Thursday, September 18, 2008

We didn't own a baby monitor with Chandler. However, a few months after Rowan was born we lived with my parents temporarily. I was used to living in a 2 bedroom apartment where I could hear Rowan no matter where I was at. This wasn't the case at my parents. They have a big backyard so of course Chandler was wanting to go outside a lot. Rowan was still at that newborn stage where he slept a lot and I wasn't too excited about taking him outside. I decided to start researching baby monitors. I didn't want to spend a lot of money, but I wanted something that was going to be worth it as well. I finally decided on the Fisher Price Long Distance 900 MHz monitor:

Pros: This monitor has a range of 900 feet. The range really works too. I could go outside with Chandler, anywhere in the yard and still hear Rowan downstairs in the basement. 900 feet seems to be one of the longer ranges available when it comes to baby monitors too. I like that it has a belt clip that you can use or take off. I used it often and it seemed to serve it's purpose. The receiver takes 3 AAA batteries or has a plug in. The battery life is good. On a pair of alkaline batteries it lasted over 2 weeks, using the batteries a couple hours a day. And if you need to use it at night, you just plug it into the wall. The monitor also beeps a warning when the batteries are going dead. I like the indicator lights on the receiver. There is an indicator light that shows you noise if you don't have the sound up. This is nice when you want to take a shower and still be tuned into baby. If the red lights were at the bottom, no noise. If they were jumping up and down, it meant Rowan was crying. It also has a light to let you know if you are out of range. There are 4 channels helping you to get a clear sound without interference.  The white noise this monitor creates is minimal, although we have a little more with ours as we run a humidifier/fan in Rowan's room.    The transmitter plugs into the wall and is quite small. There is a button to turn it on and off so you don't have to unplug it. There is also a built in night light which is a plus when you are checking on baby or getting up for a night time feeding.

Cons: Although there is minimal interference with the monitor, if you have another electrical device such as a cell phone, it starts making a low pitched sound. It also picks up other monitors occasionally as we are in an apartment complex, but I guess that's why there are 4 channels. I think it would also be nice if the receiver were rechargable. If you are going to be taking it around a lot you have to buy and replace batteries which makes it more of an investment.

Price: $38.99

Where to Buy: I bought this at Babycenter for $35 and they offer free shipping occasionally. I have also seen it at Target.

All in all, I am happy with this monitor. It was fairly inexpensive, does it's job, is small, and has a lot of great features. If you are in the market for an inexpensive baby monitor, I would recommend this one.

Rating: Excellent



Erin said...

I haven't ever had the need for a long range monitor. But I probably will this time around and this sounds like it works really well. Thanks for the review!

Tristan's Mom said...

Ours is just like that, but ours is rechargeable. It lasts quite a long time and then you just plug it in and it recharges in a couple of hours. Does yours not do that?? Otherwise, ours is exactly the same, except the receivers are a bit taller?? Oh and for the record, I agree - wonderful monitor!