When I put baby monitor on my baby registry, I didn’t want a video one. I thought it was extra money that didn’t need to be spent. A simple audio monitor would do the trick.
While an audio monitor is better than no monitor, I am so happy a family member spent extra on us and got us the Babysense video monitor.
- 1 Babysense
- 1.1 Specs I Love
- 1.2 Extra Specs
- 1.3 Warranty
- 1.4 Price
- 2 It’s the Best
This baby monitor comes with a lot of specs. I don’t even use them all. I’m going to go over the ones I love, then tell you about the extra ones.
Specs I Love
Here are the ones I know and use
I love having the video. There are two things it offers that simple audio can’t: peace of mind during phantom cries and checking on my baby, Sara, without giving her the opportunity to see me.
I didn’t pull out the baby monitor until about 2 months after Sara was born. During that time, I experienced a lot of phantom cries. I would think she was crying and go check on her only to discover she didn’t make a sound.
Having the video helped immensely with the phantom cries. When I though I heard something, I could check the video and see she was still sleeping. Eventually, the phantom cries went away.
I’m not sure they would have without the aid of the video identifying for me that I heard nothing.
The second piece that has been great is being able to see her sleeping without having to walk into the bedroom.
It’s great for sleep training. When she fusses, I can look at her on the monitor and watch to see if she is putting herself back to sleep or if I’m going to have to go help her.
Without the video, I’d have to walk into the bedroom giving her the opportunity to see me almost guaranteeing I’d have to help her.
The monitor comes with 4 pre-downloaded lullabies. They’re short. Only like 10 or 20 seconds long and they just repeat. It can get really annoying to hear the same sounds over and over and over and over.
But in a pinch, like visiting family without your normal lullaby stuff, it can be a great help.
I discovered the wonder of lullabies thanks to my babysense monitor. We weren’t using lullabies at all. But then we visited family and the house was louder than ours. We needed the lullabies to drown out the sound of the activity of everyone else in the house. It was a huge help.
When we got back home, we started using our Rockabye Baby CDs a family member had given us.
I usually keep the volume on mute. The bedroom is right next to my living room where I am most of the time. I can hear her crying without the volume on.
The times I use the volume are when I’m doing chores, like the dishes. My kitchen is in a different area of the house. Doing the dishes is a noisy chore by itself, but I often have the laundry going at the same time creating extra noise.
Having the volume turned up let’s me hear from the monitor that Sara is awake and crying since I wouldn’t hear her naturally.
You can change the brightness of the video picture. I find that great. Bright lights hurt my eyes
Here’s a comparison:
In the upper right hand corner, the monitor screen tells you the temperature of the room it’s in.
I really like this feature because I don’t trust the thermostat of the house we rent. When it’s really hot out, it gives me peace of mind to see the temperature reading on the monitor.
Quick note, I never knew where the temperature scan was on the monitor. In doing some research for this post, I learned it’s the piece I always thought was the mike.
You learn something new everyday.
The monitor half that watches baby has it’s own stand. But the part for Mom and Dad to hold onto also has a kick stand. It can lay down flat or you can put the kick stand up.
No batteries required. It’s great. I don’t have to worry about keeping track of good batteries or running to the store to pick up knew ones when the monitor starts to die.
Instead, it comes with two charge cords, one for each part. The piece that watches baby stays on the cord permanently. It does not charge and then function on its own.
The piece that Mom and Dad hold onto charges and can be used off the cord for a few hours. When it starts to die, it beeps at you. So you know it needs to be plugged back in.
I can even use the cord on my android to charge my phone. It’s a slow charge, but it works.
Digital, not Analog or WiFi
When I started using this product, it occurred to me that I had heard stories of people hacking baby monitors.
I was worried and had to look into how hackable my monitor was. Turns out, digital monitors are the least hackable. None are completely hack proof. A determined hacker will get in. But someone just trying to play pranks (like screaming at a sleeping baby) won’t put in the effort to hack a digital monitor.
Analog is the easiest to hack. It has no encryption. All someone has to do is find the radio frequency and transmit it on it.
The problem with WiFi is that the monitor is only as secure as your password. If someone can hack your wifi, they have access to your monitor.
Digital has encryption and is a closed system. It does not run off your internet. The signal is harder to find and harder to crack.
The down side to digital is that other digital products in the home can interfere with the signal. These other products are not hacking the signal. The frequency waves are just overlapping causing them to compete in transmission and receiving.
As a result, the video does cut out sometimes. It’s rarely for long. Usually within a couple seconds it comes back up.
The camera comes as mountable. My husband placed it up on the wall to be able to see into the crib without the cord being withing Sara’s reach.
The cord is plugged into something else charging it in this photo. Normally, that cord you see on the floor would be going up the wall.
Can you see where the mount and camera
That piece that sits out to the side is for reading temperature, not the microphone like I originally thought.
Here are the specs the babysense monitor has that I don’t use.
You can talk to your baby if you’d like through the monitor. I;m afraid it would cause Sara to wake up rather than be soothed. So I don’t use it,
I didn’t not know what this did until I researched it for this post. It’s basically a battery saving option. When set to echo, the video will come up when the microphone picks up noise. Otherwise, the video stays off preserving power.
You can set the alarm to go off at 2, 4, or 6 hours.
You can sync up to four different cameras with this monitor. It would be great for anyone who has more than one kid. Buying the additional cameras by themselves cost $19.99.
The camera does have the ability to zoom in. I tried it out once. Didn’t think it was necessary and the video quality dropped a bit.
Although, maybe it’ll help me identify those times I can’t tell if Sara’s eyes are closed or not. I’ll have to give it a shot.
The Babysense video monitor does come with a one year warranty. The manufacturers are very particular about customer service and advertise that they use human operators.
So if you get a product that is defective, when you call and talk to someone, you get a human. That’s always helpful.
$74.99 is cheap for baby monitors. I had no idea how much this product cost because it was a gift. I assumed it was on the higher end of prices because of how great it is.
But when I looked on Amazon, I saw that most monitors range in the $100s. This product is priced cheap for everything you get.
It’s the Best
There is not a monitor out there in this price range that can provide all the same specs. I love it.
Do you have experience with this monitor or others? Do you like to use some of the functions I haven’t? I’d love to hear about your experiences!