New mom confession: For the first two months of my son’s life I was too afraid to leave his side, even when he was asleep. He sleeps in our room, so after putting him down for the night, I’d stay next to him and entertain myself on the computer or with a book until I was ready for bed myself. Well, eventually that got really old. I wanted to be able to hang out downstairs, or even outside on the deck in the evenings with friends–without feeling like I needed to run upstairs and check on my son every 30 seconds.
When we began using our Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Video Sensor Pad Monitor, all of a sudden, that was possible. This awesome device allows me to be ‘that mom,’ the mom who is constantly sneaking away to check on her baby, without actually being that mom. It allows me to check on him whenever I want, without ever getting up from my spot on the sofa. I gives me peace of mind, which we all know is priceless to a mom–especially an overly nervous first-timer!
When I first started researching baby monitors, I wasn’t convinced we needed a video monitor. Now I honestly can’t imagine not being able to watch my son rather than just hear him when I’m not in the room. Like I said, I’m kind of paranoid, so the ability to actually watch him breathing when I need that reassurance is so nice.
The picture quality is really amazing–like I mentioned, you can even see the slight rising and falling of baby’s chest as they sleep! The monitor also tells you the temperature in the room where baby is sleeping, and has a walkie-talkie feature where you can talk back to baby. I haven’t tried it yet, but I can see this really coming in handy as my son gets older.
Not only does this monitor include video monitoring, it also comes with a sensor pad that is placed under baby’s mattress and sounds an alarm if no movement (breathing) is detected in a 20-second time period. Since my son is still sleeping right next to our bed, in our room, we haven’t used the sensor pad many times, but when we move him into his nursery I imagine it will be the only thing that keeps me from going insane with worry! I really like that it’s so easy to go from using this monitor with and without the sensor pad, depending on the situation.
As far as cons go, I will say that the instructions that come with this monitor are not the easiest to follow. I tried to set it up myself while my husband was at work and ended up on youtube, searching for videos on how to get it to work. Thankfully there are some good tutorials posted there and I was able to figure it out pretty quickly after that.
The parent unit (the monitor with the screen) also doesn’t seem to hold a charge for very long. It comes with a long power cord so as long as you’re somewhat near an outlet, it isn’t a huge deal, but could be annoying if you’re trying to use it outside for an extended period of time.
Overall, I can honestly and genuinely say that this monitor has quickly made it to the top of my ‘must-haves’ list of baby products. I simply can’t imagine trying to have a social life (at least one I could actually enjoy and relax in!) without it. We were at my parents’ house the other night, playing a game of Trivial Pursuit while my son slept downstairs in his Pack N Play. My mom kept coming over and just staring at him sleep on the monitor. She kept saying, “I wish they would have had something like this when you were a baby!”
I’m just so glad they have one now!
For more product details and information, check out Tommee Tippee’s website.
Disclosure: Kristin received a Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Video Sensor Pad and Monitor for the purpose of this review. No other compensations was received. All opinions and experiences are her own.