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VTech Launches New Full Color Video and Audio Baby Monitor

Posted Mar 21 2012 7:10pm

When registering for baby items, one of the top registry items is a baby monitor. With my first child, we purchased an audio baby monitor even though I wanted to invest in a video monitor for my own comfort. The audio monitor worked perfectly for us because we ended up co-sleeping with our child for the first four months. Due to her being a preemie, I didn’t feel comfortable with her being away from me. I knew I would not get any sleep with her being in another room and me having to get up to physically look at her. Now that I am pregnant with baby number two who is due in a few weeks, I knew I wanted a reliable video monitor where I can see my baby whenever.

VTech recently launched a new line of Safe & Sound Baby Monitors. I had the opportunity to review the VTech Safe & Sound Full Color Video and Audio Monitor (MSRP: $149.95). The Safe & Sound Full Color Video and Audio Monitor features:

-Full audio/visual monitoring solution with up to 1,000 feet of range
-Split video screen, enabling simultaneous viewing from up to four separate cameras with the purchase of additional cameras (VM310, MSRP: $49.95),
-Infrared night-vision
-Two-way intercom system to let the little one hear parents’ voices
-Polyphonic lullabies to play
-Temperature Sensor
-Full motion video (up to 22 frames per second)
-6 level sound indicator
-Wall Mount
-Vibrating Sound Alert
-Rechargeable Battery
-Adjustable Camera Angle

Even though baby number two isn’t here yet, I reviewed the monitor with our two year old daughter. While upstairs and using the parent unit (the video baby monitor), my husband took the baby unit (camera) downstairs to test it out. First off, both units are easy to set up and start using. We did not use batteries, we used the AC adapters which is more economical and beneficial for us. Plus, we don’t have to worry about buying batteries for the baby unit, even though the parent unit comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts for 12 hours of use. Once the units are plugged in, I noticed on the parent there is a “waiting for linking” message that blinks. It only took five seconds (or less) for the linking to occur and I could immediately see my daughter on the screen.

We only had a lamp on in the living room, so the picture is definitely a black/white picture with low lighting or complete darkness. After establishing that the camera/video aspect worked, my husband and I tested out the audio portion. I could hear my daughter and my husband when they both spoke, but was not able to hear the television in the background. Actually, when they did not speak/make noises, I couldn’t hear anything and the monitor was in silence. On the parent unit, you have to push the “talk” button for baby to hear you on the baby unit. At first my husband kept saying that I was “cutting out” when I was speaking, but after a few attempts we realized you do have to be really close to the unit for every word to pick up in “talk mode.” When the baby unit is turned off, but parent unit is still on there will be a constant beeping noise. I actually liked this feature, especially when using the Safe & Sound monitor with a toddler. We have not tested out the wall mount bracket, since we do not have a permanent place to put the monitor until baby arrives. I do like that the monitor is easy to move around and can be placed in various areas with an outlet near by in AC power mode.

I like that the VTech Safe & Sound Full Color Video and Audio Baby Monitor can be used from birth to childhood. Whether your child is sleeping peacefully in a crib or playing alone in a room, the monitor gives parents a peace of mind. I recommend this monitor for parents because of the audio capability, the clear picture, and the ease of use.

Disclosure: I did receive the VTech Full Color Video & Audio Monitor free in order to try the product and form an opinion for this review. I was not compensated in any other manner. The opinions expressed above are my own any claims should be verified on the sponsor’s site.

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