Initially when Tommee Tippee asked us to review their brand new baby monitor with sensor pad we were unsure whether to accept as Logan is older and can sometimes jump around a lot at night so we thought this would confuse the sensor pad and maybe not give a fair review of it. We decided to test the monitor and sensor pad out anyway to see if it would be any good for older babies. Here is what we thought.
First impressions of this baby monitor is that it is sleek and stylish and it was easy to imagine it sitting in Logan's room beside his bed. My other half and I decided to set up the monitor without reading the instructions to see how easy it would be and we were surprised that it was quite self explanatory. The hand held parent unit and the sensor pad both plug into the baby unit with rechargeable batteries put into the parent unit so that it can be carried around and used throughout the night without it needing to be plugged in. The sensor pad is positioned under your babies mattress so lift the mattress right out of the cot and place the pad on the spars of the cot before replacing the mattress. We didn't have any problems with this as we were able to place the baby unit on Logan's dresser so no problems with cables etc but I could see it being a bit of a problem for some people who don’t have dressers or units right next to their babies cots. It would be something you would have to work on when you bought the baby monitor.
The baby monitor does have some great key features including; the sensor pad, interferences free, room temperature display, long distance range of 300m, out of range indicator, two way talk back and baby night light controllable from parent unit. With all these great features it was hard to find any issues. The room temperature display can be changed from degrees Celsius to Fahrenheit if needed and the fact that the monitor is interferences free will be a big weight off your mind! My auntie used to get a lot of interferences with her baby monitor and she hated it, always worrying if it was her baby or worrying because she couldn't hear her baby.
The sensor pad is obviously the key feature with this baby monitor and it worked really well when Logan settled down to sleep but it didn't work so well when he was bouncing around, I think it confused the sensor pad a little. Obviously the sensor pad is designed more for newborn babies so you can always take the sensor pad away when your baby gets older and still use the baby unit and parent unit as your baby monitor. The sensor pad works by sounding it's alarm after 20 seconds if no movement has been detected so a pretty fast response.
I really liked the sound quality of this baby monitor, it was crisp and clear and I could hear everything Logan was doing or saying. I could even hear him breathing when he eventually went to sleep so big thumbs up for that. We weren't too impressed with the night light as it just wasn't bright enough for us. I know it is meant to be soft so as not to disturb your baby but it's a nightmare when you can't see what you're doing so that could definitely be improved for future models. The talk back function is very handy and can be used to soothe your baby if they become upset and you don't even have to leave your sofa to do this!
You can purchase your own digital sensor pad and baby monitor for £99.99 from Tommee Tippees online shop or you can purchase the baby monitor on it's own for £64.99.
Overall we quite like this baby monitor and the sensor pad adds and extra element of safety for newborn babies. There are a few little things that could be improved and I'm sure they will be for the next model. This monitor is packed with lots of lovely features and the crisp clear sound is one of the best. It is a little pricey though and may not stretch to everyones budget.
Mummies rating - 8/10
Other Half's rating - 7.5/10
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