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I bought this on the birth of my first child and has prooven invaluable in having peace of mind. There are two units one is obviously plugged into the babys room whereas the other is attached to a base that charges the unit. The parent monitor does not need to be on charge all the time so can be carried around thebhouse when needed. The monitor beeps to warn that the battery is dying. This feature has prooven excellent as bleeps for at least five minutes possibly longer before completly going dead. The monitors both need switching on within minutes for them to connect and transmitt, I have often switched one on without the other, however the monitor beeps to warn of this, The monitors have a thermometer gage which we have found valuable and allowed us to ensure our daughter is appropraitly dressed so's not to overheat or to become too cold.
The volume goes form 0-10 and we have found it is perfect on five, there is often interference. There is a function to be able to talk up to your little one if all they need is to here the reassurance of your voice. Alternatively I found that useful in talking to my husband whilst he was seeing to her.
There is also a light function which we didn't need to use however for little ones who require the comfort of a little light this would be ideal and can be operated from the parental uit as well.
Overal this item has been perfect for us.
I purchased this product four years ago before the birth of my first child, and it was used every day for over 2 years before we put it away as the children now were big enough for us to hear them without it. This was left plugged in all the time, and never let us down.
The system comes with 2 units. The base unit is left in the babies bedroom, and has a button on top that can make it light up. This was a series of little lights around the screen. They were quite blue, and made the room quite bright so we didn't use this feature that often but it was handy if you went in through the night to check on the baby. It also has on the screen a display that shows you the temperature in the room. This was something i really liked about the unit.
The 2nd unit looks identical to the first one, apart from the monitor is detachable from the base which acts as a charger, so you have further flexibility about where you want to be in the house. This was handy if my husband was working and i wanted to pop out into the garden when the baby slept, or to have a bath where i wouldn't be able to hear him. The handset also has a clip on it so i could attach it to my clothes if i wanted to while i was moving around.
The 2nd unit can then be placed wherever you want to put it. Either your bedroom or downstairs somewhere. We moved our first child into his own room at 3 months as he slept through the night, and this is when i noticed a slight problem. At first we tried having it downstairs all evening and then move it to our bedroom. This would cause the connection between the 2 handsets to break, and the handset would beep at you to tell you there was a problem. (It also does this if you have a power cut.)Not something you want to be trying to sort out late on a night. We eventually just left it permanently downstairs and relied on our ears.
The 2nd handset also tells you the temperature in the babies room, and has a handy volume control so you can adjust the level of what you hear. You might want to know the baby is crying, but if they are just gurgling or babbling, you don't want it to drown out your favourite telly programme. It also has a handy feature where you can use it like a walkie talkie and soothe your baby. It might benefit you if you want to reassure your baby by making a soothing noise, but we never used this much as mostly it was either babble or full on screaming. I am awake and you must come and get me NOW!!!!!
Once 2nd baby arrived, my oldest was now 18 months old, so again it went with the new baby. We used it till he was about 6 months old, but then decided we could hear them both without it. After this point it was only brought out when we visited the in-laws as their house is a lot bigger and we couldn't hear them over the telly.
We are about to pass it on to my sister in law, and in spite of being used so much, it has not shown much wear and tear. The only thing that shows it is second hand is that the plastic on the 2nd handset has changed colour a bit from sitting on a table near the window, so sun faded. It looks a bit yellow on the bit which sits in the charger.
Whether it would suit you depends on how comfortable you are at leaving your child. Some people prefer the ones with video monitors, but i decided this was an extravagance that was not for us. Some monitors even come with extra bits of kit. My friend had one that had a mat you put under them, and if they stopped breathing it would alert you. However, i witnessed her panic when her baby moved and it beeped, and i decided my nerves would not survive that, so i would leave it to chance and go for this one.
When it comes to it, this one provides all you need in a baby monitor in my opinion. It also looks quite attractive, and was not too bulky to have it out all the time. A good option.
==Tomy Walkabout Premier Advance Monitor==
Jack being nearly 3 and a half now probably doesn't need a monitor but seeing as we sit in our kitchen with all the doors shut, I still like to hear any sounds he makes to catch him stirring before he wakes up properly.
This Tomy Walkabout Premier Advance monitor is our second monitor we have had since Jacks birth. The first was very poor and kept getting major interference which is why we decided to upgrade to this model hoping that we won't have to buy one ever again.
The Tomy Premier advance cost us around £65 from Argos and the RRP is around £69.99p but it can be picked up a fair bit cheaper if you want to search around on line. At the time we bought it, I just wanted a new one and I wanted it then, so Argos was the only choice for us.
I have also seen that the monitor is now available in a pink colour version where as our monitor is a blue trimmed version and is more suitable for Jack. The overall look of the monitor is a good one and the blue trimming works well with the easy to clean white plastic of the main body of the monitor.
There are three main parts to the monitor and these are the parent unit, the parent monitor and the baby monitor. The parent monitor has a rechargeable battery pack which charges up when places into the parent unit. The battery charge lasts a fair amount of time and I usually take the monitor to bed without it being plugged in and it lasts the whole evening. The child monitor has a plug in adaptor which means it has to stay in one place but this is fine as I don't want to move this part of the device round at all.
