I’ve been looking for a new monitor for my kids for a while now. Oh, the irony in that. I am kind of obsessed with video monitors. If it wasn't totally creepy, my kids would be in college before I gave up on them. So, when I found out this monitor was coming out, I hung in there with my former monitor. “Hanging in there” included being woken in the middle of the night by signal loss. Today when my stores received their shipment I rushed over there to pick it up, along with an additional camera because I was over “hanging in there”.
It’s no secret that I like pretty things – especially baby gear. So I can tell you that this electronic and all of its components pass my test for looks. It’s sleek, clean and the buttons are positioned where they make sense. There is nothing worse than fighting to find a volume button in a dark room in the middle of the night because it isn’t in the logical place.
I love the large 5” screen. The whole point to having a video monitor is to see what is actually going on in the kids rooms, so bigger is definitely better.
In addition to the large monitor, it also comes with a cute teeny tiny little one. When I say little, I mean palm sized. It also has a carabiner, rubber watch-like strap, belt clip and wristlet strap so you can move around with the little Tater Tot of a screen. Since I opened it like 5 minutes ago, I can’t really comment on how the little one will change my life. Right now it seems cute, but I think it will probably sit in my nightstand – But, hey, you never know.
Some important things that I am excited about are:
The Infrared Night Vision – It’s ideal to seeing clearly when your child is sleeping…in the dark. You’d be surprised by how difficult this is for other companies to master. My new monitor is plugged in right now and I can clearly see both snoozing kiddos.
This leads me to the next thing. I set up 2 cameras. It accepts up to four. I love that I have the choice to pick which camera to be on or to rotate and I can pick the time it spends on each one. Right now it’s set on 15 seconds per screen. Nevermind, while writing this I got in on the split screen action. Lookin’ good.
The monitor features secure closed circuit communication. In parent speak that means you do not have to worry about strangers hearing or seeing you or your baby.
There is built in white noise, as well as lullabies by Rockabye Baby and they can be controlled from the large or small receiver. I tried it out tonight and am happy to report that each camera is independent. So if my son was into the white noise, my daughter could have nothing or something entirely different. Phew because kids preferences are definitely not created equal!
Obviously with a monitor packed with all of these great features, it’s a given that it can pan, scan and zoom. I can confirm it’s easy to do and can be controlled from either the 5 incher or the tater tot.
|There's the big screen (and my kids) and the tater tot handheld too.|
The range on the monitor is listed at 800 feet. Since I haven’t gone to the yard yet, I haven’t tested the whole 800. I was going to go like right now, but then I imagined the mosquito bites I'd return with and took my shoes off. #mylegsarenotsorry I am about 200 feet from the kids rooms right now and have a very strong signal.
One of my favorite things so far is the charger. It is a standard USB micro charger – same as a phone charger. So you can charge this anywhere that one of those phone chargers exists in your house. Life. Changing. On top of that it comes with 2 lengths for chargers. I dream of having long and short cord options in my life for everything - actually, I think it was cord keepers I was dreaming of, but I digress. This rocks.
Think I’m done? Not quite.
It says that the tater tot monitor will go up to 8 hours and the larger one 16 hours without being charged. Since I am like 1 hour in, I have no idea. However, if this winds up being true – I think the folks at PN should take a billboard in Times Square because us Moms seriously love the sound of that.
There’s a sensor that tells you the temperature of the room where the camera is. This was on my last monitor – I can’t lie. I never used it, but I still want it. Yea, yea. Don't judge.
If I had an extra SD card laying around I could have tested the video and photo recording. But, I don’t. I will put it on my list of things to pick up that I likely never will. So if you never get texts of my kids in their rooms from my monitor, now you know why. Sorry, Grandma (stocking stuffer?)
Now my hubs has something to say. “When I set it up I plugged the camera in like a cell phone charger and then into the wall and it was done. I saw her in her crib. It took one second. Then I went in his room and hit pair and added another camera. It took longer for me to find the stepstool to mount the camera.” <----There you have it folks. He could have given you all the details in way less words than me.
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