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6 of 6 people found this helpful
on January 6, 2010
I am a first time parent. This is the only monitor I have ever used, but so far I have been very pleased with it and don't see a reason to buy another.
The baby unit plays 20 lullabies, lasting up to 15 minutes. After the lullabies play through, the music automatically stops. You can skip to the next lullaby if you don't like the one it's on (the first song grates on my nerves, but the others are just fine), or turn the music off if you don't need it anymore. You can also control the volume level. The only thing I didn't like is when our baby was first born, we had the baby unit pretty close to is bassinet (out of necessity and lack of space), and I felt like the volume was too loud, even on its lowest setting. I had to put something over the speaker to muffle the sound. Now that our son is in his own room, the unit is farther away and the volume is fine.
The parent unit is great. The batteries are rechargable, which I love! I don't have to worry about buying and replacing the batteries, I just need to plug it in when the unit beeps at me. The battery life is great. I think I had it on a full 24 hours with no problems. You can control the volume, as well as the microphone sensitivity. The parent unit automatically searches for a secure channel, so I've never had inteference. Conversly, you are unable to change the channel because the unit does it automatically, but since it does it on its own, you don't really need to. The only problem I have with the parent unit is the volume of the beep. The parent unit beeps when you change the sensitivity, turn it off, change the volume (either up or down), or when the battery is dying. Do not, under any circumstances, put the unit to your ear while the unit is beeping or about to beep. I put the unit to my ear, trying to see if I could hear my son, and it beeped because the battery was dying. The noise was painfully loud, and I couldn't hear well out of that ear for about fifteen minutes. I was afraid I'd seriously injured something. You can avoid it beeping at you while the unit is to your ear if you don't press any buttons, but I didn't know the battery was dying until the moment I put the unit to my ear and it beeped.
I would also mention is that the parent unit seems to have some kind of battery saving function. I couldn't find anything about it in the manual, but this is basically how it works. When the noise level is constant in the baby's room, the parent unit is silent. In fact, the first time I used the monitor I dug out the reciept to take it back because I thought it was broken. There is nothing, not even a static hum, coming through on the parent unit. When the baby starts to fuss and make noise, the unit will turn on after a few seconds, alerting you to the fact that the baby is awake. At first I didn't like this, but now that I'm used to it, I really like it. I don't listen to static while my son is asleep. I only hear something when he is making noise.
Lastly, I bought this monitor for half the price at our local Walmart. The price listed here is $89.99, and that seems rather high to me. This is a great monitor, but I'm not sure I'd be willing to pay that much for it.