximum temperatures. Key Features: - Portable parent and baby unit with 300 metre range outdoors - 120 channels guarantees you that the monitoring link is never broken between units with clear, crisp sounds - 100% digital giving you superior quality reception between parent and baby unit - Rechargeable take -out unit allows you to clip onto your belt and take with you - Sound sensitive lights are ideal when the volume is turned down and those quiet moments - Vibration mode for when baby cries ideal if your in noisy surroundings - 2 - way communication allowing you to talk back and comfort your baby - Remote controlled night light to sooth baby - Monitors your baby's room temperature and clearly displays on both units - Feed timer allows you to check your last feed time - Volume control - Mains & battery operated with low battery warning display The main adaptor is supplied with the product, for portable use the parent unit requires - Ni -MH rechargeable battery