In December we posted
about the FirstYears Talk & Soothe Digital Video Monitor and
mentioned that we would have been 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 it’s name, read 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 set up 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 hand held monitor.
One thing that mommy loved about the handheld monitor which 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 that I was
trying to climb up on the dresser, once again 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 the 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. From the
backyard to my room is approximately 300 feet for those wondering.
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 the 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, would
have been nice if it could have been done from the handheld monitor as well so
you won’t have to go in the room and disturb your little one. It also can be
easily mounted to the wall but mommy decided not to since we plan on moving it
around with me being a toddler.
Another of the feature
that we loved on the camera itself is the night light function. I’m not a big
fan of the dark. I hate the dark so 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 is a great monitor for those parents looking
for video monitor and 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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