The unit not only allows you to hear your child in another room but it also gives the room temperature of where the child monitor is. This is very handy and has saved me keeping my GroEgg plugged in all the time. Although his room is always hot at around 25 degrees in this hot weather and there is nothing I can do about it as I keep his windows open all day and blinds are drawn!
The monitor also allows for the parent to talk through to the child in their room. This did cause some confusion with Jack at first who though I was hiding in his wardrobe! It is not something I would suggest to use too much especially on younger children as it is hardly a great way to communicate. However Jack now being older, I have once or twice told him "You better be in bed buster" and things such as "I'm watching you" which he really believes I can see him!
The other good features that this monitor has over your bog standard monitor is the sound sensitive light display which is on the parent monitor. It shows if your child is making a noise even when the monitor is turned right down and shows the intensity of their cries with the grading traffic light system.
There is also a night light feature which I used for a brief period when Jack was complaining about being scared of the dark. He seems to have grown out of this now and doesn't need it on but at the time saved us on buying a whole other product. The night light can be turned on and off from both the parent monitor and the child monitor but only shines though on the child monitor.
The range of the monitor appears quite good as I will often take the monitor out into the communal gardens of our flat so I can have a drink with my neighbour while jack is asleep. Having the monitor outside is never a problem and means I can enjoy the evening sun whilst knowing that he is tucked up safe and sound.
There is only ever minor interference with the monitor and this is usually caused by all the police and ambulances that seem to dash past our flat. Their sirens seem to get picked up easily but not all the time and as there are four different channels to choose a quick change of channels will ensure this is rectified.
The volume button goes from 0 to 9 and on 0 the volume is completely silent and 9 it is load enough to hear any sound Jack makes over the TV even with the windows open (we live on a main road too). There is an option which I have never used but you can set the monitor to be completely silent until your child makes a noise. This means there will never be any crackle or indication that the unit is on until an audible noise is heard when the unit kicks into life. As I say I have not used this function purely because I like to know that the unit is switched on and working so I can't really say how effective this is.
Overall though I have nothing but positive things to say about this monitor. It is far better than our previous model and has so many extra features that you don't need to buy other items to clutter up your space or cost you more money.
It has to be a top 5 out of 5 star rating and an exceptionally high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
You do come to appreciate a good nights sleep when you have a baby as they are few and far between, we have been amazingly lucky with our little daughters sleep patterns as she tends to go through the night once she has had a ten o'clock feed and change and often does not wake until seven which is pretty good.
We paid £50 for this Tomy Walkabout Premier Advance Baby Monitor, I had read good reviews on the product on Dooyoo and Ciao and I liked the fact that it had received many positive comments, also it was light enough to take away with us when we finally go on holiday or when going to stay with friends.
The main un it that stays in your babies room plugs into the mains while the other hand held set is battery charged, there is a clip so you can attach it to the belt of your jeans and is like having a large mobile attached to it, you are aware of it but it does not restrict you. When not in use or if you are in a single room like at night you can load the device into a seperate docking station to charge the battery. Hence the unit is mobile with me during the day and then charges at night while we are all asleep.
The monitor has four seperate frequencies so that you can switch it over if for any reason a neighbour has a similar unit, supposedly the unit has a range of 300m, something we have never checked out as we would never really be that far away however I have gone to the end of the garden and it worts fine. It is a two way device so you can sooth baby with your voice instead of rushing straight into the room, I guess this will be useful when she is a bit older.
I do find the sound quality to be excellent and it does provide a lot of amplification, you hear every snuffle and movement at the higher settings so at night I turn it down a bit however if you are hoovering or if some kitchen appliance is on then the extra volume options are very useful or if you decide not to carry it around and you are in a different room. Another feature I liked was the fact that it works as a temperature monitor however we already have a seperate advice that monitors room temperature.
There is a night light on the baby monitor which is a nice soft blue glow which can also be activated from the parents unit, again something that might come in useful when she is a little older.
It has a warning system if the battery runs low or if the room temperature gets too low and this is a nice reasurring feature as well.
Overally I find these to be robustly made and very good quality, the sound range is good and the battery life is pretty good as well, I have never had a problem with the battery not lasting the entire day.
We purchased the Tomy Walkabout Premier Advance baby monitor before our sons were born. We purchased it from Boots, where it is currently on sale for £59.99.
The monitor consists of a baby unit which plugs into the nursery and a hand held parent unit which contains a battery. The parent unit has a docking unit which plugs into the mains and which recharges the battery when the parent unit is in place. We really liked the fact that the parent unit was hand held as it meant that we could leave the docking unit plugged in next to our bed for overnight use, but you could take the parent unit downstairs with you during naps, or in the evening, and run it off the battery.
