In December, we posted about the FirstYears Talk & Soothe Digital Video Monitor and mentioned that we would be reviewing it shortly. Well, we took a trip to Canada and upon our return found it all boxed up. We have been using it now for the past 3 weeks, and I can now give you my honest opinion about it. I must say first that mommy and I are huge fans of The First Years brand. We have quite a few products made by them, and all have been spot on. Does this video monitor live up to its name? Read on to find out.
This is not by far my first video monitor. I have had a few and while they all have their pros, there is always a con. Let me begin by saying that the setup process was very easy. Even if it did not include instructions, it would have been very easy to do. It came with everything that was needed and even included a battery pack for the mom or dad’s handheld monitor.
One thing that Mommy loved about the handheld monitor that she uses to keep track of me is that it has a clip that can be attached to her clothing. Mommy is usually in jeans. It seems like she’s in them 24/7 when she is not in uniform, so Mommy really liked that little fact. The battery pack that comes with the handheld video monitor is rechargeable and can really hold a charge. Mommy charged it for a few hours before using it, and we can tell you that it held the charge pretty well.
There is a battery level indicator on the video monitor so you will always know when it’s time to be charged. Quite a few things can be done from the handheld monitor itself. Mommy can talk to me while I’m in my room and it has worked wonderfully. There was a time when I was trying to climb up on the dresser, and mommy was able to see me and shout at me to get down. OK, I have to admit that maybe having a video monitor in my room may not be the best thing because mommy can monitor my every move.
For very young babies, there are lullabies that can be activated from the handheld version for those who love them. I think I’m too big for them and would much prefer peace and quiet. The range on the monitor is also pretty good. Mommy was able to go outside in the backyard to try this out and was able to still hear and see me clearly and talk to me as well. For those wondering, the distance from the backyard to my room is approximately 300 feet.
The video camera shows a very clear picture, and this is where our con comes in. As with most video monitors, the night vision is automatic, but it’s not very clear. Sure, you can see, but not too well. The way camera is designed as well it takes a bit of maneuvering for you to get the right angle. Adjusting it has to be done manually. It would have been nice if it could have been done from the handheld monitor as well, so you won’t have to go into the room and disturb your little one. It can also be easily mounted to the wall, but Mommy decided not to since we plan on moving it around with me being a toddler.
Another feature that we loved about the camera itself is the night light function. I’m not a big fan of the dark. I hate the dark, so I always have to have a nightlight whenever I go to sleep. Having that feature was a big plus for me. It is bright enough for me to see if I decide to get up in the middle of the night and make my way to my parents’ room, but not too bright that it will disturb my sleep.
Now, most people think that these video monitors are only great for babies. I’m a toddler, and it’s perfect for me too. What about your older folks? They are perfect for them as well, especially the ones who are bedridden and need to be checked on. Now you can have your eyes on them at all times.
I have to say that this is a great monitor for those parents looking for a video monitor who don’t want to spend too much money on one. The price is very reasonable at only $99.99 and it is available for sale at your local Target Store.
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