I know, I know. I don’t have babies, what am I doing reviewing a baby monitor?
I’ll tell you exactly what I’m doing: sleeping better because I can see AND hear that my kids are okay from across the house!
I struggle with anxiety, especially at night or any time my family is separated, be it across the room or across state lines. I want to know that they are in their beds, sleeping soundly, and the new Motorola MBP41 helps me do just that! Sold exclusively at Babies ‘R Us, this video baby monitor has these awesome features:
- Infared night vision
- Remote pan, tilt, and zoom
- 2.8″ Color TFT LCD screen
- Two-way communication
- Range up to 590 feet
- High sensitivity microphone
- And more!
After trying the Motorola MBP41 in our home for several weeks with our boys, Miles (4.5) and Spencer (3), I have high praise for this monitor! I have the child unit set up in Spencer’s room, since he is the most likely to need assistance in the middle of the night. Our boys’ rooms are across the house from our bedroom, a fact that has kept me awake many nights as I lay there worrying and forming emergency plans in my head. I love knowing that I will hear immediately if there’s anything I need to be aware of, whether that is midnight highjinks, monkey business, or something more serious.
With other video monitors I have used when our boys were babies, there was no ability to adjust the camera unit without risking disturbing a sleeping child. I can’t tell you how many nights I would drag myself to bed, turn on the monitor, and say “Dang it! I didn’t adjust it again and now I can’t see a thing!…Well, nevermind I can see the ceiling, isn’t that helpful?!” No more, with this new Motorola monitor! You can make all the adjustments you need to keep a watchful eye on your child, even in the dark with the advanced infared night vision!
Now the next feature that I absolutely LOVE is the two-way communication. In my many gripe sessions about our previous baby monitors, one thing I wished for many times was the ability to speak back to a child who just needs to hear Mom’s voice. Not every noise that comes through the monitor means you have to get out of bed and investigate. Sometimes you can just say “Go back to sleep sweetie” over the monitor and that’s enough to calm a half-asleep child.
One funny story about the two-way comm. feature: After a few days of using the monitor, I observed our boys playing a little game. Spencer, our 3 year old, would run to his room and Miles, 4.5, would run into our room where the parent unit stays. Miles then faces the monitor and yells at the top of his lungs “SPENCER! CAN YOU HEAR ME?!” (thinking he is using the monitor as intended, but not pushing the talk button). Spencer, across the house but still able to hear his brother, yells back “I CAN HEAR YOU!!” And they shriek with joy because they’re talking through the monitor, but not really, because anyone within about 200 yards could probably hear them screaming to one another.
I’ve also found this to come in handy on our boys’ rowdier nights, when they just don’t seem to want to settle down. From our room, I can observe their shenanigans and intervene by pushing the talk button and saying “Miles? I can see you. Get in your room now.” The Motorola MBP41 goes a long way in furthering the belief that Mom really does have eyes in the back of her head! Don’t tell my secret though, okay? That’s just between me, you, and my favorite video monitor!
There are so many things to love about this baby monitor. The size of the parent unit is perfect. It’s a bit smaller than the typical smart phone and has a stand on the back for easy viewing. It’s easy to shut the video off to save battery life and keep your room dark when you don’t need visuals. The sound and picture quality have been fantastic for us, even in a house with a large number of wired and wireless communications devices.
Do yourself a favor and check out the Motorola MBP41 at Babies ‘R Us! You’ll sleep better hearing and seeing your child clearly. And when they’re not sleeping? Feel free to use that little trick I told you about!
I was sent a sample of this product to facilitate my review. I received no monetary compensation for this post and my opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.