The monitor has a 300m range and we have never had anything but clear sound on it- it does amplify sound quite a lot so overnight we found (once we had relaxed into parenting a bit) you have to turn it down quite low so that you are only woken by the coughs or cries, and not every time the baby turns over! The baby unit doubles as a temperature monitor, so the temperature in the nursery is constantly displayed on both units which is handy. The baby unit also contains a night light which casts a soft blue glow over the room. One feature we found really handy was that this can be switched on remotely from the parent unit. We found several times that an unsettled baby could be comforted by the light, without the need for us to get out of bed again in the night! The night light is also useful for checking on the baby without having to turn a brighter light on. The parent unit also features a talk button, which when pressed allows you to talk to the baby, again a useful feature.
The monitor beeps to warn you if the temperature drops in the room, if the battery is low, or if the unit in the nursery is switched off for any reason. I would say remember to run the parent unit from the mains overnight however as, although the battery is good for several hours, we have been woken by the low battery alarm a few times in the early hours of the morning when we have forgotten to plug it in!
Overall I would definatley buy this monitor again- although more expensive digital versions are available now we had no problems with this version which, being paranoid parents, we used for over two years
with no problems!
We bought this monitor around 2 months before baby was born. It proved useful as soon as we had it, it was a great way of monitoring the prevailing temperature in what was going to become baby's room. We have the receiver close to the TV in the lounge which makes it easy to keep an eye on. The LED lights give a really good visual que to any noise from baby. We don't tend to use the nightlight and only very rarely utilise the 2 way communication but it does come in handy to pass reminders when collecting clothes etc. We have had no problems at all with regards to interference or feedback from other units and/or other appliances. We find the temperature read out exceedingly usefull, during the summer months it gave us an idea as to whether to open windows and I expect that during the winter months it will help us guage central heating settings. Finally, the range seems perfectly adequate, the detachable, rechargeable receiver works well to the far end of the garden but the product loses a star due to poor battery life.
I bought this product when the baby was about 2 months old, i didn't want a monitor, but found that as we have a large older house the walls were too thick and we just didn't hear the baby crying. The baby is now 14 months old and I still use them all the time, (sometimes just to hear her playing when i've put her back for her morning sleep)
the temperature sensor on it has been a god send for me, as i'm the coldest person around I would have the baby wrapped up in mountains of blankets if i had to rely on my own body temperature. The 2 way communication hasn't been used for anything yet other than the lazy husband asking me to bring something down stairs with me.
The light on the baby unit has been a useful tool, for when she wakes up in the night but you don't want to put on the full bedroom light, it provides enough of a glow to see what you are doing without disturbing anyone, especially the baby.
The range has been brilliant too, our garage is 100 ft up the garden, and i often take the unit up there at night to use the treadmill whilst the baby is in bed.
The critisim I have is the belt clip for the unit does nothing, i've tried clipping it on and it just falls off.
The battery when fully charged seems to last about 14 hours.
I invested in this product before my baby was born but have used it only 3 times. I found ialthough i had the volume up i was able to hear when my baby woke before the monitor picked him up so i didnt really find it that useful. It is fantastic that the tempertaure is on it but then we have a thermometer in the room so again it isnt really useful for me. I feel i gor caught up in the pressure of wanting your baby to be protected that you buy every gaget but i found this one gathering dust. However i live in a house where it is easy to check how he is doing if i had an upstairs i may find there was a real need for it as it would save unnecessary journeys up and down the stairs i guess...there was nothing wrong with the product i just found it unnecessary
This is a really great baby monitor, I've had mine for just under a year and it's given me real peace of mind.
There are two units. The first goes in the baby's room ("baby unit"), the second goes in whatever room you want to be in ("parent unit"). The parent unit sits in a cradle to charge, once it is charged you can take it around the house with you or even into garden (it has a massive 300m range and you can clip it to your waistband for ease). The cradle will beep when you need to recharge the battery and it will also display a symbol on the monitor face (it gives you plenty of warning).
Aswell as transmitting very good sound quality (I never pick up interference and it picks up even slightest noises if volume is up high), it also acts as a room thermometer, nightlight and has 2 way communication.
The baby unit will display the temperature in the room and also transmit it to the parent unit so you can check the room temperature without disturbing baby.
There is a soft blue ring of nightlights on the baby unit which can be turned on/off from the parent unit, again no need to disturb baby (or leave the sofa).
The 2 way communication allows you to use the 2 units like walky talkys, either to soothe baby with your voice or to speak to someone else (handy if you've left the baby wipes downstairs).
On the parent unit are 10 lights which are sound sensitive, they will light up (more lights for more sound) which means you can use the unit without sound if needed. The volume of the parent units goes from 0-9. 0 being silent, 9 being strong enough to pick up even little snores and giggles.
In summary, they are good solid monitors with excellent sound quality. The only thing they don't have is a web cam. One minor irritant is that when turning them on it sometimes takes a couple of goes to get them to transmit. Not a big deal though it just takes a few seconds more - and maybe it's just where I've got mine situated.
Oh.. and it's available in blue and pink. Shame there's not a unisex colour for those of us who didn't know what we were having.
4 channels to reduce interference. 2-way communication. Sound sensitive light display. Remotely controlled night-light. 300-meter range.